Macalester College

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Macalester College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Saint Paul, MN, a predominately urban area. Macalester College has an enrollment of about two thousand students.

Most of the students that got into Macalester College got an SAT score between 1320 to 1510, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 29 to 33. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Macalester College average GPA ranges from 3.68 to 3.89 for accepted students. Macalester College admits around 30 percent of applicants per year. Of those that are accepted, about 24 percent continue on to register and enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Macalester College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Macalester College was reported as 32.3% in Fall 2020 with over 6,600 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 29 - 33
  • Average GPA: 3.68 - 3.89

How Hard Is It to Get into Macalester College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Macalester College has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Macalester College has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 37.1%
  • 2017-2018: 40.6%
  • 2018-2019: 41.2%
  • 2019-2020: 32.3%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 34.4%

How Does Macalester College Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Macalester College is seventy-six percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
St Catherine University67.3%
Hamline University67.7%
Augsburg College76.2%
North Central University89.9%
Minneapolis College of Art and Design58.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Macalester College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading660 - 740
Math660 - 770
Total Score1320 - 1510
ACT®Score Range
English29 - 35
Math27 - 32
Composite Score29 - 33
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