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 1860 to 2170, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 29 to 32. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Macalester College average GPA ranges from 3.62 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 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Macalester College was reported as 34.2% in Fall 2013 with over 6,680 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

  • SAT Scores: 1860 - 2170
  • ACT Scores: 29 - 32
  • Average GPA: 3.62 - 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 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Macalester College has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 46.2%
  • 2010-2011: 42.6%
  • 2011-2012: 35.0%
  • 2012-2013: 36.7%
  • 2013-2014: 34.2%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 36.9%

How Does Macalester College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Macalester College is sixty-two percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Hamline University65.6%
Augsburg College60.9%
North Central University95.2%
Minneapolis College of Art and Design59.0%

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 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Macalester College (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading620 - 740
Math610 - 710
Writing630 - 720
Total Score1860 - 2170
ACT®Score Range
English30 - 34
Math27 - 32
Composite Score29 - 32
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