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Macalester College Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Macalester College? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 2,353 out of 6,030 applicants or 39% were admitted making Macalester College a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. Only 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 3,679 2,351 6,030
Accepted 1,505 848 2,353
Acceptance Rate 41% 36% 39%
Enrolled 351 232 583
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 27% 25%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Macalester College and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Macalester College regularly accepts students with ACTs of 29 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. 58 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Macalester College.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1330 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1240. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. 56 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1330 1510
SAT Reading 680 750
SAT Math 640 760
ACT Composite 29 32
ACT English 29 34
ACT Math 27 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >56%
30 to 32 Avg + 39%-56%
29 to 30 Avg - 31%-39%
28 to 29 Reach 24%-31%
Less than 28 Low <24%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1510 and Above Good >52%
1420 to 1510 Avg + 39%-52%
1330 to 1420 Avg - 27%-39%
1240 to 1330 Reach 18%-27%
Less than 1240 Low <18%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Macalester College has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Macalester College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=173902 IPEDS survey data for Macalester College.