Macalester College GPA, SAT and ACT Data

Macalester College - GPA and Test Scores for Admission

Macalester College GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Macalester College GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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Discussion of Macalester College's Admissions Standards:

Roughly one in three applicants to Macalester College will get in, and successful applicants have grades and standardized test scores that are significantly above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most admitted students had high school averages in the "A" range, combined SAT scores of 1300 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 28 or better. The distribution of data points on the graph suggests that Macalester places more value on grades than it does on test scores.

You'll see that there are red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in all but the very upper right corner of the graph. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Macalester College did not win admission. On the other hand, note that a few students were accepted with standardized test scores that are a bit below the norm. This is because Macalester's admissions process is based on much more than numbers. The college uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions. The admissions folks will want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses, not courses that get you an easy "A." Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Another important part of the Macalester application is the supplemental essay. The prompt asks you to explain why you're considering Macalester and what you will contribute to the Mac community.

Be sure to research the college well and make sure your essay successfully demonstrates your interest in attending Macalester. Finally, you can use an optional interview to further strengthen your application.

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