Thinking About Applying?


Pre-Orientation Outdoor Program
August 20 thru August 27, 2015

Explore the beauty of northern Minnesota with other first year Macalester students!

For a full list of FAQ's, click here!

How do I apply?
APPLY HERE! The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 24th.

How am I selected to participate?
Trip participants are chosen through a lottery process. You will be notified through email following the application deadline regarding your status in the program.

How much does the trip cost?
The trips are funded through Macalester’s Orientation program, the Stevens/DeWitt Wallace endowed fund and participant fees.

Transportation, food and a portion of the program costs are subsidized through Macalester.
The remaining cost per student is $350.00. **If you have questions about the fee or need to set up a payment plan, please contact Allison Greenlee.

Costs include housing on campus (pre/post trip), travel to site destination, registration fees, food* (before, during and after trip) and necessary equipment for the program, with the exception of personal clothing and boots, post trip activities**.

*During travel to/from destination, you will stop for a light lunch. We suggest having about $25.00 for food/snacks during travel.

**Post trip activities will be led by Macward Bound leaders and could include walks around the Mac neighborhood, exploring St. Paul/Minneapolis, learning public transport, exploring parks, and in general seeing cool things that the twin cities has to offer. Most of these will require little to no money. However, we suggest that you plan to have a little spending money for these ventures.

The Macward Bound pre-orientation program offers trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and the Superior Hiking Trail in northern Minnesota. Both destinations are about a 5 hour drive north from the twin cities.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Superior Hiking Trail

For more information contact:
Catherine Bretheim, '15 
Macward Bound Program Coordinator

Macward Bound Mission
To provide shared experiences in which new students will develop social support systems, self-awareness and confidence in an outdoor environment.