Welcome New Students!

You are invited to join our engaged community of learners through MacReads, our common reading program. Reading and sharing ideas with others is central to the college learning experience. Through the MacReads program we introduce you to this process and some of our shared values: critical engagement with ideas, dialogue with members of the Macalester community, internationalism, multiculturalism, and reflection on what it means to be an active, responsible global citizen.


What should I expect?

1.  A paper copy of the book is being mailed to every incoming new student in mid-May along with a letter.  We do expect all students to read the book prior to coming to college in August.

2.  During Orientation there will be a discussion of the book by faculty at the MacReads Convocation during orientation week.  Read More.

3.  Discussion of the book in small groups during Orientation.

4.  Use of the book in library and ITS sessions for all first year courses.