Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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About my room/The Residence Halls


Registration/Classes


ID card/Money/Mail


Orientation Leaders/Contacts


Other...


About my room/The Residence Halls

Already in the Room…

  • Bed
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Bookcase
  • Dresser

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Don't Bring…

  • Air conditioner
  • Extra furniture
  • Pets
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plate
  • Open coil heater
  • Toaster oven
  • Microwave
  • Answering machine
  • Modem
  • Candles
  • Incense

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When do I find out who my roommate is?

The Department of Residential Life will send out an email in early August that will inform you of your roommate(s), their email address, home city, state, and country (if applicable). We suggest you contact your roommate before September in order to ease your transition to Macalester.

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Should I buy all the things for my room before I get to Macalester, or are there places nearby that I can purchase things?

If you don’t want to purchase things before you get to campus, stores like Target, Wal Mart, grocery stores, and a hardware store are just a quick car or bus ride away!

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Shipping your things to campus

Ship to the following address:

Your Name,
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105-1899

When you arrive to campus, you can go to Mailing Services in the basement of the Campus Center with your MacID to receive your packages. For more information contact Mailing Services, 651-696-6294.

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Property Insurance

If you would like insurance coverage for your personal possessions while you are at Macalester contact:
National Student Services, Inc,
P.O. Box 2137,
Stillwater, OK 74076.
Or apply on line at www.nssi.com
Policies cover theft, fire, water damage, and breakage to personal property.

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Telephone and Voice mail

Public access telephones are available on each floor of each residence hall, college-owned house and apartment. Upon request, a phone (with or without voice mail) will be installed in your residence hall room at no charge. If you are interested in having a phone in your room, check out the 11 Things students should know about their on-campus telephone and voice mail service before completing and submitting the student telecom request form. Visit the online directory for student, faculty, and staff contact information. Contact Telecommunications at or 651-696-6566 with questions.

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Registration/Classes

What should I do if I have a question about a class I’m interested in?

A description of regularly offered classes are included in the Course Catalog. To find information about any other classes, visit the Registrar’s website at http://www.macalester.edu/registrar/. If you have a more specific question, feel free to call or e-mail the professor that teaches that class.

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When will I find out what classes I’m signed up for, and what happens if I want to change them?

You will receive a copy of your schedule when you arrive on campus. Although you are able to access your schedule via 1600grand, none of your classes are final until Orientation except your First-Year Course. In August, information will be mailed regarding your First-Year Course and advisor. First-Year Courses cannot be changed once they are assigned. While preference is given to your top ranking, it is nearly impossible to give everyone their first choice. Completion of a First-Year Course is mandatory for graduation from Macalester, and therefore you are not able to drop or withdraw from it. You will meet with your advisor during Orientation to make any other changes necessary to your class schedule.

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Where can I find my ID number?

Before you arrive on campus and receive your Mac ID card, you can find your 9-digit ID number on 1600grand.

Click the Academics tab. In the upper right corner under Academic Records, click Academic Transcript.

In the upper right corner, you should find your name and ID number just above today's date.

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ID card/Money/Mail

What is the purpose of myMac ID?

Your Macalester ID is your official campus photo identification card. You should carry it with you at all times when you are on campus.

It is also is used as your:

  • Campus dining card. You are required to bring your ID card to Café Mac in order to gain access to the cafeteria.
  • Library card.
  • Access card to the Leonard Center (athletic & wellness complex) and some other spaces on campus.
  • Laundry card. All laundry is done using your PlaidPass. Leave your quarters at home! Instead, in order to do laundry, you will need to add money to your PlaidPass to do laundry.
  • Your MacID can also be used to make purchases at campus venues and some off-campus businesses.

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How do I put money on my Macalester ID to use it on campus and to do laundry?

You can put money on your ID card in two ways: (1) online with a credit card via ManageMyId or (2) at the ValuePort in the lower level of the Campus Center.
ManageMyId (macalester.managemyid.com) is an account-management website allowing balance inquiries, transaction histories, lost or stolen card reporting, and online deposits which allows students, parents, grandparents, etc. to easily add money (aux points) to their student’s ID card for use at campus venues. All payments are made online with a credit card. There is a $1 convenience fee when you use MMID.
The valuePort is a small machine where you can add money (Aux Points) to your IDs using cash. The machine only accepts $1, $5, $10 and $20. There no fee for using the ValuePort.

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What are Auxiliary Points (Aux Points)?

Money that you put on your ID to use at campus venues is called Auxiliary Points (Aux Points). Aux Points rollover from year to year. Once Aux Points are added to your ID, they cannot be removed until you use them or until you permanently leave the college. Aux Points cannot be cashed in for cash. Any Aux Points left on your ID after you graduate will be returned to you via check post-Commencement.

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Where can I use Aux Points on campus?

• Atrium Market – subs & soup
• Café Mac – you can purchase meals for family and friends
• Highlander Store – convenience store & Macalester apparel
• The LOCH – Student Lounge – Free to hang out, eat, study & play games
• NESSIE – Grab & Go, Sweet treats
• Information Desk – discounted bus passes and movie theater tickets, fax service, tickets to Mac-sponsored off-campus event
• Laundry (our laundry machines do NOT accept coins or bills)
• Textbooks
• The Grille – grilled items, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, pastries, cookies, hot & cold beverages
• Vending Machines

Where can I use Aux Points off campus?

  • CVS (Snelling and University location)
  • Italian Pie Shoppe
  • Shish
  • Noodles & Co

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What happens if I break, lose or have my ID stolen?

If your card is lost or stolen, please report your card as lost or stolen via ManageMyId (Macalester.managemyid.com) or by contacting the Card Services Office ASAP. This will disable all services on your ID (e.g., aux points, meal plan, building access). You can purchase a new ID card for $20 at the Card Service Office on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center. All services and Aux Points from your previous ID will be transferred to your new ID. The $20 replacement fee will be waived if your card is stolen and you have a police report documenting the theft.

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How does the mail work? Where do I get the combination for my mailbox?

The Student Post Office (SPO) is located in the lower level of the Campus Center. You can go to the SPO window to get your combination once you get to school. You can also access your combination by logging into 1600 Grand and clicking the "Student Life" tab.

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How can I get bus passes or movie tickets?

Students can get discounted bus passes and movie passes at the Information Desk in the Campus Center.

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Where do I get cash?

There are US Bank and Sunrise Banks ATMs in the lower level of the Campus Center. If you have a Wells Fargo account, you can use the Wells Fargo ATM at Super America on Snelling (it's about 3 blocks from campus) or the Wells Fargo Bank on the corner of Grand and Fairview (about 5 blocks away from campus). Macalester College has different partnerships with all three banks, including an educational partnership with Sunrise Banks, a local community bank which has a socially responsible deposit fund that supports economically disadvantaged communities in the Twin Cities. We encourage you to take a look at the banking information provided at banking in the area in order to decide which option makes the most sense for you.  All of the banks listed on that site allow accounts to be opened online.

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Orientation Leaders/Contacts

What are Orientation Leaders (OLs) and how can I get in touch with mine?

Orientation Leaders are upper-class students who will aid you in your transition to Macalester. Over the summer your OLs will write you and provide you with their contact information. Feel free to ask them any questions or concerns you may have about coming to Macalester!

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What are the most important activities of each day for Orientation?

Events that are mandatory include those concerning student employment (stop by the table in the lower level of the Campus Center, meet your supervisor, go to the large group meeting about work study), first-year class meetings, getting your ID card and the library/computer orientation (where you get information about email.) All of the other Orientation events during the day are strongly encouraged because they will help you with the transition to Mac. Evening social events are encouraged because they will help students meet other students!

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Who can I contact if I have more questions?

If you have other questions and would like to speak to someone in person, feel free to call the Orientation Office at (651) 696-6842, or you can email the office at orientation@macalester.edu.

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Other...

Are there activities for accompanying family members?

All family members including younger children are welcome to orientation, however please bear in mind that the programs are mainly for adults and incoming students and have nothing structured for children. They are welcome to bring items to entertain themselves.

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Are transfer students eligible to participate in any of the "Pre-Orientation Programs ?"

The various "Pre-Orientation Programs" are structured largely for only incoming first-year students and therefore transfer students may not apply or participate in these programs. Transfer students are however welcome to apply to the MacWard Bound program, but would need to note that first-year students will have placement priority.

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What are the requirements to qualify for a parking permit?

Registration for faculty and staff will be valid until such time as all vehicles are re-registered (typically 3 - 4 years). Resident student registration is valid for one year, September to August. Non-resident student registration is valid for one semester at a time. First-year resident students are NOT eligible for a campus parking permit. Medical and work-related exceptions may be requested from the Director of Safety and Security. Registration is not transferable. Parking permits are issued to Macalester faculty, staff, and eligible current students upon completion and signature of a vehicle registration form at the Facilities Services Office.

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