- Sep 1 New Student Orientation
- Sep 1 Orientation: MacReads Lecture for First Year Students
- Sep 2 Classes Begin
- Sep 2 New Traditions: 2014 Faculty Exhibition
- Sep 4 Author Daniel Gilbert to Speak at Opening Convocation
- Sep 5 Taste of Service and Involvement Fair
- Sep 6 Cheer on the Scots in Their Home Opener
- Sep 18 EnviroThursday - "Helping Forests Adapt to a Changing Climate"
- Sep 18 Visualities of Memory Symposium: Film "The Act of Killing"
- Sep 19 Visualities of Memory Symposium: Poster sessions and roundtable presentations/discussions
- Sep 26 Admissions Fall Sampler
- Sep 26 Inventory: New Paintings by Lisa Bergh and Andrew Nordin Opening Reception
- Oct 5 Chopin Society presents pianist Lukáš Vondráček
- Oct 9 International Roundtable
- Oct 10 Family Fest Weekend
- Oct 10 International Roundtable
- Oct 18 International Archaeology Day: "'Monuments Men (and Women):' Cultural Property in Conflict Today"
- Oct 23 Fall Break
- Oct 24 Fall Break
- Oct 29 Macalester New Music Series: Music from Copland House
- Oct 31 Admissions Fall Sampler
- Nov 8 Opening Reception: Ni De Aqui Ni De Alla From Neither Here Nor There: New and Recent Work by Raoul Deal
- Nov 13 Greg Brick, on “The Rediscovery of French Saltpeter Caves in Minnesota”
- Nov 21 Highland Camerata and Concert Choir
Office of Student Affairs
Weyerhaeuser Room 119
FOLLOWING RULES IN HIGH SCHOOL
• High school is mandatory
Guiding principle: You will usually be told what to do and corrected if your behavior is out of line.
CHOOSING RESPONSIBLY IN COLLEGE
• College is voluntary
Guiding principle: You are expected to take responsibility for what you do and don't do, as well as for the consequences of your decisions.
GOING TO HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES
• The school year is 36 weeks long;
Guiding principle: You will usually be told in class what you need to learn from assigned readings.
SUCCEEDING IN COLLEGE CLASSES
• The academic year is divided into two separate 15-week semesters, plus a week after each semester for exams.
Guiding principle: It's up to you to read and understand the assigned material; lectures and assignments proceed from the assumption that you've already done so.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
• Teachers check your completed homework.
Guiding principle: High school is a teaching environment in which you acquire facts and skills
• Professors may not always check completed homework, but they will assume you can perform the same tasks on tests.
Guiding principle: College is a learning environment in which you take responsibility for thinking through and applying what you have learned.
TESTS IN HIGH SCHOOL
• Testing is frequent and covers small amounts of material.
Guiding principle: Mastery is usually seen as the ability to reproduce what you were taught in the form in which it was presented to you, or to solve the kinds of problems you were shown how to solve.
TESTS IN COLLEGE
• Testing is usually infrequent and may be cumulative, covering large amounts of material. You, not the professor, need to organize the material to prepare for the test. A particular course may have only 2 or 3 tests in a semester.
Guiding principle: Mastery is often seen as the ability to apply what you've learned to new situations or to solve new kinds of problems.
GRADES IN HIGH SCHOOL
• Grades are given for most assigned work.
Guiding principle: "Effort counts." Courses are usually structured to reward a "good-faith effort."
GRADES IN COLLEGE
• Grades may not be provided for all assigned work.
Guiding principle: "Results count." Though "good-faith effort" is important in regard to the professor's willingness to help you achieve good results, it will not substitute for results in the grading process.
High School Guidance Counselors
• It is their full time job to carefully monitor your progress on graduation requirements.
Guiding Principle: Someone else is keeping track and will inform you of what you need to do.
College Academic Advisers
• Are faculty members with many other responsibilities—teaching, research, administration.
Guiding Principle: You are responsible for your academic life and for seeking out the resources you need to be successful.