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Housing Information for New First Year and New Transfer Students.

The New Student Housing and Dining 2016-17 agreement and preferences form will soon be available.  We will notify students by macalester email when the site is ready for you to access. The agreement and preferences questions are completed through your on-line housing portal. 

Once available, here are the steps to Housing and Dining at Mac: 

To access the housing application log into 1600Grand and select Student Services/MyHousing.  At the first screen in MyHousing, select ApplyOnLine.  The application name is New Student Housing and Dining 2016-17.   You will see the agreement and a few housing preference questions to answer.  We ask very basic questions that should only take a couple of minutes to answer.  Please complete the agreement and preferences questions by June 30th. 

Room and roommate assignments will be posted during the first week of August.  When assignments are ready we'll notify you to go back to your MyHousing page and instead of ApplyOnLine, select MyHousing at the first screen.  That's where you will find your room assignment, roommate information, room type, and dining plan information. 

If you have trouble accessing MyHousing, check that your computer Privacy setting in Control Panel is set to accept third party cookies.   Contact the Macalester ITS Help Desk at for additional information about setting your computer to access MyHousing.

If you have any questions about the housing application or living on campus in general please email us at or phone at 651-696-6215.  We look forward to meeting you and joining our Mac community.

Kathy McEathron

Residential Life

summer housing information

Summer Housing Application  

Housing Calendar Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Fall 2016

August 14 - Preseason housing opens for students approved for early activities.

August 26, Friday - New First-Year and Transfer students arrive.  Orientation begins.

August 28, Sunday -  Upper class students return for Fall semester.  

August 31, Wednesday -  Classes Begin

September 5, Monday - Labor Day - No Classes

September 30, Friday through October 1, Saturday - Family Fest

October 20, Thursday through  October 23, Sunday - Fall Break; Halls stay open, food service in Cafe Mac and Grille is open.

November 23, Wednesday through November 27, Sunday - Thanksgiving Break;  Halls stay open; Food Service in Cafe Mac is open with adjusted holiday hours.

December 9, Friday  - Classes End

December 10, Saturday - Atrium Market, Scotty's and Nessie's closed for winter break.

December 10, Saturday through Friday, December 16 - Study Days and Final Exams

December 16, Friday - Food Service ends after dinner. Cafe Mac and Grill, close for winter break

December 17, Saturday - Residence Halls, Houses, and Apartments close by Noon.

Winter Break December 18, 2016  through January 16, 2017

January Break Housing - January 2, 2017 through January 16, 2017 - For International students with permanent addresses outside the USA and students approved for athletic, academic, and Macalester sponsored break programs and activities. 

Spring 2017

January 17, Tuesday - Residence Halls open for spring semester.

January 19, Thursday - Spring Semester Classes Begin

February 1, Wednesday - Language House and Specialty Housing applications open for 2017-2018 housing. 

March 11 - 19, Saturday through Sunday - Spring Break; Halls stay open but Cafe Mac, and auxiliary food stations are closed except for The Grille.  The Grille is open Monday through Friday with shortened hours. 

March 19, Sunday - Cafe Mac opens at dinner for spring semester dining plans. 

March 20, Monday through March 31, Friday - Room Selection season for returning students

May 4, Thursday through May 8, Monday - Final exam period.  Non-graduates depart campus after their last final. 

May 9, Tuesday - Residence Halls close by Noon for all but graduating seniors and students approved to stay on campus during senior week.

May 9, Tuesday through May 12, Friday - Senior Week. Halls stay open for graduates and students approved to be on campus during senior week. 

May 13, Saturday - Commencement.  Senior week and graduates departures begin

May 14, Sunday - Halls close by Noon for all students except those taking a final at an ACTC location with a later final schedule.