Frequently Asked Questions

Move In - Fall Semester, 2014

New students arrive on Thursday, August 28, 2014.  Halls open at 8:00 AM

Upper-Class Students may arrive beginning Saturday, August 30, 2014.  Halls open at 9:00 AM

Classes begin Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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As a transfer student, can I live on campus?

As space permits, we encourage transfer students to live on campus in order to integrate themselves into the Macalester College community.

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What size are the mattresses? Can I loft/de-loft my bed?

All beds are twin sized, extra long (the dimensions are 36" x 80"). We recommend purchasing extra-long twin sheets.

The beds in Doty and Turck halls are unlofted to begin with. You can choose to loft or de-loft your bed but we recommend talking with your roommate(s) first before doing so. Supplies to loft or de-loft a bed can be found in the hall office of each residence hall. Lofting or de-lofting is generally not permitted during preseason.

Most of the beds in Dupre Hall are  lofted with a long desk underneath.  The size of the desks in Dupre makes the beds difficult to de-loft. For safety reasons, students may not dismantle the long-desk lofted beds.  Contact your Hall Director for approval to request de-lofting for a Dupre long-desk bed.  Only our trades staff may do the actual de-lofting work. 

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What about food service on campus?

Bon Appetit  is our dinning services provider.  The main dining area is Cafe Mac located on the first floor of the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.  Dining plan options are also available in the Campus Center at the Atrium Market, and Nessie's and at Scotty's in the Leonard Center.   All new students are placed on the 19 meals per week plan for fall semester.  After fall semester all students may choose from the four meal plan options however the cost is the same amount for all Plans..   More information about dining services is available in the Living On Campus section.

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Can I park my car on campus?

Few Macalester students bring vehicles to campus and instead use our efficient public transit system or bicycles. Many restaurants, shopping areas, movie theaters and parks are within walking distance of campus.   First year students are not eligible to park on campus although medical and work-related exceptions may be requested from the Director of Safety and Security.  Vehicles using campus parking lots must display a valid parking permit. Contact Safety and Security for more information about parking on campus and to apply for a parking permit.

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What is my address? / Can I ship boxes to campus prior to moving in?

All students have the same address regardless of where they live on campus. Each student is assigned a Student Post Office Box (SPO) where the student can pick up mail and packages that arrive in their name. This information can be found through the 1600 Grand online portal, in the Student Life tab under the heading "My Student Account/Information". The student's SPO number need not be included on mail sent to campus. All mail and packages should be addressed as follows:

[Student's Name] SPO
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Yes you can have boxes shipped to campus! If you need to ship trunks, suitcases or boxes, before the school year begins, Mailing Services will hold them for you in Trunk Storage. Specific Trunk Storage pickup hours will be posted at mailing services. Please be aware that trunk storage hours are limited. Boxes should not arrive prior to August 15 and must be picked up by September 5, 2014. Please address your luggage and boxes in this manner:

[Student's Name]
Macalester College
ATTN: Trunk Storage
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

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Is there student storage space on campus?

Each residence hall has a storage room in which students may store personal items during the academic year. Students that live greater than 300 miles from campus may store a limited number of boxes over the summer to their fall assignment hall.  The residence hall staff maintains the storage room and designates hours at the beginning of the semester and at the end of the semester during which items may be placed in or taken out of storage.

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Are there substance-free living options on campus?

30 Macalester Street is the designated Healthy Living Hall.  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors that select to live in 30 Mac during room draw agree to refrain from the use of alcohol and illegal drugs while living in the hall.   First year students may request to be paired with a roommate that prefers to live on campus without the use of alcohol or illegal drugs by noting it on the Special Requests/comments line when they complete the Housing and Dining Agreement  preferences section.  Residential Life will honor these requests whenever possible within the limitations of our residence hall accommodations.

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What is the 24-Hour Quiet Community?

30 Macalester Street is also designated as the  24-Hour Quiet Community.  Residents share the responsibility of keeping a quiet community for themselves and their guests.

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Where can I get information about classes?

A great place to start would be the Registrar's website. Otherwise your Admission Officer would be able to start you in the right direction as well.

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Where can I get information about my Student Account?

Once you have your Macalester College username and password you will be able to access 1600 Grand our web self serve portal to access your student account information. If you do not have your username you can get general account information from the Student Accounts website.

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For Parents: How do I send a care package to my son/daughter?

Students are always happy to receive care packages at the student post office. They will receive a notice to pick-up packages at the front window in the Post Office during normal business hours. If you choose to order a cake, a special treat, flowers, or anything perishable for your students, please have the package delivered to the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center Information Desk located on the main floor. Their phone number is 651-696-6888. The Information Desk hours are from 7 am - 12:30 am. Please make sure that your student's name is on the delivery card for prompt delivery.

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For Parents: Where can I go for  additional information about Macalester?

We encourage you to visit the Parent Handbook for additional information about academics, health and wellness, safety and security, etc. You may also contact Residential Life by calling our office at 651-696-6215, or emailing us at .

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Where can I find important phone numbers?

Phone numbers and other contact information for faculty, staff, student organizations, etc. may be found in the Macalester College Directory or by calling the Switchboard at 651-696-6000.

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