Frequently Asked Questions

Moving In - Fall Semester, 2013

Move-in Date for First-Year and Transfer Students:
Thursday, August 29, 2013, beginning at 8:00 am

Earliest Move-in Date for Upper-Class Students:
Saturday, August 31, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm & 8-10 pm

Classes begin Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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When will I receive my first-year or transfer student residence hall assignment?

First-years and transfer students will be notified of their residence hall assignments at the beginning of August through their MyHousing webpage. We will let students know when assignments are ready and how to access their MyHousing page. We encourage roommates to contact each other, if possible, prior to arriving on campus. This helps to organize who is bringing what to campus and to aid in the transition of living with one another.

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How are first-year students assigned a room and roommates?

We'll do our best to assign you a room and roommate or possibly roommates (we have some triple and quad rooms) based on your preferences. If you are assigned to a residential first-year course, the course location may take priority over your hall or room-type preference.

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As a transfer student, can I live on campus?

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

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What items should I bring to campus?

Please go to our list of suggested items. These are only possible suggestions of things to bring to campus. We encourage roommates to speak with one another prior to moving in to help eliminate doubling up of large items.

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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. Beds in Dupre Hall are all lofted. 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.

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What are my meal plan options?

All students living on campus are required to have a meal plan. Exemptions from the meal plan may be granted for students with documented medical reasons. Students living in certain areas on campus that include access to a full kitchen are not required to have a meal plan. These areas include the Language Houses, the Eco-House, the Veggie Co-op, the Interfaith House, the Summit
House, and the Grand Cambridge Apartments. If you are living off campus you can elect to have the full meal plan option or the Commuter 75 meal plan. Information about all meal plans is available in the Living On Campus section. Please note that for fall semester all first-year students are automatically placed on Plan A (19 meals/week) and must remain on this plan until Spring semester, when they are able to choose a different plan if they would like.

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Can I park my car on campus?

Many Macalester students elect to not have a vehicle with them on campus and instead use our efficient public transit system or bicycles. 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. All vehicles parked by Macalester College students, faculty and staff in college parking lots must display a valid parking permit. Visitors may park in Macalester lots without a permit or penalty for a 72-hour period while visiting or while engaged in business on campus. The exception to this is the 77 Macalester lot. For more information please click here.

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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 hours will be posted when you arrive. Please be aware that trunk storage hours are limited. Boxes should not arrive prior to August 15 and must be picked up by September 6, 2011. 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. 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. For more iformation, including summer storage information, please go here here.

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Are there substance-free living options on campus?

The consumption of alcohol is not permitted by persons under the age of 21 at Macalester College. Many students choose not to use alcohol, tobacco products, and other drugs. These students would like to live in an area where other students are making similar positive choices and value a healthy living environment. Areas such as the Cottages and 30 Mac are designated "healthy living" options and may be chosen by sophomores, juniors, and seniors for housing. Similarly, first year students may request to be paired with a substance-free roommate on their Room and Board Information card. Residential Life works hard to honor these requests whenever possible within the limitations of our residence hall accomodations.

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What are 24-Hour Quiet Floors?

Students who select a 24-Hour Quiet community have made a commitment to extend their regular quiet hours in their communities. All residents of a quiet community will share the responsibility of maintaining it as a study space 24-hours every day meaning quiet hours are always in effect. Normal quiet hours begin at 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday & Saturday. 24- Hour Quiet communities are Kirk section 9, 30 Macalester, and Wallace Ground, 1st and 4th floors and in varying first-year areas as requested.

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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: What should I do because I would like additional information?

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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