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Your Path to Mac

Macalester’s Class of 2026 is now in place! We hope it’s starting to feel real, and of course, really exciting. This next phase is often filled with joy, anxiety, and anticipation. Through the process, Macalester has support and resources in place that are here to guide you.


Your Macalester Gmail account is the communication hub for Macalester. You will set up this account along with Google 2-factor authentication, so watch for an email from Information Technology Services (ITS) on May 17 with the subject line, “Initialize your Macalester Account.”

In the same email from ITS you’ll receive the link for the Macalester College portal, 1600grand. Your new Macalester credentials will be used for both 1600grand and the accompanying 2-factor authentication with DUO MOBILE. Note that 1600grand is a portal different from your New Student Portal. Course registration and tuition payments are managed in 1600grand, so it’s an important resource throughout your college journey.

You’ll begin to hear from various departments at Macalester helping with your transition to college. As part of the Mac community, you’ll also receive emails in your new Macalester email account about important messages, events, and updates from college leaders.

Similar to when you applied, your New Student Portal is your checklist for all the required forms and information needed before college. You’ll receive an email prompt to set up your New Student Portal in your new Macalester email account.


Over the next few months you’ll receive email alerts and reminders about the markers and milestones listed below. This list is only meant to provide an overview of the steps as you make your way to Macalester. Your New Student Portal and Macalester email are the best sources for deadlines, links, and forms, so check them at least once a week.

MAY: Technology Checklist

Information Technology Services (ITS) at Mac provides you with the key to getting tech-ready! Listed are the steps and information needed to access your new Macalester email account and our 1600grand portal, including 2-factor authentication. Plus, you’ll find other recommendations and tips to smooth the tech transition to college.

MAY: Community through Identity

A variety of programs designed to engage around identity, develop leadership skills, and build connections will be open for application. These are not required, but have been successful in helping students find their sense of belonging and give back to communities around them. The level of commitment varies so be sure to review the details of each program.

Macalester classroom

MAY: First-Year Course Choices

Available in mid- to late- May you can view classes in preparation for submitting your First-Year Fall Course Registration Choices Form, found in your New Student Portal and due June 22. This kicks off the course registration process, with several other key steps in July and August.


Your Class of 2026 page will have valuable reminders and event information throughout the year. Posts and replies will now come from Mac’s Office of Student Leadership and Engagement staff and students, and widen to share events across campus. If you haven’t requested in yet, you’re still welcome to join your classmates in the group.

Orientation at Mac

JUNE: Plan for Orientation

Orientation happens at the end of August, with some virtual programs available in mid-August. All students attend orientation August 26-30, with international students arriving earlier on August 23. As you close and celebrate your high school or secondary school experience, it’s still a good idea to consider travel and moving logistics for move-in day.

JUNE: Forms Due June 22!

Your New Student Portal will list a variety of required forms including the First-Year Course Preference Form and Community and Connection Cohorts Form. Watch for email reminders and be sure to view your checklist to know exactly what is due.

JUNE: Money Matters

Before fall semester account statements are sent in July, students should set up authorized users (others who also need access to account statements) through 1600grand. Students with a financial aid package may also have a few additional steps to put financial aid in place.

JULY1: Defer Requests Due

Considering a gap year? Students who want to defer their enrollment to fall 2023 have until July 1 to submit a Request to Defer form. The form is available in your Applicant Portal. For some students a gap year is the best way to transition from high school to college.

JULY: Housing forms available

For first-year students, your housing preference form is due July 14. Information about the forms and deadlines will be sent via email in July. Residential Life then sends notification on August 5 about your roommate(s), residence hall, and meal plan. (Not applicable to transfer students.)

AUGUST 1: Course registration opens

Registration is now open for first-year students. To view and select classes, you’ll use 1600grand, the gateway to many Macalester resources, such as applying for housing, registering for classes, or viewing today’s Café Mac menu. Remember, logging in requires Duo Mobile for 2-factor authentication.


MacPass is your campus ID card used for accessing buildings, tracking your meal plan, loading/spending Mac Money, and using library services. Sending in your photo by the due date means your MacPass will be ready and waiting for you on move-in day.

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  • Meet other admitted Mac2026 students and current Mac students in the class Facebook group.
  • Share your Instagram and Twitter posts using #Mac2026. Use #heymac to get on Mac Social.

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Send Your Final High School Transcript

With regard to the “contingency clause” in your offer of admission, Macalester’s offer of admission is contingent upon your successful completion of all secondary school coursework at a level similar to your previous work, as well as the requirement that you submit a final copy of your secondary school transcript for approval prior to matriculation. If extenuating circumstances have caused any limitations on your ability to complete your coursework or produce a final transcript email and we will assist you.

Review Transfer Credit process if applicable

For students who are considering transferring college or university credit, it’s important to understand the process.

Macalester College will accept no more than the equivalent of twenty (20) semester credits earned prior to matriculation. College/university credits, summer session college credits, credits earned through a post-secondary education program, International Baccalaureate credits, and Advanced Placement Program credits are included in this 20-credit limitation.

Macalester will not award credit for college/university courses that were used to satisfy any of the requirements for graduation at the student’s secondary school.

Once enrolled, you will submit the First-Year Credit Transfer form found in your New Student Portal. This form is used to identify college/university courses taken in high school which were not used to satisfy any requirements for graduation from that school. (The First-Year Credit Transfer form is not needed for College Board Advanced Placement (AP), General Certificate (GCE), or International Baccalaureate (IB). These scores will be evaluated separately.)

You must also request that an official transcript be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office by the college or university through which you took courses. Student-issued transcripts will not be accepted for transfer of credit.

When both the First-Year Credit Transfer form and the official college/university transcript are received by the Registrar’s Office, the evaluation process will begin and credit will be transferred accordingly. Transcripts can be mailed to the address below, or sent via secure electronic transmission to Macalester College.

Mailing Address:
Registrar’s Office
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105-1899

If you have questions about transfer credits before enrollment, contact your admissions counselor directly or send questions to