Your Path to Mac
You are heading to Mac! 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.
WHAT TO EXPECT & NEXT STEPS
The list below is an overview and gives students and their families a sense of the markers and milestones designed to prepare you for your start at Macalester. Links are available for reference but many next steps become available only after May 18 with your new Macalester account. Your New Student Portal and macalester.edu email will be the best sources for deadlines, links, and forms, so check them at least once a week.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR PARENTS, GUARDIANS, AND STUDENT SUPPORTERS
Now is a good time to open a conversation about what’s important regarding communication between college and home.
For reasons of privacy and security, student information is only disclosed to the student.
Save These Dates
- Pre-Orientation for International Students on August 28-August 30.
- New Student Orientation on August 31-September 4. (Move In Day August 31)
- Classes begin on September 5.
- Mac Fest is open to families for events, performances, and activities all weekend October 6-8.
Check out the college events calendar for other events.
- Meet other admitted Mac2027 students and current Mac students in the class Facebook group.
- Share your Instagram and Twitter posts using #Mac2027. Use #heymac to get on Mac Social.
Check Out Our Virtual Tour or Connect with the Mac Community
- Explore our campus on a virtual tour or video tour to experience Macalester without leaving home.
- Email Admissions or Financial Aid with any questions.
- Connect with your counselor by email or schedule a virtual meeting.
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, upon which our offer is based, and your continuing to meet the standards expected for admission to Macalester, as determined in its sole discretion. Admitted students must update Macalester regarding any material changes in the information submitted during the application process, including academic standing and/or disciplinary or criminal history. You will need to 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 [email protected] 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 a maximum of thirty-two (32) 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 32-credit limitation.
Once enrolled, you must 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.
Once the official college/university transcript is 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.
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 [email protected].