Skip to Main Content Skip to Footer Toggle Navigation Menu

PRE@Mac Cancelled


COVID-19 Information

Macalester’s PRE@Mac summer program has been cancelled in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Staff are actively working to provide robust online programming for students ready to apply to Macalester, as well as those just starting their college search. If you are a student or counselor curious to learn more about Macalester, the college search process, or financial aid, our Admissions staff is available to answer your questions.

PRE@Mac logo

June 16-19, 2020

Your launchpad to college: we want to help you get there.

PRE@Mac is a free four-day immersion into the college experience. We’ll introduce you to the tools you need to navigate a successful college search and application process.

Living on campus, just like a Mac student, you’ll:

  • Experience life as a college student—sleeping in Mac’s residence halls, dining at Café Mac, and exploring our campus and neighborhood
  • Explore the identities you will bring to a college campus and how to find a sense of belonging
  • Learn how to access financial aid resources to make college more affordable
  • Sample real classes taught by Macalester professors
  • Connect with other students on the college journey just like you!

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • One letter of recommendation


  • When and where does PRE@Mac take place?

    Pre@Mac programming has been cancelled.

  • Who is it for?

    PRE@Mac is for Minnesota high school students graduating in 2022. We’re looking for bright, motivated students from backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education (e.g., students of color and/or first generation to attend college).

  • Are there scholarships available?

    There is no tuition or fee to participate in PRE@Mac. All housing, meals, and activities are provided by the college during your stay.

  • Will I have a roommate?

    Students will share a room in one of Mac’s residence halls with another program participant. You will be matched based on gender identity.

  • Does Café Mac accommodate dietary restrictions?

    Yes! Our campus dining hall offers a wide variety of options to suit our students’ tastes and needs. Plus it offers dishes from all around the world, which we think is pretty cool, too.

  • How do I apply?

    Interested students must either submit an application using this form, or be nominated to apply by a teacher or guidance counselor. In addition to the form, you’ll need to send in one letter of recommendation written by someone from school (such as a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal) or a college access advisor who can speak to your academic ability and potential.

  • How do I know if I am selected to participate?

    All applicants will receive a decision notification by email and letter in early May.

  • Can my parents attend?

    We invite the people who are supporting you through the college admissions process to attend sessions on Tuesday evening and Friday afternoon.

  • Do I have to sign something promising I’ll go to Macalester for college afterward?

    We certainly hope you’ll come to love our school as much as we do, but this is about helping you find the college option that’s right for you—even if that’s not us.

  • Will there be bagpipes at this?

    There might be bagpipes.

Still curious? Send any more questions to—we’d love to hear from you!