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JUNE 21-24, 2023

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

Selected applicants for the PRE@Mac program will be notified in mid-May.

PRE@Mac is a free residential immersion into the college experience for Minnesota high school students graduating in 2024 or 2025. We’re looking for bright, motivated high school students with identities traditionally underrepresented in higher education. We’ll introduce you to the tools necessary to navigate a successful college search and application process that will set you up to thrive at your college home.

As a PRE@Mac Scholar, you’ll:

  • Explore the identities you will bring to a college campus and how to find a sense of belonging
  • Live in a campus residence hall like a college student
  • Sample classes taught by Macalester professors
  • Learn how to access financial aid resources to make college more affordable
  • Be mentored by Mac students who are just like you!

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript
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If you are a counselor, teacher, or advisor guiding students who may be interested in PRE@MAC, download this poster to share or display at your school.
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  • When and where does PRE@Mac take place?

    PRE@Mac 2023 is an in-person program held at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

  • Who is it for?

    PRE@Mac is for Minnesota high school students graduating in 2024 or 2025 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?

    PRE@Mac is 100% free to apply and attend for all participants. You may even get some free Mac swag!

  • What tools do I need?

    We will provide you with a list of supplies you’ll need to bring, and a list of the items supplied by Macalester.

  • What precautions are in place for health and wellness?

    In order to maintain the health and safety of our campus during the pandemic, Macalester requires prospective students and all of their guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of their visit.

    We will continue to adhere to CDC and MDH guidelines for gatherings. Should it become necessary, the program may shift to a virtual environment.

  • Will I have a roommate?

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

    *Room assignments will be made in accordance with COVID-19 safety measures in place. This is subject to change based on safe gathering guidelines.

  • Does Cafe Mac accommodate dietary restrictions?

    Yes! Cafe Mac provides vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options at all meals and we will work to accommodate food allergies.

  • How do I apply?

    Interested students should apply by using the Apply Now button found here when the application period is open. In addition to the form, you need to send in one letter of recommendation written by someone from your high school (such as a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal) or a college access advisor who can speak to both your academic ability and your involvement/responsibilities outside of school. You do not have to be nominated to apply.

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

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

  • Can my parents attend?

    We invite the people supporting you through the college admissions process to attend the closing sessions on Saturday.

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

    We certainly hope you’ll come to love Mac 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 questions to—we’d love to hear from you!