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Workshop Wednesdays

Your college search just got easier.

What’s the difference between a liberal arts college and a state university? How can my family afford college? How can I really nail my college essay?

When you dive into your college search, the questions start piling up. So it’s time to find the answers in our Workshop Wednesdays series. We’ve covered the topics that rise to the top for students thinking about college.

Live workshops have ended, but you can view the recorded events at any time.


1. What is a Liberal Arts College?

RECORDED EVENT: We often think of the humanities and arts when we think of a liberal arts college. It’s not always understood that pre-med students, biologists, chemists, and other brilliant scientists get their degree from liberal arts schools. Tackle all the myths and misperceptions with us and learn about the unique learning style of a liberal arts education in this Workshop Wednesday.

2. Writing a College Essay

RECORDED EVENT: Our most interactive workshop, we’ll lay out the do’s and don’ts of writing a college essay. Discover the ways to represent yourself in an authentic and genuine way to stand out among a sea of applicants. Plus, we’ll cover the basic proofreading steps that will avoid embarrassing errers (see what we did there?).

3. Navigating Financial Aid

RECORDED EVENT: Affording college is one of the top reasons students stress about the search. Don’t let fear of the unknown slow you down. We’ll lay out all the tools and resources available, and explain how the financial aid office is really friend not foe. Along the way, we’ll decode the financial aid lingo.

4. Getting Your Letter of Recommendation

RECORDED EVENT: Getting into college is not a solo effort! In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss the best ways to partner with your VIP supporters, as they build letters of recommendations which truly highlight the academic strengths and personal characteristics that say you are college-ready.

5. Filling Out the Common Application

RECORDED EVENT: Let us be your guide as you make the leap into the Common App. This step-by-step tutorial will give you the motivation to move from section to section with the stealth-like grace of a panther and the strategic smarts of a two-time Nobel Prize winner. Get the tips that will help you make the most of your talents, energy, and academic achievements.

6a. Mac Admissions and Financial Aid Deep Dive (U.S. Students)

RECORDED EVENT: For seniors in the U.S. who are starting to get serious about Macalester, this is the perfect workshop. Get an insider’s look into how we read applications, how you can afford the top-notch Macalester education, and what it means to go through the process of applying to colleges while there’s a pandemic going on. Plus, get answers to questions in real time from wicked-smart admissions representatives.

6b. Mac Admissions and Financial Aid Deep Dive (International Students)

RECORDED EVENT: For seniors ouside the U.S. who are starting to get serious about Macalester, this is the perfect workshop. Get an insider’s look into how we read applications, how you can afford the top-notch Macalester education, and what it means to go through the process of applying to colleges while there’s a pandemic going on. Plus, get answers to questions in real time from wicked-smart admissions representatives.

Macalester Info Session
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INFORMATION SESSION & TOUR

In addition to Workshop Wednesdays, you’re always invited to learn more about Macalester in our Online Info Session & Tour. Hear about a variety of opportunities, classes, and pathways to graduation. Then join current students to explore the campus from their perspective. The 30-minute information session is followed by a 30-minute live tour.