2019 Spring Samplers, April 11-12 and 18-19.
Spring Samplers for admitted Class of 2023 students will provide a broad sampling of Macalester life. You may choose to participate in both Thursday (can include an overnight in a residence hall with a volunteer host) and Friday activities or in Friday activities only. Limited overnight stays are available on a first come first served basis. Parents are welcome to attend the presentations on both Thursday and Friday. View our Visit Campus page for individual visit opportunities.
Macalester-Provided Transportation and Hotels
Macalester will provide the following transportation during the Spring Sampler:
- Thursday MSP Airport shuttle to campus, noon to 5:00PM
There will be a Mac representative in Terminal 1-Lindbergh (Carousel #6) and Terminal 2 – Humphrey (near the Caribou Coffee).
- Thursday evening transport to preferred hotels (listed below), 6:30PM for parents, 9:00PM for students
Transport for parents will depart from the Parent Reception. Transport for students will depart from the Admissions Office.
- Friday transport to campus from preferred hotels (listed below), 6:45AM to 7:30AM
Departing from select area hotels (listed below). Details available upon arrival to campus.
- Friday shuttles to MSP Airport, noon to 5:00PM
Departing from the Admissions Office.
Spring Sampler Preferred Hotels
We have secured special rates and courtesy blocks for Spring Sampler attendees.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis ($159) APRIL 18 only
1101 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Reservations: Guests are also able to make reservations over the phone by calling 612-332-6800 and referencing Macalester College. The cutoff date for all reservations is 4/9/2019 Website
Hilton Minneapolis ($159) APRIL 11 only
1001 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Holiday Inn Express and Suites ($109)
225 S 11th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis ($129)
1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Reservations: Visit minneapolis.regency.hyatt.com enter your dates and select โ€Special Ratesโ€ then โ€Corporate or Group Codeโ€ and enter the University code: 89295.
Residence Inn by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown City Center ($140/$159)
45 S 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Residence Inn by Marriott St Paul Downtown ($142)
200 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55101
Reservations: Guests should call 1-888-236-2427 to book, or follow the booking links. Cut-off dates are two weeks in advance of the respective events (3/28 and 4/4). Website
Double Tree by Hilton St. Paul Downtown (10% off best available rate)
411 Minnesota St, St Paul, MN 55101
Reservations: Guests should call the hotel directly at (651) 291-8800 and request the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities rate.
Holiday Inn St. Paul ($135 or 10% off best rate)
175 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
The Saint Paul Hotel ($159)
350 Market St, St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 292-9292 Website
Reservations: Call 1-800-292-9292 and reference “Macalester Spring Sampler.
Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge ($109)
161 Saint Anthony Avenue, St Paul, MN 55103
(651) 227-8711 Website
Reservations: Call (651) 227-8711, Ext 1 and reference “MACAL41”.
Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown St Paul ($135)
200 7th Street, W, St Paul, MN 55102
Reservations: Guests may book online or by calling 651-224-7400 and requesting the Macalester College room block. Cut off dates of 4/2 and 4/9, respectively