2019 Spring Samplers, April 11-12 and 18-19.

Spring Samplers for admitted 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. Overnight visits are available on Thursday. Parents are welcome to attend the presentations on both Thursday and Friday. Registration for Spring Samplers will be available February 1, 2019.

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.
Other ways to get to campus, campus maps, directions, and more.

Spring Sampler Preferred Hotels

We have secured special rates and courtesy blocks for Spring Sampler attendees.  

Hilton Minneapolis ($159) APRIL 11 only
1001 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 376-1000
Reservations: Website

Holiday Inn Express and Suites ($109)
225 S 11th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 341-3300
Reservations: Website

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis ($129)
1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 370-1234
Reservations: Visit minneapolis.regency.hyatt.com enter your dates and select “Special Rates” then “Corporate or Group Code” and enter the University code: 89295.

Residence Inn by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown City Center ($140/$159)
45 S 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 677-1000
Reservations: 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)
Shuttle provided
175 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 225-1515
Reservations: Website

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
651-224-7400 Website
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