Pre-Orientation Outdoor Program
August 22 through August 28, 2019

Macward Bound Mission

Macward Bound’s mission is to provide shared outdoor adventure experiences in which new students will develop social support systems, self-awareness, and confidence. We strive to create an environment which is simultaneously challenging and supportive for students of all cultures and backgrounds. Macward Bound creates lasting bonds between students, emphasizes teamwork and flexibility, practices environmental sustainability, and eases the transition into college life.

Macward Bound Information

New Students – Thinking about applying?
Mission, Values and Goals
Past Participants on their Experience

Our Trip Destinations

The Macward Bound pre-orientation program offers trips to the Superior Hiking Trail in northern Minnesota. The Superior Hiking Trail is about a 5 hour drive north from the twin cities.
Superior Hiking Trail

“Macward Bound was the perfect introduction to Macalester. Making friends with a bunch of nerdy-cool kids for half a week in the middle of the woods prepared me to make friends with a bunch of nerdy-cool kids for four years in the middle of the city.” – Macward Bound Past Participant

Macward Bound Experience


Participant Resources

Timeline 2018 
Frequently Asked Questions
Leaders 2018


Apply for Macward Bound


Leader applications are now closed.

Macward Bound Coordinator

Congratulations to Michael Murphy ’19 for being selected as the 2018 Macward Bound Coordinator

Contact Information

Logan Schrader
Coordinator of Student Programming and Engagement