Macalester students, faculty and staff are actively involved in public scholarship and civic learning locally, nationally and internationally.

The "esprit de corps" of the campus is engagement -- of ideas and action towards a more just and responsible world. More than 90 percent of our students participate in some form of community-based work before they graduate. We work in reciprocal partnership with community organizations in the Twin Cities to provide learning experiences that will also enrich the community.

Get engaged!!  Check out the list of group volunteer and engagement opportunities that are currently happening as well as opportunities we are recruiting for. Download list here

Lives of Commitment is a first year program for students interested in weekly service and regular reflection on what it takes to lead a life of commitment.  Students who want to come to know the Twin Cities and engage in meaningful conversations with their peers should apply!  Learn more about Lives of Commitment >>

First generation college students, Minnesota residents and students who have participated in college access programs are strongly encourage to apply to the Bonner Community Scholars Program. Bonner is a four-year civic engagement program providing leadership programming, academic support, engagement opportunities and a social network.  Learn More About Macalester's Bonner Program >> 

Please view the "First in Our Families" short films created by Macalester students, staff and alumni. The films focus on the reflections and experiences of first generation students at Macalester and beyond.  This work is a product of a First Generation Digital Storytelling Workshop hosted by Jane Van Galen and Class Action during Fall semester 2015. 

Carnegie Foundation Seal

Macalester is one of only 361 institutions that has been awarded the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for excellence in civic engagement.

Academic-Year Hours
Monday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – Noon