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.


Cash Prizes

Each spring, cash awards are given to graduating seniors that have made a significant contribution/impact in the community through civic engagement. Read more and find online application on our Scholarships/Awards PageDeadline 8am Monday, March 19, 2018.

Get Involved!

Check out the list of group volunteer and engagement opportunities that are currently happening as well as opportunities we are recruiting for. The Google Doc of Current Opportunities is Available Here

Social Change Through Legislation

Countable is a place to get nonpartisan summaries of  current and  upcoming U.S. legislation.  Get educated on issues, follow a bill and take action by contacting your representatives.  It’s a good first stop for engaged citizenship!.

Digital Storytelling

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