Current Status

  • Macalester will extend remote learning through January 28, with the intent of returning to in-person classes, labs, studios, and rehearsals on Monday, January 31. Details were shared in a January 19 campus message.
  • Updates on Macalester’s plans for Spring 2022 were shared in a January 14 campus message. This message includes revised guidance for isolation and quarantine based on updated recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), as well as other information and reminders.
  • We expect everyone to follow the Mac Stays Safer 2.0 Community Commitment, including wearing a well-fitted mask when in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. We now strongly recommend the use of N95, KN95, or KF94 masks/respirators.
  • All students, faculty, and staff are required to provide evidence of a COVID-19 vaccine series and booster dose by February 1, 2022. Exceptions to this requirement include those in the waiting period for when a booster can be provided, and those who have an existing COVID-19 vaccine exemption in place.
  • We strongly encourage those with symptoms to stay away from others and to seek testing and medical advice.


Learning and Building Community During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has required a re-envisioning of teaching and learning, new approaches to working, and creative solutions to help us find community when we are separated by distance. We are making this change together and we are finding strength in our community.

Responsive Teaching and Learning

Virtual Community and Wellness

An online hub for student engagement, community, and involvement.

Thanks to those of you who’ve asked how to support students. You can make a gift to the Macalester Fund, which provides critical flexible support that can be deployed rapidly wherever it’s needed. Gifts will help our students with unanticipated expenses and help every campus department reimagine remote student support and programming.

For students or parents of current students: Have a question that isn’t answered in our FAQ or on this site? Please email us at

For alumni: Have a question that isn’t answered in our FAQ or on this site? Please email us at

Reviewed: January 19, 2022


Additional Information

Recent Updates

COVID-19 Dashboard

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

COVID-19 Task Force