Current Status

  • Macalester will require, with limited exceptions, all students and employees who will work or study on campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 2, 2021. Details about the vaccine requirement were shared with students, faculty, and staff in an April 23 campus update.
  • As President Rivera announced on March 31, we are working on plans to reopen the campus in fall with regular occupancy in our residence halls and in-person instruction for most courses. We anticipate continuing to adhere to an updated version of our Mac Stays Safer community commitment to maintain public health behaviors. We also are thinking through how we can support students who may not be able to learn on campus in the fall.
  • Our College Dashboard provides an overview of COVID-19 status, including campus testing results and case numbers. Self-reported COVID-19 vaccination data for students and employees is included on the dashboard.
  • Macalester’s Mac Stays Safer community commitment and face covering policy requires everyone on the Macalester campus wear a face covering when indoors, and outdoors when six-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained.



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

A collection of resources for teaching, learning, and working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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: May 4, 2021


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