Current Status

  • Two rounds of return-to-campus COVID-19 testing were conducted for students. The college does not plan to continue surveillance testing. This decision is consistent with Minnesota Department of Health guidelines about when to use asymptomatic screening at institutions of higher education. We will instead focus our efforts on targeted testing of those who develop symptoms and those identified as close contacts of a person who tests positive for COVID-19. We strongly encourage those with symptoms to stay away from others and to seek testing and medical advice. Additional public health reminders were shared in a Sept. 24 campus message.
  • 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. Updated guidance for gatherings, guests, events, transportation, building access, and other topics was shared in a Sept. 13 campus message.
  • Vaccination status, COVID-19 case status, and summary results from return-to-campus testing are being shared on our COVID-19 dashboard.



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: September 24, 2021


Additional Information

Recent Updates

COVID-19 Dashboard

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)