Macalester College believes the learning experience in a community living model is essential to student growth. Students are typically required to live on-campus for the first two years as part of this commitment to holistic learning; accommodations are considered as part of this residency requirements. 

Requests for accommodations are considered on a case by case basis, evaluated by disability and any impacts or functional limitations, the reasonableness of the accommodation, and space availability.  Students who have a preference for a specific space or meal plan, as opposed to required accommodations, should go through the standard housing draw process.   

All students should first review Residential Life Processes and Policies for Housing prior to requesting accommodations.  

Returning Students: 

All housing draws and the deadline (4/12) for accommodated housing has passed.   We are unable to accept additional accommodation requests at this time .

Process for first year students (arriving academic year ’21-’22): Deadline to come! 

    • Meet with Disability Services for an intake if you have not done so.
    • Register with Disability Services

Disability Services New Student Form  (Accessible Information Management/AIM): 

    • Complete the accessible housing request form.

Accommodated Residential Life Request Form

    • Provide information from a care provider with information on the need for housing configurations.  

Once your request is submitted:

  • You will be contacted by Disability Services on receipt of request and any next steps. 
  • Disability Services and Residential Life staff will meet to consider all accommodation requests.
  •  If your request is approved, Residential Life/DS staff will contact you regarding space configurations, next steps, or timelines. 
  • Additional meetings with other staff may be required to fully implement requests  (e.g. Cafe Mac if your request is meal plan related).

Important Things to Note:

Students will be considered for housing accommodation based on the following;

  • impact of a medical/mental health disability
  • how the accommodation reduces disability impacts
  • space and configuration considerations

Accommodations are also considered for the student making the request, not potential roommates or friends. 

Students should always indicate secondary options in the event first options cannot be granted.

Single Rooms:

Module 5 (COVID Policy): Individual living spaces (20-’21) are currently required to ensure appropriate de-densification.

Fall ’21 (Non-COVID Policy): Single rooms requests via Disability Services are for instances where a single is medically necessary as part of a treatment plan to reduce disability impact.  Preference for a single, a specific location, concern about typical college noise levels, or roommate concern may not rise to a level of medically necessary. 

Requests after the Deadline:

Deadlines are provided to ensure we are able to administratively manage requests.  Requests for accommodations after deadlines will be considered but students should be aware we may be unable to honor requests due to space limits or the inability to administratively coordinate multiple housing considerations after deadlines have passed.

Specialty/Language Housing:

Students applying for language housing accommodations need to apply via the Specialty Language Housing process/deadlines:

Specialty/Language Houses

Students should also connect with Disability Services regarding requests for accommodations and inform the speciality/language house of an accommodation need.  We will then connect with the specialty area to determine reasonable accommodation options.

Housing/Meal Plan Accommodations:

Link to Housing/Meal Plan Exemptions

Service and Emotional Support/AssistanceAnimals:

Please refer to the information on Service and Assistance Animals.  Requests also need to be completed by the timeline (Returning Students April 12 at 9 AM) to ensure appropriate space configurations.

Please contact Disability Services to schedule a time to meet (