PO4IS will take place August 26-29, 2019. Plan to arrive at campus on Monday, August 26, which is the date you can check into your assigned housing.

Please submit the Arrival Form by July 15, 2019. If you can’t confirm your arrival date and time by then, please still submit this form as soon as possible. Feel free to contact International Student Programs through isp@macalester.edu if there are any other issues or questions.

Students arriving earlier than August 26 should make plans to find their own temporary accommodations, such as a local hotel near the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP) or an Airbnb place.

2019 Pre-Orientation for International Students (PO4IS) Schedule

For International Students and Ametrica Participants

Monday, August 26

  • Time | Event | Location
  • All day | Airport Arrivals and Check-in | Airport & Mac
  • 12:00pm -1:00pm |  Lunch with Available Mentors |  Café Mac, Campus Center (CC)
  • 11:00pm -5:00pm | Health & Wellness Appointments (Appt) | Meet at ISP, go to Leonard Center
  • 2:00pm – 4:30pm | Shopping Trip | Sign up/Meet at ISP
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Dinner with Available Mentors | Café Mac, Campus Center (CC)
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Shopping Trip | Sign up/Meet at ISP

Tuesday, August 27

  • Time | Event | Location
  • 7:30am – 8:00am | Breakfast | Café Mac, CC
  • 8:00am – 8:15am | PO4IS Formal Welcome (International Students: bring laptop + immigration documents folder) | JBD Lecture Hall, CC
  • 8:15am – 9:00am | Health and Wellness Info Session | JBD Lecture Hall, CC
  • 9:00am-10:00am | Domestic Ametricans meet | ISP Lair, Kagin
  • 9:30am -10:30pm | Immigration and other Laws Info Session (International Students only) | JBD Lecture Hall, CC
  • 10:45am – 11:30am | Complete Forms for Social Security, I-9, and Glacier Tax (International Students only) | JBD Lecture Hall, CC
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm | Lunch with Mentors | Café Mac, CC
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm | ISP Staff available to meet with parents | ISP Lair, Kagin
  • 12:45pm – 1:30pm | Optional Sessions: Biking and Public Transportation, Driver’s License and State ID, US Cell Phone Plans| TBD
  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm | Resource Fair: Bank, Employment & Tax Paperwork, Campus Resources (Bring money to open a bank account. Bring immigration paperwork to complete employment and tax documents.) | Sign up/Meet at ISP
  • 1:30pm – 4:00pm | Shopping Trips | Sign Up and meet at ISP
  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm | Ametrica Project Meeting | Markim Hall Basement
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Dinner with Available Mentors | Café Mac, CC
  • 6:15pm – 8:15pm | Mentor Mediation I: The Foundation | JBD Lecture Hall, CC
  • 8:15pm – 10:00pm | Various activities led by mentors | Various Locations

Wednesday, August 28

  • Time | Event | Location
  • 7:30am – 8:00am | Breakfast | Café Mac, CC
  • 8:00am – 10:00am | Apply for a Social Security Card | ISP
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm | Mentor Mediation II: Adjusting to Academic Life in the US | JBD Lecture Hall, CC
  • 12:15pm – 1:15pm | Lunch with Mentors | Café Mac, CC
  • 1:30pm – 3:00pm | Mentor Mediation III: Identity | JBD Lecture Hall, CC
  • 3:15pm – 4:15pm | Humor & Ambiguous References | JBD Lecture Hall, CC
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Dinner with Available Mentors | JBD Lecture Hall, CC
  • 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Frisbee, Soccer or Dance (non-Ametricans only) | In Front of CC
  • 9:00pm – 11:00pm | Observatory Visits | Meet Lobby of CC

Thursday, August 29

  • Time | Event | Location
  • 7:30am – 8:15am | Breakfast | Café Mac, CC
  • 8:30am – 12:00pm | Buses Leave for Drop-Off | 77 Macalester Street
  • 11:00am – 1:30pm | Lunch | Café Mac, CC
  • 1:00pm – 2:45pm | LOC Follow-up | ISP Lair, Kagin
  • Follow Schedule | New Student Orientation
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm | Scottish House Meetings | Shaw Field (If rain, Field House – LC)
  • 4:00pm – 5:15pm | Zero Waste Dinner | Field House, LC
  • 5:45pm – 6:45pm | New Student Welcome | Alumni Gym, LC

Partner Events

  • Time | Event | Location
  • Fri, Sep 6, 4:30-6:00pm | Dept of Multicultural Life (DML) Lavender Reception (Lavender Reception celebrates the queer community at Mac and is an opportunity for LBGTQIA+ students to learn about resources and support networks. Refreshments will be served.) | Basement, Kagin

  • Fri, Sep 6, 6:00-7:00pm | Indigenous and Students of Color (ISOC) Ice Cream Mixer (Provides an opportunity for Indigenous students and students of color to meet the Dept of Multicultural Life (DML) professional and student staff and to explore ways to get involved with the DML.) | Kagin Lounge