Macalester looks forward to welcoming members of the Class of 2024. We will continue to follow government and public health guidance as we make decisions about programs for the fall semester, including orientation activities. You can find out more about Macalester’s COVID-19 response on Macalester’s dedicated COVID-19 page.

PO4IS will take place August 25-28, 2020. Plan to arrive at campus on Tuesday, August 25, which is the date you can check into your assigned housing (The dates are subject to change).

Please submit the Arrival Form by August 17, 2020, if you plan to arrive before Module 1. We will contact you in September if you will arrive in Module 2/3/4. 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 if there are any other issues or questions.

Students arriving earlier than August 25 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.

2020 Pre-Orientation for International Students (PO4IS) Schedule

For International Students and Ametrica Participants

Tuesday, August 25

  • Time | Event | Location
  • All day | Airport Arrivals and Check-in | Airport & Macalester
  • 8:00am – 8:00pm | ISP Staff Available for Q&A |  Zoom Links will be Provided
  • 12:00pm – 8:00pm | Shopping Assistance | TBD

Wednesday, August 26

  • Time | Event | Location
  • 8:00am – 9:00am | Breakfast | Café Mac, CC
  • 9:00am – 10:00am | Welcome: Adjusting to Studying at Macalester and Laws Affecting International Students | Zoom Link to be Provided
  • 10:15am – 11:15am | Glacier (and Social Security Number) | Zoom Link to be Provided
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm | Watch Getting Started Video | More Info will be Provided
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Lunch | Café Mac, CC
  • 1:00pm – 1:45pm | Getting Started Q&A | Zoom Link to be Provided
  • 2:00pm – 2:30pm | Watch Adjusting to Academics Video | More Info will be Provided
  • 2:30pm – 3:00pm | Adjusting to Academics Q&A | Zoom Link to be Provided
  • 3:15pm – 3:45pm | Watch Humor and Ambiguous References Video | More Info will be Provided
  • 3:45pm – 4:15pm | Humor and Ambiguous References Dialogue | Zoom Link to be Provided
  • 9:00pm – 10:00pm | Welcome Ametricans + Where in the World video | Zoom Link to be Provided

Thursday, August 27

Off-Campus Students

  • Time | Event | Location
  • 9:00am – 11:00am | Remote Sessions for Off-Campus Students | Zoom Link to be Provided

 On-Campus Students

  • Time | Event | Location
  • 10:00am – 11:00am | U.S. Bank WebX Meeting | Zoom Link to be Provided
  • 12:15pm – 1:15pm | Lunch | Café Mac, CC
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm | HWC Session | Zoom Link to be Provided

 All Students

  • Time | Event | Location
  • TBD | Watch Identity Video | More Info will be Provided
  • TBD | Identity Dialogue | Zoom Link to be Provided

Friday, August 28

  • Time | Event | Location
  • 9:30am – 11:00am | US Bank On Campus (walk to Wells Fargo) | Kagin or Wells Fargo