Macalester is happy to have welcomed all new students to campus! 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.

Here is a tentative schedule for next year. Details will be added as and when plans are finalized nearer the next academic year.

2022 Tentative Pre-Orientation for International Students (PO4IS) Schedule

Tuesday, August 23

  • Time | Event | Location
  • All day | Arrivals and Check-in* | ISP, Kagin Commons
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Lunch with available mentors | Cafe Mac, Campus Center
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm | Start Glacier Tax | Kagin Ballroom
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Dinner with mentors | Cafe Mac, Campus Center

Wednesday, August 24

  • Time | Event | Location
  • 7:30am – 8:00am | Breakfast | Café Mac, Campus Center (CC)
  • 8:00am – 8:15am | PO4IS Welcome Session* | Remote/Zoom
  • 8:15am – 9:00am | Health and Wellness Info Session*| Remote/Zoom
  • 9:00am – 10:00am | Domestic Ametricans Meet | ISP, Kagin Commons
  • 9:00am – 10:30am | Immigration and Other Laws Info Session* | Remote/Zoom
  • 10:45am – 11:30am | Complete Forms for Social Security, I-9, and Glacier Tax* | Kagin Ballroom or Remote
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm | Lunch with Mentors (ISP Staff available to meet Parents in ISP office) | Café Mac, Campus Center
  • 12:45pm – 1:30pm | Optional Sessions: Biking and Public Transportation, Driver’s License and State ID, US Cell Phone Plans | ISP Area, Kagin Resource Area, Markim Basement
  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm | Resource Fair: Bank, Employment & Tax Paperwork, Campus Resources | Kagin Commons (1st Floor) and Great Lawn Tent
  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm | Ametrica Meeting (Ametrica Participants Only) | Kagin Resource Area, 1st Floor of Kagin Commons
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Dinner with mentors | Cafe Mac, Campus Center
  • 6:15pm – 8:15pm | Mentor Mediation I: The Foundation* | Meet at the front of the Campus Center
  • 8:15pm – 10:00pm | Various activities led by mentors | Various Locations

Thursday, August 25

  • Time | Event | Location
  • 7:30am – 8:00am | Breakfast | Café Mac, Campus Center (CC)
  • 8:30am – 10:30am | LOC Students Follow-up Meeting | ISP, Kagin Commons
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm | Mentor Mediation II: Adjusting to Academic Life in the US* | JBD Hall, Campus Center
  • 12:15pm – 1:15pm | Lunch with Mentors | Café Mac, Campus Center (CC)
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm | Humor & Ambiguous References* | Remote/Zoom
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Dinner with mentors | Cafe Mac, Campus Center
  • 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Ametrica Meeting (Ametrica Participants Only) | Weyerhaeuser Chapel

Friday, August 26

  • Time | Event | Location
  • 7:30am – 8:00am | Breakfast | Café Mac, Campus Center (CC)
  • 8:30am – 12:00pm | Scavenger Hunt | 77 Macalester Street/Outside Weyerhaeuser Building
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm | Lunch | Cafe Mac, Campus Center
  • Follow Schedule | New Student Orientation | Follow Schedule

Remember to take care and stay hydrated!

* Mandatory

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