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.

Please submit the Arrival Form by Jan 14, 2021, if you plan to arrive for Module 3. Move-in day for Module 3 for international students is Tuesday, Jan 19; orientation or PO4IS starts on Jan 20, 2021. We will contact you if you will arrive in Module 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 January 19 should secure their own temporary accommodations, such as a hotel near the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP) or an Airbnb place. Hotels near the airport often have free shuttles services to/from the airport, and ISP can pick you up from the hotel on January 19. Use any online booking site you want or book hotel through travel agent in your country. You may need your family or other adult over 18 years old in order to rent a hotel in U.S.; check with your hotel for their requirements.

2021 Tentative Pre-Orientation for International Students (PO4IS) Schedule

Tuesday, January 19

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

Wednesday, January 20

  • Time | Event | Location
  • 7:30am – 8:30am | Breakfast | Café Mac, Campus Center (CC)
  • 8:30am – 9:30am| Welcome & Academics Session with the MAX Center | Zoom Link to be Provided
  • 9:30am – 10:30am | Laws Affecting International Students | Zoom Link to be Provided
  • 10:45am – 11:45am | Glacier and Social Security Number | Zoom Link to be Provided
  • 11:45pm – 12:45pm | Lunch | Café Mac, CC
  • 12:45pm – 1:00pm | Watch Getting Started Video | YouTube Link to be Provided
  • 1:00pm – 1:45pm | Getting Started Q&A | Zoom Link to be Provided
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Health and Wellness Session | Zoom Link to be Provided
  • 3:15pm – 4:30pm | Open bank accounts

Thursday, January 21 – First Day of Classes