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What is Ametrica?

Ametrica started in 2010 with the purpose of promoting dialogue, intercultural sensitivity, and friendship between first year domestic and international students. It is a program of Macalester’s International Student Programs (ISP) and is facilitated by a small, diverse group of returning students. The format changes every year, but always includes weekly conversations and activities in the Twin Cities and beyond!

In 2024, all domestic Ametrica participants will arrive on Tuesday, August 20th for Pre-Orientation for International Students (PO4IS), meaning that they will take part in Ametrica and other activities alongside their international peers until all student orientation begins. Weekly sessions take place every Thursday afternoon (4:30-6:30 PM) during the first 7 weeks of the Fall semester. The central component is dialogue in groups of 5-8 students about a range of themes pertinent to students from around the world, allowing them to examine topics through different lenses. Previous topics have included family, peace, current events, law and order, economics, health, race and love.

In the place of or in addition to the weekly sessions, Ametrica participants also venture to off-campus locations a few times during the program.

Both domestic and international Ametrica participants are assigned ISP peer mentors, as an additional link to the Macalester and ISP community (check the Mentor Program link for details).

You will find the 2024 Ametrica application in your new student portal (coming soon).


Actively engage in all planned activities, including but not limited to Thursday sessions. Please note that the Ametrica program is only for your first year at Macalester.

You can engage in the following years as a mentor and Ametrica facilitator through the Mentor Program.

Value of the experience

On top of intriguing weekly dialogues and engaging activities, many previous participants have said that Ametrica was a critical stepping-stone of their Macalester experience and beyond.  Most alumni of Ametrica state that their favorite aspect was that they came away from the program having built valuable friendships, often lasting the rest of their Macalester years. It is a program where your thoughtfulness and effort in showing up makes all the difference and does not go unnoticed.

2024 Events


Tuesday, August 20 Ametrica Participants (both domestic and international participants) arrive at Macalester. (Please complete the Arrival form (to be provided early Summer) regardless of your method of transportation and date/time of your arrival)

  • Check-in (keys, photos, student IDs, help moving into room)
  • Welcome session with ISP mentors

Wednesday, August 21

First Ametrica Meeting! (Introduction)

Thursday, August 22

Second Ametrica Meeting (Transition)

FALL 2024 (tentative)

Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm until Fall Break: Weekly Meetings (location TBD)

This, along with periodic outings and activities, is where the cross-cultural magic happens!  When finalizing your course and extra-curricular schedules, be mindful that you commit to meet at this time every week for Ametrica.  At a later date, you will also commit to dates for other activities.

Thursday, September 12 4:30-6:30 PM, location TBD

Thursday, September 19 4:30-6:30 PM, location TBD

Thursday, September 26 4:30-6:30 PM, location TBD

Thursday, October 3 4:30-6:30 PM, location TBD

Thursday, October 10 4:30-6:30 PM, location TBD

Thursday, October 17 4:30-6:30 PM, location TBD

Thursday, October 24 4:30-6:30 PM, location TBD

Most Fridays 2:30-4:30 PM: Talk and Tea in the ISP Lair


Most Fridays 2:30-4:30 PM: Talk and Tea in the ISP Lair