Keys to Getting and Keeping Macalester College’s business

The College prefers to form long-term relationships with a small number of vendors. It would rather do business with one firm that gives excellent service and products rather than with different vendors each time. Price is important, but having the lowest price does not guarantee business. Quality of product, excellent customer service and responsiveness are critical factors. In choosing between a vendor offering the lowest prices, and another vendor offering the highest quality and best service, Macalester prefers the latter firm.

Macalester is a private institution—not part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system—and does not bid out most purchases. Macalester prefers to use institutional purchase orders with standard Net 30 terms. Copies of our tax-exempt certification and financial information are available on request. More information can be obtained from our Procurement Office at 651-696-6565. Macalester occasionally enters into computer purchasing consortia with other institutions of higher learning, most notably the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) and the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC).

To be considered as a potential partner whenever Macalester College needs to order products and services, contact David Sisk at