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Getting to Know Life at Mac

A Multicultural and Diverse Campus Community

Macalester is a place dedicated to providing space for its community members “to become intellectually vital and productive citizen-leaders in a world that includes a multiplicity of cultures, perspectives, and needs.” Macalester embraces the complexity of the various races, cultures, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, religious and class backgrounds of our members. Learn as much as you can about the resources available to you at Macalester.

They include:

Dining Options

Bon Appetit, our campus dining service contractor, is nationally recognized as a leader in providing high quality dining experiences. All first-year students are placed on a 19 meals-per-week plan for the fall semester.

Visit the Bon Appetit website for more information, including a weekly menu. On-campus dining takes place at Café Mac located in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.

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The MacPass is your multi-use on campus ID card. It’s used for identification, building access, using your Meal Plan, Flex Dollars, and Mac Money on and off campus, and as a library card in the Digital Resource Center (DRC) and DeWitt Wallace Library.

It is very important that new students complete the “MacPass Photo Form” in the New Student Portal by August 18, 2021. For more information about all the ways you can use your MacPass ID and how to add funds to your card, visit the MacPass Website.

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The Highlander Bookstore

The Highlander is Macalester’s bookstore. It is located in the Lampert Building on the corner of Summit and Snelling Avenues. It houses the school store and the bookstore. Learn more information about renting and purchasing your books, buying Mac gear and other supplies by visiting the Highlander Website.

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Student Government & Program Board

Macalester College Student Government (MCSG)

Macalester College Student Government (MCSG) is the governing body for the Macalester College Student Body consisting of 29 elected representatives; the Executive Board, the Cabinet, and the Legislative Body. Every Macalester College student is welcome to come to Legislative Body meetings held on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in the Weyerhaeuser Boardroom. Visit the MCSG website for more information.

Program Board (PB)

Program Board (PB) is the programmatic arm of MCSG responsible for cultural, educational, and social programming. Annual events include concerts, Winter Ball, off-campus outings, Springfest, and more! Visit the Program Board website for more information.

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Student Organizations

Joining a student group is a great way to get involved on campus! Being a member in a student organization provides opportunities for community engagement, leadership development, and building connections around shared passions and interests. For a complete list of our current organizations, visit our student organization directory.

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Mac Weekly

The Mac Weekly has been Macalester’s student-run newspaper since 1914.  Read all the latest news by visiting the Mac Weekly website

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