- A Multicultural and Diverse Campus Community
- Food at Mac
- Student IDs & Card Services
- Highlander - The Shop at Macalester
- Student Government & Program Board
- Student Organizations and Clubs
- Mac Weekly
- Mac Lingo
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.
There are also a number of faculty and staff members across campus, throughout different departments, focused on multicultural life. For more information, contact the Department of Multicultural Life.
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.
Please visit Bon Appetit for more information, including a weekly menu. Dining on campus takes place at Cafe Mac located in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.
Your Mac ID is the official form of identification for all students and an essential part of your life here on campus. If you are a member of the Mac community, you should carry it with you at all times.
You can find all the supplies you need for school right on campus. Highlander - The Shop at Macalester 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 for school through this attachment. You can also visit their website to purchase Mac gear and other supplies.
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, Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in the Weyerhaeuser Boardroom. Want to get involved? Run for a first year representative position or visit the MCSG Homepage
Program Board (PB)
Program Board plans a diverse array of educational and social activities throughout the year for the entire campus. These include concerts, Winter Ball, off-campus outings, Springfest, and more!
To find out more information about events, go to the Program Board website and join in the fun!
Want to get involved at Mac? We have over 100 student organizations covering a variety of interests including:
- academic and career-focused clubs
- political/social justice issues
- cultural and religious organizations
- art and performance groups (acapella, improv, etc.)
- health and wellness
- sports and recreation
- service and civic engagement
For a complete list of our current organizations, visit our student organization directory.
The Mac Weekly has been Macalester's student-run newspaper since 1914. Read all the latest news by visiting the Mac Weekly website
SPO is the term commonly used for campus mail, Student Post Office. This term can be used as a verb (“I have to SPO a letter”) or a noun (“Let’s check our SPOs”)
IGC is the Institute for Global Citizenship, located in the newly constructed Markim Hall. Housing the Civic Engagement Center, the International Center, the Lilly Program, the Internship Program and the Dean for Global Citizenship, the IGC is your one stop shop for discovering your place in the world a on a global scale.
THE LINK is the skyway between the library and Old Main (the oldest building on campus). It is used as a 24-hour study area.
FISHBOWL is a link between Doty and Turck Residence Halls. It is a common place for students to gather, and is also a frequent pizza delivery area.
C-HOUSE (Cultural House) is a residential and programming space dedicated to the promotion of cultural awareness for all students. Its address is 37 Macalester Street.
AUX POINTS refer to the money you add to your student ID. They can be used at the Grille, inside Café Mac, at the Highlander store, at the Info Desk, at several local stores and restaurants, or to do laundry in your residence hall. You can put money on your card in one of two ways: (1) online with a credit card via Manage My ID or (2) at the Card Value Center in the lower level of the Campus Center with cash.
651-696-6000 is the number for the campus switchboard operator. Give them a call and they can provide you with the phone number for students, faculty or campus offices. Or, better yet, use the Macalester online directory to find phone numbers, locations, and email addresses of Mac departments and people.