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:

Department of Multicultural Life
Center for Study Away
• Cultural House
Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
LGBTQ Resources
• International Student Programs

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.

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Food at Mac

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.

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Student IDs & Card Services

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.

For more information about all the ways you can use your Mac ID visit Card Services.  For other questions, contact 

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Highlander - The Shop at Macalester

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.  

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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, 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!

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Student Organizations and Clubs

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.

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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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Mac Lingo

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.

MAC MONEY refers 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.

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