The address for Macalester College is:

1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

By car from the airport
Follow the signs for St. Paul/Hwy 5 East. Cross the Mississippi River and exit right on to Edgecumbe Road (keep left as you exit) and follow for one mile. When the road splits, veer left onto Fairview Avenue. Follow Fairview for 2 miles. Turn right (east) on to Grand Avenue and go three blocks.

By plane, bus and train
If you are arriving in town by plane, bus or train, we recommend that you come to campus by taxi. We are approximately 15 minutes from all terminals. The fare should be $15-20. If you would prefer to use the metro transit bus system, the easiest way is to take the Hiawatha Light Rail Line (Route #55) from the airport to the 46th Street Station. From there, take the 84 bus to Snelling Avenue (the bus should say that it is traveling to Rosedale Mall on the front). For schedule info you can look online at This method is suggested only if you are carrying minimal luggage.

On Interstate 94
Exit on Snelling Avenue and go south on Snelling Avenue to Grand Avenue. Turn right (west) on Grand Avenue and go one block. Watch for our signs to direct you further.

From the north on Interstate 35
Take 35E into St. Paul. Exit to Interstate 94 westbound, and follow the directions above.

From the south on Interstate 35
Take I-35E into St. Paul. Exit at Ayd Mill Road (exit #104B). At second light, take a left onto Grand Avenue (westbound). One block after crossing Snelling Avenue, turn left (south) onto Macalester Street.

Or, click here for driving directions to campus


Below is a list of hotels offering discounted rates for Macalester parents and families the weekend of orientation.  Each hotel has a date the block pricing ends.  Those deadlines are listed below next to the rates.  To make your reservation, click the link to the online booking site or call the reservation number and tell them the name of your group block is Macalester College Student Orientation.  Room blocks are first come, first serve and subject to availability.  Rooms may sell out so be sure to book your room as soon as possible. 

Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown
175 W. 7th St
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 556-1409
Book Online
Rate: $129/night (block ends July 30, 2017)

Embassy Suites
175 East 10th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 224-5400
Book Online
Rate: $159/night (block ends August 4, 2017) 

Courtyard by Marriott, Minneapolis - St Paul Airport
1352 Northland Drive
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
(800) 321-2211
Book Online
Rate: $119-121/night (block ends August 9, 2017)

Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront
11 E. Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN  55101
(651) 292-1900
Book Online
$129/night (block ends August 3, 2017)

Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport South
7800 International Drive
Bloomington, Minnesota, USA, 55425
(952) 854-0700
Book Online
Rate: $124/night (block ends July 30, 2017)

Minneapolis Airport Marriott
2020 American Blvd. East
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 851-4758
Book Online
Rate: $121/night (block ends August 9, 2017)

DoubleTree by Hilton St Paul Downtown
411 Minnesota Street
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 291-8800
Book Online
Rate: $134/night (block ends August 1, 2017)