A few academic offerings are open to current Macalester students during the Summer break.

Independent Projects

You may register for an independent project or internship. To get started with an independent project, have a conversation with a faculty member you are interested in working with to see what might be possible.

Macalester students may earn credit for independent projects and/or internships completed during the summer months. Tuition for Summer 2013 will be $1,359 per credit, or $5,436 for a standard four credit Independent or Internship. Tuition arrangements must be completed at the Cashier's Office (77 Macalester) before you register. For information about federal and state financial aid options please contact the Financial Aid Office at ext. 6214. There is no special dependent or staff tuition rate in the summer. Tuition for study away programs will vary according to the program, and will include an administrative fee. Students wishing to receive credit for summer internships or independents must register and pay for them in summer. You may not earn credit by registering in other terms for internships worked during the summer months. Students must submit a signed parent/student waiver when they register for an independent, internship or study away program.

Students planning independent projects can find the required forms at the Forms link to the left. You may not pursue as an independent study a topic that is covered in a regular course. Students may register until the summer registration deadline, Friday, May 31st. Students who wish to receive more than four credits must include a rationale for the additional credit with the proposal. If the project is approved and additional credit granted, there will be an additional fee of $1,359 per credit over four credits. Students must complete a separate learning contract for each independent project, and may receive no more than eight credits in Summer 2013. For more information about summer independent projects, please contact the Registrar’s Office.


You may earn credit for an internship worked during the summer months. You may not receive more than four credits for an internship. For more information about summer internships please contact the Internship Program at ext. 6128. Forms are available at the Forms link to the left.

Study Away

You may register for a summer study away program and receive credit through Macalester. For further information about study away programs and procedures, please contact the International Center at 651-696-6310.

Other Course Offerings

Summer Physics Institute with Sung Kyu Kim

This program offers a full-year of credit in an alegbra-based college physics course with labratory, suitable for pre-med requirements. More information is available on the Summer Physics Institute site.

Calculus: A Modeling Approach

June 17 - August 9, 2013
Application Deadline: April 15, 2013
with Chad Higdon-Topaz (Macalester) and Kristina Garrett (St. Olaf)

This summer, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) will offer a pilot online course, Calculus: A Modeling Approach, open to students enrolled at any ACM college. The course is designed primarily for students in the natural sciences and social sciences – such as economics, environmental science, psychology, medicine, ecology, and chemistry – who wish to apply quantitative modeling tools in their discipline.

Enrollment in the course, which is designed to preserve the best features of a similar on-campus liberal arts college course, will be limited to a maximum of 20 students. Course activities will include pre-recorded lectures, online student forums, weekly videoconference tutorials with the instructors, homework assignments, and quizzes and exams. 4 Credits.

Visit the ACM site to apply. Additional information, including deadlines and costs, can be found in the left navigation menu of that site.