Getting Started

Before you register for classes, you will need to obtain your six digit PIN from your primary advisor—this PIN allows you to register for classes beginning at your designated start day and time. Instructions on how to register in 1600grand are located at the bottom of this page. Days are assigned by PIN range — based on cohort.

Registration Dates

Spring 2024 registration begins November 6 (see #2 below)
Spring 2024 registration ends on November 17 at 4:30pm CST 

PIN Range Cohort/First Term
Start Date  Start Time
428000 – 428999 202110/30 (Fall 2020 / Spring 2021) * Monday, November 6 See registration time-table
337000 – 337999 202210 (Fall 2021) Tuesday, November 7 See registration time-table
234000 – 234999 202310 (Fall 2022) Thursday, November 9 See registration time-table
124000 – 124999 202410 (Fall 2023) Monday, November 13 See registration time-table
*Any cohort starting before 202110/30 will also register on this date.

Academic Calendar

See the Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines:

  • Classes Begin on Thursday, January 18
  • Add/Drop period is January 18 – 26
  • The last day to Withdraw from a class is March 29
  • The window to change a grading option runs from April 1 – 29

Things to Remember

Be sure to register by November 17 at 4:30pm CST. Pay close attention to your registration start time and the registration deadline. Confirm your registration in 1600grand by the deadline.

Hold on to your PIN as it is required during the entire registration process. A PIN is not required at the start of the semester, during Add/Drop.

If you have questions about registration, please email us at [email protected].

Special Registration

ACTC Courses must be registered for using the Macalester Cross-Registration form. Reminders: (1) you must be registered for 12-credits at Macalester before submitting this form (2) do not submit this form prior to your registration date (3) students may only register for 1 course via cross-registration.

Independent projects, (611-614), Honors independent projects (641-644) and tutorials (601-604) require the Independent Project/Tutorial Registration Form. Once you’ve settled on the details with your sponsor, please submit the form to [email protected] and cc your sponsor and chair for their response approving the form.

Internship contracts are available at the Internship Office and registrations must be approved by the Director of the Internship Program.

Preceptorship learning contracts are available at the Office of Academic Programs and Advising, and registrations must be approved by the Director of Academic Programs.

You cannot register for more than 18 credits via 1600grand. If you want to register for more than 18 credits, you must contact the Registrar’s Office for additional information. No student can register for more than 20 credits. You may find fee information in the college catalog.

1600grand–How to Register

  1. Advising. Before you can register for next semester you must meet with your primary adviser. When your adviser is satisfied that you have met your advising obligations, they will give you a PIN (four digits for fall and six digits for spring). You will need your PIN for the registration process—be sure to hang on to it.
  2. Start date/time. Go to the Registration Times page to determine the first time you can register. Your start date is determined by your Registration Group. You have from that start date until the last day of registration to register and make changes. Once registration ends you will not be able to make changes until the start of the semester.
  3. Registration. On the Student page of 1600grand, click Enter Registration, under the Registration header.
  4. Plan Ahead. If you like, you can create an optional plan. Once your registration start time comes, you can use this plan to skip the step of looking up classes when you’re trying to register.
    • After clicking Plan Ahead, you can click create a new plan. Search for classes and add sections to your plan.
  5. Register for Classes.
    • Once your registration start time has arrived, click Register for Classes.
    • Click the Plan Ahead tab and add your plan.
    • Click submit in the lower-right to attempt to register for your plan.
    • Review the results to be sure you are in the courses you intended and to add other courses if a planned course has filled, etc.
    • If you did not create a plan, search for courses to add and then submit those added courses in the lower-right.
  6. Registration Instructions.