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Seasonal Housing Information

Closing 2024

All residence halls close on May 7 at noon. Graduating seniors and students involved in commencement operations can stay until May 12 at noon.

Storage: Each residence hall has a storage room in which students may store personal items during the academic year. Students that live greater than 400 miles from campus may store a limited number of boxes to their fall assignment hall over the summer. The residence hall staff maintains the storage room and designates hours at the beginning of the semester and at the end of the semester during which items may be placed in or taken out of storage.

Students may store a max. of four 20x20x20 sized cardboard boxes or reasonably sized trunks/bins (all must be sealed/shut/tight lid)

Dining Information: TBD

Special requests for the following will not be approved: Getting over jetlag, non-Macalester related events, transportation arrangements or prices, and error in scheduling. While this is not an exhaustive list, Residential Life reserves the right to deny or approve requests.

General Information:

Your hall office(s) will be open from the following times: TBD

The times listed above are the only times you will be able to check-in your room key and/or place your items into storage. This also includes folks who will be staying with us past the 9th for Commencement activities.

Winter Break 2023 Information

Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Kathryn Kay Coquemont, Ph.D. sent out a letter to all current students during Spring 23 Semester. Please read more about Winter Break Below. More information will be sent to on-campus students in the upcoming weeks.

Dear students,

Happy almost Spring Break! I’m pleased to share that, over the past month, a task force examined the feasibility of providing winter break housing to residential students who are unable to go home during this time. I am grateful to have worked with cross-campus colleagues Dave Berglund, Mads Clark, Aaron Colhapp, Bill Collumbien, Kyle Flowers, Brian Lindeman, Jesse Rude, and Matt Rumpza as we designed a change that will go into effect in the 2023-24 academic year. I also want to thank MCSG and our international student mentors for their advocacy in making this change and their continued partnership with Student Affairs.

While residence halls will continue to be closed generally to students during winter break, those who live in a Residential Life space during an adjacent fall and/or spring semester and do not have another place to go can request an exemption to stay on campus over the break at no extra charge. This does not change the normal operations of campus, meaning that dining services will remain closed and places like the Hamre Center, Leonard Center, and Campus Center will maintain their regular winter break hours and student access. Each student staying on campus during this time will have access to a kitchen in their residence hall, and the Open Pantry will offer food resources to those who need them. Additionally, all students have 24/7/365 access to the Press 2 counseling* and Press 3 access nurse** support, whether they stay on campus, go home, or use the winter break to travel somewhere different.

More detailed information will be shared with residential students, but this update is important for all students in case it impacts your decision to enter the Residential Life room-draw process for next year, which is taking place now through the end of the month. I also want to acknowledge those in Public Safety, Facilities, and Student Affairs who already provide student support and crisis response every day (and hour) of the year, with additional gratitude for the Residential Life staff who will modify their winter holiday time to support this new initiative. If you have any questions, you may connect with Residential Life at [email protected].

I hope you are able to rest, have fun, and be in community over Spring Break. Please take care of yourself and others, make decisions that reflect your values and the expectations of the Student Handbook, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need support (651-696-6555).


Kathryn Kay Coquemont, Ph.D. (She/Her/Hers)
Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

General reminder about safety

  • Do not let those you do not know into the residence halls
  • Report any safety or facilities concerns to Public Safety at 651-696-6555
  • Do not prop exterior doors
  • Mac Stays Safer Community Commitment is still in effect during breaks in addition to all other College & residence hall policies. These include but are not limited to courtesy & quiet hours
  • If you choose to leave, please leave your room in a safe and secure manner:
    • Lock your door
    • Close all windows (both interior & exterior)
    • Turn off your lights
    • Take out your garbage & recycling

Need assistance

If you need emergency assistance, please call Public Safety at 651-696-6555. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. RA staff will continue to be on duty from 7 pm-8 am Monday through Friday evenings and 24 hours on the weekend. Please save your halls RA On-Call number in your phone.