In an effort to increase accessibility and enhance security, Macalester College has recently completed a project upgrading access control hardware and software. As part of this project, the magstripe readers have been replaced with “contactless” card readers and we have upgraded to a new software package.  The new software package allows us to link with other databases used on campus, which will ultimately reducing the length of time it will take for cards to become active.  In addition, electronic access will be added to the exteriors of 77 Mac, Weyerhaeuser, Carnegie, Old Main, and the Chapel.

Card Access Links

Card Access phone: 651-696-6218


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Your Card Access:

By default, staff and faculty will be granted general (exterior) access to academic and administrative buildings (not including Campus Center, Leonard Center, or the Library).  Faculty and staff who require additional access to office space, labs or classrooms, should contact their Department Coordinator.

All students will receive access to academic buildings during school hours with extended study hours as well as access to the Library link and Kirk computer lab 24 hours each day.  Students living in on-campus housing will be given access to the Resident Halls.  Additional access can be requested through Department Coordinator.

Resolving Issues:

How to I get Access to an area or building?

Contact the Department Coordinators responsible for the area and request access.  Please allow 5 days after the Coordinator submits the request for processing.

What do I do if my access is not working and it should?

Verify the access has been requested and then contact Security Card Access at or call 651-696-6218.  When contacting Card Access, in addition to the problem you are experiencing, please provide your full name, MAC ID number, and the iClass number from the back of your MacPass.


I think a card reader or door lock is not working properly.

Report the issue through email at or call 651-696-6218.  If the malfunctioning lock creates a security risk (door is unlocked), call Security immediately at 612-696-6555.

I lost my MacPass.

You can deactivate your MacPass by going through your GET funds account online or using the GET Mobile app.  Deactivating a lost card will prevent unauthorized charges against your account and misuse of your campus access.  If you find your card, it can be activated again using the same app, otherwise you can go to card services and get a replacement card (replacement card fee $5.00).  For additional information, visit the MacPass page.