What should I do if I am an incoming student?

Students with disabilities may request accommodations for the classroom, food service or for participation in the overall college environment. If you are attending Macalester in the Fall of 2017, please click on the link below to fill out a new student application and to upload the appropriate documentation for your diagnosis(es). The documentation from your doctor/diagnosing or treating professional should include the following information:  

(1)  Diagnosis, and a description of the current impact of the condition, particularly as it relates to academics, housing or food service 
(2)  What major life activity (e.g., walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, self-care) does the condition substantially limit?
(3)  Treatments/medications/devices or resources currently prescribed (name of medication and dose) and their potential impact on the condition
(4)  Recommended accommodations (and in what ways would the requested accommodation(s) mitigate the impact of the condition?) 

Incoming Student Application 

For more detailed information on accommodations offered and the process of requesting them once you are on campus, please see our Accommodations page. Note that requests for housing accommodations should be made as soon as possible.  The priority deadline for submitting housing accommodation requests is June 30, 2017.  

For questions, please contact Robin Hart Ruthenbeck, Assistant Dean of Students, at  or 651-271-6874.

What should I do if I am a current student?

If you are a newly disclosing, current student at Macalester, we ask that you fill out the student accommodations application by clicking on the link below. Please ensure that your documentation follows the four guidelines listed above. 

Newly Disclosing Student Application

If you have an accommodations plan in place, and would like to renew your current accommodations, click on the link below and follow the directions.

Renewing Accommodations

Once you have completed the steps listed, letters will be sent to your faculty members within 1 business day.  If you have a new diagnosis that you would like to discuss, or would like to change your current accommodations plan, contact Robin Hart Ruthenbeck, Assistant Dean of Students, at or 651-271-6874, to set up a meeting.