macalester parent portal

by Prof. Leif Green Jr. 10 min read

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What is MacPass?

Your student’s MacPass is their on-campus ID card. They will use it to get into buildings, pay for food with their meal plan, and access the library and Leonard Center.

What is Mac Money?

Mac Money is the on-campus currency at Macalester. It can be used at all on-campus dining locations, as well as snacks from the vending machines, supplies from the Highlander, and more!

What is MacPass doing to keep students safe?

Your student’s MacPass offers a number of ways to keep safe and socially distant while on campus. The physical MacPass card is equipped with a contactless chip that is used to operate their meal plans, open doors, and more without ever handing their card to another person.

Students of the world

Our mission focuses on creating a culture of diversity and justice in an interconnected world. We explore cultural narratives and beliefs, build an inclusive community, and create spaces where everyone can grow. Coursework connects ideas across cultures and continents, preparing students to articulate ideas on a global scale.

Community of collaborators

With a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Macalester professors and students dig into real-world issues to create dialogues that stem from curiosity and lead to deeper understanding.

Agents of change

Students bring a passion for effecting change and Macalester nurtures that passion. Because even small acts of advocacy can create big opportunities for creating positive change.

A Video Welcome from the Mac Community

The excitement to welcome a new class is felt from the halls of Olin Rice to the Minnesota State Capitol. We look forward to seeing you here!

Your next steps

As you make your decision, use this simple guide to stay connected and track the steps required for enrollment.


Virtual and on-campus opportunities are available to admitted students and their families. See the various ways to hear from the Mac community, connects with students, and see our campus in the Twin Cities.

Connect with the Class of 2026

Join the Macalester 2026 Facebook group, where you can introduce yourself, keep up-to-date on news and events, and get to know your fellow classmates.


Find a time that works for you and register to chat with a current Mac student. These 30 minute calls or video chats are a good way to hear about campus life and the topics that interest you most.

Experience Macalester

Imagining your life at Mac is even easier when you engage with our faculty, students, and campus. Learn more about the people and places that will guide and support you before, during, and even after college.

Diversity and Inclusion

Finding community, discovering identity, and making connections more readily occurs when the entire Mac community is committed to equity, inclusion, and justice. See the ways in which students are supported, and where they explore intersectionality, celebrate diversity, and increase cultural competency.

How to access nurse at Macalester?

Access Nurse can be reached by calling the Hamre Center (651-696-6275, Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Limited Callers can access these numbers through MN Relay 711) and selecting option 3 on the voice mail message. If you call during office hours and reach a staff member, ask to be connected to the nurse line. Access Nurse is familiar with emergency referral resources in the area and will provide the Hamre Center with a report of the call. You can either share your name when you call or can remain anonymous. The call is always free.

How to contact the access nurse?

The Access Nurse can be reached by calling the Hamre Center ( 651-696-6275) and selecting option 3 when prompted. If you are scheduled for an in-person appointment or need to pick something up from the Hamre Center, please use the South entrance of the Leonard Center.

What is Hamre Center's secure patient portal?

Our secure patient portal allows you to communicate with Hamre Center health care providers, make limited medical appointments, complete forms, and update and get a copy of your immunization record.

What is a ulifeline?

ULifeline – Mental Health Resource. ULifeline from the JED Foundation, is a comprehensive website for college students on mental health. It includes facts on mental health, wellness strategies, info on how to help a friend, resources for help, as well as a self-evaluator for 13 common mental health concerns. Check it out.

When will Laurie Hamre Center open in 2021?

The Laurie Hamre Center for Health and Wellness will be closed for clinical services (Medical and Mental Health) for the Summer of 2021 starting Friday, July 9th . We will reopen our Medical Services on Monday, August 16th and re-open for full clinical services on the first day of the fall semester, September 1st. We will be offering care coordination counseling support to students starting Wednesday, August 18th.

Where was Daunte Wright killed?

The Laurie Hamre Health and Wellness Center shares in the outrage and heartbreak after the killing of Daunte Wright by law enforcement in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on April 11, 2021. In Dr. Rivera’s words, “This is a painful time for our campus, local, and national communities. We are grieving and we are angry.