Frequently Asked Questions

What is MacDirect?
As Macalester’s online alumni directory, MacDirect provides easy and quick ways to get in touch with other alumni, update the college with new contact information and life changes, share your news and accomplishments with the alumni community, and find information on your giving history.

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Who has access to MacDirect?
Alumni and current Macalester juniors and seniors have access to MacDirect. In general, non-alumni faculty and staff do not have access to MacDirect but can request access by emailing alumnioffice@macalester.edu.

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How do alumni use MacDirect?
Alumni use MacDirect to stay connected to their college and the greater Macalester community. It is an easy way to find classmates, network professionally, or research alumni who have attended specific graduate institutions.

MacDirect is a convenient way for alumni to keep their information up-to-date with the college, which helps Macalester share with them relevant college news, event invitations, volunteer opportunities, and ways to support the college. Alumni can also share their life news by posting their professional accomplishments, wedding or birth announcements, job changes, and recent Mac connections.

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How do students use MacDirect?
Macalester juniors and seniors are provided access to MacDirect to aid them in networking and exploring their career options. Juniors and Seniors can log in without registering using their general Macalester username and password. Student users often searching for alumni who work in specific industries or at certain companies and will reach out to alumni for informational interviews and/or career advice. Alumni can encourage students to contact them about career advice by turning on their Career Helper badge.

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Why can't I see student profiles?
By default, all student profiles are hidden in MacDirect. This is done to comply with federal laws regarding how colleges and universities may share information about their students. Students may, if they choose, make their profiles visible in Account Preferences.

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Can I use MacDirect to start my own company, non-profit, or political campaign?
MacDirect's Terms and Conditions strictly forbid using any alumni information it contains for commercial or political purposes. Users who violate the Terms and Conditions are removed from MacDirect. Users are encouraged to report violations to these Terms and Conditions to the alumnioffice@macalester.edu.
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What information on my profile is hidden from other MacDirect users? Can I change what information is visible to other users?
By default, for alumni users who have not customized the visibility of their profile details, the following information is hidden from other Macdirect users:

  • Home address(es)
  • Seasonal address(es)
  • All phone numbers
  • All email addresses
  • Volunteer interests (if any)
  • Giving history (Your giving history will never be visible to other users)

To change the visibility of a block of information on your profile, click on the editing icon to the left of it. If the information can be hidden, you will see Privacy settings on the editing form. You can use those settings to show or hide that type of information from other users.

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How do I delete my MacDirect profile?
Please send an email to alumnioffice@macalester.edu requesting you would like your profile to be removed from MacDirect. Once you are removed, you will no longer have access to MacDirect.

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Does Macalester offer email for life or email forwarding?
Macalester previously offered email forwarding accounts using the alumni.macalester.edu domain. Due to low usage, new accounts for this service are no longer being created. Alumni should continue to share and update their preferred email address through MacDirect.

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