Health & Safety

Northfield, MN
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally always feel pretty safe on campus, even though I am more cautious about walking alone late weekend nights. Security is always on duty, and usually comes pretty quickly when they are called on campus. They also take issues very serious no matter how awkward it may seem to you. There is also a student and health and counseling office on campus that is able to assist with minor health issues such cold and flu and sexual health as well.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime on campus is very rare. Many students leave their doors unlocked on campus. Students also feel comfortable walking way from valuables in the student center because other students will undoubtedly say something if someone tries to take something that isn't theirs. Campus security is always available when needed.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police keep us SAFE. They are not there to be big enforcers of under-age drinking policies, etc. I think I've actually heard of cases where campus police asked the Northfield police to leave campus so students don't get into trouble.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Student resources on campus are amazing. Resident Assistants are always available to provide support and point you to the right resources. Beyond that, we have SHAC (Student Health and Counseling) which employs professional nurses, counselors, and trained student counselors. They provide education, support and services for any concern from birth control, to depression, to bee stings. If your concern is beyond their offered services (unlikely), they will send you to the closest clinic or office with taxi vouchers and help you figure out costs.
Security on campus is reliable, effective and fair. They are on campus to keep students safe, not to get them in trouble. They trust Carleton students to make good decisions. However, if something happens, they can definitely be counted on to respond appropriately.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never had a personal issue nor felt insecure walking around campus or Northfield. There are many accessible resources including Campus Security Services and the Student Health And Counseling center that make me feel cared for. There have been minor incidents like theft and rowdy behavior, but in general there is no need for fear, and people can leave their stuff lying around without worrying that it won't be there when they come back. People are very helpful and responsible.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Safest Campuses
  • 245th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 983rd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lingerr Senghor
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Not many students at Carleton feel that safety and security is an issue. Northfield is a small, family-oriented town and there's a very low crime rate. The campus is safe and well-lit. The biggest problem is bike theft, usually by people too lazy to walk from one class. If you lock your bike, you're safe. But if you leave it unlocked, just remember that the thieves don't discriminate about the bikes they steal. Your rusty clunker is just as likely get nabbed as the $2,000 jet propelled racing bike that you parked next to.

Laptops have been stolen from rooms, but it's pretty much the consensus that these thieves are not Carleton students. Northfield residents, namely high schoolers, have been known to come on campus and go into unlocked rooms. If you have something valuable in your room, it's just common sense to lock your door. Campus security is largely absent from Carleton life unless they're breaking up parties or giving parking tickets. But for the large part, that's all there is for them to do. They'll happily give you a ride across campus if you ask for it, but they wash their hands of stolen bikes, telling students to take theft reports to the Northfield police.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 11
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Security services
1 N. College St.
(507) 222-4444 (emergencies) (507) 646-4443 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Building security
  • Campus patrol
  • Emergency first-aid
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Fire prevention
  • Safety inspections
  • Safety van
  • Sexual assault and harassment resource line
Health Center
Carleton Wellness Center
1 N College St
(507) 222- 4080
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.- 5p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Gynecological care
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • Support groups
  • Travel medicine and immunizations
  • Wellness information on alcohol, anxiety, birth control, depression, drugs, eating disorders, sexual harassment, STDs, and stress
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The safety vans are only supposed to take you to the Rec Center, Goodhue Hall, and Watson Hall, but student drivers usually make exceptions if you're nice.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 25 responses

  • 39% None
  • 14% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 21% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 38% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 33% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% We have campus police?
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 8% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 67% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 8% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 92% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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