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Saint Peter, MN
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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been vandalism cases at Gustavus, but those are rare and obviously difficult to prevent when it's spontaneous. I feel very safe and know that so long as I use common sense, the safety and security at Gustavus makes me more secure than at most other colleges I could be attending.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety sucks. Health Services = Amazing

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The security at Gustavus is good. I have never had any concerns about my safety.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are always resources to help me stay safe. In addition, the student health center is very helpful and easy to find. There are so many resources on campus to stay healthy mentally, physically and emotionally.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Good Job Gac – I always feels safe on campus. We always have security driving around and the campus is well lit. Walking back to my dorm from the library at one a.m. I still felt pretty safe! Good job Gustavus!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 82nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 93rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1209th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Olson
Moorhead, MN
History and Scandinavian Studies
Grad Year
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There are few college campuses where the security officers have a good relationship with students. You'll hear occasional complaints of Campus Safety being unreasonable jerks who are "out to get" students, but regardless of what many students will say, Campus Safety at Gustavus is made up of kind and understanding individuals looking out for the best interests of the students. Students feel safe on the small campus, as the officers zoom around silently in their hybrid cars and Segways. The sidewalks are brightly lit, and security escorts are always available. With regard to Health Services, they perform procedures such as physicals and sexual infection testing, while also providing sex counseling. Most students will visit the health center for vaccines, physicals, condoms, or birth control. 

Campus Safety and the health center are staffed by qualified individuals who work to maintain students' security and well-being. While Campus Safety might slap you with a $100 fine for drinking underage, it's better than the St. Peter Police showing up and handing out a misdemeanor. Gustavus likes to do things "in-house," which reflects the wide variety of procedures and services its health center provides and the cooperative Campus Safety enforcing rules regarding alcohol or drug violations. Gustavus' policy for dealing with first-time marijuana users is a $100 fine, notification to parents, and forcing students to complete a drug education course. Students aren't generally afraid of getting caught with marijuana compared to alcohol because finding and squashing marijuana users isn't high on Campus Safety's list. They're mostly concerned with preventing dangerous drinking and keeping noise levels down.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 10
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
Department of Safety and Security
Norelius Hall, A Wing basement
(507) 933-8888 emergency; (507) 933-8809 regular business
Safety Services
  • Car jumpstarting
  • Escort services (24-hour medical and dusk 'til dawn)
  • Lost and Found
  • Residence halls and dorm room lockouts
  • Security lockers
  • Severe weather information
  • Support for on-campus College-sponsored events
Health Center
Student Health Service
Campus Center, lower level
(507) 933-7630
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Acute illnesses
  • General medical service
  • Immunizations
  • Injuries
  • Laboratory
  • Mental health
  • Procedures
  • Sexual health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Lock yourself out of your dorm room? Try and find your CF (collegiate fellow, Gustavus' version of an RA) first to let you in with their master set of keys. Campus Safety will do it, but they'll charge you $10.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 25 responses

  • 32% None
  • 11% Unlit pathways
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Lack of safety escort services
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Theft/robberies
  • 2% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 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.
  • 0% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 67% High quality, very convenient.

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

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 8% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 29% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 24% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 72% Extremely safe and secure on campus.



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