Macalester sits nestled in the middle of the lovely Mac-Groveland neighborhood, which really contributes to its safe and homey feel. Outside of the downtown St. Paul limits, Macalester’s residential neighborhood allows students to feel like they’re at home without much threat or harm. With that being said, there have been attacks on campus and nearby that remind students that the Macalester bubble isn’t completely impenetrable. However, the campus isn’t very large, so security guards trolling the grounds can often make their way to any sort of safety situation pretty quickly.
Regarding health, Macalester’s Health and Wellness Center (located in the Leonard Center) offers minimal care. Open only during the daytime on weekdays, the center doesn’t offer assistance on the weekends when help is often most needed. In cases when students need medical assistance after-hours or on the weekends, students are advised and urged to call urgent care or 911. The center also doesn’t offer a doctor every day of the week, instead using nurse practitioners for most students’ everyday medical needs. They perform some tests on-site, but most often have to send lab tests out and charge students’ accounts extra for the results.