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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Recently, there have been several robberies on or around campus. They have been committed by people who are allegedly not residents of the campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are security dispatch phones located in multiple locations on campus, and you can also dial from your cell phone. Security will help you immediately with any problem you have - even small matter.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe. There is always someone patrolling, but they don't bust up every party on a whim. They are there if things get out of control though.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus because we are located in a safe residential area of st.paul. However, if I venture even three blocks away from campus it can become more dangerous.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety at Macalester is definitely not an issue. It's a great area and the school may not have a lot of visible security but they do take a lot of measures to allow students to be protected especially when walking alone at night.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 2
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Safety & Security
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Room 233
(651) 696-6555 (emergencies); (651) 696-6278 (office)
Safety Services
  • Crime prevention presentations (made annually to campus groups and organizations)
  • Electronic alarm systems
  • Emergency telephones (50 located throughout campus, both inside and outside of buildings)
  • Mac Alert (text message system)
  • Operation identification (engraving of serial numbers or owner-recognized numbers on items of value)
  • Printed crime prevention materials (widely distributed across campus)
  • Residence hall security
  • The SAFEwalk Program
  • Sexual violence education and prevention
Health Center
Winton Health Services/Health & Wellness Center
Leonard Center, Room 53
(651) 696-6275
Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Assessments and referrals
  • Counseling
  • Education and advice about dietary concerns
  • Free brochures and materials
  • Immunizations
  • Massage services
  • Men's and women's health concerns
  • Physical exams
  • Primary care
  • Testing
  • Treatment of injuries and illnesses
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Students that feel uncomfortable walking around campus and the surrounding area at night can utilize the school's SAFEwalk program that offers to walk students anywhere within a one-mile radius of campus. If students are walking after SAFEwalk hours, they can always use one of the phones around campus to ask a security guard for assistance with their travels.
  • Dorms are open to anyone with the correct set of keys, and there's no sign-in system for visitors. Residents are responsible for their guests and their guests' actions, which usually do not lead to any issues. Just be careful not to hold doors open for unrecognizable people, as there have been strings of dorm-centered thefts where laptops and other pricey items were stolen by outsiders to the Mac community.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 20 responses

  • 26% None
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 19 responses

  • 53% High quality, very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 21% Not very visible.
  • 21% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 80% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 20% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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