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Health & Safety


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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt in danger on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall a really safe campus and neighborhood.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There wasn't a huge amount of on-campus crime, but laptops and bikes were stolen fairly frequently. Nothing violent though. Security could be a pain in the butt because they take their job very seriously sometimes, but I didn't have a lot of run-ins with them.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: jDont have much experience with it.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security visibly patrol campus at all hours and have regular office hours as well as a 24 hour number students can call. As far as health goes, there is a health center on campus which is available to all students are fairly accessible hours. My experience with the health center has been a pleasant experience thus far. The nurse I met with was very personable and helpful with what I needed, giving me her email and helping to follow up and ensure I had what I needed. The campus security is vocal where security and such is concerned, and if or when incidents occur, whether on or off (near) campus, they are sure to post memos and send out emails and such to everyone on campus. I feel safe walking across campus, and when I've left campus, I've felt safe in the area surrounding Macalester.


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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 24 responses

  • 29% None
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 7% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Non-students on campus
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Walking alone
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 9 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 17% Not very visible.
  • 22% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 76% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 24% 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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