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The Laurie Hamre Center for Health & Wellness offers integrated medical, counseling, health promotion, and sexual violence prevention services and programs for all students and serves as a resource supporting the entire Macalester community’s effort to build a healthy campus. We are dedicated to providing care, support, and connection to resources for students of all identities. 

Grief and Loss

Self-care in times of grief and loss is so important.  The Hamre Center has created a resource based on the work of Thomas Ellis’s book “This Thing Called Grief”.  Also, a student wellness group for “Grief and Loss Support” begins October 1, Thursdays, 11:30 -1:00. Facilitated by Jon Vaughan-Fier. To sign-up, contact Jon or Note also that the Hamre Center has opened up more drop-in counseling hours the week of Sept. 21 for students.  Simply call 651-696-6275 (Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Limited Callers can access these numbers through MN Relay 711) if you would like to talk to a Hamre Center counselor.

New 24/7 Medical Resource for Students

Macalester has a new nurse triage phone line for students.  It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  NurseNow (aka AccessNurse) can be reached by calling the Hamre Center (651-696-6275, Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Limited Callers can access these numbers through MN Relay 711) and selecting option 3 on the voice mail message.  If you call during office hours and reach a staff member, ask to be connected to the nurse line.  NurseNow is familiar with emergency referral resources in the area and will provide the Hamre Center with a report of the call.  You can either share your name when you call or can remain anonymous.  The call is always free.

What Should I do if I Have COVID-19 Symptoms?


Fall 2020 Hours*

General Administrative Hours:
Closed  daily 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Mondays & Fridays 9:00 am to 4:45 pm,
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Thursdays 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

COVID-19 Testing (lab appointments for symptomatic and contact testing only)
Monday through Friday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 12:00pm (not available Fall Break & Thanksgiving weekends). Resources on off-campus testing sites can be found on the MDH website.

*Hours for medical and counseling appointments vary. Call for more information and to schedule.
The majority of the Hamre Center appointments will be Telehealth appointments.  But if you are scheduled for an in-person appointment or need to pick something up from the Hamre Center, please use the South entrance of the Leonard Center.  Only students will have card access through the South entrance of the Leonard Center during office hours.

If you need care after hours, please visit Urgent and Emergency Care for resources. If this is an emergency, please call 911. 

Macalester Patient Portal

Our secure patient portal allows you to communicate with Hamre Center health care providers, make limited medical appointments, complete forms, and update and get a copy of your immunization record.

Login to the Macalester Patient Portal

News and Updates

New Students

Welcome!  For students entering Fall 2020, we will update this page as soon as plans are in place.  At that time, please go to the New Student Portal to access the information and forms for all new students.  Read the Health & Wellness First-Year Requirements FAQ

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

During the month of September, organizations around the world work together to bring the highly stigmatized topic of suicide into public conversation by sharing resources, information, and stories. At Macalester, we are a part of this work and acknowledge the impacts of suicide in our community. Learn more about what we’re doing at Mac.


ULifeline from the JED Foundation, is a comprehensive website for college students on mental health. It includes facts on mental health, wellness strategies, info on how to help a friend, resources for help, as well as a self-evaluator for 13 common mental health concerns.  Check it out.

Easily Find Local Counselors

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with MiResource, a tool to help Macalester students easily and confidentially find the right local off-campus provider. You can search by your specific care needs, insurance/payment options, and geography. Learn more

Resources for Faculty, Staff, and Families

If you’re a Macalester faculty or staff member interested in helping your students, please review our list of faculty and staff resources.

If you’re a family member or guardian interested in helping your student, please review our list of family resources.