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The Leonard Center

Completed in 2008 the $45 million, 175,000 square-foot Leonard Center provides Macalester students with one of the top liberal arts athletics and wellness facilities in the country. A fitness center, dance studios, health services, comfortable gathering areas, and a small restaurant make it the place for students to work out, play, relax, and have that sore throat checked out. For more information on the Leonard Center go to:

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Intercollegiate Athletics

The varsity athletic teams are members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), the Midwest Conference (football only), the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA), and the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA Division III). Varsity sports for men include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and indoor and outdoor track. Varsity sports for women include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, water polo and volleyball.  For more information about Macalester’s varsity athletics program and for a listing of all upcoming home contests go to:

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The Laurie Hamre Center for Health and Wellness (HWC) supports a healthy campus community by working with students to achieve physical, emotional and social wellbeing while promoting the value of life-long learning and health. The transition to college and taking on responsibility for your wellbeing may feel daunting. Everyone will need help at some point while at Macalester, but what that help looks like will be different for everyone.

Here are a few initiatives we offer to support wellbeing:

  • Physical fitness activities such as zumba, yoga, kickboxing, and circuit training.
  • Healthy, inclusive sexuality education including information on healthy relationships, consent, sexually transmitted infections, contraception options, and decisions about sexual activity.
  • Wellbeing Wednesday workshops – an informal discussion on all things related to wellbeing.
  • Alcohol and other drug education including online modules, motivational interviewing, and personal assessments. We are a tobacco-free campus and we offer free cessation support and quit products. Read more at
  • Sleep and stress management strategies and tools, delivered through first-year courses, social media, and regular campus programming.  Sleep products are distributed free of charge.
  • Resilience conversations that explore how you can cope with and respond in meaningful ways to the challenges of college life.

These wellbeing activities complement the counseling and medical services that are offered at HWC. We look forward to you joining us in community.

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Physical Education Classes

A variety of activity classes are offered through the department of physical education. These courses meet over the duration of each module and upon successful completion students may earn one credit toward graduation. All activity classes are graded S/NC.  For more information about the PE classes offered this fall, please refer to the Fall 2020 Class Schedule.

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Club Sports

The Club Sports program at Macalester College is designed to provide opportunities for students to participate and compete in a variety of sport activities not offered on the varsity level at the college.  A club sport is student initiated, organized and run by Macalester students who share a common interest in specific sports activity.  These activities are competitive in nature and typically involve several practices a week and competitions against other college club teams.  Club sports teams currently offered at Macalester include:  M/W Crew, M/W Ice Hockey, M/W Nordic skiing, M/W Rugby, M/W Ultimate Frisbee, Men’s Water Polo, Women’s Lacrosse, and Co-ed Volleyball.  For more information on club sports visit the Club Sports website.

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Intramural Sports

Recreational activities and competitive sports are a valuable part of a liberal arts education. These physical activities are part of a life-long learning process and complement the academic and artistic knowledge gained at Macalester. The intramural program desires to provide activities of interest to the Macalester Community. The goal is for every individual to participate in an activity of one’s choosing in so far as facilities and equipment permits. Intramural activities are organized on a team and individual basis, as well as recreational and competitive levels, enabling all to participate. Ability is not a primary concern; all you need is desire. All sports will follow CDC and campus guidance on safe play for this for this reason some sports and offering may look different this year. For more information on intramural activities at Macalester, visit the Macalester Athletics website.

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