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Safety & Security

Macalester College is located in an urban environment that provides rich opportunities for students to enjoy. Living in a metropolitan area also requires that members of the Macalester community take responsibility for their safety and those around them. Security staff is on duty 24 hours a day year round. They may be contacted by dialing 651-696-6555.

Campus safety escorts are available for students, faculty, and staff 24 hours a day. Security Officers or student SAFEwalk employees will assist you to your vehicle within a mile radius of campus. To request an escort, call Security at 651-696-6555.

Members of the Macalester community are encouraged to do simple things including:

  • responding to all emergency alarms quickly
  • using safe, direct, and well-lit routes
  • always locking residence hall doors while away or asleep
  • not opening doors to strangers or propping doors open for guests or allowing unknown persons to “tailgate” into your residence hall
  • marking your valuables with a permanent marker using your unique state drivers’ license or State ID number, then recording and save the model and serial number and take photos of these items.
  • never leaving items unattended–laptop computers and backpacks are easy targets for campus thieves.

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Parking and Transportation

Biking is encouraged, but Macalester is a relatively small campus and riding your bike between your residence hall and classes is done infrequently. Students can rent a bike (along with a helmet and lock) at the checkout counter in the Library with a valid Mac ID.

If you bring a bike, there are a number of racks on campus that can be used to secure your bicycle. Please remember to bring a U-lock to properly lock your bicycle. There is no indoor storage for bikes and Macalester does not assume liability for lost/stolen bikes. Please note that bicycles left on campus at the end of school year will be removed at the owner’s expense and donated to charity.

All vehicles parked by Macalester College students, faculty, and staff in college parking lots must display a valid parking permit. First-year resident students are NOT eligible for a campus parking permit. Medical and work-related exceptions may be requested from the Associate Director of Security. Registration is not transferable. Parking permits are issued to Macalester faculty, staff, and eligible current students upon completion and signature of a vehicle registration form at the Facilities Services Office.

The Campus Center Information Desk has resources for navigating the Twin Cities transit system, including maps of many bus routes. Additionally, subsidized bus passes can also be purchased at the Information Desk. The Civic Engagement Center has additional information about volunteer opportunities at a variety of organizations in various neighborhoods and what buses can get you to the various sites. For more information about the Twin Cities transit system, visit Metro Transit at

The HOURCAR program currently serves Macalester College and the Mac-Groveland community. HOURCAR vehicles are located in the parking lot on Grand Avenue across from Patagonia and near the George Draper Dayton Hall. Members also have access to all automobiles in the HOURCAR fleet. Using the car is simple: drivers reserve a time online, use the HOURCAR, and then return it to the reserved parking space. Drivers pay for time and mileage, but operational costs such as the cost of gas, insurance ($1 million with a $500 deductible), and parking are all included.

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Technology Services

Do it! Checkout the Student Technology Checklist
Make sure you’re ready to stream when you come to campus. Review the Student Technology Checklist to find out how to reset your password, set up wifi, download software, and what not to bring (no wireless printers or routers, please!).

Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and more!
Macalester College is a G Suite campus. Gmail, Calendar, and Drive are for used in and outside the classroom.

Bring yours! Or use one of ours.
While most students bring their own laptop, public computer labs are available across campus and laptops are available to checkout from the Library when you don’t feel like carrying your device. Computer labs located in residence halls are open 24/7.

Download it!
Checkout the ITS Software Download page and download a free copy of Microsoft Office now. Most course software, like Mathematica and ChemDraw, are available to download after you arrive on campus.

Contact us! Don’t be a stranger.
ITS Help Desk
Neill Hall, Room 314

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Document Services and Mailing Services

Located on the lower level of the Campus Center, Document Services offers full service document production including color and black and white copying. We also provide finishing services including collating, stapling, folding, cutting, binding, faxing, scanning and laminating.

For more information about Document Services, visit the Document Services website or email

Macalester Mailing Services is also located on the lower level of the Campus Center. Mailing Services provides PO boxes for your incoming mail and packages. A new Student PO Box (SPO) is assigned to all students at the start of fall semester and your SPO number and combination will be available on 1600grand when you arrive. We are a Contract Postal Station so we offer most services that you find at a Post Office. We sell stamps and send out packages for Domestic and International mail.

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