Ripon, as a whole, is a very safe place to live. It is a small town and community, and people watch out for each other. Most places close around 9 or 10 p.m., so the small amount of traffic gets reduced. It's safe to walk alone, and everything is nearby. Campus security is present and proactive. They have a phone number where they can be reached, and they will pick up students and give them rides back to their residence halls. They also do walk-throughs of all the residence halls a few times each night and are always available to investigate any situation or complaint. They are very friendly and willing to help. Although theft on campus isn't a huge problem, students should still be smart. Lock your room and any valuables you have because it pays to be safe. Don't assume that just because you know most of campus that your things are automatically safe. It is very likely that you won't encounter any problems during your time at Ripon College, but why take a risk when it can be easily prevented?
There is a campus nurse who can examine students for basic illnesses and colds, and prescribe antibiotics. Also on campus are two counselors who are available for students to meet with on a regular basis, a few times, or one time only. They encourage students to stop by for any reason at all—their doors are always open. All of the health and counseling services staff members are friendly and helpful.