Hamline University

The entrance from Carnegie Library, Hamline’s first library.
Biology professor Mike Farris works one-on-one with a student.
Klas Field—home of the Pipers.
Hamline hurdlers race to the finish.
Spring arrives on Hamline’s campus.
Students relax in Hamline’s Blue Garden
Klas Center features the Klas Café where students can grab coffee and a bite.
Old Main, Hamline’s oldest building, lights up at night.
Students take a study break outside Bush Library.
Pipers hit the stands to cheer on their favorite athletic teams.
Hamline offers students opportunities to conduct collaborative research
The new Anderson Center at Hamline
Student in the Digital Media Arts program
Pre-health student
The Hamline Piper has a new look


Hamline University
MS C-1930
Office of Undergraduate Admission
1536 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

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Programs and Degrees Offered



Founded in 1854, Hamline is Minnesota's first university and among the first coeducational institutions in the nation. Today it is home to approximately 5,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, working to develop their intellectual, creative and leadership potential. Undergraduates choose from 50 areas of study and participate in more than 70 student organizations and 20 varsity athletic teams, as well as internships, collaborative research and study abroad opportunities. Hamline is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. It is the top-ranked and only "Great School, Great Price" Minnesota university of its class, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Hamline University at a glance


  • Undergraduate: 2,229
  • Graduate: 2,029

Undergraduate student distribution

  • Domestic students: 74% White, 7% Hispanic, 6% Black, 6% Asian, 6% multiracial, <1% American Indian/Alaska Native, <1% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
  • International students are 2% of total undergraduate enrollment


  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Average class size: 22
  • Number undergraduate majors: 50

First-year student profile

  • Average ACT score: 24.2; the middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 21 and 27; 91% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
  • Average SAT score: The middle 50% ranges were 490-570 for math, 470-610 for reading and 460-620 for writing; 11% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
  • High school GPA: 3.41
  • Percentage from Minnesota: 71%
  • Percentage who live on campus: 87%


  • 2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $38,366
  • Room and board: $9,736
  • Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial-aid: 88%

Religious affiliation

United Methodist

Graduate outcomes

Use LinkedIn’s alumni tool* to explore what Hamline graduates majored in and the types of careers they have and with which companies.

*based only on those who have accounts on LinkedIn


Undergraduate degrees offered

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Science

View a list of all majors and degrees or Hamline's detailed undergraduate program information.

5 largest undergraduate majors:
  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Business/Marketing
  • Biological/Life Sciences
  • Law/Legal Studies

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size


Graduate programs offered

  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • Master of Nonprofit Management
  • Master in Public Administration
  • Doctorate in Education
  • Doctorate in Public Administration
  • Juris Doctor

View a list of all programs and degrees or Hamline's detailed graduate program information.


91% of full-time undergraduate faculty hold the doctorate or highest degree in their field

Pre-professional programs

  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine

Teaching licensure programs

  • K-12
  • K-6
  • Secondary

Certification programs

  • Chinese proficiency
  • Conflict studies
  • Forensic science
  • German proficiency
  • International journalism
  • Paralegal
  • Spanish proficiency

Intercampus agreements

The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) is a partnership with Augsburg College, the College of St. Catherine, Hamline University, Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas. The partnership allows students to register for courses at the other colleges, and collaborative majors are offered through the partnership.

Honors program

  • University Honors
  • Latin Honors
  • Departmental Honors
  • Omicron Delta Kappa

Study abroad programs

Hamline students may participate in a variety of semester-long and summer study-abroad programs, including but not limited to those with the:

  • Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs (HECUA)
  • International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
  • Interstudy, American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
  • Educational Programs Abroad (EPA)
  • Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
  • School for International Training (SIT)

Hamline has direct exchange programs with universities in Trier, Germany; Valaparaiso, Chile; Saint Louis, Senegal; and Dhaka, Bangladesh, and York, England as well as internships in locations such as England, Scotland, Belgium, Germany, France, and Spain.

Hamline also offers opportunities over the January Winter Term and through extended spring term courses where the travel portion is completed in late May and early June. In addition to Hamline faculty-led opportunities, they include program sites through the Upper Midwest Consortium of Intercultural Education (UMAIE) and various programs with the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC).

Internships/career services

Hamline's field experience program gives all students the opportunity to combine work in a chosen area of academic and vocational interest with a related study project to earn college credit. Students participate in internships inside corporations, nonprofit organizations, health care facilities and state and local governments. Through Hamline's alumni network and university connections, students have been privileged to work with mentors in businesses and organizations throughout the area.

The Career Development Center provides a variety of placement services, including one-to-one counseling, resume writing workshops, training in job-seeking skills, career and employment opportunity information, on-campus interviewing, and maintenance of credential files. The Career Development Center also provides guidance to students who apply to graduate and professional schools and for fellowship/assistantship positions.

Accreditation & approval

  • American Bar Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of American Law Schools
  • Minnesota Board of Teaching
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • University Senate of the United Methodist Church

Admission & cost


Online application: www.hamline.edu/undergraduate/admission/apply.html

Admissions tests required: ACT or SAT

Application deadlines: Early Decision, Nov. 1; Early Action, Dec. 1; Regular Decision, Jan. 15; Rolling Admission, after Jan. 15

Application fee: None

Advanced placement credit

Advanced credit and standing may be granted for high school courses taken under Advanced Placement Program, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and International Baccalaureate Program. Qualifying scores vary by subject area. More information.

Transfer criteria (credits, GPA):

A maximum of 96 quarter hours or 64 semester hours may be accepted as transfer credit from two-year colleges, no limit on credit transferring from four-year colleges. Students must complete a minimum of 56 semester credits in residence. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required.

Transfer process (deadlines and materials)

Fall deadline — Early Action: Mar. 15; Regular Decision: Aug. 1
Spring deadline — Early Action: Nov. 15; Regular Decision: Jan. 10


2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $38,366

Room and board: $9,736

Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 88%

Financial aid

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Student involvement

Student organizations

More than 70 student organizations including:

  • Student government
  • National and departmental honorary academic societies
  • Student newspaper
  • Music ensembles
  • Service/social justice organizations

Athletic programs

Conference membership

  • NCAA Division III
  • Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

Men's varsity

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field

Women's varsity

  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball


A wide variety of recreational sports including:

  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Club sports

  • Ice Hockey (men's)
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Fine arts offerings

  • A Cappella Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Orchestra
  • Oratorio Society
  • Women's Chorale
  • Winds Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Broke Starving Writers Club
  • Oracle (student newspaper)
  • Fulcrum (literary magazine)
  • Hamline Radio
  • Theatre
  • Music Council

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