At Hamline University, we’ve set the standard for a premier education since 1854. As Minnesota’s first university, our first graduates were not only Minnesota’s first graduates, but they were also women, establishing a tradition of dynamic, forward-thinking education for all students. Here at Hamline, our students take the lead with collaborative research projects that open minds, service-learning opportunities that open hearts and internships that open doors. They graduate with the knowledge, skills and connections to pursue their passion and do all the good they can in all the ways they can.
Hamline University delivers a relevant liberal arts education that prepares students to think, learn and reach across disciplines. Our innovative curriculum inspires students to find meaningful experiences in which to apply their academic knowledge in a real-world setting. Students get the one-on-one attention of caring professors who know their names and their dreams for the future. From the moment they step on campus, students have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with faculty experts, do work that matters and gain hands-on experience. It’s how they find their purpose and accomplish more than they ever thought possible.
Religious affiliation: United Methodist
Student body profile
Hamline students are diverse in their experiences, interests and backgrounds. They are engaged in more than 70 different student clubs and organizations and find meaningful ways to connect on campus and in the communities that surround our campus. Undergraduate students contribute more than 65,000 volunteer hours annually through service trips, academic classes and student organizations dedicated to service and social activism. As a reflection of our commitment to civic responsibility, Hamline students had the overall highest voting rate in 2018 for a private, four-year institution in the United States.
Since 1854, Hamline has set the standard for excellence in a liberal arts education. Deeply rooted in justice, civic responsibility and Methodist values, our liberal arts curriculum prepares students to think critically, develop a worldly perspective and become creative problem solvers for the future
With more than 50 areas of study, students can pursue their passions, feed their curiosity and focus on the issues that matter most to them. Whatever their field, they’ll have limitless opportunities to take the initiative and contribute to the workplace, the community, and the world. Recently added programs of study include Forensic Psychology, Computational Data Science and Neuroscience.
I didn't get here alone. I'm a reflection of people, experiences, the program, all of these things that came together to ignite me. That doesn't happen to everyone — [Hamline] created that.
Raie Gessesse '20
Hamline approaches the admission process through a holistic review process. This means we care about the whole student profile, including academic abilities, course selection, activities and leadership, writing and potential. Hamline is test-optional, which means we’ll accept your application with or without an ACT or SAT score. We are looking for students strive to challenge themselves in a collaborative academic environment and who will be committed to making a meaningful impact in the Hamline community and beyond.
Cost & financial aid
Hamline is proud to offer competitive financial aid and scholarship opportunities to our students, and we’ll work with students and families to make sure Hamline stays affordable throughout the students’ experience. As a test-optional school, students will be fully evaluated for merit aid regardless of whether or not they submit a test score. And 100% of Hamline students are eligible to earn up to $3,000 per year in work-study. The average Hamline financial aid package is $41,776.
First-time, full-time students receiving grants and scholarships
Financial aid application deadline
Feb. 1 priority deadline
Learn more about financial aid at Hamline University.
Hamline is home to more than 70 student organizations that foster student interaction and exchange, the exploration of interests and the development of valuable leadership skills. Joining a student organization is a great way to make new friends, develop new skills and become a more active member of the campus community. Student Activities & Leadership Development (SALD) provides students with opportunities to enhance their coursework and build leadership capacities through co-curricular activities. The office is responsible for coordinating major campus programs like Homecoming Week as well as regular evening and weekend programming.
Number of student organizations
Types of student organizations
Cultural or ethnic
Fine art offerings
The music and theatre arts departments coordinate theatre and ensemble productions every year – open to all regardless of major. Students can also pursue passions in the studio arts and creative writing. Scholarships are available by audition for students who excel in the fine arts.
NCAA Division III - Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference, Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (gymnastics)
Number of club sports
Sport clubs are recognized, student-lead organizations made up of individuals sharing a common interest in competitive, recreational and/or instructional sport activity. They allow students to participate in a variety of sport activities both for fun and at the competitive intercollegiate club level. Sport clubs are created and managed by students, which provides numerous learning and leadership opportunities that further enhance the overall collegiate experience for those involved.
Number of intramural sports
The Hamline University Intramural Program offers open and inclusive recreational activities based on a foundation of sportsmanship. All current Hamline students are eligible to participate in a wide range of intramural activities and events. Intramurals provides a fun and safe environment for participants to develop and maintain an active, healthy lifestyle through involvement in competitive sports leagues, tournaments and special events and open recreation.
The Career Development Center (CDC) assists students and alums as they explore, prepare for and make successful transitions to life after Hamline. We empower individuals to take an active role in finding and pursuing their personal and professional passions. The CDC offers a comprehensive program of professional and career development services for students. These services and resources help students explore, plan, and achieve their career goals from the first year on campus to graduation and beyond.
Disciplines with largest number of graduates
1. Social sciences
2. Business, management, marketing and related support services
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
Office of Undergraduate Admission
1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-C1930
St. Paul, MN55104