At Hamline University, we value the perspective and life experiences of transfer students, and we have the resources and dedication to help you reach your destination. Hamline is Minnesota’s first university (founded 1854), and is a selective, nationally recognized college of liberal arts and sciences. Just minutes from the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Hamline offers easy access to a wide array of internship, educational, cultural, social and athletic opportunities.

Hamline offers transfer students a traditional undergraduate degree program and an online degree completion program. We offer competitive transfer scholarships, a generous transfer credit acceptance policy, transfer student orientation and mentoring, and a University Honors Program open to transfer students. We uphold a legacy of inclusiveness and our community is committed to making your transition to Hamline as smooth as possible. At Hamline, you will have countless opportunities to take the lead!

New or unique undergraduate programs
Business Administration (with concentrations in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, International Business, Management and Marketing)
Computational Data Science
Creative Writing
Criminology and Criminal Justice/Forensic Science
Digital Media Arts
Forensic Psychology
Public Health Sciences

All students participate in an internship, collaborative research or service-learning project. We also offer an online degree completion program in General Business and Psychology.

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Student profile

1,925 Undergraduate students
39% Students of color or Native American students
63% Female students
18% Transfer students 
95% Students under 25
5% Non-traditional students

1,188 Graduate students

Credit transfer

No minimum number of credits needed to transfer. A minimum of 56 residency credits at Hamline (or within the ACTC exchange) is required to graduate. We offer a two-year assurance of graduation for students with Associate of Arts degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities. Learn more about transferring credit to Hamline.

Maximum number of credits that can transfer

Number of credits required for degree

Minimum cumulative GPA required
2.0 (generally, 2.5 GPA required)

Minimum grade required for a course to transfer

Block transfer accepted *
Associate of Arts
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Students who complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or transfer a Minnesota State Associate of Arts degree with minimum course grades of C- will transfer those courses to Hamline University and fulfill many of our Hamline Plan requirements.

* may have some additional unique course requirements, such as language, philosophy or religion courses. Please contact a transfer counselor at the institution to learn more.


Completed applications receive an admission decision within 1-2 weeks. Admitted students receive an official credit evaluation around two weeks after being accepted.

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Application deadlines
Fall: Mar. 15 (registration benefits), Aug. 1
Spring: Nov. 15 (registration benefits), Jan. 10

Application fee

Other transfer admissions requirements
Official transcripts from each institution attended are required, as well as a Dean of Students form. Hamline is test-optional. Letters of recommendation and/or resumes are accepted but not required

Financial aid & cost

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Tuition and fees

Phi Theta Kappa ($3,000)
Hamline Firsts ($3,000 for first-generation college students)
Transfer Achievement Awards (up to $23,000)
Departmental scholarships (up to $3,000 in Art, Business, Science, Writing, Music, Theater)
Legacy scholarships ($2,000 for students whose parents, grandparents or siblings graduated from Hamline, or for students whose siblings are currently attending)

Learn more about transfer scholarships.

Financial aid deadline
Priority deadline to submit the FAFSA is April 1, 2022

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Learn more about financial aid at Hamline.

Contact information

Hamline University

Office of Undergraduate Admission
1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-C1930
St. Paul, MN55104
United States

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Adult learners

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