• First-Year Students

    Welcome, Class of 2020! The Orientation and First Year Programs staff and services are here to support you in your transition from high school to college. Our orientation programs and ongoing event programming during your first year will help you:

    • Learn your way around campus

    • Develop new friendships

    • Understand the differences between high school and college

    • Begin to understand your academic requirements and resources

    • Be mentored by faculty through class selection and registration

    • Start to develop a sense of independence

    • Develop a connection to Hamline’s values

    • Become proud to be a Hamline Piper!

    Just Admitted to Hamline?

    Learn more about the orientation programs you’ll be going through before classes begin.


    Piper Preview and Piper Passages are the two mandatory orientation programs for incoming first year students.

    Piper Preview 2016

    Piper Preview is the first of two mandatory orientation programs for first-year students. After students submit their deposit to Hamline, they will receive an email which indicates they are able to register for this orientation. First-year students may attend any ONE of the six Piper Preview sessions held in June or July. Please note that Piper Preview is a two-day orientation. Day 1 starts at 10am and students are required to stay on campus overnight. Day 2 runs 8:30am-noon and involves the actual registration for fall courses. 

    Piper Preview I Friday, June 10 - Saturday, June 11
    Piper Preview II Thursday, June 16 - Friday, June 17
    Piper Preview III Tuesday, June 28 - Wednesday, June 29
    Piper Preview IV Tuesday, July 12 - Wednesday, July 13
    Piper Preview V Friday, July 15 - Saturday, July 16
    Piper Preview VI Tuesday, July 19 - Wednesday, July 20

    Parents are welcome to attend Piper Preview. We have a complete schedule of sessions and information for parents. The parent program is a great way to gain more information on resources for you and your students, meet other parents, and connect with the Hamline Community! We are unable to provide on-campus housing for parents, but parents that would like to stay in the area may find this list of nearby hotels useful. 

    Pathways to Hamline

    Pathways to Hamline is an optional pre-orientation program for a limited number of incoming first year students. Participants in the Pathway program will have the opportunity to focus on a specific topic while also have an opportunity to interact with other participants across issues of leadership, diversity, service, spirituality and social justice. Check out more information about the Pathways program HERE.


    Piper Passages 2016

    The second mandatory orientation program takes place on campus from September 4th-6th. Through this program, new students are welcomed to campus by various university administrators, meet their faculty advisors, and are introduced to additional university offices that are here to assist you throughout your time at Hamline.

    Current First-Year Student?

    Check out the dates for the FYSEM throwdown events or get in touch with your professor, New Student Mentor, or campus colleague.