• First-Year Orientation

    Now that you are officially a Hamline student, we have a series of orientation programs geared specifically toward you and your transitional needs. These programs will help you connect with other first year students and make new friends, learn about the differences between high school and college, find out what’s great about being a Piper, and more.


    Piper Preview and Piper Passages are MANDATORY on campus orientation programs for incoming first-year students.

    Piper Preview Fall 2014

    Step 1 in the 2 step mandatory orientation process is the Piper Preview Program.

    The program begins at 9:00am with check-in where you will get your student ID picture taken, materials for the day, and check in to the your room for the night. Throughout Day One students will engage in activities that include academic preparedness, connecting with the campus community (including Faculty, Staff, current students, and other incoming First Years), and connecting to the campus core values. Students will get to enjoy evening social programming and an overnight stay on campus (this is mandatory even if commuting to campus in the fall).

    Parents and Guardians are highly encouraged to attend the Parent Preview that takes places in conjunction with the students program. 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!

    On Day 2 students will have the opportunity to learn more about the Hamline Plan, meet with members of our Center for Academic Services, as well as faculty and current student leaders in preparation to registering for their fall semester courses. During this time families and guest are invited to enjoy a breakfast and Q&A with our Dean of Students Office. The full program should conclude around noon of day 2.

    *Lunch and Dinner on Day 1, as well as Breakfast on Day 2 is included for students
    *Lunch on Day 1 and a Continental Breakfast on Day 2 is included for families and guest.

    • Piper Preview I: Wednesday June 11th-Thursday June 12th
    • Piper Preview II: Friday June 20th-Saturday June 21st
    • Piper Preview III: Monday June 30th-Tuesday July 1st
    • Piper Preview IV: Wednesday July 16th-Thursday July 17th
    • Piper Preview V: Monday July 21st-Tuesday July 22nd
    • Piper Preview VI: Wednesday July 30th-Thursday July 31st



    Piper Passages Fall 2014

    Step 2 of the mandatory orientation program takes place on campus starting Sunday, August 31st through Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014.  Through this three-day program, new students are welcomed to campus by their New Student Mentor, meet their faculty advisor, attend their first FYSem class, and are introduced to additional university offices and services that are here to assist throughout your time at Hamline. If you are living on campus you will also move into your residence hall. More information about this program will be available at Piper Preview, and look for mailings and emails during August to prepare.

    *Note that whether living on campus or off campus these programs are all day (aprox 8am-9pm) and are required so plan accordingly. Take time off of work, do not plan a vacation, and be sure to have those days completely open. 


    Our staff is here to support you and your family through this transition.

    Frequently Asked Questions
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    Not finding what you need? Contact us directly at firstyear@hamline.edu.

  • First year orientation


    First step: Piper Preview
    Second Step: Piper Passages