• 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 the two mandatory orientation programs for incoming first year students.

    Piper Preview 2017

    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.

    Registration for Piper Preview will go live spring of 2017!   

    Piper Preview I June 19-20
    Piper Preview II June 21-22
    Piper Preview III June 23-24
    Piper Preview IV July 10-11
    Piper Preview V July 12-13
    Piper Preview VI  July 14-15

    Below is a brief overview of each day. A up to date full schedule for the program can be found here!


    Day 1 of the program begins at 9:00 am with check-in where students will get a student ID photo taken, materials for the day, and check into their room for the night. Throughout Day One students will engage in activities which address 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 the student plans to commute to campus in the fall). Parents should make other arrangements for overnight accommodations.

    Parents and Guardians are highly encouraged to attend the Parent Preview that takes place in conjunction with the student program. The Parent program is a great way to gain more information on resources for you and your student, 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 Academic Advising team, as well as faculty and current student leaders in preparation to register 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.

    Parents are welcome to attend Piper Preview

    A copy of the most recent Parent/Guest schedule can be found here. 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. 


    *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 guests.


    Pathways to Hamline

    Pathways to Hamline is an optional pre-orientation program for a limited number of incoming first year students. Participants in the Pathways program will have the opportunity to focus on a specific topic and will 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 2017

    The second mandatory orientation program takes place on campus from September 3rd-5th.  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 on Sunday, September 3rd prior to the opening program for Piper Passages. 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 full-day programs (aprox. 8 am-9 pm) and are required.  Please 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.