• 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 Summer 2015

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

    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 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 guests.

    Piper Preview I: Friday, June 12th- Saturday, June 13th 

    Piper Preview II: Monday, June 29th- Tuesday, June 30th 

    Piper Preview III: Wednesday, July 8th- Thursday, July 9th 

    Piper Preview IV: Tuesday, July 14th- Wednesday, July 15th 

    Piper Preview V: Wednesday, July 22nd-Thursday, July 24

    Piper Preview VI: Thursday, July 30th- Friday, July 31st 




    Piper Passages Fall 2015

    Step 2 of the mandatory orientation program takes place on campus immediately proceeding the fall semester (September 6th-8th).  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 6th 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.

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