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    Application Guide for International Students

    Hamline University is a small Minnesota based private college that seeks to admit students who demonstrate a working knowledge of the major academic disciplines; have developed the writing, speaking, reasoning, and study skills to be successful in the university’s academic programs; and demonstrate the motivation and maturity to meet the academic and social challenges of a selective, residential, liberal arts college.  Click here to read our review criteria, or follow the steps below to start your application.

    Complete the checklist below when you apply to Hamline University:

    1. International Student Application

    Complete an online application using the Common Application.  There is no fee to apply to Hamline!

    Apply to Hamline

    Download the Hamline University print application if you wish to apply by mail.

    Application Deadlines:

    Fall Term

    November 1 - Early Decision*
    December 1 - Priority Deadline
    May 1 - Final Application Deadline**
    May 1 - Deposit Deadline

    *This is a binding deadline, for more information regarding the Early Decision Agreement, please contact your admission counselor, Paula Brugge, at pbrugge01@hamline.edu.
    **Applicants who are transferring an F-1 visa from another U.S. college or university may be considered for admission after final deadlines.
     

    Spring Term

    September 15 - Priority Deadline
    November 15 - Final Deadline*
    November 15 - Deposit Deadline

    *Applicants who are transferring an F-1 visa from another U.S. college or university may be considered for admission after final deadlines.  

    2. Academic Records

    Transcripts:

    Submit official or certified copies of academic records from all secondary schools and colleges or universities which you have attended. If your academic records are not in English, you must have them translated into English by a certified public translator.

    Official high school diploma or certificate of graduation from high school:

    If you are still completing high school, you can send this document later upon your graduation.

    Official college or university transcripts (transfer students only):

    Submit official or certified copies of academic records from all colleges or universities which you have attended. If your academic records are not in English, you must have them translated into English by a certified public translator.

    Transferring from within U.S.

    At least one year of full-time college coursework:
    Submit all transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended. Transcripts should be sent to Hamline directly from your school's registrar.

    Less than one year of full-time college course work:
    In addition to the above, please have your official high school transcripts and official test scores sent to Hamline directly.

    Transferring from outside U.S.

    Students requesting transfer of credit for courses taken at universities outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an expert Academic Credential Evaluator in the United States. For more information, please see www.ece.org or www.wes.org.
      

    3. Test Scores

    Please submit one of the following test scores:

    • ACT or SAT scores:
      These may be listed on your official transcript sent to Hamline by your high school.
    • Language proficiency scores:
      All international students whose schooling was not taught in English must pass a language proficiency test. Accepted tests and pass scores are as followed:
      1. TOEFL: 550 on paper-based exam
                       213 on computer-based exam
                       79 on iBT
      2. IELTS:   6.5 or above
      3. Global Language Institute: Advanced level and faculty recommendation       
       

    If you do not have or meet the minimum test scores, you can be admitted to Hamline University by enrolling in Global Language Institute’s (GLI) Intensive English Language Program located near Hamline University. International students must submit to GLI and Hamline University all of the required application materials and supporting documentation with the exception of required proof of English ability.

    Conditional admission is offered for students who currently do not meet the English language proficiency requirement. Academically qualified students will be admitted to Hamline University after successful completion of English language studies at Global Language Institute, located in St. Paul, near Hamline University.

    Students who successfully complete GLI's advanced level courses and receive faculty recommendation may transfer directly to Hamline University. Global Language Institute students who are admitted to Hamline University will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

    Note: The scholarship applies only to students entering the undergraduate program at Hamline University. It is not available for students enrolling for any of the graduate programs.

    4. Teacher Recommendation Form

    Have at least one letter of recommendation describing your academic and leadership record and potential from your guidance counselor and/or an academic teacher sent directly to Hamline.

    Download a Teacher Recommendation Form
     

    5. Evidence of Financial Support

    You must submit documentary evidence of the amount of financial support that will be available to you. Financial documents should be official and not older than three months. This may be submitted at the time of admission.

    View Requirements for
    Financial Documents

    6. Passport Copy

    A copy of the photo page of your passport and visa page (if you have one) must be submitted.

    International Admission Review Criteria

    In the evaluation process the admission committee considers secondary school course selection and performance in academic subjects as the most important indicators of ability. The recommended pattern of college preparatory subjects includes:

    • Four years of English
    • Three years of mathematics
    • Three years of science with laboratory experience.
    • Three years of social science.

    A secondary school diploma or its equivalent is required for admission. Students who have not completed the recommended courses but whose scholastic record and aptitude indicate the possession of the characteristics described above are invited to submit their credentials for consideration.

    The admission committee also considers an applicant’s rank in class (if available), SAT, ACT, or TOEFL test score results, recommendations, and co-curricular involvement as indicators of preparation for academic and social environments. Evidence of leadership qualities in school and in the community at large is considered as an especially positive indicator.

    International scholarships range from $4,000-$22,000, and are awarded at the time of admission.  These merit scholarships are awarded based on the academic records that students present in their application.  Hamline does not offer need-based scholarships to international students.

    In addition to the requested application materials, some applicants may be asked to provide the results of additional course work, and/or complete an admission interview.

    Hamline University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.