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    High School Counselor's Guide

    Welcome, high school counselors!

    We’re delighted you’re browsing our website and want to provide helpful information as you work with potential Hamline students. High school counselors play a vital role in assisting students as they explore their educational options. Please call on us whenever you want to discuss Hamline, a potential student, or simply want clarification on some topic. We look forward to working with you and your students.


    To create a diverse and collaborate community of learners, dedicated to the development of students’ knowledge, values, and skills for successful lives of leadership, scholarship, and service.


    Hamline recognizes its roots in the traditions and values of the United Methodist Church and aspires to the highest standards for:

    • Creation, dissemination, and practical application of knowledge.

    • Rigor, creativity, and innovation in teaching, learning, and research.

    • Multicultural competencies in local and global contexts.

    • The development and education of the whole person.

    • An individual and community ethic of social justice, civic responsibility, and inclusive leadership and service.


    For the fourth consecutive year, Hamline has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.


    12:1 student to faculty ratio.

    95% of faculty members hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field; faculty members also serve as academic advisors to all students.

    Hamline is one of only 280 Phi Beta Kappa institutions in the country.

    Five Rhodes Scholars, 40 Fulbright Scholars (26 in the last 15 years), and one Truman Scholar have graduated from Hamline.

    Hamline ranks fifth among Minnesota schools in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees.

    Hamline students are one of the largest contingents at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) every year; 43 students were selected and attended in 2010.

    The Hamline Plan, the university’s nationally recognized general education program, provides students with a set of skills and experiences that tie directly to graduation requirements and employers’ expectations of college graduates. These include critical thinking, problem-solving, and communications skills and strong work habits.

    100% of Hamline students complete an internship, collaborative or field-based research, and/or a service-learning project.

    Students can choose from  41 major fields of study  from biology to business, communication studies to criminal justice and English to psychology and political science. Unique offerings include conflict studies, creative writing, East Asian studies, forensic sciences, international journalism, legal studies, social justice, urban studies, women’s studies.

    Pipers may also select pre-professional programs in pre-engineering, pre-health professions, pre-law.

    Minor, certificate, or licensure programs also are available in athletic training, coaching, conflict studies, education, forensic sciences, international journalism, and paralegal studies.

    Study abroad opportunities from month- to semester- or year-long programs are available to all students all four years.

    Hamline’s Career Development Center provides students with free, comprehensive career search support for their four years at Hamline and for two years after graduation. Services include individual career counseling, internships, practice interviewing, vocational exploration classes, and on- and off-campus employer recruiting events.


    • 2,007 degree seeking students

    • 24% students of color

    • 1% international students

    • 40 states and 39 countries

    • 83 student organizations

    • 19 NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic teams

    First Year (Fall 2012)

    • 541 enrolled first year students

    • 3,282 applications

    • Enrolling from 28 states

    • Median GPA: 3.45

    • Median high school class rank: 72%

    • 23% in top 10% of class

    • 46% in top 25% of class

    • ACT middle 50% range: 21–27

    • SAT median total score: 1700

    • 1% international students

    • 27% students of color


    More than 90% of students receive financial aid (grants, loans, work-study) and 92% of students receive Hamline grants and/or scholarship aid, either need- or merit-based. Hamline’s average financial aid package is $30,579 (2012-13).

    Academic scholarships range from $3,000 to $20,000 and are renewable annually. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for students in college readiness programs, United Methodist students, Eagle Scout/Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, and students studying science, theater, music, art, art history, digital media arts, and/or writing.

    Hamline guarantees a student will earn a bachelor’s degree in four years or we’ll pay the difference. This could represent a potential savings of $40,000 to $60,000 in tuition and lost income.

    Costs and Fees (2013-14)

    Tuition: $34,570
    Room and Board: $9,090
    Total: $43,660

    Admission Plans

    Early Action: Apply by December 1; decisions mailed before the holidays

    Priority Deadline: Apply by February 1; decisions mailed in three weeks

    Rolling Admission: Hamline uses the Common Application and also has a Hamline online application and a paper application which will be mailed to students upon request. A complete application folder includes:

    • Common Application or Hamline paper application with personal statement;

    • one academic teacher or guidance/college counselor recommendation;

    • official high school transcript;

    • ACT or SAT results.

    Hamline's admission process is thorough and holistic. We invite prospective students and guidance/college counselors to contact a Hamline admission counselor to discuss our admission review process. All students admitted to Hamline have until May 1 to consider their offer of admission.

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