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Hamline firsts, part 2: History in the making


Hamline paved the way as the first university in Minnesota to open its doors to women. Our first graduates, two trailblazing sisters, were also the first college graduates in the state.

1854—Hamline is the first university in Minnesota and one of the first coeducational colleges in the United States.
1856–57—Minnesota’s first legal curriculum offered.
1859—Minnesota’s first bachelor’s degrees conferred—to women, Elizabeth and Emily Sorin.
1863—Minnesota’s first master’s degrees conferred—to women.
1883—Minnesota’s first medical school established at Hamline.
1895—Host of the world’s first intercollegiate basketball game.
1924—America’s first exchange program established with Peking (Beijing) University.
1984—America’s first computer literacy requirement implemented for undergraduates.
1991—First Dispute Resolution Institute established in Minnesota.
1994—Minnesota’s first advanced writing degree offered.
1995—Midwest’s first doctorate of public administration offered.
2001—First weekend law program in Minnesota created in collaboration with St. Catherine University.
2017—Minnesota’s first Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center established. 


Part 1: First moves

Part 3: Science innovators