A view of Hamline Old Main building

Fast Facts and Rankings

Ranked #1 regional university in Minnesota

As Minnesota’s first university, we’ve always been about opportunity for everyone. With readily available scholarships and grants, career preparation built into every class, and student support at every step of the journey, Hamline prepares our graduates for careers that make the world a better place for all.

Our rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks Hamline University as the best and top in its class in several categories. We take the lead in Minnesota and across the midwest, delivering our students a top-tier education that turns into powerful and lasting careers—all with affordable tuition and plentiful scholarship opportunities.

1st in Minnesota

Ranked as the best regional university in Minnesota and 12th in the Midwest region.

1st best value university

Named the best value regional university in Minnesota and 14th in the Midwest region.

Best college for veterans

Ranked as the best college for veterans in Minnesota and ninth in the Midwest region. 

Additional recognition

In addition to our top rankings above, we have also been recognized as:

  • A best online Master of Studies in Law program in the US by the Princeton Review, 2022
  • A “Most Affordable School for Incoming Freshmen with Financial Need" by LendEdu.com, April 2021

Hamline fast facts

Affiliation United Methodist
President Fayneese Miller, PhD (2015–)
Founded 1854 in Red Wing; moved to Saint Paul in 1880; first university in Minnesota
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
First-generation students (first in their family to attend college, 2021 incoming class) 47%
BIPOC first-year students (Black, indigenous, and students of color, 2021 incoming class) 43%
Learning by doing 100% of students participate in internships, field-based or collaborative research projects with faculty, apprentice teaching, and/or service learning
Financial aid More than 95% of incoming undergraduates receive Hamline grants/scholarships (gift aid does not need to be repaid); aid available to graduate students as well
Work-study 100% of incoming students are eligible for up to $3,000 in work-study (earnings from an on-campus job)

Our rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks Hamline University as the best and top in its class in several categories (as of September 2021):

  • The Best Midwest Regional University in Minnesota and 12th in the Midwest
  • The Best Value Regional University in Minnesota and 14th in the Midwest
  • Minnesota’s Best College for Veterans and 9th in the Midwest
  • Named a top university for undergraduate teaching and innovation in Minnesota

In addition to these top rankings, we have also been recognized as:

  •  A "Best Online Master of Studies in Law Program in the United States" by the Princeton Review (2022)
  • A “Most Affordable School for Incoming Freshmen with Financial Need" by LendEdu.com, April (2021)