Hamline's campus with students gathered; US News and World Report Best Colleges Badge

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. And several other organizations rank Hamline as the best for many other accolades as well. 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.
U.S. News & World Report

Minnesota's best value regional university

Named the best value regional university in Minnesota and 14th in the Midwest region. 
U.S. News & World Report


Best in Minnesota for socioeconomic mobility

Best college or university in Minnesota for socioeconomic mobility post-graduation

Additional recognition

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

  • A top university for undergraduate teaching and innovation in Minnesota, U.S. News & World Report
  • One of only four universities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas that rate within the top 20% for students' economic mobility, out of 1,320 of US colleges and universities, according to
  • Ranked as the best master's university in Minnesota by Washington Monthly
  • A best online Master of Studies in Law program in the US by the Princeton Review, 2023
  • A best college for student voting by Washington Monthly
  • A "Best Bang for the Buck" College by Washington Monthly
  • A “Most Affordable School for Incoming Freshmen with Financial Need" by, April 2021

Hamline fast facts

Affiliation United Methodist
President Fayneese Miller, PhD (2015–present)
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, 2022 incoming class) 47%
BIPOC first-year students (Black, indigenous, and students of color, 2022 incoming class) 44%
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 is 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)
Achieving more Hamline graduates achieve more economic mobility than their peers at 80% of other US higher education institutions, according to experts at Third Way compares the cost of tuition to the earnings boost students obtain by earning a degree, looking in particular at how well schools serve low- and moderate-income students.