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  • Mission and History

    Our Mission

    At Hamline, our mission is to create a diverse and collaborative community of learners dedicated to the development of students' knowledge, values, and skills for successful lives of leadership, scholarship, and service.

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    Spirit of Hamline

    Over 160 years ago, Methodist visionaries founded Minnesota’s first university on a mandate to make the world better. Their mission? Educate the state’s earliest leaders—before there was a state to lead. Out of this trailblazing spirit, Hamline University was born.

    Still today, the Hamline community is driven by that same spirit, brought to life in the words of John Wesley:

    "Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can."

    These words unite our professors, alumni, staff, and students. And we continue to live them out and show our values in the way we:

    • Deliver a relevant, rigorous liberal arts education
    • Promote practical, real-world learning experiences
    • Create a diverse and inclusive learning environment
    • Champion justice and positive change
    • Develop locally engaged, globally connected leaders
    • Cultivate personal and professional growth

    Today, we take the lead once more, providing a premier liberal arts education that transforms students of all backgrounds into the leaders they were born to be.

    Read the full history of Hamline

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    Our legacy of leadership

    At Hamline, we inspire leaders from the backyard to the boardroom. View stories from our students and alumni to discover the ways Hamline is taking the lead.

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    About Hamline

    With more than 50 areas of study, students can pursue their passions, feed their curiosity, and focus on the issues that matter the most to them.

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    Fast Facts

    Check out our Fast Facts to get a quick overview of Hamline University, our signature programs, and how we are taking the lead in higher education.

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    Message from the President

    Hamline University has a long history of cultivating leaders who have the courage and tenacity to make the world better for everyone.