Parent and Family Resources

Hamline student in his graduation robes posing with his parents at commencement

Supporting parents and families of Hamline students

Welcome, parents and families! Hamline strives to provide a warm and welcoming environment where undergraduate students and their parents can get questions answered and receive assistance. 

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office. They’re dedicated to providing information and assistance for new and current students alike, including family members.

Family and friends weekend program

The Dean of Students Office is excited to invite you to campus for the annual family and friends weekend program. Family and Friends weekend provides the families and friends of Hamline students an opportunity to experience campus life. It’s a great way to spend time with your student, visit with university faculty and staff, and explore and enjoy the Hamline community.

Activities for the weekend include opportunities to cheer on Piper athletics, the annual fall concert, a chance to experience the cocurricular community, and much, much more. We welcome you to take advantage of the various programs offered.


For parents of incoming first-year students

Learn more about the two mandatory orientation programs for incoming first-year students, see how course registration works, and meet with faculty and student mentors, as well as other new students and parents alike.

For parents of prospective students

Our admission counselors and financial aid team have assembled an admission guide for parents. Here we outline our commitment to student success and how we make college affordable.

A photo of first-year students visiting campus with their parents

Summer orientation and registration (SOAR)

SOAR is the first of two required orientation programs. During this two-day, overnight program, students and families have the opportunity to meet New Student Mentors, mingle with other incoming Pipers, register for classes, and get any questions answered.

Students moving to Hamline University

Fall orientation

The second required orientation program kicks off three days before classes start and includes move-in day for on-campus students. Students not living on campus still need to attend. We welcome parents and guests to join their students for move-in day and spend the morning helping them get settled in.

Resources available to Hamline Pipers

Hamline is dedicated to providing the best resources to our students. In this video, you’ll learn about how students on campus have access to counseling and health services, dining services, disability resources, public safety, and the Dean of Students Office.

Send a care package

Share your love and support all year long with the Hamline University care package program. A care package is the best way to remind your student that family is thinking of them on a birthday, a holiday, and during final exams. A care package says it all.

Each of our care packages is loaded with all of your student's favorite snacks, including freshly baked cakes or cookies, fresh fruit, candy bars, and more! The best part is that you can include your own personal note to your student in every package. Don't just show them how much you care; tell them!

For years, Hamline University has been offering the care package program to every student. We know the perfect time to send each package throughout the semester, when your student really needs a boost.

Your student is practically guaranteed to call home and say thank you when their package arrives. We offer a wide variety of options that will fit any budget and satisfy your student's cravings. We even have gluten-free and peanut-free packages to choose from.