Students walking into Anderson Center at Hamline University

Why Hamline?

Top-ranked education with a purpose

There’s a reason Hamline University is ranked as the “Best Regional University” in Minnesota by U.S. News & World Report. Hamline has the winning formula for your success:

  • Top-notch academics from Minnesota’s first university
  • Hands-on career preparation in and out of the classroom
  • Faculty who really get to know you and mentor you every step of the way
  • Unlimited possibilities to get involved and get experience in leadership, research, and service-learning
  • Support no matter your path to college

And Hamline does this all with a commitment to justice and equity in everything we do. Hamline is grounded in the motto of John Wesley, founder of the United Methodist Church:

Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.

A recognized value

There’s a reason Hamline is ranked the #1 "Best Value" regional university in Minnesota. 

Badge for Hamline University ranked as best value school by US News and World Report, 2024
  • We make sure you graduate on schedule: 4-year guarantee for first-year students and 2-year guarantee for transfer students. 
  •  We generously award scholarships: More than 95% of undergraduate students receive Hamline scholarships and grants.
  • We provide meaningful financial aid: The average annual financial aid package (which includes scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study) for on-campus undergrads is $40,000.

A degree that gets results


Satisfied students


of the class of 2022 said they were very satisfied or satisfied with their first position
2022 First Destination Survey

Proven results


Hamline is the best college or university in Minnesota for socioeconomic mobility post-graduation, per

Hailey Belflower Hamline Transfer Student  holding a coffee at Hamline University

Money and loans are stressful, but the financial aid office walked me through the financial aid steps and highlighted the most important parts of what it would look like down the line. After sitting down with them, I was totally confident that I could afford this.

Hailey Belflower '21, biology; patient access specialist at Allina Health; Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Small community. Big opportunities.

Excellent student-to-faculty ratio


All of your classes are taught by faculty who know you and your career goals.

Student clubs & organizations


Join a club or start your own and connect with students who share your interests

students completing paid internships


We build career preparation into everything you do, including at least one paid internship

Asli Abdi a Hamline Student smilling to the picture

I met friends really easily, and there are so many resources to help me navigate academic life here. At Hamline you’re going to have a great experience.

Asli Abdi '25, communication studies; of Willmar, MN