Admitted First Year Students

Hamline Admitted First Year Students waliking happy in front of Anderson Center

Welcome to Hamline! We can't wait to have you join us on campus and help you take the lead in your studies, and in your life. To help you prepare for a successful transition to college life, we're excited to introduce you to our fun, information-packed orientation programs. These programs will help you connect with other first-year students, discover what’s great about being a Piper, and much more

Secure your spot with your enrollment deposit

Do you still need to confirm your enrollment? Make sure to submit your enrollment deposit, which is fully refundable until June 1. You'll use your application login information to enter our secure payment portal.

Submit enrollment deposit

Important dates for first-year students starting in fall 2024

April 1 Housing application opens
Mid-May Register for a Summer Orientation session (SOAR). Information will be sent to you from Hamline Admission on how to register for this mandatory orientation event.
June to July Review registration information and create a saved schedule in Workday prior to attending SOAR
June to July Attend a SOAR session
July 1 


Deadline to create your roommate group (if you don’t create a roommate group, you’ll be matched with a roommate based on your profile preferences)

Mid-to-late July Housing placements made. You will receive your housing placement information in your Hamline email account.
(Date TBA) Move-in day for those living on campus
August 22 to 24 Fall orientation days
August 26 Fall classes begin

Connect with the class of 2028

Follow our new student Instagram channel and join our page on Facebook to connect with future Pipers, ask questions, and learn about life at Hamline.

Connect with class of 2028 on Instagram

Complete your new student checklist

Wondering what to do next? We've put together a helpful checklist to assist you in all of your next steps from securing financial aid to housing. 

Admitted student checklist

Admitted student events

Once you've completed the steps on your checklist, get started with an event to celebrate you, orientation sessions to prepare you to hit the ground running, and dive into your first-year seminar, a course designed with your success in college at the forefront.

1. You're admitted! Join us for Admitted Student Days

Get an inside look at Hamline during our Admitted Student Day events and get even more information about why Hamline is right for you. Connect with your future classmates, explore campus life, and receive a special Hamline gift. Admitted Student Days events are a great way to get involved before your orientation sessions start in the summer.

Learn more

2. Start your orientation with Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR)

SOAR is the first of two mandatory orientation programs for all new students to help make your experience at Hamline exceptional. You'll meet the faculty and staff who will guide you on your academic journey, connect with New Student Mentors and future classmates, and register for your first semester of courses at Hamline.

Take the next step

3. You're almost there! Attend your final orientation in the fall

Fall orientation is the second mandatory orientation for all new students. During this program, you'll meet with your academic advisor, attend your first first-year seminar class, and learn about the opportunities and support available for you on campus.

Get started

4. Choose a learning community

If you’re looking for a great way to have a built-in community from your very first class, are interested in diving into a topic and immersing yourself in it, and having perks like free book rental and early registration access to in-demand courses; joining a Hamline learning community might be right for you.

Explore learning communities

5. An entire series of courses, just for you. Explore first year seminars (FYSEM)

Your FYSEM is an opportunity to learn about a unique topic that interests you while you develop the skills of careful reading, critical thinking, group discussion, and writing that are basic to college-level study. Two people will lead your course as you collaborate with your classmates in projects and discussions: Your FYSEM instructor—who is also your academic advisor—and your New Student Mentor.

Discover FYSEM

Photo of student Emily Welch in Anderson Center

The moment I stepped on campus, I knew I'd be welcomed and accepted here. (My New Student Mentors) were really good role models, and having that first engaging experience helped me feel at home.

Emily Welch '24, business administration: Marketing; of Rogers, Minnesota