First-Year Student Application
Apply to Hamline and show us what you’ve got
We’re excited that you’re exploring the next step in your college journey with us. Here at Hamline, we value passion, relentless determination, and having the confidence to go where others haven’t. Your application is a chance to show us the real you—and we can’t wait to see what personal and academic talents make you shine.
We consider you to be a first-year student if you are a current high school student, (regardless of total completed college credits while in high school) or if you have graduated from high school but have not enrolled at a college, university or other degree-granting institution after high school.
- If you’ve already finished high school and have previously enrolled at a college or university, please refer to the transfer student application page.
- We also have separate application instructions for international undergraduate students.
- Applicants can transfer up to 64 credits of college-level coursework from high school, including 20 credits from AP or IB programs. Visit transferring credits for more information.
Hamline is test optional
At Hamline University, we believe students should drive their own destinies. You'll find this starts from the moment you apply for admission. We'll evaluate your admission application holistically for undergraduate admission whether or not you choose to submit a test score from the SAT or ACT. 100% of admitted students, regardless of test submission, are eligible and considered for Hamline merit scholarships.
Don’t forget these application deadlines
|Early Action||November 1||Around December 20|
|Regular Decision||January 15||-|
|Rolling Admission||N/A, rolling for applications submitted after January 15||As space is available|
Choose your application
Apply to Hamline in four steps with an online application that goes straight to our admission office.
Already using the Common App? Simply add Hamline to your "my colleges" list to start applying.
First-year application checklist: It’s as easy as 1-2-3-4
Applying to college takes time, so we’ve made it as easy as possible to get things done. Refer to the list below to complete your application, and you’ll be that much closer to celebrating your future acceptances.
First-year application checklist
Decide which application is best for you. The Hamline Application is available online and is sent immediately to our admission office. If you’re applying to multiple schools, you may want to use the Common App to save time. Remember, there’s no application fee to apply to Hamline!
A few things you’ll need:
- Information about your high school coursework, grades, and class rank
- Contact information for your high school counselor and any recommenders you are using
- A list of your honors and awards
- A list of your activities
- Written essay(s), depending on which application you choose
Official high school transcript
Submit your official high school transcript, including a list of senior courses. Transcripts must be sent directly from your school.
Test scores (optional)
Hamline is proudly test-optional because we believe students are more than their test scores. We’ll evaluate your application holistically, whether or not you submit standardized test scores from the SAT or ACT. (If you opt for test-optional admission, you’ll still be eligible for merit scholarships.)
Your official high school transcript may already include your test scores. If not, send your scores directly from the College Board or the ACT using Hamline’s school codes:
- SAT: 6265
- ACT: 2114
Did you know? You may be able to send your scores for free with an SAT fee waiver.
Recommendation letter (optional)
Letters of recommendation are encouraged, but not required. If you choose to submit a recommendation, it must come directly from the counselor, teacher, or advisor. All letters can be submitted through the electronic delivery method in place at your school or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We recommend asking them to describe your academic achievements, leadership record, and potential for success in college.
If you’re using the Common App, your counselor should submit the counselor recommendation through that program. If needed, you can download a teacher recommendation form from the Paper Forms section below.
Double-check the admission deadlines at the top of this page to make sure you submit your application in time.
We recommend talking to both your school counselor and parents or family to decide when to apply. Early Action (EA) is nonbinding, so there’s no commitment to attend and you can apply to other colleges.
To confirm enrollment, admitted applicants must submit a $400 deposit that credits toward tuition. Deposits need to be postmarked by May 1, the National Reply Date. If you’ll be joining Hamline soon, welcome! Take a look through our admitted students page to see what’s ahead.
We look for go-getters like you
At Hamline, we’re seeking bold, passionate, and purpose-driven students who want to make an impact. Our admission requirements ensure that applicants have developed the writing, speaking, reasoning, and study skills to be successful in college. The two most important criteria we evaluate are high school course selection and performance in academic subjects. We also look at class rank, test scores (if submitted), recommendations (if submitted), and other indicators of academic achievement or leadership ability.
Some applicants will be invited to complete an admission interview. While not required, we strongly encourage you to participate if you can. It’s an amazing opportunity for us to get to know you better—and for you to share your passions.
Hamline doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Diversity strengthens us, bringing new and unique perspectives to our community. We welcome applicants from nontraditional backgrounds, first-generation students, military students, and veterans.
- Four years of English with one year of college prep writing
- Three years of math (two years of algebra and one year of geometry)
- Three years of science with lab experience
- Three years of social science
- Two years of a foreign language
- High school course selection
- Performance in academic subjects
- Class rank
- Test scores (optional)
- Recommendations (optional)
- Leadership and extracurricular activities
- College readiness, motivation, and maturity
- Admission interview (strongly encouraged if offered)
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