First Year Hamline Student smiling at Hamline University.

First Year Admission

It's your turn to take the lead

As Minnesota’s first university, Hamline has been leading the way since 1854. Today, we're recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the Best Regional University in Minnesota. Now it’s your turn: Discover how Hamline University can help you take the lead with a college experience like no other. 

At Hamline University, you'll find your niche in the world, forging ahead with purpose and passion. You'll find support and your community by bringing your one-of-a-kind contributions to campus. We believe we're all better together. We can’t wait for you to join our community of trailblazers, who continue to pave the way with their academic and career achievements.

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The average high school GPA of incoming first-year students.
 

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of first-year students are high school varsity athletes

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of first-year students identify as Black, Indigenous, or person of color

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of first-year students are the first in their families to attend a 4-year college or university.

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Ready to apply?

Get started with your first-year application to Hamline using our handy application checklist.

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Up for a visit?

See Hamline for yourself. Tour campus, connect with the admission team, or chat with a current student.

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Already admitted?

Find out how to prepare for your new life in college—and don’t forget to sign up for orientation!

I knew forensic anthropology was the career for me, so my mom and I looked into a bunch of schools that have programs for that. Hamline is one of the very few schools that has any sort of forensic program at all. After I went on a tour, met some students, and had some one-on-one talks with them, I thought, 'Yep, this is where I want to be.'" 

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Areas of study

With more than 115 majors, minors, concentrations, and certificates, you’ll be able to pursue your true passions.

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The Hamline academic experience

Our small class sizes and experiential learning will set you up for success.

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Career development

We support you in the search for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

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Student life

Take a closer look at on- and off-campus life. Connect with your community and make an impact.

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Academic support

Excel in your classes with our advising, tutoring, and writing and disability resources. 

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Twin Cities

Get to know the Minneapolis-Saint Paul neighborhood, from good food to local attractions.

Financial aid packages worth $40,000

We’re dedicated to providing students with an excellent education that’s also affordable. The average financial aid package for first-year students at Hamline is $40,000, and 95% of first-year students receive Hamline scholarships and grants.

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First-year financial aid

Explore all the ways Hamline helps, from merit-based scholarships to work-study.

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Net price calculator

Quickly estimate your college costs and scholarship award amounts.

Visit us in person or virtually

Get to know us better by visiting our Saint Paul campus or attending one of our virtual events. We encourage you to schedule an individual visit if you’re interested in interacting with a current student or admission counselor. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the Hamline experience, from the classroom to the campus and wider community.

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Visit options

Come explore Hamline, whether you’re visiting us in person or connecting with us online.

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Admission events

Sign up for events to engage with our admission team and the Hamline community.

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Virtual campus tour

Can’t make it to campus? Discover Hamline from wherever you are with our virtual tour.

Guides for counselors and parents

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High school counselors

Learn more about the first-year experience at Hamline, our admission process, and important deadlines.

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Parents and family

Imagine your student at Hamline. See how our values, liberal arts education, and career opportunities will enrich college life.

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Start your application

No matter what kind of student you are, you’ll find everything you need to get started with your application.

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Get more information

It’s easy to get the information you’re looking for. Tell us about yourself and we’ll share all about Hamline.

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Schedule a visit

From on-campus tours to virtual meetings and events, you’re invited to discover what makes Hamline special.