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Transfer Student Admission

Take charge of your future

As Minnesota’s first university, Hamline has been leading the way since 1854. In fact, we were ranked as the state’s Best Regional University in 2021 by U.S. News & World Report. This isn’t solely based on our excellent academic programs but also the overall value we bring—meaning, we care about making your college experience affordable. 

Here are some facts we take pride in:

  • 95% of incoming undergraduates receive Hamline grants and/or scholarships, with aid available to graduates as well
  • Nearly 30% of last year's graduates transferred from two- or four-year colleges or universities
  • Two-year assurance of graduation for students with Associate of Arts degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities

For students who are eligible and want to participate in our Two-Year Assurance program, you must have a minimum of 60 transferable credits and adhere to posted deadlines, minimum grade requirements, and minimum credit load requirements.

How do you know which of your credits transfer? It’s easy. 

Use Transfer Evaluation System

And here’s even more good news: Our nationally recognized general education program, the four-year the Hamline Plan, works hand in hand with MinnState's two-year Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), so you can easily continue your journey to completing your degree.

So what are you waiting for? At Hamline, we provide the tools, so you can hone your talents.


Ready to apply?

Get started with your transfer application to Hamline using our handy application checklist.


Already admitted?

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

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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.

Get to know Hamline

When you join the Hamline community, you’re signing up to learn from talented scholars who want to help you develop real-world skills to prepare you for your career. You’re also signing up for incredible opportunities to showcase your leadership skills and make friends if you choose to participate in one of our many student-run organizations. Read on to learn more about what to expect inside the classroom and what life is like on and off campus. At Hamline, you direct your destiny, but we provide the momentum.

Inside the classroom and beyond: What to expect

Once you decide to become a Piper, you undergo a transfer student-specific orientation process to ensure you smoothly acclimate to Hamline. With a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio and a choice of more than 50 major areas of study, we provide you with an intimate learning environment and the power of choice, along with top-ranked professors who are dedicated to your academic success. We also offer a plethora of resources for you to find on-campus jobs or off-campus internships, engage in collaborative research with faculty, or study abroad. And for those students who are eligible, we have also instituted a two-year graduation assurance program.

On- and off-campus life

For students who intend to live on campus, Hamline has so much to offer on where to live, what to eat, and how to have fun! 

Want to add a social boost to your college experience here? See what Hamline has to offer!

  • Get involved in one or more of our 80 student organizations, including 22 NCAA Division III teams, a variety of club sports, and six music ensembles. 
  • For students who are looking for personal guidance and wellness support, we provide religious and spiritual programs and events, as well as counseling and health services. 
  • Explore city life: Hamline is home to a vibrant metro community of more than 180 city parks, 20 Fortune 500 companies, great restaurants, museums, sports centers, theatres, and outdoor recreation. 

There is truly something for everyone!


Areas of study

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


The Hamline academic experience

Our small class sizes and hands-on learning will help you navigate your future career.


Career development

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


Student life

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


Academic support

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


Twin Cities

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

Invest in your future

We know that part of what makes a great university experience is having the peace of mind that it’s comfortably affordable. At Hamline, the vast majority of our students receive some form of financial aid, with our comprehensive packages averaging $40K.  

Hamline offers scholarships and grants, private and federal loans, and work-study programs.

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Transfer financial aid

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


Net Price Calculator

Quickly estimate your college costs and scholarship award amounts.

Visit and admission events

Whether in person or virtually, take a tour of Hamline to see what your future could be like as a Piper. We conduct individual visits for prospective transfer students Monday through Friday, host webinar-style informational sessions, and have our monthly Hamline Firsts Series online to discusses various aspects of the college process.

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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.


Virtual campus tour

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

Meet your transfer team

Hamline is dedicated to the success of our transfer students. Learn more about our experienced Transfer Team staff who will help you throughout your time at Hamline University.

Most of my cohort is four years younger than me, and I’ve never felt like that was an issue. I think that’s really unique about Hamline—they’re really welcoming.

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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.