Admission Info for Transfer Students

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There’s a place for you at Hamline!

At Hamline University, we value your perspective and life experiences. That’s why we meet you where you are in your educational journey and clear a path for you to finish your degree. Whether you are transferring from a community college or four-year university, finishing a degree you started years ago, or changing careers, we’re committed to helping you reach your goals.

Transfer to Hamline and take charge of your future

At Hamline, you get the best of all worlds. You get a degree from Minnesota’s oldest university with a strong reputation among employers, at an affordable price, and you’ll find a community dedicated to your success.

Not only is Hamline the #1 Regional University and the #1 “Best Value” Regional University in Minnesota, but you also get to join a tight-knit community with over 70 student organizations.

  • Get a prestigious degree at an affordable price: 95% of incoming transfer students receive grants or scholarships, including generous scholarships specifically for transfer students
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Transfer Honor Roll (THR) badge, 2023
    Join a large transfer student community: 23% of 2023 undergraduates transferred from two- or four-year colleges or universities
  • Get your degree sooner: We offer a two-year graduation assurance for transfer students with Associate of Arts degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities
  • Get the support you need: Hamline has been recognized by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as excelling in supporting transfer students. 
Ben Rosenberg '24

After being remote and online for so long at other universities, coming to the Hamline campus felt like I had finally arrived. That I was finally able to have the college experience that I wanted.

Ben Rosenberg '24, computational data science; of Burlington, IA

Associate Director of Transfer Admission Kaia Sherburne shares how there is a place for everyone here at Hamline.


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Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) for associate of arts degrees

Hamline recognizes that Minnesota State community college graduates have received a rigorous, quality education and are prepared to complete a bachelor's degree successfully. We guarantee Hamline admission for students who have completed an associate of arts (AA) degree and the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) if they have met all eligibility criteria. 

In addition, we accept the MnTC credits as a block to meet general education requirements at Hamline. Students must meet Hamline's GPA requirements, and Hamline requires some additional courses specific to our mission that do not result in additional time spent toward degree completion.

Students must complete the transfer application process, submit official transcripts and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5. If all courses meet the GPA requirement (2.00 or a grade of C-), all 60 credits will transfer towards the degree. This guarantee of admission program applies to transfer students only. Students who have completed the AA and/or the MnTC while in high school must apply to our institution as a first-year student.

Are you completing a Transfer Pathway at a Minnesota State community college in the metro area? Find out what Transfer Pathways we currently accept and how those credits transfer to Hamline!

Transfer Pathways to Hamline

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.

Ash Robinson

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.

— Ash Robinson '21; biochemistry