About Residential Life

Welcome to Hamline University’s on-campus community!

The staff in the Office of Residential Life would like to welcome you to living on campus if you are a new student and welcome you back if you are a returning student. You are joining a community that is committed to your success both in the classroom and for life outside of the classroom. Research has shown that students who live on campus do better academically and socially. Our staff and student leaders, information desk employees, residential housing association and hall council leaders, resident assistants, area coordinators, operations coordinator, and assistant director of residential life are here to assist all of our students in their personal development and growth.   

The benefits of living on campus

We believe that students who live on campus:  

  • Can make a difference in each other’s lives
  • Grow, mature, and develop while living in the residence halls
  • Have an educational responsibility to create a community that models itself with appropriate behavior, and individual responsibility and accountability
  • Have a significant role in developing their communities

Our education curriculum will facilitate the following learning outcomes of our residents: 

  • Students should be able to communicate interpersonally
  • Students should be able to identify resources
  • Students should be able to define leadership
  • Students should be able to understand their responsibility to community
  • Students should be able to articulate the importance of living in a multi-cultural community
  • Students should be able to think critically
  • Students should be able to identify a healthy lifestyle

As students move on to campus they will find that there are many opportunities they can take advantage of, from becoming involved in hall government, assist in planning programs, meeting individuals from diverse backgrounds that include but are not limited to race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.  Our diversity statement is a philosophy that we are committed to in making the hall communities welcoming and inclusive.  We offer different living arrangements that meet the needs of our students from first year to graduate students, from men, women, transgender, to students who have accessibility needs.  

Our staff is excited to work with you and look forward to having you become part of the Hamline University community.     

Statement of purpose

The Hamline University Office of Residential Life provides opportunities for personal growth and development that enhances students' educational experience. The Office of Residential Life supports residential communities that facilitate a successful transition to college life, provide leadership opportunities for residents, and encourages involvement in the direction and goals of the living environment. The Residential Program provides a connection to campus life, enhances academic achievement, and fosters individual responsibility for actions while recognizing individual interests, multiculturalism, ambitions, values, and abilities.

Statement of diversity

The Office of Residential Life fosters living communities that support and affirm all students. A sensitive, well-trained professional and paraprofessional staff provides residents with multicultural programming and opportunities for diversity education that create a safe and healthy environment. The Office of Residential Life supports and celebrates students regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, gender, national origin, marital or partnered status, age, or disability; and does not tolerate acts of intolerance (see acts of intolerance under policies.)

Work with us!

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