• First-Year Orientation

    Welcome, new Pipers!

    Now that you’re officially a Hamline student, it’s time to take the lead and prepare for a successful transition to college life with our fun, information-packed orientation programs. These programs will help you connect with other first year students, find out what’s great about being a Piper, and much more.

    Orientation Programs

    Summer Orientation and Registration and Fall Orientation are the two mandatory orientation programs for incoming first year students.



    SOAR is the first of two mandatory orientation programs for first-year students. After students submit their deposit to Hamline, they will receive an email which indicates they are able to register for this orientation. First-year students may attend any ONE of the six SOAR sessions held in June or July. Using a combination of online learning tools and real time webinars students will be able to gain detailed information to aid in their transition to campus including class registration and making social connections with other new students.


    The second mandatory orientation program takes place on campus just prior to the start of fall semester.  During this program new students are welcomed to campus by their New Student Mentor, meet their faculty advisor, attend their first FYSem class, and are introduced to additional University offices and services that are here to assist throughout your time at Hamline. More information about this program will be available at SOAR, and look for mailings and emails during August to prepare.

    *Note that whether living on campus or off campus these programs are full-day programs and are required.  Please plan accordingly. Take time off of work, do not plan a vacation, and be sure to have those days completely open.

    Additional Programs


    New Student Throwdown is a challenge competition between FYSems and Transfer student small groups during your first semester at Hamline. By attending these events, you and your friends earn points for your FYSem or Transfer student small groups. At the end of the semester, the groups with the most points wins a night on the town, including limo service, and dinner or a movie.

    If you have questions about the events, please ask your New Student Mentor.


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    Not finding what you need? Contact us directly at newstudentprograms@hamline.edu.