Hamline News

Sleepover at Hamline


While the rest of the campus is preparing for the end of the semester, a dedicated group of faculty and students is helping to recruit future Pipers through the Discover Hamline Overnight program which runs from Sunday to Monday, November 10 - 11.

For over 30 years, Undergraduate Admission has been coordinating Discover Hamline Overnight as an overnight stay program for prospective students and their families.

High school seniors get to see what it’s like to live like a Piper while having a fun, informative weekend mingling with current students and peers. This event is hosted twice a year and this fall, the campus is preparing to host over 50 prospective students. The spring program is expected to bring in over 80 students.

The overnight event is typically scheduled around public school holidays such as Veterans Day so high schoolers don’t miss their classes and they can have a full Hamline experience.

“Students have a catered dinner with their overnight hosts and other guests, play some small group icebreaker games, participate in a large group activity - usually a trivia game led by our awesome student staff, and hang out in the residence halls with their hosts,” said Senior Admission Counselor Hattie Harn.

Caitlin Hartman and Alexandra Pick are co-student-coordinators for the program and help to plan activities and hire student hosts. They also pair prospective students with hosts that share similar academic and extracurricular activities.

“This night is truly impactful for students looking to come to Hamline and gives them that honest experience of staying on campus,” said Hartman and Pick in a joint email interview.

While prospective students get the feel of campus life and a night's rest in the dorms, the next morning they eat breakfast at the Bishop’s Bistro and reconvene for an information session where parents are invited back to partake in optional campus tours and individual meetings with admissions counselors. Spring participants also attend classes.

“My favorite part of the event is getting to see our prospective students come out of their shell and connect with their overnight hosts and their peers,” said Harn. “It has been really cool to hear stories from current students about when they came to visit during Discover Hamline Overnight and how they met some of their friends or their roommates at the event!”

Individual overnight campus visits are offered from October through May for students who are unable to attend or just want a more personalized overnight experience.

For more information about Discover Hamline Overnight visit the website.

If you are a student and would like to get involved in this program as a volunteer or host please email Undergraduate Admissions at overnight@hamline.edu.


Written by Emma Larson