• 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.


    Piper Preview and Piper Passages are the two mandatory orientation programs for incoming first year students.

    Piper Preview 2017

    Piper Preview 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 Piper Preview sessions held in June or July. Please note that Piper Preview is a two-day orientation.

     Registration now open 2017!  

    Parents are welcome to attend Piper Preview

     Here is a copy of the most recent Parent/Guest schedule. We have a complete schedule of sessions and information for parents. The parent program is a great way to gain more information on resources for you and your students, meet other parents, and connect with the Hamline Community! We are unable to provide on-campus housing for parents, but parents that would like to stay in the area may find this list of nearby hotels useful. 


    Pathways to Hamline

    Pathways to Hamline is an optional pre-orientation program for a limited number of incoming first year students. Participants in the Pathways program will have the opportunity to focus on a specific topic and will also have an opportunity to interact with other participants across issues of leadership, diversity, service, spirituality, and social justice. Check out more information about the Pathways program HERE.

    Piper Passages 2017

    The second mandatory orientation program takes place on campus from September 3rd-5th.  Through this three-day 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. If you are living on campus you will also move into your residence hall on Sunday, September 3rd prior to the opening program for Piper Passages. More information about this program will be available at Piper Preview, 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 (approx. 8 am-9 pm) 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.  


    Our staff is here to support you and your family through this transition.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Driving Directions and Campus Map

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