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    We're in search of smart, ambitious, good-hearted students who are ready to make a difference in the world. Sound like you? Send in that app. We review everything individually and completely.

    Apply now for 2020!

    Note: We are still accepting Transfer Student Applications for Fall 2019. Please use the Transfer Student Application link to complete a 2020 application, and then contact Kaia Sherburne at ksherburne01@hamline.edu, or 651-523-2207, to let us know that you would like to be considered for Fall 2019.   

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  • Download the Hamline University application if you wish to apply by mail.

  • APPLICATION DEADLINES


     First-year students 

    early decision: November 1
    early action: December 1  

    regular decision: January 15
    Rolling Admission thereafter (as space is available) 

     Transfer students 

    spring early action: November 15
    spring regular: January 10
    fall early action: March 15
    fall regular: August 1

     International students 

    fall: February 1
    spring: November 1


    INSTITUTIONAL CODES

    FAFSA: 002354
    ACT: 2114
    SAT: 6265

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    Admission Criteria

    Hamline University is a small Minnesota based private college that seeks to admit students who demonstrate a working knowledge of the major academic disciplines; have developed the writing, speaking, reasoning, and study skills to be successful in the university’s academic programs; and demonstrate the motivation and maturity to meet the academic and social challenges of a selective, residential, liberal arts college.

    In the evaluation process the admission committee considers secondary school course selection and performance in academic subjects as the most important indicators of ability. The minimum recommended pattern of college preparatory subjects includes:

    1. Four years of English, including one year of college preparatory writing. 

    2. Three years of mathematics, including two years of algebra and one year of geometry or the equivalent. 

    3. Three years of science with laboratory experience. 

    4. Three years of social science. 

    5. Two years of a foreign language.

    A secondary school diploma or its equivalent is required for admission except as noted below. Students who have not completed the recommended courses but whose scholastic record and aptitude indicate the possession of the characteristics described above are invited to submit their credentials for consideration.

    The admission committee also considers an applicant’s rank in class, test score results, recommendations, and co-curricular involvement as indicators of preparation for academic and social environments. Evidence of leadership qualities in school and in the community at large is considered as an especially positive indicator.

    While admission interviews are not required of all applicants, they are strongly encouraged. In addition to the requested application materials, some applicants may be asked to provide the results of additional course work, and/or complete an admission interview.

    Hamline University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

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  • Application Checklists

    First-Year Students

    Use the list below to prepare for and complete the application process.

    1. First-Year application

    Complete your application and submit it to Hamline University. Online applications are automatically sent to our admission office. If you prefer, you can complete a paper application and mail it in to our office.

    2. Academic records

    Submit your official high school transcript, including a list of senior courses. Transcripts must be sent directly from your school. 

    3. Test scores

    Send your ACT or SAT scores to Hamline. These may be listed on your official transcript sent to Hamline by your high school. To send scores directly from the testing organization, include the following codes:

    • ACT: 2114
    • SAT: 6265

    4. Teacher recommendation forms

    Have at least one letter of recommendation describing your academic and leadership record and potential from your guidance counselor and/or an academic teacher sent directly to Hamline.

    Application Deadlines

    November 1: Early Decision
    All application materials are due, November 1. This is a binding application process; if you are admitted, you agree to attend Hamline.

    December 1: early action
    All application materials are due December 1. Decisions will be mailed by December 20. Hamline's early action program is nonbinding; you may apply to other colleges.

    January 15: regular decision
    Complete your application by January 15 and receive admission and financial information in time to attend all spring events.

    After January 15 (as space is available): rolling admission
    Completed applications submitted after January 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Deposits:
    Admitted applicants must submit a $400 deposit to reserve a place in the class. Deposits must be postmarked by May 1, which is the National Reply Date. The deposit is credited toward your fall tuition payment.

    Transfer Students

    Use the list below to prepare for and complete the application process.

    1. Transfer Application

    Complete your application and submit it to Hamline University. Online applications are automatically sent to our admission office. You can also download a paper application and mail it in to our office.

    Apply Online


    2. Academic Records

    At Least One Year of Full-Time College Coursework (24–32 Credits)

    Submit all transcripts from every postsecondary institution that you attended. Transcripts should be sent to Hamline directly from your school's registrar.

    Less than one year of full-time college course work:

    In addition to the above, please submit:

    • Official high school transcripts sent to Hamline directly from your high school.
    • ACT or SAT results sent to Hamline from ACT, the College Board, or your high school.

    3. Dean of Students Form

    Transfer students must have the Dean of Students form completed by the dean at their most recent school. The form must be sent to the Hamline Office of Undergraduate Admission.


    4. Recommendation Letter (optional)

    We encourage applicants to have at least one letter of recommendation by a faculty member sent directly to Hamline.


    Application Deadlines

    August 1: Fall Term

    Applications for the fall semester are due August 1 (extended to August 12, rolling admission afterwards. Call the admission office if you are still interested in applying). Decisions are made throughout the year on a rolling basis.


    November 15: Early Action Spring Term

    All application materials are due November 15. Hamline's early action program is nonbinding; you may apply to other colleges.


    January 10: Spring Term

    Applications for the spring semester are due January 10. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.


    March 15: Early Action Fall Term

    All application materials are due March 15. Decisions will be mailed by April 15. Hamline's early action program is nonbinding; you may apply to other colleges.


    Deposits

    Class registration materials are sent after the comprehensive deposit is received.

    International Students

    Hamline University is a small, Minnesota private college that seeks to admit students who demonstrate a working knowledge of the major academic disciplines; have developed the writing, speaking, reasoning, and study skills to be successful in the university’s academic programs; and demonstrate the motivation and maturity to meet the academic and social challenges of a selective, residential, liberal arts college. Click here to read our review criteria or follow the steps below to start your application.

    Complete the checklist below when you apply to Hamline University:

    1. International Student Application

    Complete an online application using our Hamline Application or the Common ApplicationThere is no fee to apply to Hamline!

    2. Application Deadlines

    Fall Term

    November 1 - early decision*
    December 1 - priority deadline
    May 1 - final application deadline**
    May 1 - deposit deadline

    *This is a binding deadline. For more information regarding the early decision agreement, please contact your admission counselor, Paula Brugge, at pbrugge01@hamline.edu.
    **Applicants who are transferring an F-1 visa from another US college or university may be considered for admission after final deadlines.
     

    Spring Term

    September 15 - priority deadline
    November 15 - final deadline*
    November 15 - deposit deadline

    *Applicants who are transferring an F-1 visa from another US college or university may be considered for admission after final deadlines.  

    3. Official Transcripts

    Submit official or certified copies of academic records from all secondary schools and colleges or universities you have attended. If your academic records are not in English, you must have them translated into English by a certified public translator.

    Official high school diploma or certificate of graduation from high school:

    If you are still completing high school, you can send this document later upon your graduation.

    Transfer students - Official college or university transcripts:

    Submit official or certified copies of academic records from all colleges or universities you have attended. If your academic records are not in English, you must have them translated into English by a certified public translator.

    Transferring from within the US

    At least one year of full-time college coursework:
    Submit all transcripts from every post-econdary institution attended. Transcripts should be sent to Hamline directly from your school's registrar.

    Less than one year of full-time college course work:
    In addition to the above, please have your official high school transcripts and official test scores sent to Hamline directly.

    Transferring from outside the US

    Students requesting transfer of credit for courses taken at universities outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an expert academic credential evaluator in the United States. For more information, please see www.ece.org or www.wes.org.
      

    4. Test Scores and Proof of English Proficiency

    Please submit one of the following test scores:

    • ACT or SAT scores:
      These may be listed on your official transcript sent to Hamline by your high school.
    • English proficiency scores:
      All international students whose schooling was not in English must pass a language proficiency test. Accepted tests and pass scores are as follows:
      1. TOEFL: 550 on paper-based exam
                       79 on iBT
      2. IELTS: 6.5 or above
      3. Global Language Institute: advanced level and faculty recommendation; or
        ELS Language Center: level 112 graduation 
       

    CONDITIONAL ADMISSION

    Conditional admission is offered for first-year students who currently do not meet the English language proficiency requirement but are otherwise academically qualified for admission. First-year applicants whose English proficiency test scores do not meet Hamline’s minimum requirements are automatically considered for conditional admission based on a review of their completed international application. If you do not have test score results or met the minimum English language test scores, you can be admitted to Hamline University by enrolling in one of the university’s partner ESL programs, the Global Language Institute or the ELS Language Center. Both programs are located near Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. International students must apply to both the language school (GLI or ELS) and Hamline University with all of the required application materials and supporting documentation with the exception of required proof of English ability.

    Conditional admission steps:

    1. Apply for admission to Hamline University. You must submit a complete application, including official transcripts, letter of recommendation, and the official results of any tests you have taken. Hamline admissions staff will make an overall assessment of your admissibility.
    2. An offer of conditional admission will be sent to qualified candidates. This offer instructs students to apply to either GLI or ELS.
    3. Students will apply to the full-time ESL program at one of these two schools. GLI or ELS will issue an I-20 visa document to students for their English language study.
    4. Students take English language classes until they have completed the GLI advanced level or the ELS level 112.
    5. Students submit F-1 Transfer Notification Form to GLI or ELS, and their student visa is transferred to Hamline University. Hamline issues a letter of admission to start the following term (fall or spring semester). 


    Scholarships:
    Students who successfully complete GLI’s advanced level courses and receive faculty recommendation or who successfully complete the ELS English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program level 112 may transfer directly to Hamline University. GLI and ELS students who are admitted to Hamline University will receive a $5,000 scholarship ($1,250/year for up to four years).

    NOTE: The scholarship applies only to students entering an undergraduate program at Hamline University. It is not available for students enrolling in any of the graduate programs.    

    5. Teacher Recommendation Form

    Have at least one letter of recommendation describing your academic and leadership record and potential from your guidance counselor and/or an academic teacher sent directly to Hamline.

    Download a Teacher Recommendation Form
     

    6. Evidence of Financial Support

    You must submit documentary evidence of the amount of financial support that will be available to you. Please review the current Affidavit of Financial Support for details about the cost of attendance for international undergraduate students. Financial documents should be official and not older than three months. This may be submitted at the time of admission.
     

    7. Passport Copy

    A copy of the photo page of your passport and visa page (if you have one) must be submitted.

    International Admission Review Criteria

    In the evaluation process, the admission committee considers secondary school course selection and performance in academic subjects the most important indicators of ability. The recommended pattern of college preparatory subjects includes:

    • Four years of English
    • Three years of mathematics
    • Three years of science with laboratory experience
    • Three years of social science

    A secondary school diploma (or its equivalent transcript with courses and grades) is required for first-year admission. Students who have not completed the recommended courses but whose scholastic record and aptitude indicate the possession of the characteristics described above are invited to submit their credentials for consideration.

    The admission committee also considers an applicant’s rank in class (if available), SAT, ACT, or TOEFL test score results, recommendations, and cocurricular involvement as indicators of preparation for academic and social environments. Evidence of leadership qualities in school and in the community at large is considered an especially positive indicator.

    International scholarships range from $4,000 to $22,000 and are awarded at the time of admission.  These merit scholarships are awarded based on the academic records that students present in their application. Hamline does not offer need-based scholarships to international students.

    In addition to the requested application materials, some applicants may be asked to provide the results of additional course work and/or complete an admission interview.

    Hamline University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.