• FAQs - Admission and COVID-19

    At Hamline, we've had to make changes to our admission process due to the COVID-19 crisis. While some things have changed, we're still eager to connect with our future students. We also recognize the impacts of this crisis on your college search, so we've provided answers to some common questions below.

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    Academics and Classes

    Will Hamline accept and still grant college credit for AP and IB work?

    Hamline will be accepting International Baccalaureate (IB) scores for credit, with the new scoring methodology that the IB program is instituting. IB transcripts should still be sent onto the Hamline Admission Office to be considered for credit. Students should contact their school counselor at their high school for more information.
    Hamline will accept the new Advanced Placement (AP) home tests that are being offered by the College Board. The minimum scores are still required for each subject as before and official scores will need to be sent to Hamline to be reviewed

    Will Hamline accept pass/fail grades on high school transcripts?

    Hamline will accept the decision of school districts to offer pass/fail grading for the period of classroom interruption due to the COVID-19 crisis and continue to evaluate our applicants in a holistic manner. Students in our entering class for the fall of 2020 will not be penalized for final transcripts reflecting pass/fail grades. Hamline will continue to require an official final transcript including a printed date of graduation.

    Will Hamline accept pass/fail grades for transfer students?

    Hamline University does accept "P" grades for transfer as long as the grading scale for a "Pass" ranges from A through C-. If the “Pass” grading scale ranges from A through D, Hamline University will be unable to accept the credit. However, if a letter from the institution's Registrar's Office is submitted showing that the grade earned is equivalent to a C- or above, and the course is liberal arts and college-level, the course can be considered for transfer.
    All normal transfer policies still apply, such as courses must be college-level and submitted to Hamline on an official transcript. Please check with the Registrar's Office at the credit granting institution to determine what the grading scale is for a "Pass," before deciding whether or not to have your courses graded in this manner.
    If you have any questions about this, please contact Kaia Sherburne and 612-470-3968 or ksherburne01@hamline.edu


    Are you still accepting applications for fall 2020?

    Yes! Hamline continues to offer classes and provide student services, even if some are currently in virtual form. Start your application online. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, and students with completed applications will receive an admission notification via mail in as little as two weeks. For initial admission, self-reported grades are acceptable. You can provide this information in the application itself. Hamline also accepts official high school transcripts if they are emailed directly from the school. All final transcripts will need to be received in official format before the start of the fall semester.

    What is the application deadline?

    Hamline is still admitting students for the fall term. Applications for fall 2020 should be submitted as soon as possible. Application deadlines for fall 2021 have not changed. The application for fall 2021 will open in August. View application deadlines.

    I have other questions about applying or admission. Who can I contact?

    We are here for you! Contact admission@hamline.edu or 651-523-2207.


    When is the deadline to submit enrollment deposits?

    Hamline is still accepting deposits for the entering fall 2020 class. Submit your deposit online.

    Housing and Dining

    When can I apply for housing?

    We are still planning on having students back on campus in the fall, at this time. The housing application will be available online on April 15, 2020. The deadline to choose your own roommate/roommate group is July 1, 2020.

    International Students

    I am unable to complete testing for language proficiency requirements due to COVID-19. Will this impact my ability to be considered for admission?

    All international students must satisfy language proficiency requirements in order to be considered for admission. If you are experiencing difficulty submitting required test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, or SAT) to meet language proficiency requirements, please contact the international admission counselor, Mai Chue Moua, at mmoua11@hamline.edu or 612-991-3591 through WhatsApp.

    What alternatives are available if my test date (TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, or SAT) has been canceled?

    The Duolingo English Test (DET) is temporarily being accepted as an approved examination of English proficiency. You must score at least a 105 to be considered for admission.

    Is Hamline still enrolling international students for fall 2020? What are my options if I am not permitted to travel to enroll at Hamline University this fall?

    Hamline University values its international students and welcomes students from all parts of the world. We will continue to monitor any travel restrictions and adhere to decisions made by the US government.

    Can I still obtain a visa if I have been accepted to Hamline?

    We encourage you to still request visa eligibility documents to ensure you are prepared when the US embassies resume visa processing. Hamline University’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) is available to answer any questions you may have. Reach the GEC at gec@hamline.edu or contact your admission counselor, Mai Chue Moua, at mmoua11@hamline.edu or 612-991-3591 through WhatsApp with any questions.

    Tuition, Financial Aid, and Fees

    Due to COVID-19, financial circumstances have changed for my family. Is it possible to re-evaluate my financial aid award?

    Students who have a custodial parent(s) that has lost a job or has experienced a significant reduction in income may contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@hamline.edu to request a special circumstance form. The Financial Aid Office will consider this information in determining if additional eligibility for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Can I still submit a FAFSA to Hamline?

    Absolutely. You may complete the FAFSA online. Once we receive your processed FAFSA, you can expect a comprehensive financial aid award letter from Hamline in 7-10 business days.

    Will Hamline still be sending out financial aid offer letters during this time? How should I expect to receive that information?

    Yes, the financial aid award letters will be mailed until September 2020. Should there be a disruption to US Mail, we will notify you via email. Once you receive your financial aid award letter, we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions and are happy to set up a virtual appointment to walk through your award letter.

    University Operations

    Will in-person classes resume in fall 2020?

    Hamline will resume classes on campus in the fall. Some hybrid and online courses will also be offered. The fall semester will now begin on August 31, 2020. Athletes will begin returning to campus around August 10 and should check with their coaches for additional instructions. Move-in begins August 26, along with fall orientation for new first-year students. Transfer orientation will be held August 30.

    For specific information about the changes to this year's academic calendar, visit our academic calendar page.

    How is Hamline responding to COVID-19?

    Hamline’s Campus Preparedness Plan covers health and safety protocols for students, faculty, and staff. The plan includes information about how Hamline is working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

    View the plan (PDF). 


    Admission Visits

    Can I schedule an on-campus visit?

    Yes! Hamline University is offering both on-campus and virtual visits Monday through Friday starting on July 21. For more information, check out our visit homepage here.

    How can I learn more about Hamline remotely?

    You have plenty of options! You can: