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    High School Counselor's Guide

    Welcome, high school counselors!

    We’re delighted you’re browsing our website and want to provide helpful information as you work with potential Hamline students. High school counselors play a vital role in assisting students as they explore their educational options. Please call on us whenever you want to discuss Hamline, a potential student, or simply want clarification on some topic. We look forward to working with you and your students.


    To create a diverse and collaborate community of learners, dedicated to the development of students’ knowledge, values, and skills for successful lives of leadership, scholarship, and service.


    Hamline recognizes its roots in the traditions and values of the United Methodist Church and aspires to the highest standards for:

    • Creation, dissemination, and practical application of knowledge.

    • Rigor, creativity, and innovation in teaching, learning, and research.

    • Multicultural competencies in local and global contexts.

    • The development and education of the whole person.

    • An individual and community ethic of social justice, civic responsibility, and inclusive leadership and service.


    Hamline University has been consistently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

    Students contribute more than 47,000 hours of community service annually. More than half engage in community service each year.


    12:1 student to faculty ratio.

    91% of full-time undergraduate faculty members hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field; faculty members also serve as academic advisors to all students.

    Hamline is one of only 280 Phi Beta Kappa institutions in the country.

    Five Rhodes Scholars, 45 Fulbright Scholars, and two Truman Scholars have graduated from Hamline.

    Hamline ranks fifth among Minnesota schools in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees.

    Hamline students are one of the largest contingents at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) every year; 41 Hamline students were selected to attend and present their research at the April 2015 conference.

    The Hamline Plan, the university’s nationally recognized general education program, provides students with a set of skills and experiences that tie directly to graduation requirements and employers’ expectations of college graduates. These include critical thinking, problem-solving, and communications skills and strong work habits.

    100% of Hamline students complete an internship, collaborative or field-based research, and/or a service-learning project.

    Students can choose from over 50 distinct areas of study, including 48 major fields and 43 minors. Some of the larger programs at Hamline include majors in business, biology, criminal justice and criminology, education, English, psychology, and political science. Unique offerings include conflict studies, creative writing, East Asian studies, forensic science, international journalism, legal studies, social justice, urban studies, and women’s studies.

    Pipers may also select pre-professional programs in pre-engineering, pre-health professions (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary medicine), and pre-law.

    Certificate or licensure programs also are available in conflict studies, education, forensic science, international journalism, and paralegal studies.

    Study abroad opportunities from month- to semester- or year-long programs are available to all students all four years.

    Hamline’s Career Development Center provides students with free, comprehensive career search support for their four years at Hamline and for three additional years after graduation. Services include assistance with resumes, interviewing, and job or internship search strategies. Mock interviews, vocational exploration classes, and on- and off-campus employer recruiting events are great ways for our students to position themselves for life after college.


    • 2,184 degree-seeking students

    • 32% students of color

    • 1% international students

    • 35 states and 39 countries

    • Over 80 student organizations

    • 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic teams 

    First-Year (Fall 2017)

    • 535 enrolled first-year students

    • 3,995 applications

    • 42% students of color

    • 1% international students

    • 46% first-generation college students

    • 24 states and 15 countries

    • ACT average 23.3

    • ACT middle 50% range: 21–28

    • Median GPA 3.48

    • 19% in top 10% of class

    • 43% in top 25% of class


    More than 90% of students receive financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans, work-study) and 92% of students receive support directly from Hamline in the form of merit-based scholarships or need-based grants (or both). Hamline’s average financial aid package is $36,104 (2017-18).

    Academic scholarships range from $3,000 to $23,000 and are renewable annually. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for students in college readiness programs, United Methodist students, Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, and students studying science, theater, music, art, art history, digital media arts, and writing. A competitively awarded full-tuition scholarship is also available for prospective Physics majors.

    Hamline graduation assurance guarantees a student will earn a bachelor’s degree in four years or we’ll pay the difference. This could represent a potential savings of $40,000 to $60,000 in tuition and lost income.

    Costs and Fees (2015-16)

    Tuition and Fees (includes book rental program and orientation): $38,366
    Room and Board: $9,736
    Total: $48,102

    Admission Plans

    Early Decision: Apply by November 1; estimated financial aid offers provided in the fall with acceptance letter; students confirm enrollment by December 1

    Early Action: Apply by December 1; decisions mailed before the holidays

    Priority Deadline: Apply by January 15; decisions mailed within four weeks

    Rolling Admission: Hamline uses the Common Application and also has a Hamline online application and a paper application which can be mailed to students upon request. A complete application file includes:

    • Common Application or Hamline application with essay;

    • one academic teacher or guidance/college counselor recommendation;

    • official high school transcript;

    • ACT or SAT scores.

    Hamline's admission process is thorough and holistic. We invite prospective students and guidance/college counselors to contact a Hamline admission counselor to discuss our admission review process. All students admitted to Hamline have until May 1 to consider their offer of admission.

    Find more details on applying to Hamline.

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    Follow Hamline on social media! Click here for the official Hamline University social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube

    You can also follow the Admission Office on Facebook and our admission interns on Twitter and Instagram

    Students admitted for fall 2016 will be able to join and engage with the Class of 2020 Facebook group during their senior year as well. (Sorry counselors--this one is for the students!)