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    A Parent's Guide to Hamline

    A Hamline education is an investment that will change your student’s life. Pipers graduate prepared to make a living and a difference in the world, having participated in internships, collaborative and independent research, and volunteer service. And as the only U.S. News & World Report “Great School, Great Price” university in its class in Minnesota, Hamline is not only a sound investment, but a great value.


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

    United Methodist tradition: 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.

    Service: Hamline has regularly been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

    Spirituality and social justice: Hamline’s Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice provides programs that promote compassion, civic involvement, personal and spiritual wholeness, and social justice on campus and in the wider community.

    Civic involvement: Hamline undergraduate students contribute more than 65,000 volunteer hours annually through service trips, academic classes, and student organizations dedicated to service and social activism. Students participate in service-learning trips and build houses for Habitat for Humanity.

    "Connecting with our neighbors makes the group stronger by uniting assets of the university and the surrounding community. It also helps students think about their place outside of Hamline."
    - Margaret Shields ’10, founder of SPROUT, a student group that produces fresh, organic food for local elderly in two campus gardens


    Financial aid: 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). The average financial aid package in 2018-2019 was $33,449 (includes scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study). 

    Scholarships: Academic scholarships of up to $24,000 are available and renewable annually. Award criteria are based on high school performance and standardized test scores. Other scholarship opportunities are available for student leaders, United Methodist students, Eagle Scout or Gold Award recipients, and students in college readiness programs, and for students studying the sciences, theater, music, art, art history, digital media arts, or writing. A competitively awarded full-tuition scholarship is also available to a prospective Physics major each year. Merit-scholarships are awarded shortly after admission to the university, while some of the additional departmental and talent-based scholarships require an additional application by January 15 of the student's senior year. 

    Staying affordable: We are committed to ensuring Hamline stays affordable throughout your student’s four years. If your circumstances change, we will work with you to craft a new financial aid package that allows your student to graduate on time.

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

    Costs and fees estimate (2019-2020):  

    Tuition: $41,734 (without room and board, and estimated fees)

    "I feel a sense of responsibility to use my scholarship to its fullest potential, and this has really driven me to push myself to become involved and make the most of my time at Hamline."
    - Amanda Dutcher ’10, German major, linguistics minor


    Major opportunities: Undergraduate students can pursue more than 50 areas of study at Hamline, including a wide range of majors, minors, and certificate programs.

    The Hamline Plan: The Hamline Plan, the university’s nationally recognized general education program, provides students with 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.

    Faculty attention: With a student/faculty ratio of 12:1, your student will receive personal attention from faculty members at the top of their field. Our classes are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants.

    Hands-on learning: 100% of Hamline students complete internships, collaborative or field-based research, or service-learning projects. Such experiences help students connect with professionals in their field. Internships often lead to full-time employment upon graduation. With more Fortune 500 companies per capita than any other state, a strong economy, and an abundance of opportunities within 10 minutes of campus (ex. both downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis, plus the surrounding metropolitan area), our internship programs really shine.

    Undergraduate research: Hamline’s collaborative research program offers paid opportunities to conduct and share original research, and the university sends one of the largest contingents of students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research each year. Of the 300+ colleges and universities that send delegations to the conference, Hamline consistently places in the top 5 in terms of students sponsored, and the 92% acceptance rate places the selected students respectably above the 82-84 nation-wide rate.

    Study abroad: 77% of students study away during their time at Hamline. Popular options include month-long January- and May-term courses in countries including Great Britain, Jamaica, and Spain, as well as during semester- and year-long experiences throughout the globe.

    "The liberal arts education you get at Hamline is invaluable. Not only am I scientifically minded, but I can write and speak well thanks to my Hamline education. Hamline makes you feel confident as a leader."
    - Ann Engebretsen ’07, forensic scientist, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension


    Post-Hamline success: 94% of Pipers employed full-time are very satisfied or satisfied with their position. The average salary is $44,200. 16% are enrolled in graduate or professional programs, 16% are employed part-time, and 6% are engaged in full-time volunteer service.  

    Career preparation: Hamline’s Career Development Center provides all students with free, comprehensive career search support for their four years at Hamline and for two years after graduation. Lifetime support services include access to the university’s extensive alumni network.

    Graduate achievement: Hamline ranks third among Minnesota schools in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees.

    Academic honors: Hamline makes the list of U.S. colleges and universities that have produced the most U.S. Fulbright Fellows. 57 graduates have won Fulbright fellowships to teach and study around the world. 5 Rhodes scholars and 2 Truman Scholars.


  • Listed as one of "America's Top Colleges" - Forbes, 2018
  • Named a "Best Regional College" - Princeton Review, 2018
  • A top Minnesota university in its class and 13th in the Midwest among 172 universities - US News & World Report, 2018
  • Ranked in "Best Colleges and Universities in Minnesota" - College Consensus, 2018 
  • Named a "Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest" University - Washington Monthly, 2018
  • "At Hamline I had the opportunity to participate in a collaborative research project with my advisor, which ultimately helped me secure a Fulbright fellowship and entry into a PhD program. The small class sizes and the fact that professors teach their own classes (as opposed to teaching assistants) creates an environment that is both challenging and supportive."
    - Lesley Kandaras ‘02


    Twin Cities’ advantage: Located halfway between the downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Hamline is minutes away from 19 Fortune 500 companies and endless internship and job opportunities.

    Neighborhood opportunities: The Hamline-Midway neighborhood is known as active, diverse, and filled with amenities. Students enjoy the area’s many shops, restaurants, parks, and recreation centers. They also find opportunities to partner with community members on issues ranging from urban greening to engaging youth and elders.

    Safety and security: Students feel safe on Hamline’s campus with secure building and security cameras throughout campus and at building entrances and a 24-hour security escort service.

    Did you know: Every parent is automatically a member of the Hamline University Parents Council, which serves as a voice and source of information for parents. The council meets two times each semester and offers programs for parents to learn about campus life and student issues.