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 criteriaor follow the steps below to start your application.
Complete the checklist below when you apply to Hamline University:
Complete an online application using our Hamline Application or the Common Application. There is no fee to apply to Hamline!
First-year, transfer, and international students can apply directly to Hamline University.
First-year, transfer, and international students can apply to Hamline University using the Common Application.
Download the Hamline University print application if you wish to apply by mail.
November 1 - early decision*
December 1 - priority deadline
May 1 - final application deadline**
May 1 - deposit deadline
*This is a binding deadline.
**Applicants who are transferring an F-1 visa from another US college or university may be considered for admission after final deadlines.
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.
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.
If you are still completing high school, you can send this document later upon your graduation.
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:
Less than one year of full-time college course work:
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 IEE, ECE, or WES.
Whether you're applying as a freshman or transfer student, you must demonstrate proficiency in English to be considered for admission to any of our programs. If you've completed all your secondary school/high school in a country where English is not the language of instruction, you can demonstrate proficiency by taking one of the exams and earning the minimum required scores.
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
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.
A copy of the photo page of your passport and visa page (if you have one) must be submitted.
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:
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.