Hamline University

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1536 Hewitt Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55104-1284

Phone: (651) 523-2800
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#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Hamline University is a private institution that was founded in 1854. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,140, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 60 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Hamline University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 11. Its tuition and fees are $35,108 (2013-14).

Located between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., Hamline University was the state’s first college. Students at Hamline can choose from around 50 areas of study and can usually expect small class sizes. Outside the classroom, Hamline hosts about 60 student organizations, along with musical groups and several club and intramural sports. At the varsity level, there are nearly 20 Hamline Pipers sports teams that play in the NCAA Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Hamline also encourages students to study abroad and offers programs in about 40 countries. Even with all these extracurricular and travel opportunities available, Hamline still expects all of its students to focus on studies and graduate in four years. If they stay longer, the university will pay for the extra tuition. Graduate students can earn degrees in the schools of law, education, business, or liberal arts. Notable alumni include actress Coleen Gray, who starred in Red River with John Wayne and The Killing by director Stanley Kubrick.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Creativity and innovation in teaching and learning are the hallmark of Hamline University, home to nearly 5,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students. At Hamline, students collaborate with professors invested in their success. They are challenged in and out of the classroom to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, while cultivating an ethic of civic responsibility, social justice, and inclusive leadership and service. Founded in 1854, Hamline also is Minnesota's first university and among the first coeducational institutions in the nation.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1854
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $74,296,487


When applying to Hamline University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70 percent and an early acceptance rate of 73.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 30

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hamline University is 12:1, and the school has 54.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hamline University include: Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and English Language and Literature/Letters. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 54%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 16%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Psychology 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
English Language and Literature/Letters 7%

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Student Life

Hamline University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,140, with a gender distribution of 40.7 percent male students and 59.3 percent female students. At this school, 41 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 59 percent of students live off campus. Hamline University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,683
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Hamline University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Hamline University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Hamline University, 38 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Hamline University.

Students who have cars on campus 38%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Hamline University, 85.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,659.

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Tuition and fees $35,108 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,090 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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