B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Hamline University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Hamline University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
70%
SAT Scores Range
960-1180
ACT Scores Range
21-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Hamline University

Cost

Net Price
$21,849/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,015/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,828/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,069/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,917/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,818/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.57 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,162Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Busy
    63%
  • Passionate
    19%
  • Crisp schedule
    15%
  • Arrogant
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
81%
Poll
67%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.57 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.70 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Expensive
    36%
  • Community
    27%
  • Social Justice oriented
    24%
  • Cliquish
    6%
  • High school
    6%

After Hamline University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
65%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.36 responses

Hamline University Reviews

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Most of the dorms do not have air conditioning which is the worst when it's nearing summer. Priority for picking a dorm is given to seniors first. As a freshman, however, you get fewer options in picking a dorm. In the beginning before getting a dorm you get to select your own roommate which can either be great or terrible if you're a bad judge of character. The atmosphere at the dorms is great! Some dorms are considered the "party" dorms, but others are more laid back and quiet which is nice when you need to study. However, near the end of every semester the dorms get put in a 24 hour quiet so that everyone can study in peace for finals. The cost of the dorms could be better.
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The good: The educational facilities are generally high-quality, well-maintained with up-to-date technology when applicable. Registration is relatively painless, the class sizes are fairly small, and it's fairly easy to get the schedule you want unless you need certain advanced classes. The professors are generally passionate and knowledgeable about their topics. Community is solid (though rather liberal, if that is an issue for you), with plenty of events going on regularly. The school's focus on diversity really pays off.

The bad: Dorms are somewhat small with no air conditioning and you are not allowed to bring your own air conditioner, allegedly because the university's power grid can't handle it (but the buildings have some window-mounted air conditioners visible on the outside.) As a result, dorm temperature can be nigh-impossible to regulate. Communal bathrooms tend to get very messy and they are not particularly well-maintained, with inconsistent water heating and pressure. The cafeteria food is quite bland and the prices for all food on campus are quite high. Tuition is -incredibly- expensive and continues to increase. Administrative policy is unfriendly toward certain sports such as fencing, which along with similar activities is prohibited on campus due to the equipment being considered weaponry.

The ugly: It can be extremely difficult to get a real financial aid package, and the university is not above handing you an estimate and then lowering said estimate dramatically without any notification beyond a new bill which could be several thousand dollars. Convenience fees for paying off such bills are scaled in proportion to them as well. It is a fight to obtain anything beyond the barest financial aid, and this writer was essentially lied to with a promise of large amounts of aid and an actuality of a large student loan being required to finish the year.

Summary: Fantastic school for wealthy commuters. Less so otherwise.
Simply put Hamline is an okay school, there are much better ones in the area. There is much frustration within the student body about the new President and her decision to overhaul the current curriculum and to get rid of free J-term. Many professors seem to be leaving or are just adjuncts who don't really care, that being said there are also many dedicated and caring professors in the university too. The dorms are also awful here, live off campus. Overall you could find a much better school than this one to attend.