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Hamline University

St. Paul, MN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate69%

Hamline University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Hamline University. The acceptance rate at Hamline University is 69%. Last year, 4,441 students applied to Hamline University and 3,062 were admitted.

If you want to apply to Hamline University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Hamline University for fall semester should hear back from Hamline University by October 1.

Hamline University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Hamline University's admissions stats.

Hamline University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 14%
Mean SAT Score 1142
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 92%
Waitlist Yes

Hamline University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Hamline University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 November 15
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes December 1

Considering Applying Early to Hamline University?

Hamline University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by November 15.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Hamline University is 93%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 69%.

Hamline University accepts roughly 77% of early action applicants and 69% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Hamline University admitted 26 of the 28 students who applied early decision. Last year, Hamline University admitted 1,51 of the 1,959 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college to boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Hamline University Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Hamline University?

Getting into Hamline University is moderately difficult. Hamline University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Hamline University accepted 69% of all applicants, around 3,062 from the 4,441 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Hamline University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Hamline University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Hamline University

Hamline University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Hamline University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Hamline University

What does Hamline University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Hamline University for more information on admission factors.

Hamline University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Hamline University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Hamline University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Hamline University?

Students admitted to Hamline University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 60% submitted a class rank. At Hamline University 14% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 43% were in the top 25% and 79% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Hamline University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 10%
3.75 and 3.99 23%
3.50 and 3.74 20%
3.25 and 3.49 19%
3.00 and 3.24 14%
2.50 and 2.9 14%
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Hamline University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Hamline University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 8% of Hamline University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 92% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Hamline University?

To be competitive with other Hamline University applicants, you should strive to score between 1005 and 1170 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Hamline University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1170 and 25% of scored lower than 1005, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Hamline University student is 1142.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Hamline University students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 485 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Hamline University students scored 615 or higher, and 75% scored a 485 or higher.

To be most competitive at Hamline University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Hamline University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Hamline University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on Transferring to Hamline University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Hamline University. Applicants should hear back by August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Hamline University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Hamline University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Hamline University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Hamline University.

Does Hamline University accept transfer credits?

✅ Hamline University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Hamline University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Hamline University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Hamline University?

❌ No, Hamline University is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to submit your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Hamline University's acceptance rate?

✅ Hamline University has an acceptance rate of 69%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Hamline University?

✅ Hamline University's early decision acceptance rate was 93% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Hamline University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Hamline University was 77% in 2021.

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Hamline University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Hamline University? Hamline University is a somewhat selective institution. The Hamline University acceptance rate is 69%. This means that the institution accepts 68 out of every 100 applicants.


Hamline University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Hamline University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Hamline University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1005 - 1170


Math SAT Range

510 - 610


Reading SAT Range

485 - 615

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1170 and Above


1005 to 1170


1005 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Hamline University students is 1142. Applicants with SAT scores of 1170 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Hamline University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1005 to 1170 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1005 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Hamline University.

Hamline University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Hamline University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.48. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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