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Hamline University Admissions

If you want to apply to Hamline University, the application fee is $0. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than October 1.

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.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is December 1, which is coming up fast!

The early decision acceptance rate at Hamline University is 93%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 69%. Hamline University accepts about 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 decison. In 2021, Hamline University admitted 1,51 of the 1,959 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Hamline University?

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

In 2021, Hamline University accepted 69% of all applicants., around 3,062 of the 4,441 students who applied.

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.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. Hamline University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important to Get In to Hamline University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Hamline University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Hamline University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Hamline University must submit the following items. Double check 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 1
Transcript of High School Record

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%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Hamline University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 60%
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 0%
Hamline University does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Hamline University is test optional. 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's a Good SAT Score for Hamline University?

To be competitive with other Hamline University applicants, you should strive to earn 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.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Hamline University?

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.

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Transferring to Hamline University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Hamline University.Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.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. Hamline University accepts:

DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

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

Hamline University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Hamline University?

No, Hamline University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Hamline University's acceptance rate?

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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.



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Hamline University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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

The deadline for Fall transfer 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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


20 to 26


20 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Hamline University is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Hamline University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

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


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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.

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