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2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Life as a Hamline Student

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Twin Cities Location


The Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are widely regarded as among the “most livable” in the nation. Because Hamline University is located within ten minutes of the downtown areas of these two major cities, students and faculty enjoy some of the most impressive and interesting facilities and organizations in the country.

A number of major corporations maintain world headquarters in the Twin Cities, including General Mills, 3M, Cargill, Medtronic, Northwest Airlines, and Target Corporation. The vitality, innovation, and leadership of these corporations, combined with the exciting entrepreneurship of hundreds of other large and small businesses, make the Twin Cities a prime source of internships during college and career employment after graduation.

In addition, Saint Paul is Minnesota’s capital city, vibrant with political and governmental activity. The result is a total educational, cultural, social, and professional resource of incalculable value to students, faculty, and staff-and to the entire community.

Extraordinary benefits abound throughout the Twin Cities: fine repertory theatre, magnificent concert halls and stages, museums, and numerous art galleries, with rich and varied exhibitions. Twin Citians are among the most active and healthy people you’ll find anywhere. In summer, baseball, jogging, biking, swimming, and boating; in fall, football and the Twin Cities marathon; in winter, hockey, ice skating, cross-country skiing; in spring, the whole population is outdoors enjoying hundreds of parks and thousands of lakes.

Campus Buildings


The campus in Saint Paul covers 45 attractive acres with a combination of new and old buildings set with gardens and restful areas. The central symbolic landmark of Hamline’s 37-building campus is Old Main, built in 1884 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

New in 2004, the innovative Klas Center combines a new sports stadium with a community and learning facility, including casual dining, an outdoor plaza, classroom and conference space, and a third-level ballroom with panoramic views of the fields and Old Main Mall.

Classrooms and Labs

Campus facilities include, among others, technology classrooms in East Hall, the fully equipped Robbins Science Center, and architectural award-winning buildings designed for interaction-the Law Center, Bush Library, and the Giddens/Alumni Learning Center.

Bush Library

Housed in an award-winning building, the Bush Library is the center of intellectual activity on campus. The Library recently received a $4 million renovation that was completed in 2001. Students encounter faculty and other students engaged in study and research, as well as librarians to help negotiate the world of information in print and on the web. Hamline maintains a print collection of over 130,000 books and 1,300 periodical subscriptions. Hamline’s subscription online databases are also extensive-Hamline students annually log over 200,000 database searches!

Besides research, you can utilize the library for private study, group study, and casual conversation. Bush Library has an excellent reference service and delights in helping students master the skills of information literacy. Hamline’s reference staff is available to help students with their library research throughout the day and evening, seven days a week.

The Bush Library has ready access to the major libraries in the state through various online library catalogs and a daily, metropolitan courier service. Periodical articles and books that are not in the Bush Library are available both through the state network and through a national network. Undergraduate students may also check out materials and study at the Hamline University Law Library.

The Library also houses other offices: Center for Academic Services, Computer Support Services, Dean’s Office, ITS Helpdesk, University Archives, and Writing Center.

A well-equipped TV studio, used to support student productions, present a regular campus TV show, and create educational materials is housed in the basement of Bush Library.

Drew Fine Arts Complex

Art Gallery

Hamline’s art collection includes works of early expressionists Edvard Munch and Emil Nolde; French cubists Ferdinand Leger and Marie Laurencin; Mexican muralist Diego Rivera; and abstract expressionist pieces by Arshile Gorky, Hans Hoffman, Willem deKooning, and Adolf Gottlieb. Also included are contemporary works by Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, John Chamberlain, and Richard Stankiewicz; graphic works by Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, William Stanley Hayter, and Mauricio Lasansky; and Midwest artists such as Cameron Booth and Paul Manship. African art is also well represented in Hamline’s collection by both recent acquisitions and a number of objects collected by a Hamline missionary in the 1890s. Art exhibitions are on campus frequently.

Anne Simley Theatre

Students of all majors may participate in theatre performances or as a part of the production crews. The 300-seat Simley Theatre is one of the best-equipped college stages in Minnesota. Our facilities include a large scene shop with equipment for both steel and wood construction, the costume shop stores hundreds of period costumes used in performances and our control booth houses state of the art lighting and sound equipment. A Studio Theatre in Drew Hall serves as the production base for a regular series of student directed one-acts and original works. In addition to theatre work, the department has a dance ensemble that performs twice a year and a small television station that produces a weekly show as well as serving as a production base for the creation of original student films.

Sundin Music Hall

Sundin Music Hall is a 315-seat concert hall featuring a German Steinway grand piano and perfect acoustics. Concerts at Sundin Hall attract people from all over the region.

Athletics and Fitness

Hamline University offers intercollegiate and intramural athletics as well as individual fitness opportunities. From team sports to individual activities, Hamline gives students the opportunity to have fun, get exercise, and form friendships outside of the residence hall and classroom.

The Lloyd W.D. Walker Fieldhouse is one of the highest quality physical activity facilities in the state. It contains three courts for basketball, tennis, and volleyball as well as a gymnastics training center, strength and fitness training center, and sports medicine center. Students can also use the building’s three racquetball courts, jogging track, swimming pool, and the adjacent Hutton Arena.

Built in 2004, the Klas Center offers an improved athletic stadium, as well as learning, gathering and meeting spaces. The facility includes a synthetic playing surface for year-round usability and a state-of-the-art nine-lane track.

Hamline is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Hamline’s men’s cross country team won the conference championship in 2005 and has qualified for the NCAA Championships in three of the last six years. The Piper gymnastics team also has a strong tradition of success, winning the NCGA National Championship in 2000. In the last six seasons, Hamline gymnasts have been named All-American 13 times. Hamline teams won three consecutive AIAW Division III Championships in women’s swimming and diving and nine straight MIAC conference championships during the 1980s. Hamline won MIAC conference titles in football in 1984 and 1988.

Intercollegiate sports include (for men) baseball, basketball, cross country, football, ice hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field; (for women) basketball, cross country, fast pitch softball, gymnastics, soccer, ice hockey, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Campus Resources


Campus Employment

A wide variety of campus employment opportunities are available for eligible students. To be eligible for campus employment during the academic year, a Hamline University student must be degree-seeking, registered for at least half-time status for each full term worked, and eligible to work in the U.S. To be eligible for summer employment, a student must be registered for at least half-time status or pre-registered for the fall term and eligible to work in the U.S.

Students who have received financial aid work-study awards are offered referrals to campus jobs during the month of September if they have returned the application for work study along with four resumes by the August deadline. If openings exist during the school year, students without work-study awards are eligible to apply at various campus offices and departments. There are numerous opportunities for off-campus employment in the neighboring community and in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area if you have a Federal or State Work Study Award. Inquiries about both on- and off-campus employment should be directed to the Human Resources office.

International students may face work restrictions both on and off-campus due to visa status or other legal considerations. The International Student Advisor and the Center for International Students & Scholars can assist students with these questions.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive recreation program which promotes wellness, leadership, and sportsmanship, through a variety Intramural Sports, competitive and social Sport Club organizations, and other special events.
Opportunities to be involved with Campus Recreation include:

Intramural Sport

Provides a wide range of open and inclusive competitive intramural leagues, tournaments and special events, available to all eligible Hamline students, staff, and faculty. Activities include: volleyball, soccer, basketball, flag football, badminton, racquetball, and more.

Sport Clubs

Recognized, student lead organization, comprised of individuals sharing a common interest in competitive, recreational, and/or instructional sport activity. Sport Clubs allows students to participate and compete in a variety of sport activities at the intercollegiate club level. Sport Clubs are created and managed by students, which provides numerous learning experiences that further enhance the overall collegiate experience for those involved.

For more information regarding recreation at Hamline please visit: -or- email

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center (CDC) believes that effective career planning should begin the moment students matriculate into Hamline. Throughout the undergraduate experience, the CDC offers students a variety of services, programs and support to explore career and vocational interests, gain relevant experience, and develop the skills to compete effectively in the job marketplace or obtain admission into graduate programs. The CDC leads Bridges Scholars, a vocational exploration and career skill building course for students in their first or second year at Hamline. The CDC also partners with many academic departments to coordinate the Practice Interview Program, a semi-annual event linking hundreds of alumni, employers, and community members with students for practice interviewing, resume critiques, and networking. In addition, the CDC publishes The Career Guide & Roadmap, a career planning guide developed specifically for Hamline students. The CDC also utilizes NACElink, an online job/internship posting, recruiting and communication system which allows students to search for internships and jobs, post their resume and cover letter, research employers, register for events and programs, and access CDC documents. NACElink also contains the Career Advisors Network consisting of alumni, employers, and community members available for students to contact with questions. Other services provided by the CDC include career interest assessment and counseling, on-campus recruiting and job fairs, individual job search assistance, internship programs, graduate school planning, a career resource library, and career information services online at

Center for Academic Services

Academic Advising. The Center for Academic Services coordinates academic advising and serves as a resource for students and professors who have questions about progress toward graduation and related academic matters. The office also administers new student registration, leaves of absence, and withdrawals.

Each student at Hamline has an academic advisor who is a faculty member. The faculty advisor helps students develop academic and career goals and assists students in planning a course of education appropriate to these goals. The advisor is a primary resource for consultation and information on courses, majors, curriculum requirements, and other academic concerns.

First-year advisors are the students’ first-year seminar professors. Advisors of upper-class students are usually faculty members in the departments of the students’ majors. Upper-class students choose their advisors, and all students may change advisors at any time in accordance with their academic interests or personal preferences. Student must have an adivsor in their major(s).

Tutoring Program. Peer tutors recommended by faculty are available to help students in many undergraduate courses. Drop-in assistance is offered for math, physics, biology, and chemistry. For courses that do not have drop-in sessions, individual tutoring may be arranged.

Academic Skills. Individual consultations are available to assist students with time management, critical reading, note taking, and other academic skills.

Commuter Student Services

Commuter Student Services provides resources and services to assist students who live off-campus in non-university housing (services located in Bush Library lower level). The Commuter Lounge has a refrigerator, microwave, flat-screen TV, sofas, tables and chairs, and plenty of space to relax or study.

Counseling and Health Services

The Counseling and Health Services Center is located in Manor Hall. Counseling is provided by mental health professionals to promote personal growth and to help students cope with individual difficulties that might adversely affect their educational goals.

All counseling services are provided free of charge to Hamline students. Appointments can be arranged by telephone (651-523-2204) or in person. Information shared with counselors is confidential. Services offered include:

  • Counseling and psychotherapy. Individuals, couples, and groups talk with counselors about a wide range of issues including stress, loneliness, depression, anxiety, relationships, and sexual abuse.
  • Seminars and workshops. Topics cover a range of interests including relaxation, body image, chemical health, and self-esteem.
  • Consultation and training.
  • Referrals. The counselors also help people find resources in the community to manage problems with chemical abuse, eating disorders, and other challenges.

Health Services. Health Services provides health evaluations, assessments, recommendations, and referrals at no charge to Hamline students. Registered Nurses are available for the treatment and prevention of many health concerns. Referrals are made as needed to local clinics. Emergency contraception is also available. Tests in the clinic can be done for strep throat, pregnancy, anemia, urinalysis, blood pressure, vision screening, and TB skin tests. Students can receive immunizations (Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Meningitis, Influenza, and HPV) as well as borrow equipment (crutches, heating pads, humidifiers, and wheelchairs). There is a fee for some tests and all immunizations. Fees can be billed to student accounts.

Clinic visits are between 8:30-11:00 and 1:00-4:00 Monday-Friday by appointment. If you have needs that cannot wait for office hours, please call 651-523-2204 for referrals to urgent care centers or contact Safety and Security or a Residential Life staff member. The staff in these offices have a list of local urgent care centers that provide medical care after clinic hours. You may also call Parkway Family Physicians, 651-690-1311. This number is answered day and night.

All students are required to have health and accident insurance and will be charged for Hamline insurance coverage. Students who have their own insurance have the opportunity to waive this insurance fee online. If students do not submit an online waiver request, they will be enrolled in the school policy and will be responsible for the cost of that coverage.

Students are responsible for submitting any insurance claims and making co-payments. Appointments for counseling or health services can be arranged by telephone (651-523-2204) or in person.

Disability Services

Hamline University shall make reasonable accommodations to any qualified individual with a disability. Hamline University is committed to ensuring all qualified students equal access to academic and extracurricular activities.

To be eligible for accommodations, a student must have a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the ADA and Section 504, a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity such as self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, or learning. A qualified student with a disability is defined by Section 504 as anyone who meets the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in a post-secondary institution’s programs and activities.

Qualified students with a disability requiring reasonable accommodations must provide:

  • Recent and appropriate documentation from a qualified professional to verify the need for reasonable accommodations
  • Current documentation, including testing and diagnosis information that has occurred within the past three years
  • Timely requests for all accommodations, especially testing
  • Advance notice for any request for alternate format materials. These materials can take up to six weeks to obtain

Hamline University has the right to:

  • Identify and establish essential elements and technical standards, abilities, skills, knowledge, and standards for courses, programs, and services
  • Request and receive recent and appropriate documentation from a qualified professional that verify and support the request for accommodations
  • Consult with the student in making the final determination regarding the selection of effective, appropriate, and reasonable accommodations
  • Make the final decision regarding which accommodations will be provided
  • Deny a request for accommodations if the due documentation does not identify a disability according to Section 504 and the ADA, fail to verify the need for requested services, or is not provided in a timely manner
  • Refuse to provide any accommodation that is inappropriate or unreasonable, including any that:
    • Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual requesting the accommodation or of others
    • Consists of a fundamental change or alteration of an essential element of a course or program
    • Pose undue financial or administrative burden on the institution

Students who require accommodations should contact Director of Disability Services at 651-523-2521.

Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs

The Center for Multicultural and International Student Affairs (MISA) helps create and sustain an inclusive community that appreciates, celebrates and advances multiculturalism, internationalism, and diversity at Hamline University. We support, empower, and promote the success of students of color, international students, and other diverse populations. In partnership with community members, our initiatives help prepare students to live, serve and succeed in a global, multicultural world. Specifically, we offer:

  • Activities that assist students of color and international students in their transition to and success at Hamline, including Student of Color Orientation, International Student Orientation, Lunch Series, the annual awards banquet, and the “Voice & Vision” newsletter;
  • Assistance, advice and counsel for international students on immigration and visa regulations, processes, and matters;
  • Eleven student organizations that support and advocate for students of color and issues of diversity, including Multicultural Alliance, Hispanic and Latino Organization (HALO), Asian American Coalition (APAC), Hamline Graduate International Student Association, Hmong Student Association (HSA), FUSION the multi-racial and trans-racial adoptee organization, International Student Organization (ISO), Hamline American Indian Student Society (HAISS), PRIDE Black Student Alliance, Students for a Free Tibet, and Commitment to Community;
  • Traditional cultural awareness and history events, including Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Awareness Week, Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month, Kwanzaa Celebration, and Hmong New Year;
  • Other activities and programs that provide opportunities for participants to learn about diversity and multiculturalism issues, including World Fest, Social Justice Symposium, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, “This Is My Story: Conversations of Identity and Community,” and the Hamline University Conference on Race & Ethnicity (HU-CORE).

Information Technology Services

Approximately 200 computers are housed in public computing labs across the campus. The labs are open 90-100 hours a week, including a 24-hour lab in Sorin Residence Hall, and provide access to the Internet and a diverse range of software applications. Secure wireless is available in all instructional areas and areas frequented by students.

The main computer center is located in the basement of Bush Library and also houses the ITS Helpdesk which is staffed by student lab consultants. There is also a public lab in the Law School which offers software unique to the legal profession.

Public printing and photocopying is available in all computer labs managed by Information Technology Services. Specific information about public printing is available from the ITS web site ( or the ITS Helpdesk (651-523-2220).

In addition to the computer labs managed by Information Technology Services, many departments maintain specialized computer labs for student use. For example, the Music Department has a Music lab with keyboards and composition software, and the Physics department has an Optics lab in Robbins Science.

Residence Halls: Access to the Internet and campus network is available in all residence hall rooms either via wireless or network jack. Specific information about minimum hardware and OS requirements are available from the ITS web site ( In addition to the network jacks and wireless, every residence hall room is equipped with a cable television port.

Leadership Development and Campus Activities

The Office of Leadership Development and Campus Activities provides students with opportunities to immerse themselves in a variety of on and off-campus activities. Working collaboratively with students, staff, and faculty, the office encourages the involvement of students in co-curricular programs to complement their academic experience. Students may become engaged and empowered at Hamline through student organizations, service-learning, paraprofessional activities, and campus programs.

There are over 60 clubs and organizations that students may join. Organizations cover a wide variety of interests related to the performing arts, social justice/service, publications, multicultural, special interest, and academic majors. Clubs are responsible for programming a number of activities throughout the year such as speakers, concerts, movie nights, and off-campus trips. These activities are almost always free and open to all students.

The office also works to develop and recognize student leadership on the campus. The HULEAD (How You Lead, Emerge and Develop) and the Women’s Leadership Retreat are just some of the leadership development programs aimed at students who are looking to develop their leadership skills and get more involved on campus. Students can also be involved with the Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress (HUSC). HUSC works with faculty, staff, and administration to make sure students voices are heard. There are approximately 30 elected and appointed positions within HUSC including an executive board, representatives from each class, student of color representatives, commuter representatives, nontraditional student representatives, and an international student representative.

Residential Life

All of Hamline’s residence halls are coeducational, managed by a degreed, professional coordinator who lives in the hall and is trained to work with student concerns and enrich the residential experience. Assistant coordinators and resident advisors are trained student staff who are carefully selected and assigned to each floor or wing to act as peer liaisons.

The Charles M. Drew residence hall houses 200 male and female undergraduates. Manor House provides housing for 150 students and is next to Sorin Hall, which houses 100 students. Sorin Hall is barrier free and houses Hamline’s dining facilities. Schilling, Osborn, and Peterson Halls house nearly 100 students each. Special Interest Housing is available to all students, they include: Substance Free, Men and Women Honor’s Floors, Advocacy and Action, Quiet Lifestyle, and Multicultural and International Interest.

In addition to traditional residence hall living, the on-campus apartment building offers the convenience of residential living with the luxuries of apartment style furnishings and space. The apartment building houses law and graduate students, juniors and seniors, married students, and same-sex domestic partners. Each apartment houses between one and four residents, and features a bathroom, kitchen, living room, and the option of shared or private bedrooms. Apartments are fully furnished and contain cable and internet connections.

When it comes to food on campus, there are a variety of meal plans to choose from. Detailed information about meal plans and declining balance can be found on the dining services Web site at and in the Hamline Housing Contracts. There are many different restaurants on campus for students to visit, all with different menus and hours of service. Students are encouraged to play an active role in food selection and may participate in the Food Advisory Committee meetings. For more information, please visit us at Welcome to our kitchen!

Leadership opportunities are also available in the residence halls through participation in Hall Councils. Hall Councils offers an opportunity for residents to develop social, recreational, and educational activities, assist in establishing policies that are in the best interest of all residents, and act as an advocate of residents’ needs.

Whether students choose to become actively involved in Hall Councils, participate in floor activities, or simply enjoy the privacy of their rooms, the residence hall experience is designed to enhance their academic development and progress at Hamline.


Hamline University enrolls students who participate in ROTC (Air Force ROTC at the University of St. Thomas and Army ROTC at the University of Minnesota). ROTC programs require enrollment at the University of St. Thomas or the University of Minnesota for ROTC-sponsored courses. For ROTC information call St. Thomas at 651-962-6320 or 1-800-328-6819, ext. 6320.

Safety and Security

The Office of Safety and Security Services is open 24 hours a day serving the campus community. The office is located in 128 Drew Hall and is staffed by 23 professionals and approximately 15 student staff. Professional staff includes a director, two assistant directors, office manager, investigator, three supervisors, and patrol officers.

Additionally, students serve in positions as dispatchers. The office is responsible for the general safety and security of the Hamline University campus and is the first to respond for emergencies until assistance is available by police, fire, or medical emergency agencies.

The Office of Safety and Security Services also provides students, staff, and faculty with their university ID cards. The Office of Safety and Security maintains a close working relationship with university campuses, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The office can be reached at 651-523-2100.

Student Affairs Division and the Dean of Students Office

Student Affairs Division

Student Affairs has the primary responsibility for making the out-of-classroom environment an integral aspect of your education. This is done through the work of student affairs professionals who understand the development of college students and are committed to enriching the lives of Hamline students. This group of professionals anticipates, solves, and manages the daily activities of the students that constitute the area of responsibility in Student Affairs-Residential Life, Counseling Center, Health Services, Disability Services, Multicultural and International Student Affairs, Office of Service Learning and Volunteerism, Student Activities and Leadership Development, the Bookstore, and Dining Services.

Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office assists you in achieving your academic and personal goals. Office staff answer questions and help resolve issues or concerns when appropriate, refer you to various departments, offices, or community resources, that can best serve you and meet your needs. The Dean of Students Office serves as the point of contact for students who want to talk about issues of harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct.

The staff members of the Dean of Students Office review and formulate policies that pertain to students, their rights, and their services. The staff also oversees the Parents Council, the judicial process, the Bookstore, and Dining Services. This Office is also the contact for undergraduate emergency loans. The dean and his staff serve as the main administrative contacts for students.

Student Center

The A.G. Bush Student Center serves as the focal point of campus activities. It contains the Hamline University bookstore, the chapel, several university offices, the HUB, the Commuter Center, and a lounge area. It is filled with activity, excitement, and the warmth that results from students, faculty, and administrators engaging in conversation, relaxing in the HUB, or enjoying a movie in the lounge.

The Student Center Front Desk provides students with a place to go for general information about the campus, events, or student organizations; sales for discount movie tickets, bus passes; discount tickets for major local attractions; information about and tickets for upcoming student organization events; game rental including billiards.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs seeks to help veterans become successful students at Hamline University. This group will focus on helping veterans with understanding their financial aid award, how student billing works in relation to accessing your federal funding, understanding Hamline University policies and services, counseling needs, and other issues.

At this time we do not have one specific individual to work with veterans, but instead we have developed a team of professional staff and faculty who are familiar with services needed by veterans. Questions and procedures for undergraduate and graduate veterans and veterans’ dependents can be answered by the Dean of Students Office (651-523-2421).

For additional information, please visit Veterans’ Affairs at Hamline.

Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice

What’s your part in making a difference in our world and creating the common good? Are you interested in growing as a whole person—head, heart and hands? How can we act more compassionately in our communities? And learn to reflect courageously on issues vital to social justice or interfaith dialogue? The Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice offers students opportunities to explore these questions through the following:

Service-Learning and Volunteerism

Service-learning is learning to serve, to participate, and to contribute to community. It develops one’s sense of social responsibility, self-confidence, critical thinking, conflict resolution, and skills for cross-cultural communication and leadership. Service-learning influences career choices, personal values, social justice, and the world. Student initiated programs include Spring Into Service (including the Catalyst service-learning spring break trips), Election Action, and Students Mobilize to End Homelessness. Wesley Center service-learning staff work closely with Hamline’s LEAD program and the Hamline-Hancock Elementary School Collaboration.

Hancock-Hamline Collaboration

Bridging Snelling Avenue, Hancock-Hamline University Collaborative Magnet School and Hamline University are one integrated campus. We are known as an international peace site that gathers the energies and aspirations of a diverse population from near and far. Each member of our community is both a teacher and a student, engaged in a journey of life-long learning on a campus that provides a rich variety of resources to support that learning. Several opportunities for students are: tutoring K-6th grade students through the America Reads/America Counts program; mentoring children in social skills for college-readiness with the Hand in Hand program; and learning more about arts, environment or homelessness through collaborative mini-grants available in spring and fall.

McVay Youth Partnership

The McVay Youth Partnership is an after-school program where Hamline students serve as mentors and role models working with inner-city, middle-school youth three afternoons per week. McVay Fellows are typically juniors and seniors. They work in teams of three, from 3:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and are responsible for planning and leading the programming. They are assisted by McVay Interns who bring their own unique talents to the program, and work one or two afternoons per week. All staff receives training and participates in weekly Monday night meetings.

Religious and Spiritual Life Programs

Grounded in the United Methodist heritage, Hamline provides a variety of opportunities for students of many faith traditions or for those who have no religious background to explore and practice their faith through service, study and celebration. Student groups include Buddhist meditation, Gospel Choir, InterVarsity, Jewish Student Life, Muslim Students Group, and the Multi-Faith Student Alliance. Special activities include Shabbat meals, Christmas Candlelight, Iftaar meals for Ramadan, Muslim prayers, Centering Prayer, and Torah Study. We provide a calendar of multi-faith Holy Days.

Women’s Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC), established in 1983, is a place for Hamline women and men to get together to work toward making the world a better place for everyone. The purpose of the WRC is to focus on nonpartisan social and intellectual action and educational programming directed toward the issues of women’s health, children and family, careers and internships, as well as to further education about current social topics relating to women. The WRC serves as a resource base to meet the needs of women on campus and to educate the university on the contributions of women to society. Past WRC activities include the celebration of Women’s History Month, topical “coffee talks” and other speakers, and book discussion groups.

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers assistance to improve students’ writing skills and provides help on any writing assignment. In individual appointments, trained writing consultants help students develop clarity and precision in writing.

Students Organizations and Special Programs for Students


Annual Events and Convocations

During the course of each year, the College of Liberal Arts hosts a wide range of events, bringing in well-known speakers to address specific themes and issues. Many of these events are held during the weekly convocation hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, during which no classes are scheduled, to enable students to attend these special programs.

Some of the events include:

  • Commitment to Community Lecture Series
  • Founders Day
  • Hamline University Symposium on the Humanities
  • Hanna Lecture in Philosophy
  • Honors Day
  • Howard W. Alkire Symposium in International Business and Economics
  • International Roundtable Series
  • Kay Malmstrom Lecture in Physics
  • National Mock Trial Tournament
  • Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Series
  • Seminar in Contemporary Religious Thought
  • 3M-Ron Mitsch Chemistry Lecture

Student Congress

Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress (HUSC) is the undergraduate student governing body. The Congress is comprised of class representatives and members from many student organizations.

Any Hamline undergraduate student may speak on issues before Congress, whether or not one is an elected representative. Some of HUSC’s responsibilities are to allocate student activities fees to fund campus organizations, appoint student representatives to the standing committees of the university to ensure student input into matters of campus governance, to serve as the official “voice” of undergraduate college students on issues of campus-wide importance, and to pass legislation referred to it by student groups, the faculty, or an administrative body.

Student Organizations

Student organizations sponsor a variety of activities on campus. The Office of Leadership Development and Campus Activities supports and works with student groups, but all the groups exercise a great deal of autonomy and are, in fact, the students’ organizations. Listed below are a few of the undergraduate student groups at Hamline University


Anthropological Society
Communications Club
Forensic Sciences Society
Paralegal Society
Mock Trial Team
Model United Nations (HUMUN)
Psychology Interest Group
Society of Physics Students

Arts and Literature

A Cappella Choir
Fulcrum (literary)
The Guild (science fiction)
Jazz Ensemble
Mamadada Art League
Merely Players
Music Council
Oracle (newspaper)
Pep Band
Piper Radio Station
Wind Ensemble
Women’s Chorale


African Student Association
Asian Pacific American Coalition
Hmong Student Association
International Student Organization
PRIDE (African-American student group)


Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology, social research, social service)
Beta Beta Beta (biology)
NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary)
Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership)
Phi Beta Kappa (honorary scholastic fraternity)
Pi Delta Phi (French)
Pi Epsilon Delta (National Collegiate Players)
Pi Gamma Mu (social science)
Pi Lambda Theta
Psi Chi (psychology)
Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)
Sigma Tau Delta (English)
Torch and Cycle (scholarship, leadership, service)\


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Commitment to Community
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
Habitat for Humanity
Hamline College Democrats
Hamline College Republicans
Hand in Hand (Hancock Elementary School)
Hamline University Student Congress (HUSC)
Spectrum (GLBT student group)
Women’s Resource Center


Delta Tau Sorority
Greek Alliance
Hamline Entertainment & Activities Team (HEAT)
Hamline Outdoor Recreation Club
Hamline Rock Stars (rock climbing)
Hamline Ultimate Frisbee
Hamline University Anime and Manga Club
Theta Chi Fraternity


Christian Centering Prayer
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Gospel Choir
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Jewish Student Alliance
Labyrinth Walk
Multifaith Student Alliance
Muslim Student Group
Zen Meditation Group

Student Publications

Three publications offer students hands-on experience in journalism and photography. Hamline students publish the Fulcrum, art and literature review; the Oracle, the newspaper for the campus; and the Liner, the undergraduate yearbook. These publications, along with the student photography lab, are funded by HUSC and report to the Student Congress.

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