The Academic Advising office coordinates advising and serves as a resource for students and faculty advisors who have questions about progress toward graduation and related academic matters. The office also oversees new student registration, leaves of absence, and withdrawals.
If you enter Hamline as a first-year student 24 years of age or younger throughout the first term of attendance, you are required to enroll in a First-Year Seminar (FYSem). The FYSem instructor serves as your advisor through at least the first semester. If you enter as a non-traditional aged first-year student, you are assigned to an advisor in Academic Advising, or to a faculty advisor in your major department, if you have chosen a major.
If you enter Hamline as a transfer student, you are assigned a faculty advisor in your major department. If you have not chosen a major, you are assigned to an advisor in Academic Advising.
Students may change advisors at any time in accordance with their academic interests or personal preferences, with the exception that each first-year student enrolled in a FYSem must remain with the FYSem instructor throughout the first term of attendance.
The faculty advisor’s role—and the goal of Hamline’s advising program—is to assist students in developing and achieving their academic and career goals. The advisor is a primary resource for consultation and advice. The faculty advisors are also a valuable resource for information on courses, majors, curriculum requirements, petitions of academic policies, and other academic matters. Students must have an advisor in their major(s).
The Academic Success office houses a variety of support services for students surrounding their academic endeavors. Resources include:
Peer tutors recommended by faculty are available to help students in many undergraduate courses. Drop-in assistance is offered for most core courses while one-on-one appointments can be arranged for courses that do not have drop-in sessions.
Individual consultations are available to assist students with time management, critical reading, note taking, and other academic skills that contribute to their academic success at Hamline.
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.
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.
New incoming students who have received a state or federal work-study award are eligible to attend the Job Fair which takes place the first week of classes in Fall term. All students are eligible to work on campus; students that have a work study award are given preference to some positions on campus. 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 working on campus due to visa status or other legal considerations. The Associate Director of the Global Engagement Center can assist students with these questions.
Attend one of the informational sessions during Piper Preview to learn more.
Campus Recreation enhances the quality of life for students, staff, and faculty by providing a variety of programs, services, and physical spaces that promotes an active lifestyle and development of the whole person in a safe and inclusive environment. Opportunities to be involved with Campus Recreation include:
Provides a wide range of open and inclusive intramural sports leagues, tournaments and special events each semester, and are available to current Hamline students, staff, and faculty. Activities include: volleyball, soccer, basketball, flag football, badminton, racquetball, and more.
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.
Group fitness classes are offered multiple times each week in different formats and are accessible to individuals of all fitness levels.
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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 resources 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 teaches a four credit career course, Piper to Professional: Essential Skills for Career Success, designed for upper division students to help them navigate the job and internship search, develop a personal brand, and gain the professional skills needed to succeed in their career. The CDC also partners with many academic departments to coordinate the Practice Interview Program, a semi-annual event that links hundreds of alumni, employers, and community members with students for practice interviewing, resume critiques, and networking. The CDC utilizes Hamline Career Link, an online job/internship posting, recruiting and communication system which allows students to search for internships and jobs, post their resume, research employers, register for events and programs, and access CDC resource handouts. Hamline Career Link also contains Piper Connect, a database of alumni, employers, and community members available for students to contact with career-related 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 www.hamline.edu/cdc.
Commuter Student Services
Student Activities works with commuter students living off-campus in non-university housing through connecting them to involvement opportunities like student organizations and campus events. We also work closely with the Anderson front desk to provide bus passes and locker rentals within Anderson Center and in West Hall. Anderson Center is also a common space for commuter students to hang out between classes. In both West Hall and Anderson Center, commuter students can find a microwave, many flat-screen TV’s, sofas, tables and chairs, and plenty of space to relax or study.
Counseling and Health Services
The Counseling and Health Services office is located in Room 16 in the basement of Manor Hall. Appointments can be scheduled in-person, or by telephone at (651) 523-2204. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-noon and 1:00pm – 5:00pm (closed during noon hour). The Counseling and Health Services website is: www.hamline.edu/chs
Counseling can promote personal growth and help students cope with difficulties that might adversely affect their educational goals. The mental health professionals in the Counseling & Health Services office can assist with a wide variety of concerns such as: depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, self-esteem, body image, grief/loss, family concerns, and identity development. The counselors can also assist with referrals for specialized treatment in the local community for issues such as substance abuse and eating disorders. Counseling services are confidential and free for Hamline undergraduate students.
The Health Services staff offer treatment for a wide range of illnesses and injuries, immunizations, contraception, annual physical exams, STI testing, health education, psychiatric consultation, and prescriptions. All health services are confidential. For Hamline undergraduate students, there is no charge to meet with a provider. Most lab fees can be billed to students’ health insurance.
All students are required to have health insurance, and will be enrolled by default into the Hamline-sponsored health insurance plan unless they opt to waive this coverage. Students who have their own insurance coverage must provide their plan information when registering through Piperline. Students who do not submit an online waiver request will be automatically enrolled in the Hamline-sponsored policy, and will be responsible for the cost of that coverage.
Hamline University and the Disability Resources office are committed to ensuring equal access to the university and its programs for students with disabilities. Disability Resources coordinates and provides reasonable accommodations, collaborates to create an accessible and hospitable learning environment, and promotes self-determination on the part of the individuals they serve. The office supports and accommodates students with physical, sensory, attentional, psychiatric, and learning disabilities.
In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended 2008, Hamline University shall make reasonable accommodations to any qualified individual with a disability. To be eligible for accommodations, a student must have a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. According to these laws, a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. 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.
In order to receive reasonable accommodations, students are responsible for:
- Contacting Disability Resources to discuss their needs and/or request accommodations.
- Providing Disability Resources with appropriate information to establish the presence of a disability and/or support the need for reasonable accommodations. (For detailed information about documenting disabilities, visit www.hamline.edu/disabilityresources or contact the Disability Resources director.)
- Keeping the Disability Resources director informed and providing updated documentation if their disability or its symptoms change.
- Requesting accommodations as far ahead of time as possible. Some accommodations cannot be effectively arranged if they are requested on short notice. For example, it can take up to 4 weeks to prepare audio books.
- Discussing accommodations with faculty and staff members as needed and notifying Disability Resources right away if there are any concerns or difficulties with receiving accommodations.
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 verifies and supports the request for accommodations.
- Consult with the student in making the final determination regarding the selection of effective and reasonable accommodations.
- Make the final decision regarding which accommodations will be provided.
- Deny a request for accommodations if the documentation does not demonstrate they are warranted, or is not provided in a timely manner.
- Refuse to provide any accommodation that is unreasonable, including any that:
- Poses 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.
- Results in an undue financial or administrative burden on the institution.
Students seeking accommodations should contact the Director of Disability Resources at 651-523-2521.
Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs
The Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs helps create and sustain an inclusive community that appreciates, celebrates and advances multiculturalism and diversity at Hamline University. We support, empower, and promote the success of students of color, first-generation college students and students from 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 in their transition to, success at and education about diversity issues including Hamline, including Multicultural Mosaic pre-orientation program, the Hedgeman Student Empowerment Retreat, quarterly student empowerment workshops, the Hedgeman Honors and Awards Celebration, and the “Voice & Vision” newsletter;
- Nine student organizations that support to students and campus programming, including Multicultural Alliance, Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), FUSION the multi-racial and trans-racial adoptee organization, Hamline African Student Association (HASA), Hamline Indigenous Peoples Society (HIPS), Hispanic and Latino Organization (HALO), Hmong Student Association (HSA), PRIDE Black Student Alliance, and Student of South Asia (SOSA);
- Traditional cultural awareness and history events, including Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Awareness Week, Hmong New Year, Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month, Kwanzaa Celebration, and Hmong New Year;
- Numerous campus diversity training and education opportunities for students; and
- Other activities and programs that provide opportunities for participants to learn about diversity and multiculturalism issues, including the Social Justice Symposium, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration and Day of Service, and the monthly storytelling series “This Is My Story: Conversations of Identity and Community.”
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.
Hamline’s Central Service Desk, located in the Bush Library, provides a variety of services - including information and technology support - to students, faculty and staff.
Many departments utilize technology in specific ways. Examples include the Music Department’s music lab with keyboards and composition software, the Physics Department’s optics lab in Robbins Science, and the Digital Media Arts Program’s two digital media arts (DMA) labs.
A fleet of digital imaging machines for printing, photocopying and scanning is available in computer labs and other locations across campus, and these operations are also managed by Information Technology Services. Specific information about Hamline’s “PiperXpress” services is available online (www.hamline.edu/piperxpress) or via the Central Service Desk (651-523-2220).
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 is available online (http://www.hamline.edu/offices/its/get-started-guide/requirements.html). In addition to the network jacks and wireless, every residence hall room is equipped with a cable television port.
For the full, detailed listing of all technology related policies, go to http://www.hamline.edu/policies/technology-use.
All of Hamline’s residence halls are coeducational and managed by a degreed, professional coordinator who lives on campus and is trained to work with student concerns and enrich the residential experience. Assistant area 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 has a capacity of 230 and houses first year and returning students in addition to our transfer student community. Drew Hall also offers a GLBT & Social Justice theme floor along with an Honors and Transfer student floor. Manor House provides housing for 140 returning students and is next to Sorin Hall, which has single gender floors, houses 110 first year students and is barrier free. Schilling, Osborn, and Peterson Halls house nearly 100 first year students each. Special Interest Housing is available to all students, they include: Honors Housing, Wellness, and a Quiet Lifestyle floor.
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 graduate students, sophomores, juniors and seniors. 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 cable television, internet, and laundry services are included without additional fees.
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 website at www.hamline.campusdish.com and in the Hamline Housing Contracts. There are several various types of dining options on campus, all with different menus and hours of service. Students are encouraged to play an active role in dining services. Comment cards, online postings, dining surveys and food committee meetings all encourage feedback which is used to provide great food and make lasting memories. For more information, please visit us at www.hamline.campusdish.com. Welcome to our kitchen!
Leadership opportunities are also available in the residence halls through participation in Hall Councils. Hall Councils offer 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 or the University of Minnesota at 612-625-3062.
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 the Bush Center and is staffed by 20 professionals and approximately 15 student staff. Professional staff includes a director, one assistant director, office manager, investigator, three supervisors, patrol officers and two dispatchers.
Additionally, students also serve in positions as dispatchers and student security officers. 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. All Officers are EMR trained.
Student Activities and Leadership Development
The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development 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, campus recreation programs, paraprofessional activities, and campus programs. There are over 70 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, club sports 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 or low-cost and open to all students.
The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development also works to develop and recognize student leadership on the campus. The HULEAD (How You Lead, Emerge and Develop) programs 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 get 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.
Lastly, through programs and events coordinated by the Hamline University Programming Board (HUPB), the Office offers additional opportunities for students to get involved on campus through small and large scale events, both on and off campus that are social and educational. Events offered by HUPB include a monthly coffeehouse series, Welcome Week, Homecoming activities, Annual Spring Formal Dance, and the Annual End of the Semester and End of the Year Parties.
Student Administrative Services
Student Administrative Services (SAS) houses the areas of Financial Aid, Registration and Records, and Student Accounts. The SAS staff assist students with billing, payment, financial aid, veteran’s benefits, course registration, and academic records. SAS is located in East Hall 113.
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 students’ 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 and manages the daily activities of the students that constitute the following areas of responsibility in Student Affairs: the Career Development Center, Counseling & Health Services, the Dean of Students Office, Disability Resources, Residential Life, Student Leadership and Activities, the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice, the Bookstore, and Dining Services.
Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office assists students in achieving their academic and personal goals. Office staff answer questions and help resolve issues or concerns when appropriate. Additionally, they refer students to the various departments, offices, or community resources that can best serve them and meet their needs. The Dean of Students Office serves as the point of contact for students who want to talk about issues of policy or procedure, or who have questions or complaints about issues regarding their student experience. The Office also serves as the point of contact for students who want to talk about issues of harassment and discrimination. Staff in the Dean of Students Office use a case management system or serve as student advocates to help resolve issues.
The staff members of the Dean of Students Office review and formulate policies that pertain to students, their rights, and their services. The staff is committed to being a resource for parents by providing outreach to parents, and by assisting them in realizing the campus resources available to their students. The Dean of Students Office also oversees student conduct, Parent/Family Weekend, the Bookstore and Dining Services. The Office provides specialized support services and programs for transfer students, first-generation college students, and veteran students, and also provides the Sophomore Experience and student financial literacy programming. This office is also the contact for undergraduate emergency loans. The Dean and his staff serve as the main administrative contacts for students.
Located in the lower level of West Hall, the Military Student Support Center seeks to help veterans become successful students at Hamline University. The center assists veterans in finding the help they need to understand their financial aid award and how student billing works in relation to accessing their federal funding, to understand Hamline University policies, and to utilize campus resources and support.
The Dean of Students Office oversees the Military Student Support Center. In addition, we have a Veterans Affairs committee of dedicated 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), or by the Military Support Center (651-523-2099).
For additional information, please visit Hamline Veterans’ Affairs at www.hamline.edu/veterans.
Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice
How can you make a difference in the world that will serve the common good? How can you work with others for social justice in our communities? Are you interested in exploring interfaith perspectives and growing in your spirituality? Our programs focus on one, two, or all three of these questions. The Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice offers students opportunities to lead and serve through the following programs:
Catalyst Alternative Spring Break Trips
Catalyst uses direct service to investigate questions of social justice and community. These trips are designed to provide students with an opportunity to participate in community service projects over spring break. Each trip is led by student leaders and supported by staff resource persons.
Community Service Advising
Support for students and/or student organizations who seek to engage in community service. Stop by or schedule an appointment to learn more about community partners and/or community service opportunities.
Hamline to Hamline Collaboration
The Hamline to Hamline Collaboration is an over 125 year relationship between Hamline Elementary and Hamline University. University students can volunteer, earn work study, and participate in academic opportunities at the elementary school. Over 100 university students, with a variety of majors, are involved each year.
LEAP into St. Paul
LEAP into St. Paul is an annual orientation program which introduces first-year students to opportunities for community engagement within surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Each First Year Seminar group travels to an off-campus location to participate in a half-day of community service together.
Mahle Lecture in Residence
Each year a progressive religious scholar is invited to campus for several days of speaking and teaching in our community, so that we have the chance to interact with the scholar in a personal way.
McVay Youth Partnership
An after-school program in which Hamline students serve as mentors and role models working with urban middle and high school youth three afternoons per week in partnership with area churches and community centers. Fellows and Interns provide homework help, lead theme-based programming, recreation, cooking, music, and crafts.
Religious and Spiritual Advising
For students seeking a more personal connection to talk about religious questions, find support for new understandings, and explore their Hamline experience from spiritual perspectives. Religious and Spiritual Life staff seeks to support all students, while bringing particular experience from Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions.
This weekly stipended program brings an interfaith group of students together over the course of nine months to explore their spiritual journeys in connection with their identities and hopes for the future.
Women’s Resource Center
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC), established in 1983, is a place for Hamline students of all genders to work toward a socially just world. The WRC exists to:
- Provide student access to resources that improve the holistic health, safety, and well-being of women and their allies
- Facilitate intersectional campus education on topics of women’s health, relationships, professional pursuits, gender equity, and other social justice issues affecting women
- Serve as a safe space where Hamline students, staff, and faculty can build collaborative community and develop feminist leadership skills
- Promote the advancement and equitable treatment of women on campus and beyond
Past WRC activities include guest speakers, reading and discussion groups, community service projects, the celebration of Women’s History Month, as well as special programs and events such as the Take Back the Campus rally.