Location and Facilities
The Twin Cities
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, UnitedHealth Group, Xcel Energy, Best Buy, US Bancorp, Ameriprise Financial, Ecolab, 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.
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 campus is Old Main, built in 1884 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
New in 2012, the Anderson Center houses event and meeting venues, a meditation room, a fireplace and lounge areas, campus dining, campus life offices, a Starbucks coffee shop, a convenience store, an outdoor terrace, and underground parking. The building meets LEED silver standards and features a green roof, solar panels, high performance glass and lighting, site-harvested wood, and recycled building materials.
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.
Much more than a building housing books, the Bush Library and Archives is a center for academic support and a hub of activity. The research and academic support staff located in the building work collaboratively to optimize collections, technologies, expertise, and spaces that support student learning and intellectual exploration.
The library provides quiet study spaces, group study spaces, and various forms of collaborative technologies to facilitate students working on group projects.
Librarians provide assistance to students via drop in research service and by appointment. Research expertise is also available virtually, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week through chat service. Librarians visit classes to help students get started with their research assignments and to help students navigate the vast world of print and digital information.
A wealth of online and print resources are available to students; many of these resources are available within the building and remotely via the Internet. Other resources are provided through a consortium of Minneapolis/St. Paul academic libraries, or through an extended network of interlibrary loan arrangements with libraries throughout North America.
In addition, students can access the services of the Writing Center, Academic Success/Advising, Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk, and tutoring services.
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. In addition to being the main home for gymnastics meets and training facilities, Walker contains three courts for basketball, tennis, and volleyball as well as a strength and fitness training center, and sports medicine center.
Students can also use the building’s three racquetball courts, jogging track and swimming pool. Hutton Arena, located adjacent to Walker, is also available for use when it is not in service as the home for the volleyball and basketball teams.
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. Klas Field is the home for the football and track teams.
Patterson Field, just east of Klas, is the home field for some field events as well as the soccer and softball teams. Oscar Johnson Arena, located just a mile from campus, is the home ice for Hamline ice hockey teams.
A member of NCAA Division III and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Hamline sponsors 19 sports (Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, ice hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Women: basketball, cross country, fast pitch softball, gymnastics, soccer, ice hockey, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.)
In recent years, Hamline has seen teams win MIAC titles in baseball, cross country and ice hockey. In addition, the Pipers have had individual national champions in track and field and gymnastics. The Pipers have also produced several All-Americans and Academic All-Americans.
Student Organizations and Programs
Annual Events and Convocations
During the course of each year, Hamline 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
- Mahle Lecture in Progressive Christian Thought
- Hamline University Symposium on the Humanities
- Hanna Lecture in Philosophy
- 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/Ronald A. Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry
Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress (HUSC) is the undergraduate student governing body. 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 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
- Forensic Sciences Society
- Mock Trial Team
- Model United Nations (HUMUN)
Arts and Literature
- A Cappella Choir
- Fulcrum (literary)
- Jazz Ensemble
- Oracle (newspaper)
- Hamline University Radio Station
- Wind Ensemble
- Women’s Chorale
- Hamline African Student Association
- HALO (Hispanic and Latino Organization)
- 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 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)
- Commitment to Community
- Habitat for Humanity
- Hamline College Democrats
- Hamline College Republicans
- Hand in Hand (Hamline Elementary School)
- Hamline University Student Congress (HUSC)
- Spectrum (GLBT student group)
- Women’s Resource Center
- Delta Tau Sorority
- Hamline Outdoor Recreation Club
- Hamline University Anime and Manga Club
- Theta Chi Fraternity
- Women’s Lacrosse Club
- Better Together – National interfaith movement for community service
- Gospel Choir
- Jewish Student Life
- Mindfulness meditation
- Multi-Faith Student Alliance
- Muslim Students Association (MSA)
- Values in Action – Service opportunities for secular/non-theistic students
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.
Inter-College Cross-Registration (ACTC)
Hamline University participates in a consortium of five Twin Cities private liberal arts colleges (Hamline, Macalester, St. Catherine, and St. Thomas in Saint Paul, and Augsburg in Minneapolis) called the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC). The ACTC combines the community atmosphere of a small liberal arts college with the diversity of opportunities of a large university. The purpose of the consortium is to employ the strengths of each college to the best advantage of all. Cross-registration is available without additional cost to the student, provided the coursework is relevant to a Hamline degree. During each year 1,500 to 2,500 students from the five colleges cross-register. For more information see the Academic Standards and Policies section or contact Registration and Records (East Hall 113). Information is also available at www.hamline.edu/actc.
International Study Away
Hamline encourages students to pursue study abroad, a popular and transformative experience that helps students become “compassionate citizens of the world.” Interested students should make an appointment to meet with a study abroad advisor one year before they intend to study abroad. They will receive information regarding Hamline’s approval deadlines, the various options for study abroad, and how to proceed in choosing which option is best for them.
Students interested in a longer and more immersive experience should consider semester long off-campus abroad options. Hamline offers its own program, Hamline in York, in partnership with the University of York. Other programs that Hamline students may participate in include the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) that enables students to study in over 42 countries on a direct enrollment basis. Other bilateral exchanges include University of Trier in Germany, International College of Liberal Arts in Kofu, Japan, University of Cienfuegos in Cuba, Akita International University in Japan, United International College in China, Shanghai University of International business and Economics in China and the Catholic University in Valparaiso, Chile. Students whose needs cannot be met through an exchange program should meet with the study abroad advisor to discuss other programs where Hamline is a member or has an affiliation. These would include such organizations as the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, Inc. (HECUA), the Council on International Education (CIEE), and School for International Training (SIT). Many other programs, from other universities and international organizations, would also be considered appropriate choices and can be discussed with the study abroad advisor.
Students interested in semester long off-campus abroad options must realize that these are very competitive opportunities. Those eligible to apply for Hamline approval must have at least a 3.0 GPA, plan to study in their major or minor field, and demonstrate how the study abroad program will enhance their academic goals. The application process begins in the International Programs Center and should be completed by the end of the fall term one year before the expected experience overseas.
Upon approval of the application, each student will be authorized to study for one semester abroad. Exceptions may be made if a student participates in any of the exchange programs or demonstrates a special need for taking a full academic year abroad. Students can take their study abroad semester at any time during their studies at Hamline except for their first year or the last semester of their senior year. (Under special circumstances a student may petition.) However, study abroad is strongly encouraged for a student’s junior year.
Hamline also offers shorter study abroad options during the winter term, in January, and after commencement, in May/June. These courses are led by Hamline faculty and are designed to serve the largest possible number of students from diverse academic backgrounds. Courses proposed in the past have included Law and Justice in Australia, Germany in the 21st Century, Tropical Ecology of Costa Rica; The Ancient and Modern Maya of Yucatan (in Mexico); and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Hamline also offers extended May term courses that have the same structure as Winter term, but run from the end of May until mid-June.
The last option to mention is the possibility of studying abroad over the summer. Again, there are many different programs that may be used, including any Hamline faculty-led spring/summer term(s) that may be available. Talk with staff at the International and Off-Campus Programs office for more details.
For all of the approved study abroad options mentioned above, credit can transfer back to the Hamline academic record. Students may also be able to use their financial aid to help finance their programs.
National Study Away
The emphasis on individual and international studies is supplemented by other programs planned to increase educational opportunities for Hamline students. This is in keeping with the university desire to provide flexibility and variety within its educational objectives. Initial contact for these programs should be made with the off-campus programs/study abroad office.
Metro Urban Studies Term - Students participate in an urban studies program that enables them to use Hamline’s metropolitan environment as a social laboratory for study and experience, through a 20-college Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA). Students may participate in the consortium-sponsored Metro Urban Studies Term.
City Arts (HECUA) - Through the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, students participate in a semester-long study program, which includes an internship placement. The internship provides hands-on experience in the arts at projects or agencies addressing social issues.
Washington Semester - In cooperation with the American University in Washington, DC, Hamline chooses two students of high standing each year to spend a semester in residence in Washington taking courses and working on a project under the direction of the faculty of the American University.