Part of a Long Tradition
Founded on March 3, 1854 by Methodist pioneers, Hamline University is Minnesota’s first and oldest university. It was named in honor of Leonidas Lent Hamline, a bishop of the United Methodist Church whose interest in the frontier led him to donate funds toward the building of an institution of higher learning in what was then the Territory of Minnesota. Hamline University produced Minnesota’s first teachers, ministers, lawyers, business leaders, and other professionals.
Learn more about Hamline's history or visit Hamline's 150th Celebration website
In the spirit of our founders, we continue to celebrate Hamline in many ways today. Take some time to explore a few of these ways below.
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