Students Say

Something of an anomaly in higher education today, Hampden-Sydney is a small, all-male liberal arts school “focus[ed] on forming good men.” The Virginian college offers “a close-knit community of professors and students,” one where “tradition and opportunity” abound. It’s also highly “concerned with the character of the students it produces.” Additionally, HampdenSydney undergrads tout the strong bonds of brotherhood that form here; one only needs to look at the “extensive alumni network” for evidence. Academically, the college places an “emphasis on rhetorical ability and classical knowledge.”

Overview

Applicants
3,639
Acceptance Rate
47%
Average HS GPA
3.38

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
495 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 570
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Something of an anomaly in higher education today, Hampden-Sydney is a small, all-male liberal arts school “focus[ed] on forming good men.” The Virginian college offers “a close-knit community of professors and students,” one where “tradition and opportunity” abound. It’s also highly “concerned with the character of the students it produces.” Additionally, HampdenSydney undergrads tout the strong bonds of brotherhood that form here; one only needs to look at the “extensive alumni network” for evidence. Academically, the college places an “emphasis on rhetorical ability and classical knowledge.” And undergrads are quick to praise the “strong government and economics departments” as well as the great “reputation for pre-med students.” Undergrads also appreciate the bevy of discussion based courses, which can partially be attributed to “small” class sizes. One English major explains the benefits: “This method of learning has allowed me to be a far better and more engaged student than I was in high school.”
Thankfully, students also give the professors themselves high marks. They report that their teachers are “engaging and intelligent” and “accessible” to boot! Perhaps even more importantly, they seem to “genuinely care about the success of their students.” Or, as one cool psych major eloquently expresses, Hampden-Sydney professors are simply “the bomb.com.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
105
with Terminal Degree
88

74
Men
31
Women
7
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Managerial Economics

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Warren Thompson
Owner of Thompson Hospitalities

Dr. Eugene Hickcock
US Deputy Secretary of Education

Dr. Randall Chitwood
Chairman of Surgery at East Carolina University

John G. Macfarlane
COO Tudor Investment Corporation

William Hoffman
well known author

John Adams
Head of the Martin agency

Robert L. Sudduth
Actor on "Third Watch"

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Hampden-Sydney’s motto is “you can do anything with a degree from Hampden-Sydney College.” The school works hard to?help students get a leg up in an ever-competitive job market and the “reputation [of the] alumni network” at Hampden-Sydney is a major draw for applicants. One way that the school uses its impressive alumni network is TigerConnections. This online job board allows alumni to post job openings for other Hampden- Sydney alums to see. The Internship Scholarship Program provides thousands of dollars to students who may not be able to afford an unpaid internship. Payscale.com reports an average starting salary of $49,800 for Hampden-Sydney grads.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$49,800

Median Mid-Career Salary
$89,400

Alumni with High Job Meaning
64%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
87

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Bottom Line

Tuition for the 2014 academic term is $38,018. On-campus room and board averages about $12,312. Combined with other fees, students can add another $13,500 or more to their tuition for a total of over $51,500 before any aid. The school’s TigerWeb system lets students pay bills easily online.

Bang For Your Buck

Although tuition alone is just over $38,000, Hampden-Sydney offers plenty of opportunities for scholarships and aid. The school offered over $31 million in financial assistance to the roughly 1,000 undergraduates last year. The school has several academic and “Citizen-Leader Scholarships.” The academic scholarships are awarded based on GPA and SAT or ACT scores. The CitizenLeadership Scholarships are the Eagle Scout Scholarship, the Boys State Participant Scholarship, and the Student Government President Scholarship. Hampden-Sydney has federal, state, and institutional work-study programs available. Virginia residents can also apply for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,644

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,540

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,889

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,644

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,738

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,920
Required Fees
$1,810
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,298

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,474
Transportation for Commuters
$1,845

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

When pushed to classify their peers, many Hampden-Sydney undergrads will admit that “the typical student is white, conservative, from a middle to upper middle class family” and “Southern.” However, undergrads quickly counter that “all students are respectful of each other and there are no tensions between different types of students.” Moreover, behind the “preppy” facades, you’ll find “quality young men that have good morals and show concern for others.” Indeed, these “students are friendly and able to be picked out of a crowd for their gentlemanly behavior.” Hampden-Sydney students also describe their classmates as possessing “strong communication skills.” And, just as vital, they “know how to have a good time but also know when to work hard.” Many find common ground with their peers by getting involved with some “athletic team/club...as well as other outdoor activities.” And a number of students love to go “hunting and fishing.” Overall, “the brotherhood is strong, and can be felt when one walks on campus.” Rest assured that “there’s always a place for someone” at Hampden-Sydney.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,105
Out of State
30%

International
0%
Foreign Countries Represented
14

Demographics

1.81%
Asian
7.70%
African-American
2.08%
Hispanic
81.70%
Caucasian

30% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

While Hampden-Sydney students can be a studious bunch, they also strive to find a good work and life balance. A biology major elaborates, “During the week, you’ll hear students at lunch talking about their classes, making plans to study together, etc. On weekends, however, our two favorite activities come into play: alcohol and girls.” More specifically, many students here happily embrace the Greek system. Indeed, we’re told that “fraternity life is popular and consumes 99 percent of the social scene.” Hampden-Sydney undergrads also love to support their sports teams, especially when it comes to football. Of course, these games also provide students with an excuse to host their historic tailgates. A foreign affairs major explains, “Our tailgates are incredible; students dress in coat and tie and drink whiskey and beer while connected with Hampden-Sydney men of generations past.” Beyond tailgating, it’s also “common for each [student] organization to have multiple balls or formals.” Thankfully, there are plenty of activities to participate in for those not interested in the party scene. We’re told that “paintball, fly fishing, archery [and] outdoors club” are all quite popular. And lest you think that these students’ idea of fun is devoid of intellectual activity, a government major assures us that “I constantly find myself in conversation with my peers on the subject of politics, philosophy, religion, and business.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
46
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
6

34% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

60% participate in intramural sports
33% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tigers)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports ()
0 Sports


Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Longwood University

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
21

Average Number of PC's per Lab
8

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mary Brooks
Administrative Secretary Admissions Offi

Address
Office of Admissions
PO Box 667
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943

Phone
434-223-6120

Email
hsapp@hsc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bortz Library
Kirby Fieldhouse (athletic facility)
Gammon Gym/Hall of Fame
Tiger Inn
Campus Museum
The Birthplace of the College located behind the President's Office

Most Popular Places Off Campus
area women's colleges
cities of Richmond, VA and Lynchburg, VA
city of Charlottesville, VA (w/ historic
Civil War historical landmarks
historical Farmville

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9-3:30 Mon-Friday, 9-noon Sat during year
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
hsapp@hsc.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
airports in Lynchburg and Richmond, VA train in Lynchburg and Richmond, VA Greyhound Bus service to Farmville, VA

Driving Instructions to Campus
campus located 3 miles south of Farmville, VA for driving directions see our Web site: http://www.hsc.edu/visitors

Local Accommodations
4 main hotels/motels in Farmville, VA (price range approx $65-$100) bed and breakfast lodging (scattered)
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Key Stats

3,639
Applicants
1,105
Size
47%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists