Students Say

The deep tradition of this all-male Virginia institution dates to 1775, and it is reflected in the idea that Hampden-Sydney is seen as “one of the best schools for a stepping stone to business, law and medicine careers.” With that in mind, “academics are not easy at Sydney, but you will learn a lot and do well if you work hard.” Those academics are provided by a group of “challenging” professors. These professors “strive to get these students on the same level as the professors, themselves, have academically achieved.” And that is a high level indeed. “All classes are taught by professors who mostly hold doctorates.”

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
495 - 600
SAT Math
500 - 610
ACT Composite
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

Overall

Students Say

The deep tradition of this all-male Virginia institution dates to 1775, and it is reflected in the idea that Hampden-Sydney is seen as “one of the best schools for a stepping stone to business, law and medicine careers.” With that in mind, “academics are not easy at Sydney, but you will learn a lot and do well if you work hard.” Those academics are provided by a group of “challenging” professors. These professors “strive to get these students on the same level as the professors, themselves, have academically achieved.” And that is a high level indeed. “All classes are taught by professors who mostly hold doctorates.” The idea is not simply to enforce good grades. Rather, professors teach “in a way that helps students develop” with the goal of wanting “you to succeed outside of college.” These “very strict graders” do not lord over their classes—there is a “mutual respect between our outstanding professors and the students”—but “they treat you like adults and hold you to those standards.” The “small, intimate setting fosters individualized learning,” and also allows educators to “make an effort to know each individual student.” The curriculum leans towards “class discussions instead of just listening to (lectures) the whole time,” and tradition is important. Students are expected to respect the institution, their professors, but most of all themselves, because educators here “expect the best out of you and want to help you become not only a better student, but a better man.”

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
94%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


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"

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
85
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
$38,018
Required Fees
$1,586
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 Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
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

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

Overall

Students Say

Expect a large number of “white upper or upper-middle class [students] who are typically seen as preppy.” No surprise there, as “HSC was voted preppiest college in America.” The “conservative, affluent, southern” students of Hampden-Sydney embody a combination of “the characteristics of a gentleman” and the “stereotypical good ol’ southern boy.” Tradition and brotherhood are important at this all-male school, where those who attend tend to be “chivalrous towards women” and show “a strong sense of brotherhood.” This is a party school, but when not “drinking more beer than water” students here “are committed to their studies and want to succeed upon graduation.” Being “friendly” and “clean-cut” are typical, and those who don’t fit the typical HSC mold “do not fit in well.” Students who want to fit in must make an effort “through various activities in clubs, athletics, and classes, as well as weekend social events.” And then it is time to get serious. As one student puts it, “A Hampden-Sydney man carries himself well and understands that one must work hard to enjoy things in life.”

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

When studies are as intense as they are here, it may come as no surprise that “work hard, play hard” is a repeated motto. “People mostly think about school during school, and are able to switch over to a party mode once the week is over.” Parties mean exactly what you expect. Greek life thrives here, as does tailgating for sporting events, clubs, and just plain hanging out. Some students say there is “not much to do other than party on campus” and that the “neighboring town has almost no options,” but others point out “there is a club for everyone.” Sports are a major draw—“the students make an effort to go to all sporting events to support our brothers and have a good time”—and so are outdoor activities such as “hunting, fishing, and backpacking.” Overall, life at Hampden-Sydney boils down to weeks of intense study and weekends of intense partying and activity.

Campus Life

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

Quality of life rating
75
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
76

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

Green Rating
68

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
1100
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists