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Academics

A storied men's college with the oldest private charter in the South, Hampden-Sydney College broadly states its intentions on the front gate: "Come here as youths so that you may leave as men." The academic offerings may be streamlined—there are just twenty-five majors and a twenty minors available to the 1,100 men who come here—but the college's required Rhetoric Program provides Olympic-level training in writing and speech, and the interdisciplinary Core Cultures program ensures students learn about the past from both a Western and a global cultures perspective. "My school is an academic powerhouse while at the same time having a guys' weekend all the time," sums up a student concisely. There is "an incredible alumni network" and the school's Honor Code allows the campus "to be a safe and secure place where we can learn and become better men and citizens." The "dynamic yet traditional" curriculum encourages students to challenge themselves "and to look deeper [rather than] just reading a text," and the college "excels in imparting [to] its students the ability to think critically." "There is no stupid argument; however, this is a properly supported and uninformed argument."

Hampden-Sydney College professors are "nothing short of excellent"; they are "eager to teach and they keep the class engaged." Classes are small, and professors "know all their students fairly well"; many live near or on campus and so "are easily accessible," and all "want to teach you all you can learn." Teachers "care deeply about each of their students," and recognize when someone is not present and "offer help repeatedly when they see that one is falling behind." If a student "is willing to accept a challenging road, he will be rewarded." Many professors operate their classes through the means of discussion or the Socratic method, and thanks to the faculty and staff, students "are provided with every opportunity to succeed and reach our potential." Hampden-Sydney College "really is unlike any other school out there and any student here will back that up."

Student Body

The young men that make up the Hampden-Sydney student body are "a brotherhood rather than a group of peers." These are "well-educated gentlemen" that are knowledgeable in the fields of "rhetoric, mathematics, economics, debate, history, politics, foreign language, sports, and partying." Everyone is "clean cut, normal, [has] manners," and "both honesty and politeness are not hard to come across." There is only one type of person who may feel left out here at Hampden-Sydney, and "that is someone who isn't willing to buy in and be for the boys." With such a close group, "there is little to no drama on campus." This "extraordinary" student body is "driven internally to attain their goals" but are not self-interested, instead holding each other accountable for their actions and "always moving forward by pushing our peers and ourselves."

Campus Life

During most of the week and during the day, almost all students are attending classes or studying, but "on many Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the parties are easy to find." "The social scene at this school is darn near ubiquitous," says one student. Academics take main priority, but there are many activities to do throughout the day "whether it be just throwing football outside the dorms or playing ping pong at the Tiger Inn." "No matter what you decide to do in your downtime, you definitely won't be bored," says a student. Many students are active in fraternity life on campus, and the school is also located in close proximity to other colleges and universities, which provides "opportunities for students to mix-up their routines and visit friends at other places." A large percentage of the school is active in outdoors programs on campus "such as fly fishing, skeet shooting, hunting, and the Outsiders Club."

Overview

Applicants
3,403
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average HS GPA
3.56

GPA Breakdown

38%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 615
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 615
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 570

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 640

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — January 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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
110
with Terminal Degree
95

79
Men
31
Women
6
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
0%
Graduate in 5 years
5%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

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
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
0%
Graduate in 5 years
5%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$49,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$89,400

Percent High Job Meaning
64%


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.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,603

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,432

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,837

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,334

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$27,668

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,470
Required Fees
$1,470
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,094
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,420
Comprehensive Fee

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


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,027
Foreign Countries Represented
11

Demographics

4.67%
African-American
3.70%
Hispanic
84.03%
Caucasian
2.04%
Unknown

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

Overview


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
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
80
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
9

34% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

62% participate in intramural sports
29% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tigers)
10 Sports

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


Student Services

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

Sustainability

69/99

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
Rachel Atkinson
Admin Sec & Student Visit Coordinator

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

Phone
434-223-6120

Email
admissions@hsc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bortz Library
Kirby Fieldhouse (athletic facility)
Kirk Athletic Center/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
Longwood University
cities of Charlottesville, Richmond, and Lynchburg
Appomattox Court House and other Area Civil War Landmarks
Historic Town of Farmville

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9-3:30 Mon-Friday, 9-noon Saturdays during open houses
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
cross@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/Directories/Plan-Your-Visit/Directions.html

Local Accommodations
http://www.hsc.edu/Directories/Plan-Your-Visit/Accommodations.html


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