See what students say:


A storied men’s college with the oldest private charter in the South, HampdenSydney 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.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Rachel Atkinson
Admin Sec & Student Visit Coordinator

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



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bortz Library
Brown Student Center
Kirk Athletic Center/Hall of Fame
Kirby Fieldhouse (athletic facility)
Campus Museum
The Birthplace of the College is the oldest building on campus (constructed in 1750), and is located behind the President's Office.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
High Bridge Trail
Longwood University
cities of Charlottesville, Richmond, and Lynchburg
Appomattox Court House and other Area Civil War Landmarks
Historic downtown Farmville
Other popular visits include the numerous area women's colleges

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

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
airports in Lynchburg, Charlottesville, 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/about-h-sc/visit-h-sc

Local Accommodations


Applicants: 3,240
Acceptance Rate: 59%
Average HS GPA: 3.45



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