Hampden-Sydney College

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 667

Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943

Phone: (434) 223-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

More Information


U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

More About U.S. News Rankings


Hampden-Sydney College is a private institution that was founded in 1775. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,080, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,340 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Hampden-Sydney College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 97. Its tuition and fees are $37,352 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The spirit of Hampden-Sydney lies in its sense of community and its preservation of tradition. HSC is all about seeking "to form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning". Honor and civility inform the life of the College. Challenged by the curriculum and guided by the professors, students can get help when they need it because classes are small. The greatest advantage of small-college life is that everyone can be involved. Athletics, debating, publications, fraternity life -- all are part of the education process. Many students enjoy the outdoors: hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. Public service, leadership, and volunteerism are developed through opportunities to participate in the HSC Volunteer Fire Department, The Wilson Center for Leadership, community service projects with the local community, and "Beyond the Hill" community service trips to Belize, Honduras, and other service oriented trips abroad.
In addition to the College's own study abroad programs, HSC students are eligible to participate and earn academic credit in approved foreign-study programs in Europe, Central and South America, South and East Asia, the Middle East, and the Virginia program at Oxford. In addition, the HSC faculty develop May Term Abroad programs in special topics in their discipline. Past programs have included European Union Studies in France, Economics/Political Science/Culture studies in Eastern Europe, Tropical Biology in Mexico, Theater in Scotland, Language Immersion in Spain, and Area Studies in Egypt.
The total experience at the College produces a man well-suited for the challenges of a job, the demands of social service, and the pleasure of personal endeavors.

General Information

School type private, men's college
Year founded 1775
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $128,987,891


When applying to Hampden-Sydney College, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are January 15 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Hampden-Sydney College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 55.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 55.6%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

More About Applying

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hampden-Sydney College is 11:1, and the school has 72.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hampden-Sydney College include: Economics, General; History, General; Business/Managerial Economics; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Psychology, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 63%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Economics, General 32%
History, General 17%
Business/Managerial Economics 13%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9%
Psychology, Other 8%

More About Academic Life

Student Life

Hampden-Sydney College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,080, with a gender distribution of 99.9 percent male students and 0.1 percent female students. At this school, 95 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 5 percent of students live off campus. Hampden-Sydney College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,080
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

More About Student Life

Campus Info & Services

Hampden-Sydney College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health service. Hampden-Sydney College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, and lighted pathways/sidewalks. Of the students at Hampden-Sydney College, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Hampden-Sydney College.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered No

More About Campus Info & Services

Paying for School

At Hampden-Sydney College, 60.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $23,649.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $37,352 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,726 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

More About Paying for School

* Overview details based on 2012 data

College Rankings

Best Liberal Arts Colleges - Narrow your search with the U.S. News rankings of Liberal Arts Colleges, schools that emphasize undergrad liberal arts education.

More College Rankings & Lists
National Universities, Regional Universities, Regional Colleges, Best Values, more

U.S. News College Compass - My Fit

Find out how this school measures up based on your preferences.

Sign Up Now

Calculating this school's fit to see if it meets your personal preferences.

Save This School

Edit Your Preferences

Find out how this school measures up based on your preferences.

Save This School

Edit Your Preferences

College Search

Advanced Search

Students Also Applied To

Charlottesville, VA

Blacksburg, VA

Now Hiring

Now Hiring Powered by After College



See more jobs »

Top College Resources

Looking at colleges? Find out what you need to know.

Studying in the United States
Finding the Right School
Paying for College
Applying to College

Follow U.S. News Education