Hampden-Sydney College


Enrollment: 1,068.

Student Body: 100% male, 29% out-of-state, 1% international (18 countries represented). Asian 1%, African American 3%, Caucasian 63%, Hispanic 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 61% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 20% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 6.5% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 5.5% grads pursue law degrees. 3% grads pursue business degrees. 4% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 9:1. 96 full-time faculty 89% hold PhDs, 7% are members of minority groups, 27% are women.


Degrees: Bachelors.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Majors with. Highest

Enrollment: Economics; history; political science and government.

Special Study Options: Cooperative education program, cross-registration, double major, dual enrollment, exchange student program (domestic), honors program, independent study, internships, study abroad, Appalachian semester, junior year exchange with members of Virginia consortium. Semester at sea and Washington semester also available.

Honors programs: Student Summer Research programs, Departmental Honors. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tape recorders, tutors.

Career services: Alumni network, alumni services, career/job search classes, career assessment, internships, regional alumni.

Career services highlights include: Internships—our goal is to assist all of our students who want internships with finding them.


Housing: Men’s dorms, special housing for international students, fraternity/ sorority housing, apartments for married students, apartments for single students, theme housing, Language Houses. 90% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: History museum, language lab, international communications center, observatory.

Computers: 15% of classrooms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 20% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Rural.

Activities: Choral groups, drama/theater, literary magazine, music ensembles, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, yearbook, campus ministries, international student organization.

Organizations: 45 registered organizations, 14 honor societies, 6 religious organizations. 11 fraternities.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis.

On-Campus Highlights: Bortz Library, Kirby Fieldhouse (athletic facility), Gammon gym/ Hall of Fame, Tiger Inn, Campus Museum. Environmental Initiatives: Electrical energy conservation. Removal of all underground fossil fuel tanks. Conversion from heating oil to propane for improved air quality.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.2. 15% in top 10% of high school class, 35% in top 25% of high school class, 63% in top 50% of high school class. 57% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 500-610. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 500-600. SAT Writing middle 50% range 460-580. ACT middle 50% range 21-26. Minimum paper TOEFL 600. Minimum computer TOEFL 250. Minimum web-based TOEFL 100.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Application essay, academic GPA, recommendation(s), rigor of secondary school record, standardized test scores, character/personal qualities. Important factors considered include: Class rank, extracurricular activities. Other factors considered include: First generation, interview, level of applicant’s interest, talent/ability, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units required: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 2 science, (1 science labs), 2 foreign language, 1 social studies, 1 history, 3 academic electives. Academic units recommended: 4 mathematics, 3 science, 3 foreign language.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 2,528 applied, 54% admitted, 23% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, standardized test scores, statement of good standing from prior institution(s). Minimum college GPA of 2.5 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $30. Early decision application deadline 11/15. Regular application deadline 3/1. Regular notification 4/15. Nonfall registration accepted. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $30,944. Room and board $10,126. Required fees $1,170. Average book expense $1,200.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, state aid form. Financial aid filing deadline 5/1. Priority financial aid filing date 11/15.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on or about 3/15.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/ grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the schools own gift aid. Loans: FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, college/university loans from institutional funds.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $2,884. Off-campus job opportunities are fair. Financial Aid Statistics: 58% freshmen, 52% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 13% freshmen, 9% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 46% freshmen, 42% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 99.7% freshmen, 98.1% undergrads receive any aid. 54% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $23,822.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, leadership, minority status, religious affiliation, state/district residency.

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