About Hampden-Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney College is a private liberal arts college for men.

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Forbes Magazine, US News and World Report, and The Princeton Review have all included Hampden-Sydney among the best private colleges in America, and Kiplinger rated Hampden-Sydney among the 2014 Best College Values in liberal arts education.

In continuous operation since November 10, 1775 (Patrick Henry and James Madison were among its first Trustees), Hampden-Sydney is the tenth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, holds the oldest (1783) private charter in the South and is the oldest of the country's few remaining colleges for men.

For more than 200 years, Hampden-Sydney has carried out its mission to "form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning." The plaque on our front gate says it all: "Come here as youths so that you may leave as men." HUC VENITE IUVENES UT EXEATIS VIRI. Hampden Sydney graduates thoughtful, honorable men who are prepared to serve society on a regional, national, and global level.


Honor is more than an ideal, it's a way of life, and it inspires everything we do at Hampden-Sydney. For more than two centuries, we've lived according to two basic statements that summarize what honorable behavior means to us.

"The Hampden-Sydney student will behave as a gentleman at all times and in all places."
"The Hampden-Sydney student will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do."

These principles guide the College's student-run justice system in creating a safe and dignified community.


Hampden-Sydney's liberal arts curriculum enables our students to develop a literate, articulate, and critical mind through the study of the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. The College offers over 25 majors and over 20 minors toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

Inspired by the mission of our first President, Samuel Stanhope Smith, the Rhetoric Program is a unique component of our curriculum. Smith, a Valedictorian of Princeton University, intended to model Hampden-Sydney after his alma mater, but with a "greater emphasis upon the cultivation of the English language than is usually done in places of public education." Smith's goal is realized every day at Hampden-Sydney, as our men learn to express themselves grammatically and persuasively in both writing and speech.

Student Life

Both in and out of the classroom, life at Hampden-Sydney is always interesting. Though Hampden-Sydney men are students first, student organizations and student government provide plenty of opportunities to apply principles taught in the classroom to real-life situations.

With more than 60 clubs ranging from philanthropy and service to athletics and music, 14 honor societies, and 10 social fraternities, there's an activity for just about any man. 

Hampden-Sydney's location is ideal for the outdoorsman. If you like hunting, fishing, trap shooting, biking, or camping, our Outdoor Experience provides easy access to forests, fields, streams, and open water. Prince Edward County is also rich with history and culture. Just check out the Area Attractions.

Student Body

Hampden-Sydney currently enrolls about 1,100 men from 30 states, 13 countries and the District of Columbia. About 70% of the student body hails from Virginia, though traditionally, Virginia residents have represented closer to 60% of the student body. The student to faculty ratio is 10:1; the average class has 14 students. Nearly half of all graduating seniors enter graduate or professional school.


Whether you're a fan or a participant, athletics are an important part of life at Hampden-Sydney. About 30% of our student body participates in intercollegiate athletics and more than 70% participate in the intramural program.


Our faculty have a special talent for motivating young men to reach above and beyond their abilities. They're practicing scholars who demonstrate passion for their fields of study both in the classroom and beyond through scholarship, study, and research.

There are 96 highly motivated and dedicated members of the full-time teaching faculty, and a varying number of adjunct professors. The student-faculty ratio of 11 to 1 allows for an engaging academic environment that provides the individual attention young men need to develop a lifelong love of learning.


The 25th President of Hampden-Sydney College, Dr. John Lawrence "Larry" Stimpert, was appointed in March 2016.


Hampden-Sydney is located in Virginia's historic Southside, 70 miles southwest of Richmond, the capital of Virginia. The city of Farmville (pop. 6500,) is seven miles north. Part of our 1,330-acre campus has been designated a National Historic Preservation Zone. None of the eighteenth-century buildings survive, but the Federal architecture first used for the western portion of the Alamo (1817, destroyed 1994) has been maintained as the dominant style for the campus. Prince Edward County is rich with history, culture, and recreational venues. Just check out the Area Attractions. Get Directions.


Hampden-Sydney College seeks to "form good men and good citizens" in an atmosphere of sound learning.


Hampden-Sydney is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; 404-679-4500) and is a member of the Association of Virginia Colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, the Association of American Colleges, the Southern University Conference, the College Entrance Examination Board, the American Chemical Society, and the College Scholarship Service.

Notice of Non-Discriminatory Policy

Hampden-Sydney College, while exempted from Subpart C of the Title IX regulation with respect to its admission and recruitment activities, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or veteran status in the operation of its educational programs and with respect to employment. For information on this non-discrimination policy, contact Barbara Armentrout, Director of Human Resources, Box 127, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia 23943, telephone (434) 223-6220.

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