About Hampden-Sydney College

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 private colleges for men.

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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.

Forbes Magazine, US News and World Report, and The Princeton Review have all included Hampden-Sydney among the best private colleges in America.


At Hampden-Sydney, honor is a way of life. For more than two centuries, these two principles have guided our community:

"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."


Hampden-Sydney College offers over 25 majors and over 20 minors toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Our students develop a literate, articulate, and critical mind through the study of the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, both in and out of the classroom.

There is a reason why Hampden-Sydney men are confident and articulate: the Rhetoric Program, a unique (and required) component of our curriculum, strengthens how our students express themselves grammatically and persuasively in both writing and speech.

Student Life

Though Hampden-Sydney men are students first, student organizations and student government provide plenty of opportunities outside the classroom. 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. The 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 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.


About 30% of our student body participates in intercollegiate athletics and more than 70% participate in the intramural program.


Our faculty are practicing scholars who demonstrate passion for their fields of study both in the classroom and beyond through scholarship, study, and research. There are 96 full-time teaching faculty, and a varying number of adjunct professors.


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


Hampden-Sydney, a 1,330-acre rural campus, is located in Virginia's historic Southside, 70 miles southwest of Richmond, the capital of Virginia. The city of Farmville (pop. 8,000,) is seven miles north. Prince Edward County is rich with history, culture, and recreational venues. Just check out the Area Attractions. Get Directions.

Though none of the eighteenth-century buildings survive, part of our campus has been designated a National Historic Preservation Zone. The Federal architecture has been maintained as the dominant style for the campus.


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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