Demographics and Retention

The U.S. News & World Report rankings recognize Hampden-Sydney College's steady and sustained improvement. The College's "Overall Score," which reflects a combination of factors including peer assessment, has risen from 49 (out of 100) in 2003 to 55 this year. In the same period the acceptance rate has declined from 71% to 54.8%. The graduation rate has risen from 61% to 63.4%.


2006-2015 ATTRITION AS PERCENT OF ENTERING CLASS

Graduation Year Entering Class Size* Graduated in 4 years Including Late Graduates
N % N %
2006^ 300 168 56.2 186 62.2
2007 306 186 60.8 204 66.7
2008 321 202 62.9 218 67.9
2009^ 322 198 61.9 212 66.
2010 345 218 63.2 234 67.8
2011^ 334 200 60.1 207 62.2**
2012 312 197 63.1 210 67.3**
2013 292 175 59.9 185 63.4
2014 311 187 60.1
2015 320 192 60.0


Latest Five Year Average
Percent Graduated In Four Years .........................60.7
Percent Including Late Graduates .........................65.2

* Entering class size is only first year, first time freshman. This number DOES NOT include transfer students.

* *Increase in graduation rate from prior year.

^ Original cohort adjusted for military service and/or death.


RETENTION RATES 
For the last ten years, H-SC has retained on average:

  • 80.5% of its freshman cohort (first-time, first-year students),
  • 70.2% of its sophomore cohort,
  • 66.7% of its junior cohort, and
  • 65.6% of its senior cohort

          
COHORT RETENTION TRENDS (Rate at end of each year)

Fall Class Entering % 1st % 2nd % 3rd % 4th % 5th
2006 77.1 71.0 67.8 68.1 67.8
2007 78.7 65.6 64.1* 62.3* 62.3*
2008 77.1 71.3* 67.5* 66.6* 67.2*
2009 78.6* 70.2* 66.4* 65.8* 64.7*
2010 79.7* 69.8* 67.3* 67.0* 66.3*
2011 77.8 67.8 64.1 64.1*
2012 78.4 69.9 67.0*
2013 83.2 72.6*
2014 82.6

*Percentage retention rate does not include students that left due to military and/or death.


DEMOGRAPHICS:
2015-16 ENROLLMENT

In-State Out-of-State Total
N % N %
773 71.1 314 28.9 1,087


2015-16 STUDENTS BY RACE

Race %
Black 6.4
Native 0.4
Asian 1.4
Hispanic 2.2
White 80.9
Foreign/Other 0.2
Two+ Races 5.7
Unknown 2.9