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 58 this year. In the same period the acceptance rate has declined from 71% to 55%. The graduation rate has risen from 61% to 67%.


2006-2014 ATTRITION AS PERCENT OF ENTERING CLASS

Graduation Year Entering Class Size* Graduated in 4 years Including Late Graduates
N % N %
2006 300 168 56.0 186 62.0
2007 306 186 60.8 204 66.7
2008 321 202 62.9 218 67.9**
2009^ 322 198 61.9 212 66.3**
2010 345 218 63.2 234 67.8*
2011^ 334 199 59.8 205
2012 312 197 63.1
2013 292 175 59.9
2014 311 187 60.1


Latest Five Year Average
Percent Graduated In Four Years .........................61.6
Percent Including Late Graduates .........................66.0

* 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:

  • 79.1% of its freshman cohort (first-time, first-year students),
  • 69.4% of its sophomore cohort,
  • 66.3% of its junior cohort, and
  • 66.1% 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*
2009 78.6* 70.2* 66.4*
2010 79.7* 69.8*
2011 77.8 67.8
2012 78.4 69.9
2013 83.2

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


DEMOGRAPHICS:
2014-15 ENROLLMENT

In-State Out-of-State Total
N % N %
775 70.1 330 29.9 1,105


2014-15 STUDENTS BY RACE

Race %
Black 7.7
Native 0.5
Asian 1.8
Hispanic 2.1
White 81.6
Foreign/Other 0.1
Two+ Races 5.4
Unknown 0.8