Why choose H-SC

Professor Perry with Hampden-Sydney College students

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There are many reasons to choose H-SC. Here are just a few.

History is alive at H-SC. In continuous operation since November 10, 1775 (Patrick Henry and James Madison were among its first Trustees,) Hampden-Sydney is the tenth oldest college in the United States.

Size matters. Small classes and an engaged community create the kind of environment where young men learn best.

Speak and write well. Established more than thirty years ago, The Rhetoric Program ensures that every H-SC student will write well and communicate persuasively, skills that give our graduates a competitive edge in graduate or professional schools and careers.

Honor and Tradition govern the behavior of our students and foster a culture of mutual trust and respect that's obvious in even the smallest interactions, like the way we greet everyone we meet on campus. Hampden-Sydney men live by the Honor Code and hold each other accountable for their actions through a student-run justice system.

Union Philanthropic Society (UPLS), founded in 1789, is the College's oldest student club and the nation's second oldest collegiate debate society. Members meet Sunday evenings to debate issues of the day...in coat and tie, of course.

Tailgating at home football games is a fall tradition at Hampden-Sydney, where home games mean good food, good friends, and good times. The Tiger football team boasts the highest winning percentage of any Virginia college football program over the past five years and averages the highest home attendance of any school in NCAA Division III.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Political Economy (CEPE) Student Fellowship program provides funding and mentoring for independent student research topics and a platform for these students to publish their work. In addition, the CEPE-sponsored "Tiger Den" entrepreneurship competition provides financial support and alumni mentorship.

The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest hosts lectures, forums, discussions, and excursions that help develop effective and ethical leaders. With direction from current and former military and political leaders, students gain an understanding of the challenges confronting the United States and the world.

The Outdoor Experience offers students a way to relax and enjoy the beautiful and abundant resources that Central Virginia has to offer. Easy access to forests, fields, streams, and open water provide ample opportunity for hunting, fishing, trap shooting, biking, or camping.