Freshman Living and Learning Communities

Study Group at Hampden-Sydney College

Connecting advising, enhancing learning, engaging with community.

As freshman roommates and hallmates meet the new and challenging environment of college, they develop some of their most lasting friendships. For students participating in Living and Learning Communities - which combine the residential and academic functions central to a student's first year - the roots of these friendships become intellectual as well as social.

Learning Communities are designed to bring together students, academic advisors, faculty, and peer mentors in a shared academic and co-curricular experience. Each Community links the student to an academic advisor, to a course, and to the other students in his residence hall with the goals of creating a holistic learning experience that will improve the quality of classroom time, increase student success rates, and arm freshmen with the personal connections, and decision making and self-advocacy skills essential to a successful and fulfilling college experience. From the very beginning, freshmen learn that Hampden-Sydney is a place in which ideas are not simply a part of the classroom, but rather a part of college life.

Each Community will be led by an academic advisor who has been carefully selected and trained to support students' ability to make connections both in and out of the classroom. Each Community will also have an upperclassman "peer advisor" who will be available to help new students with the transition to college. Because students will be enrolled together in a credit-bearing course, the Community will also be a place where the academic advisor and peer mentor can work on developing students' learning skills such as time management, reading, and note-taking. Through this arrangement, classrooms quickly become a place of camaraderie and dorms become a forum for continuing class discussions. Living and learning become inseparable experiences as ideas, intellectual curiosity, and lifetime friendships burgeon simultaneously.

In 2014-2015, Hampden-Sydney will offer ten learning communities to freshmen. The communities vary in theme and topic, representing a wide-range of student interests. 

Learning Communities, 2014-15:

Application Process
Fill out a brief questionnaire to help us place you in the appropriate community. All enrollments must be entered by May 16th. Don't delay! In the past, the Learning Communities have filled quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Vitale, jvitale@hsc.edu; 434-223-6206