Getting In

How can I apply to Hampden-Sydney College?

Both electronic and paper versions of the application are available. Hampden-Sydney also accepts the Common Application.

How many men apply to Hampden-Sydney College each year, and what percentage is accepted?
During the 2012-2013 year we received over 2,600 applications. While the percentage of accepted applicants varies from year to year, we typically accept about half of our applicants.

How can I increase my chances of being accepted?
The Admissions Office seeks candidates who have demonstrated aptitude in the classroom through a series of rigorous classes. Young men who have excelled outside their studies also present attractive qualities to Admissions Officers. Hampden-Sydney counts among its student body Eagle Scouts (over 10% of the student body), athletes (over 25% were captains of a varsity team in high school), entrepreneurs, dedicated volunteers, presidents of the student body, club or organization (over 10% of the freshman class) and even a professional speed boat racer. The Admissions Office encourages prospective students to visit the College and speak with an Admissions Counselor. Interviews give prospective students a distinctive opportunity to convey their personalities and the qualities which are difficult to express through an application.

What is the academic profile of last year's accepted applicants?
The middle 50% of incoming students have the following profile:

SAT: 1050 - 1250
ACT: 22 - 27
GPA: 3.0 - 3.8

Are there any specific classes I should take before entering Hampden-Sydney?
Prospective students should have mastered a college-preparatory program, including at least four units of English, two units of the same foreign language, three units of mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), two units of natural science (one of which must be a laboratory course), and one unit of social science. In addition, a third unit of foreign language and a fourth unit of mathematics are recommended. The records of successful applicants often include impressive school and community extracurricular activities.

Which standardized tests does Hampden-Sydney require?
Hampden-Sydney requires that students take either the SAT I or ACT with the writing sections.

When are the best times to visit?
The College hosts several open houses, but prospective students and their families are welcome to visit any time. Ensure first class treatment by scheduling a tour and reserving an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.

Can I get credit for the AP Courses I've taken?
The College grants credit to students who score a four or five on many of the currently available AP Exams. Students receive no credit for only taking an AP course regardless of their performance. The tests listed below are eligible for credit at Hampden-Sydney:


Art History

European History

Music Theory


French History

Physics B

Calculus AB

German Language

Physics C (Mechanics)

Calculus BC

German Literature

Physics C (E&M)


Government & Politics


Chinese Culture

Government & Politics
(United States)

Spanish Language

Chinese Language

Human Geography

Spanish Literature

Computer Science A

Japanese Culture


Computer Science AB

Japanese Language

Studio Art: Drawing

English Language

Latin (Vergil)

US History

English Literature


World History

Environmental Sciences




How does Hampden-Sydney handle International Baccalaureate (IB) programs?
A student who achieves a score of six or seven on an International Baccalaureate Examination will receive three to six hours of academic credit and/or exemption from the corresponding core requirements. A student who chooses to take a course for which he already received IB credits will not receive additional credits at Hampden-Sydney.