Life on Campus


What's it like going to an all-male school?
Most Hampden-Sydney men admit that when they first heard the school was all-male, they quickly decided it wasn't for them. But after thinking about it more and visiting campus, those same skeptics became intrigued by the advantages of single-sex education. Social pressures don't exist in a single-sex classroom, instead, students feel free to ask questions and engage in lively debate with professors. Many students find that it's much easier to develop efficient study skills and focus on academics at Hampden-Sydney than at a larger, co-ed institution. And after college, H-SC graduates become part of an active and loyal alumni base that can be a valuable resource for career support and advice.

Where do the girls on campus come from?
Hampden-Sydney men receive a single-sex education, but live a co-ed lifestyle. There are four women's colleges within a two hour radius of Hampden-Sydney: Hollins University, Sweet Briar College, Mary Baldwin College, and Meredith College. Longwood University is ten minutes away from Hampden-Sydney. In addition to these women's colleges, H-SC is near many co-ed colleges and universities, including the University of Virginia, Lynchburg College, the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Peace College, Randolph College, and others.

What are the dorms like?
Hampden-Sydney offers a variety of living quarters. All are heated and air conditioned and have broadband internet access. Students can choose traditional double occupancy rooms or select from a number of alternatives, including suite-style apartments and college-owned cottages and houses. There a never more than two students in a room. Single occupancies are available.

How is the food in the cafeteria?
H-SC's recently remodeled cafeteria offers quality food and a variety of cuisines. Some of the cafeteria's amenities include a fire brick oven, a fresh orange juice squeezer and an open hibachi grill. For lighter fare, the Tiger Inn offers a full menu of breakfast sandwiches in the morning and an array of salads, burgers, pizzas, wraps and sandwiches from lunchtime until late night.

What about fraternities? Does Hampden-Sydney have a good fraternity system?
The College has 10 national social fraternities and one professional fraternity on campus. All but one of the chapters has a college-owned house located on Fraternity Circle. Approximately 40% of the student body belong to a fraternity, but all members of the College community are welcome on the Circle most weekends. The Interfraternity Council governs the Greek System and organizes our annual Greek Week - an event that draws thousands of students from colleges around the region.

I hear there is a lot to do at Hampden-Sydney. Is that true?
H-SC offers more than 70 student-run clubs and organizations, many of which were started by students. 25% of the student body participates in intercollegiate athletics and a combined 95% of students participate in intercollegiate, club or intramural athletics. The College is home to ten social and one professional fraternity that offer plenty of opportunities to socialize on the weekends.

I like to hunt and fish. Is there any way to do that at Hampden-Sydney College?
Hampden-Sydney is located in Southside Virginia - home to some of the best turkey and deer hunting on the east coast.  Our 1,330 acre campus has three small lakes stocked with bass and other assorted game fish. The surrounding area offers many options for hunting and fishing. Briery Creek is located 5 minutes to the south and is home not only to some of the best largemouth bass fishing in the nation, but also offers students the opportunity to hunt deer, duck, dove, and turkey. Sandy River Reservoir, about 15 minutes from campus, is another favorite fishing spot. Many H-SC students are members of local hunt clubs and will invite non-member students to participate in club outings. Several local farmers give students hunting rights in exchange for occasional help with various jobs on the farm. The Outdoor Experience

That sounds like a lot of hunting and fishing. Does that mean I can keep my rifle in my room?
Handguns are prohibited on campus. Rifles and other hunting weapons are not permitted in students' rooms or vehicles; they are required to be stored in the campus gun locker. The gun locker is located in the Campus Security Office, and is open only to students who have a weapon stored there. The convenient location of the gun locker makes it easy to access even for the earliest morning hunts.

I'm a well-rounded guy. Will I be able to explore all my interests at Hampden-Sydney?
The College offers clubs and activities that match the interests of most of the student body, but the opportunities for involvement don't stop there. The College is governed by the student-led Honor System and by the Student Senate. Members of each class have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the College by running for office. The College Activities Committee includes elected members of each class and chooses campus-wide activities in addition to the College's famous Homecoming and Greek Week concerts. For students who want to serve beyond the Gates, The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest provides leadership training through classes, guest speakers and peer debates. Graduates of the Wilson Center can receive a minor in Public Service.