Who We Are


Where is Hampden-Sydney College?
Hampden-Sydney is located in Virginia's historic Southside, 70 miles southwest of Richmond, the capital of Virginia. The city of Farmville (pop. 6500,) is seven miles north.

How many men attend Hampden-Sydney College?
Hampden-Sydney currently enrolls about 1,100 men from 30 states, 13 countries and the District of Columbia. About 70% of the student body hails from Virginia, though traditionally, Virginia residents have represented closer to 60% of the student body.

The student to faculty ratio is 11:1; the average class has 14 students.

Where can I find more information about Hampden-Sydney?
Click on the links below to view some of Hampden-Sydney College's recent appearances in the national media.

About Hampden-Sydney College

President Howard on National Public Radio

Forbes Top Colleges in America

The New York Times on the Value of an All-Male Education

Famous Hampden-Sydney Alumni

Do most of the students come from public or private schools?
Historically, 60% of our freshmen are graduates of public schools and 40% come to Hampden-Sydney from private schools. But no matter what kind of high school you attend, you'll feel comfortable here.

What is Hampden-Sydney known for?
Founded in 1775, Hampden-Sydney is the tenth oldest college in the country and the second oldest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The College is known for its Honor Code, which states that students will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do. It is because of this Honor Code that students feel free to leave bags and books unattended in the library or the cafeteria. Because professors trust their students, professors will rarely proctor an exam, choosing instead to attend to other items in their office while students complete an exam. Hampden-Sydney is also known for its Rhetoric Program, which is a reflection of the mission articulated by the school's first President, Samuel Stanhope Smith. Smith, a Valedictorian of Princeton University, aimed to model Hampden-Sydney after his alma mater, but with a "greater emphasis upon the cultivation of the English language than is usually done in places of public education." Smith's goal lives on today as all Hampden-Sydney men learn to express themselves grammatically and persuasively in both writing and speech.