Family Weekend has been rescheduled for October 30-31, due to severe weather. We hope you can join us!

Dear Parents,

Richard Pantele, Assistant Dean of Students
Welcome to the Fall Semester at Hampden-Sydney! This is a very exciting time of the year for your son and the perfect opportunity for him to become involved with campus activities and organizations. Hampden-Sydney College offers a great variety of leadership and extracurricular activities for your son to become involved with. Our wonderful extracurricular activities can enhance his experience as our clubs and organizations are, many times, gateways to future endeavors. Here are some of the options that are available for students:

  • over 70 student run clubs, ranging from religious and community service groups such as the Hampden-Sydney Mentor Program, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Young Life, and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, to groups centered on being in the outdoors like the Outsiders Club and a collection of many club sports teams, to groups centered on the arts, sciences, and politics like the College Republicans, the Young Democrats, The Pre-Health Society, and the Music Interest Club (MIC).
  • 10 social fraternities and numerous professional/honors fraternities
  • many community service opportunities offered through the Office of Student Affairs department of Civic Engagement
  • opportunities to become involved with the Student Court, Student Senate, College Activities Council, and the Inter-Fraternity Council

With over 44% of the Student Body involved with Greek Life and almost every student involved with at least one other activity or organizations on campus, involvement with activities outside of the classroom is an essential part of the student experience at Hampden-Sydney.  

So, how does your son become involved?  

Students may join clubs at any point throughout the semester by contacting club leadership or simply attending a club meeting. Those who are interested in Greek Life may join fraternities during new member education periods during the Fall and Spring. We are currently in the midst of both Fall Pledging (reserved for upper classmen) and Fall Rush for Freshmen. During the rush period, Freshmen and other interested students will have the opportunity to visit each fraternity to see if Greek Life is something that they are interested in pursuing. After the rush period, fraternities will hand out "bids" to interested students (typically before Winter Break) who will then begin the pledge process during the New Member Education period at the beginning of the Spring Semester. If you would like more information about Greek Life at Hampden-Sydney please feel free to contact me or look out for the January Issue of the Parents Newsletter.   

The Office of Student Affairs takes your son's well-being and student success very seriously and we encourage all Tigers to stop by our office just to say "hello" and grab some cookies and brownies on Tuesday Treats (generously provided by Mrs. Patty Townsend), or to sit down and discuss their questions or concerns that they may have about their life on the Hill. Our doors are always open.   

We consider your son to be a part of the Hampden-Sydney and Office of Student Affairs family and we greatly value the interaction that we have with him. We wish your son much success, health, and happiness during the rest of this semester and for the remainder of his time at Hampden-Sydney!    


Richard Pantele
Assistant Dean of Students

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Hampden-Sydney College peer tutoringAcademic Services provide your students with the assistance they need to achieve their academic goals and to be successful during their academic careers. Encourage your son to visit the Office of Academic Success which provides advising, tutoring, workshops, and counseling services, the Ferguson Center for Public Speaking, the Writing Center, and the Office of Instructional Technology

The Career Education office welcomes your son to Walk-in Wednesdays from 2-5:00 p.m. in Bagby 213 and from 8-9:00 p.m. in the Bortz Library lobby where he can bring questions, get help with his resume, and discuss interviewing tips.


Hampden-Sydney College family weekendFamily Weekend has been rescheduled for October 30-31, due to severe weather. Make your plans now for a weekend of fun-filled events offering you a taste of the true Hampden-Sydney College student experience!

Fall Break will begin following classes on October 16 and end October 20.

H-SC Homecoming is October 24th! Join the H-SC community and alumni as they return to campus for the weekend to renew friendships and become reacquainted with the lure of Hampden-Sydney in autumn.

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