Good news presented at a recent Richmond alumni meeting.
October 08, 2014
Following is some good news presented at a recent Richmond alumni meeting by members of the Hampden-Sydney College senior staff: President Christopher Howard, Vice President for Business Affairs & Finance Glenn Culley, Director of Athletics Richard Epperson, Dean of Admissions Anita Garland, Vice President for Strategy, Adminsitration & Board Affairs Dale Jones, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lee King, and Dean of Students David Klein.
- Opening enrollment was 1105 marking the 4th time in the College's history that the enrollment exceeded 1100.
- For freshmen, the average high school GPA, the best predictor of academic success in college, remained steady at around 3.4 as did SAT scores at just over 1100.
- Participation in C Day was up from 57% of the student body in 2013 to 72% this August.
- The first year retention rate is 83.2%, the highest it has been in 24 years. (The retention rate measures the number of freshmen who are eligible to return for their sophomore year who do so.)
- The percentage of alumni giving is at 33% up from 28% five years ago.
- $1.7 M was raised for the renovation of all classrooms, a continuing project. $1.6 M has been raised toward the $4 M renovation of Winston Hall to greatly enhance fine arts facilities, and $6.6 M has been raised toward the construction of a new student center.
- A new energy research lab is being constructed next to the observatory; it will provide unique opportunities for student research.
- The endowment is $150.9M, an all-time high, up 31% from five years ago.
- The College debt has been reduced by 33% from $28 M to $19M.
- The "What Works: Raising Boys, Engaging Guys, and Educationing Men" conference held on campus on July 25 was a huge success. A smaller version of the conference will be held November 17 in Charlotte, NC, and another will be held in Baltimore, MD, in the spring. Nearly 6000 copies of the book have been distributed.
- The football team is receiving votes in the national top 25 and has won their last three games (Christopher Newport, Coast Guard, and Catholic). Soccer Head Coach Josh Laux earned his 100th career win against Emory & Henry. The basketball team travels to Puerto Rico to play the US Coast Guard Academy on November 14 in a game that will be broadcast on ESPNU.