Orientation Friday August 22


8 am - 5 pm - Computing Center
8:30 am - 5 pm - Bookstore, Extended Hours
8 am - 5 pm - Bortz Library
9 am - 3:30 pm - Post Office
6 am - 7 pm - Fitness Center 
7 am - 7 pm - Pool Hours

(F) - Mandatory Event for Freshmen
(T) - Mandatory Event for Transfer Students

8:30 am - 11:30 am - Matriculation for all New Students (F) (T)
Bortz Library

Matriculation is the process of officially enrolling at Hampden-Sydney College.  All new students will officially check in, pick up their room key, verify Business Office information*, receive a copy of the student handbook (The Key) and other important information, review health forms, and register cars**, bikes, and guns for hunting (no handguns of any type are permitted).  They may also meet with a representative from the Financial Aid Office. The process should take 15-20 minutes, depending upon how many students arrive at one time.  

* Students whose accounts are not current should arrive prepared to pay the Business Office (contact Ms. Marianne Congleton, 434-223-6223, with questions regarding payment of tuition and fees).
** Students who plan to have a car on campus will need their vehicle registration and license plate number with them when they matriculate     

8:30 am - 11:30 am -Reception for Families and Friends
Bortz Library

Family members will have the opportunity to meet College officials and faculty members and to talk informally over refreshments while their new student completes the matriculation process.  Tickets for lunch will also be available for purchase.   

8:30 am - 1:30 pm - Residence Halls Open for Move-In of New Students (F) (T)

All residential students should report to their assigned housing following matriculation. There they will meet their Resident Advisors and check into their rooms.    

8:30 am - 5 pm - Student IDs and Microsoft Office Installation
Computing Center

Staff will be in the Computing Center to make IDs for Students who do not already have an ID. (Also, the Computing Center will make IDs for students any day from 8:30am - 5 pm) Room Phone Request forms will also be available.

11:00 am - 11:30 am - Honors Program Parent Information Session (for parents of honors scholars only)
Board Room, Settle Hall

Dr. Jennifer Vitale, Director of Honors Program

Parents of Patrick Henry, Venable & Allan Scholars: let your son continue unpacking while you hear important information relating to the Honors program and the conditions and requirements of maintaining an Honors scholarship.  Bring your questions and comments.  

11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Lunch
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall

Students are welcome to eat their first meal in "The Commons." Guests may purchase lunch for $7.45 at the door. Tickets will also be available for pre-purchase at the Reception for Families and Friends at Bortz Library (8:30 am - 11:30 am)   

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Welcome to New Students, Families, and Friends (F) (T)
Venable Hall Front Lawn (Rain Site: Kirby Field House)

Dr. Christopher B. Howard, President of the College
Anita H. Garland, Dean of Admissions
Dr. Dennis G. Stevens, Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Aaron S. Gilani '15, Student Body President
Dr. David A. Klein '78, Dean of Students

Students and their families will learn what a Hampden-Sydney education means and gain insight into the next four years.   

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm (Student Session)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Parent Session) Wellness Introduction: "Molecules that Monkey with Your Mind"(F) (T)
Johns Auditorium

Introductory Remarks - Ms. Shawn White, Assistant Dean of Students
Linda Hancock, FNP, PhD, Frustrated Comedian

Hampden-Sydney College believes in promoting healthy minds and healthy bodies.  In this often humorous and always informative session, Dr. Linda Hancock talks about personal health, wellness, and safety within the context of the college experience.  

N.B. Hampden-Sydney College requires all first year and transfer students to complete a comprehensive alcohol education and prevention program during their first semester on campus.   Successful completion of the requirement is mandatory. In order to successfully complete TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures), you are asked to adhere to Residence Hall programming under leadership of your Resident Advisor.               

1:45 pm -2:45 pm (Parent Session)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Student Session) Introduction to Academic Advising (F) (T)

Students and their family members will meet with advisors for a brief discussion of the role of the advisor and general academic requirements. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the academic program, and each student will sign up for an individual session with his advisor for Monday to discuss his specific academic plan. Advisor list and locations