Life at Hampden-Sydney

Become a part of the close community experience that defines Hampden-Sydney brotherhood. With a perfect balance between work and leisure, there is no doubt you will enjoy a robust lifestyle.


As a student first, a Hampden-Sydney man benefits from the small, private college atmosphere that defines H-SC. A picturesque residential community, Hampden-Sydney is home to both students and their professors, enabling them to easily cultivate personal relationships inside and outside of the classroom.

Social Life

There is plenty to do with your hard-earned down-time. There are several women's colleges within a two-hour radius of Hampden-Sydney, as well as many other colleges and universities. Social and professional fraternities offer plenty of weekend socializing and events. Hampden-Sydney regularly welcomes visitors and friends to concerts, formal dances, and athletic events throughout the year.

Residence Life

Depending on whether you prefer historic dormitory-style housing or a more independent lifestyle, you can choose traditional double-occupancy rooms or select from a number of alternatives, including suite-style apartments and college-owned cottages and houses. (Housing on the Virtual Map)


The Commons offers a variety of cuisines and features amenities such as a fire brick oven, build-your-own salads and sandwiches, a fresh orange juice squeezer, and an open hibachi grill. If you prefer a "grill-style" dining experience, the Tiger Inn offers a relaxed atmosphere including leather couches, flat-screen televisions, and pool and ping pong tables.


There are plenty of opportunities for the well-rounded guy including more than 70 student-run clubs and organizations. Leaders can sharpen their skills in student government, formal leadership programs and other campus-wide opportunities.

Sports and Recreation

You choose how to spend your personal time with easily accessible amenities like the Fitness Center, Leggett swimming pool, frisbee golf course, and the Wilson Hiking Trail. Twenty-five percent of the student body participates in intercollegiate athletics and a combined 95% of students participate in intercollegiate, club or intramural sports. If you prefer outdoor options, Hampden-Sydney students have easy access both on and off campus to forests, fields, streams, and open water for excellent hunting, fishing, trap shooting, biking, or camping.


Whether you are interested in history, performing arts, or music, there are lots of opportunities on campus to enjoy a little culture. Farmville and Prince Edward County are rich with history, culture, and recreational venues. Just check out the Area Attractions.


Hampden-Sydney College is steeped in tradition from civility and honorable behavior to "hillgating" at athletic games.