Student Leadership

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At Hampden-Sydney, every student has the opportunity to develop his abilities to lead. We offer many paths to explore and sharpen your skills. All of them will strengthen your ability to work effectively with others and to make a difference in your community, your workplace, and the world. Develop and hone your leadership skills by becoming active in athletics, student government, the resident advisor program, clubs, and fraternities:


About 30% of our student body participates in intercollegiate athletics, and more than 70% participate in the intramural program.

Intercollegiate Sports
Intramural Sports

Co-curricular Programs

Beyond the Hill. Hampden-Sydney's service and adventure program, Beyond the Hill puts Hampden-Sydney men in the field for exciting week-long programs in rural communities in Central America as well as the U.S.
Center for Entrepreneurship & Political Economy (CEPE). A group of entrepreneurship and scholarship programs, CEPE facilitates the development of critical thinking skills and inspires students to set and reach goals to enrich their lives and the world they live in. This includes leading the H-SC branch of If I Had a Hammer - a nationally recognized social entrepreneurship business.
Resident Advisor program. Resident Advisors are prominent student leaders who work with other staff members and hall residents to create a lively and supportive living environment -- one that contributes to the overall development of the students. 
Society of '91 is a certificate program in leadership offered by the Office of Student Affairs that will empower, motivate, and equip you with values, skills, and insights worthy of a successful leader. Rising Sophomores may apply for the Society of '91. 
Wilson Center for Leadership. With direction from current and former leaders, the Wilson Center helps develop effective and ethical leaders by providing program opportunities for students interested in leadership in public service, military, and national security.

Student Government 

A long-prized tradition at Hampden-Sydney, student government provides opportunities to serve as elected executive officers, members of the Student Court, Student Senate, and the College Activities Council. In addition, there are many appointed positions for students on college committees.

Executive Officers
Student Senate
Student Court
College Activities Council

Student Clubs, Fraternities, and Honor Societies

Clubs. With more than 70 clubs ranging from philanthropy and service to athletics, politics, and music, Hampden-Sydney has many options for pursuing your interests and developing new ones. 
Fraternities. Hampden-Sydney's fraternity life has thrived for over 150 years, and as of Spring 2012, about 30% of all students are active members.
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK). Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society which recognizes and encourages leadership by men and women of exemplary character. 

College-sponsored Organizations

President's Men. The President's Men serve as ambassadors of the President and representatives of the College.  Members have the distinctive opportunity to participate in special College and Alumni events.
Garnet and Grey. The Garnet and Grey Society is a group of dedicated students who support Hampden-Sydney College by giving campus tours to prospective students and their parents, assisting in phone-a-thons, keeping prospective students overnight, manning Open House programs, and helping to entertain visiting dignitaries to the campus.

Professional Development

Internships. The Career Education and Vocational Reflection Office helps students find opportunities to engage in experiential learning through internships, volunteerism, and job shadowing. 
College Employment. Jobs can provide valuable opportunities to learn skills for working effectively as part of a team.

And remember: if you don't see a group that fits your interests, you can create your own!