Forging a Business Relationship


The number of graduate school agreements available for Hampden-Sydney students continues to grow with the recent development of agreements with some top-tier business schools.

For many years, Hampden-Sydney has had special arrangements with Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, George Washington School of Medicine, and Eastern Virginia Medical School early admission for sophomores. The College also has dual-degree programs in engineering with the University of Virginia and Old Dominion University. Students who fulfill certain qualifications are guaranteed admission into Lynchburg College’s doctor of physical therapy program.

Now students interested in a career in business or finance have access to graduate school agreements with UVA’s Darden School of Business, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and The College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business.

R. Andrew Near, Jr. ’13 is currently enrolled in Duke’s master’s in management program. He says he had considered a four-year MBA/ JD program at Southern Methodist University in his hometown of Dallas, but he wanted to get started with his career sooner rather than later, so Duke’s one-year program—which gives preference to Hampden-Sydney students, thanks to a formal agreement—seemed like a better choice.

He applied through Hampden-Sydney’s agreement with the school and says that made the process much easier. But there was more to it. Near says, “I think most of the assistance I got from the agreement was an unspoken understanding that they were going to take the time to get to know me. The folks at Duke really guided me though the process.”

Economics is one of the most popular majors at Hampden-Sydney, and Near has found that he was ready for business school. “Going from the liberal arts to business school wasn’t too big of a jump for me because I had already seen a lot of this before. For example, I’ve had several accounting classes; I’ve had corporate finance. The intensity and the depth is a lot different, but I think I was well prepared.”

As more students learn about these new programs, they are lining up to take advantage of them.

W&M Grad School agreement