Hampden-Sydney College has a 10% higher graduation rate than the national average for men. Specializing in educating and developing young men, Hampden-Sydney ensures that every student will graduate with a superb liberal arts education, an understanding of his role as a member of a community, a sense of vocation, a valuable alumni network, and the likelihood that he will earn more as he begins his career than graduates from other schools.
We know how to educate and empower young men. Here you will find a real brotherhood: friends and mentors who will walk with you on your journey toward not only a successful career, but also a meaningful life.
It is a treasured thing for a youth to have a special place in which to become a man—a beautiful place where honor is a virtue, civility a habit, and learning a goal.To Manner Born, To Manners Bred: A Hip-pocket Guide to Etiquette for the Hampden-Sydney Man, by Thomas H. Shomo '69
Graduates earn more.
In a world where the financial return on investment in a college education can be vague, here it is quite specific: A Hampden-Sydney man will begin his career earning more than graduates of other institutions.
The Wall Street Journal ranks Hampden-Sydney College among the top 10 schools in the nation for career preparation. And, according to recent data from The New York Times, the median annual income for Hampden-Sydney graduates at age 34 is among the highest in Virginia and among selective private colleges nationally. This trend generally continues throughout one's career, meaning Hampden-Sydney graduates typically earn more than graduates of other colleges throughout their entire careers.Graduate Outcomes
If you're a numbers person, Hampden-Sydney has some impressive ones:
H-SC is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. Our alumni network ranks in the top 5 in the nation, says the Princeton Review, and The Wall Street Journal has ranked Hampden-Sydney College among the top 10 schools for career preparation. Hampden-Sydney is one of 10% of colleges with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. And our graduation rate? 10% higher than the national average for men.Facts & Figures
Learning is personal.
Small classes and an engaged community create the kind of environment where young men learn best. The student-to-faculty ratio at Hampden-Sydney is 10:1, which means that students have tremendous guidance from professors in an intimate and collaborative environment. Students get to know their instructors well, both in and out of class, and faculty are supportive, but demanding.Academics
Hampden-Sydney men are fused by the transformative experience of living and learning alongside their brothers. When you enter the gates of Hampden-Sydney, you're not just beginning college. You're joining a brotherhood older than America itself.
Lifelong friendships are the foundation of the College's culture and the cornerstone of its brotherhood, and when you leave the Hill, you'll join one of the top ten alumni networks in the United States.Brotherhood
Communication is key.
The cornerstone of our academic experience since 1978, the Rhetoric Program ensures that every Hampden-Sydney student graduates with the ability to express himself clearly, confidently, and effectively. Those who've gone through this program include novelists and Hollywood directors, congressmen and CEOs, and even a late night talk show host by the name of Stephen Colbert '86. Designed with young men in mind, the Rhetoric Program will give you a competitive edge in graduate school or your career.Rhetoric Program
At Hampden-Sydney, every student has the opportunity to develop the ability to lead. We offer many paths to explore and sharpen your skills. No matter which path you choose, you will strengthen your ability to work effectively with others and to make a difference in your community, your workplace, and the world.Wilson Leadership
Tradition is celebrated.
With more than 240 years of experience, Hampden-Sydney knows a little something about tradition. Some traditions are informal, such as the polite greetings between community members on the sidewalk, or the ties and sundresses you'll find dotting the Hill during football games. Other traditions at Hampden-Sydney are more ceremonial, such as the moment when each freshman signs the honor code bearing witness to a sacred and solemn pledge. These traditions undoubtedly reinforce the bonds of the Hampden-Sydney brotherhood.Campus Culture
Honor & civility thrive.
With the College's mission in mind, life at Hampden-Sydney is guided by two codes. The Honor Code decrees that the "Hampden-Sydney student will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do," while under the student Code of Conduct, the H-SC student "will behave as a gentleman at all times and in all places."
These codes — and the accompanying discipline for any offender — are student-governed, and it is up to the members of this brotherhood, year after year, to preserve the standards of decency and ethical behavior. Fostering a culture of mutual trust and respect, honor and civility have been the foundations of student life since before the American revolution.Honor & Conduct
History is alive.
As the tenth oldest college in the United States, Hampden-Sydney has been as much a part of American history as a witness to it. The College held its first classes on November 10, 1775—the same day the U.S. Marine Corps was founded. Hampden-Sydney's charter trustees included Patrick Henry and James Madison, and William Henry Harrison was a member of the class of 1791 before becoming President of the United States.
At Hampden-Sydney, the past meets the present as we prepare students for the 21st Century. According to the Virginia Travel Blog, "A walk through Hampden-Sydney College acts as a portal through time, to an age where genteel southern tradition and untouched countryside were the rule rather than the exception."History
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