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.

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. Find out what some of our successful alumni are doing now.

All told, Hampden-Sydney is one of the best values in higher education. 

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 the graduates of other colleges throughout their entire careers.

Graduate Outcomes

Numbers matter.

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 ranks Hampden-Sydney College among the top 10 schools for career preparation. 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 classroom environment. Students get to know their instructors well, both in and out of class, and faculty are supportive, but expect hard work. Hampden-Sydney men can't simply coast through their college years as spectators. A note of warning: Some H-SC professors have even been known to take early morning classes on impromptu field trips to rouse absent (sleeping) classmates. 


Brotherhood endures.

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. 


Communication is key.

Our oft-praised 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 (class of 1986). This program was designed with young men in mind, and it gives H-SC men a competitive edge in graduate or professional schools and in their careers — no matter what field or endeavor they pursue.

Rhetoric Program

Tradition is celebrated.

With more than 240 years of experience under its belt, Hampden-Sydney knows a little something about tradition. Some traditions here are informal, such as the polite greetings between all community members on the sidewalk, or the ties and sundresses you'll find dotting the Hill during football games (Fact: Southern Living ranked H-SC as one of the top 20 tailgating schools in the country alongside Ole Miss, Alabama, Texas, Georgia, UVa, and Clemson).

Other traditions at Hampden-Sydney are more significant and consequential, such as that unforgettable moment when a freshman signs the honor code with his entire class and the Student Court bearing witness to his sacred and solemn pledge. These traditions — both formal and informal — are ingrained in the lives of all H-SC men and 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 that have been the foundations of student life since before the American revolution. This emphasis fosters a culture of mutual trust and respect that is obvious in even the smallest interactions, such as the traditon of saying hello to everyone you pass on campus. 

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."



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Keith Leach '81

Born at Hampden-Sydney during his father's undergraduate years, new College Chaplian Keith Leach '81 has truly come full circle. He shares his journey to faith, to ministry, and back to Hampden-Sydney.

Keith Leach '81