Hampden-Sydney College conducts a five-week May Term providing students with an opportunity to take courses which are experimental in content, particularly those which require extensive time off campus (May Term Abroad). Beginning one week after Commencemen, these special summer courses carry regular academic credit. In addition, certain courses offered during the regular academic semester are also offered during the May Term so that students can accelerate progress toward graduation, meet requirements ahead of schedule, or repeat courses. The maximum load that a student may carry during the May Term is two courses (with any corequisite laboratories).
Students who are in good standing at Hampden-Sydney or other colleges are eligible for admission to the May Term; those on academic suspension from Hampden-Sydney or another institution are not eligible. Admission to the May Term in no way assures admission to a degree program at Hampden-Sydney College.
Credits earned during the May Term are applicable to degree programs and are transferable to other institutions. For Hampden-Sydney students on academic probation at the end of the spring semester, grades and quality units for May Term courses have no effect on the probation until the completion of the subsequent semester. Acceptance of May Term credits by other institutions depends on the policy of those institutions.
The College will attempt to offer all the courses listed. Insufficient enrollment, however, or other factors beyond the College's control may dictate schedule changes.