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Welcome to Hampden-Sydney College! We look forward to your arrival on The Hill this August! We will guide you with information to prepare you for academic opportunities, residence life, and academic scheduling, every step of the way.
BEFORE YOU ENTER THESE GATES
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing for Your First Year at Hampden-Sydney College
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A Note About Covid-19
What will Hampden-Sydney College be doing this fall?
We will reconvene as a community and hold classes on campus this fall. While we recognize the ongoing risk that COVID-19 continues to present across the United States, here are a few of the factors unique to Hampden-Sydney that will allow us to provide our students with the best opportunity to live and learn in a safe environment on campus this fall. We are working with families and accepting late applications through July 1.
- Location. Our rural location in the Heart of Virginia enables us to educate our young men in a setting removed from the hustle and bustle of larger communities, and gives us confidence as we plan for a safe resumption of on-campus life in the fall.
- A lot of real estate and a small population. Our 1,330 acre campus provides more than an acre per student on which to socially distance! Seriously, with small classes and a large campus, it will be easier for us to manage the social distancing that will be required to have students back on college campuses.
- New student residences create timely flex space elsewhere on campus. A new residential complex will open this fall, allowing us a unique opportunity to have additional housing available if needed to quarantine students who develop symptoms or who need to be isolated based on their contact with someone known to have contracted the coronavirus.
- Flexibility and individual attention in teaching. Hampden-Sydney has always offered a personal approach to teaching. Our professors are used to working closely with students who become ill or who fall behind in their coursework, helping them to stay on track and successfully complete their classes. This is an ongoing commitment to our students.
- Medical staff, equipment, supplies, and testing. Showcasing the success and generosity of our powerful alumni brotherhood, an alumnus and trustee who owns a biotech firm that conducts biological surface testing for the coronavirus has offered to help us with ongoing monitoring and early detection of the virus on campus. We are also prepared to expand the services of our medical doctor and are procuring PPE and other supplies for our professional medical staff to use in assisting students and to support additional healthcare needs next year. Our staff continues to receive and follow guidance from the Virginia Department of Health and CDC as circumstances and best practices change.
These are just some of the advantages that will help us be positioned for a safe opening in the fall. We are working closely with state and local governments as we prepare to provide a safe environment in which to live, learn, and work. If you are concerned about the effects of the coronavirus on the large or urban campus that you may have chosen, or if you are looking for an campus-based personalized learning experience, then I hope you will consider the advantages our small, rural, idyllic college campus can offer.
We share this committment with our neighbor Longwood University as stated in the April 27 Richmond Times-Dispatch op-ed, "Why our colleges can and must reopen this fall."
Step 1. Register for Summer Orientation
and Brotherhood Before the Hill
Summer Orientation | June 2020
We hope that you will join us to spend a day on campus for Summer Orientation. Available dates for summer 2020 are June 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, or 24.
Questions about Summer Orientation can be directed to Ms. Sandy Cooke at email@example.com or (434) 223-6340.
Brotherhood Before the Hill | June 19-21, 2020
Get a jump on making lasting college friendships by joining us for our Brotherhood Before the Hill summer adventure program. Join your future H-SC brothers on outdoor excursions that will develop your leadership skills and familiarize you with the Central Virginia area. Excursions include paintball, ropes course, hiking, kayaking and other activities. This program will take place the weekend of June 19-21 and requires a $350 nonrefundable fee. Overnight accommodations will be provided at H-SC. Enrollment is limited to 14 students.
If you are interested in this program, please register for the Friday, June 19 Summer Orientation. Brotherhood Before the Hill will begin immediately following orientation events.
Questions about the Brotherhood Before the Hill program can be directed to Ms. Sandy Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-223-6340.
Step 2. Access your “Enrollment Checklist”
Throughout the H-SC admission process, you have been using your admission portal to track your application status. Now, this will also be your go-to place to complete pre-enrollment tasks.
When you log in to your portal, you should see your Enrollment Checklist.
This checklist will make it easy for you to see what enrollment tasks remain to be completed.
Questions can be directed to our Admissions Office at 434-223-6120.
Step 3. Register for student housing
and complete your housing questionnaire and vehicle registration
Student housing registration will open on April 15th.
After that date, you may log in to your admission portal to complete the Housing Questionnaire that is available on your Enrollment Checklist.
Questions about the housing questionnaire can be directed to Dean John Hollemon at email@example.com or 434-223-7154.
Living and Learning Communities
In the Housing Questionnaire, you will be given the opportunity to opt into the College’s Living and Learning Program.
In Living and Learning Communities, groups of 9-12 freshmen share a freshman academic advisor, are enrolled together in a class, and live together in the same residence hall. These themed communities bring students together for a shared academic and co-curricular experience that improves the quality of classroom time and arms freshmen with the personal connections and self-advocacy skills essential to a successful and fulfilling college experience.
Communities will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis with a deadline in mid-May 2020.
Questions about the Living and Learning Program can be directed to Dr. James Frusetta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-223-7206.
Vehicle registration is available immediately. The link to the online form is located in your admission portal at in your Enrollment Checklist.
After you complete the online form, a parking sticker will be assigned to you. The sticker will be issued to you either at Summer Orientation or at the matriculation check-in on August 20, 2020.
Step 4. Complete your Academic Interest Survey
and connect with Academic Success
You will be assigned an academic advisor in mid-May and will receive a letter of introduction from your advisor in early June. Your academic advisor will assist you with your transition to H-SC academics and its policies and procedures.
The members of the Office of Academic Success will be working with your assigned advisor to develop a first semester course schedule for you. To assist in this process, you should complete the online Academic Interest Survey no later than May 22, 2020. This survey is designed to give you the opportunity to expand upon your academic interests and goals. The link to this survey is found in your admission portal in your Enrollment Checklist.
In addition, if you have taken International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), or dual enrollment (DE) courses while enrolled in high school, please request your final official scores/transcripts be sent from the institution (IB scores must be received from IBO.org, AP scores from CollegeBoard.org, and DE final official transcripts from the college or community college through which you were registered).
Those should be addressed to:
Brown Student Center, Suite #668
172 Via Sacra
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
Finally, you may have received classroom accommodations due to attentional issues or a learning disability while in high school. Classroom accommodations may be appropriate for you to properly access course materials and assessments. Please contact our Disability Services Coordinator at 434-223-6061 to learn where to send your confidential documentation to ensure your accommodations are in place for the start of the fall term.
Questions regarding academic advising should be directed to Ms. Lisa Burns at email@example.com or (434) 223-6188.
Step 5. Complete your health forms
and complete the 3rd Millennium Program
Student Health Forms
Health forms are located in your admission portal in your Enrollment Checklist. These forms should be completed no later than August 1, 2020.
For questions about student health, please contact the Health Center, 434-223-6167.
All new students are required to complete an online education program through 3rd Millennium Classrooms. The program will be available in your admissions portal in your Enrollment Checklist section starting on June 25, 2020. Completion of the program is requested no later than August 1, 2020.
The program includes education on alcohol, marijuana and issues related to sexual misconduct, Title IX, consent, and more.
3. Consent and Respect
Students are required to complete all three courses. Each course takes approximately one hour to complete. It is recommended that you take the courses in multiple sittings. You may log into a course as many times as need.
On or after June 25, 2020, visit your admissions portal and view the Enrollment Checklist. You will open a link to 3 rd Millennium, select “Student” as the user type, and log in with the following:
Username: Assigned H-SC email
(See Steps 6 & 7 to find out more about Tiger Web and how to establish your H-SC email account)
(psswd is case-sensitive; you will be prompted to change your password at login)
Once you are logged into the course, click “Start Course”.
For technical support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org , or fill out a customer service request online at 3rdmil.com/support. Or you can call 1-888-810-7990. For general inquiries, please contact email@example.com.
Each course will be listed on the course home page (AW, MW, C&R). Once you have completed a course, the course will be checked off to indicate completion. The College asks that you complete PART ONE of the courses before your arrival. Part Two is offered in October and is optional.
Step 6. Become familiar with TigerWeb
TigerWeb (available after Summer Orientation) is the college’s primary system for maintaining grades, schedules, transcripts, and other important information.
All students are assigned a student ID and TigerWeb password. If you attend summer orientation, you will be given your TigerWeb credentials at that time. If you do not, these credentials will be mailed to you.
In the weeks leading up to matriculation, you will use TigerWeb to do several important things:
1. View your fall course schedule;
2. View your transcript to check for transfer, AP, or Dual Enrollment credit;
3. Retrieve your H-SC email credentials; and
4. View your bills and set up for your student accounts.
Once you have your TigerWeb credentials (student ID and assigned password), you can log in to TigerWeb by going to the H-SC website Current Students page, and then selecting the TigerWeb button.
Once you are logged in to TigerWeb, select the “Student” tab.
From this tab, you will be able view your course schedule and academic transcript, as well as add and drop courses during open registration.
If, at any point, you misplace or forget your TigerWeb ID or password, go to TigerWeb and please follow the instructions under “Forgot TigerWeb Password?” located on the left side of the page.
Questions about TigerWeb can be directed to our Campus Computing Center at (434) 223-6911.
Step 7. Establish your H-SC email account
To retrieve your email username and password:
- Log in to your TigerWeb account. If you attend Summer Orientation, you will be given your TigerWeb credentials at that time. If not, these credentials will be mailed to you.
- Select “Documents & Forms” from the navigation bar at the top of the page:
- On the navigation bar on the left, select “Computing Center Forms”.
- Under the “Email Login Retrieval” section of this page, you will be asked to enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number and your home zip code. Next click the “Get Login Info” button.
- Your email address and password information will be displayed in a pop-up window.
You can use your email address and password to log in to your H-SC email account by clicking the “Email” link on the Current Student portal page of the H-SC website.
Other Campus Computing Resources
Student ID Cards
You will need to send us a photo (think Driver's License, Passport, etc.) for your Student ID card. The online form is located in your admission portal in your Enrollment Checklist. The photo should be a .jpg or .jpeg, 600x800 pixels and be solely of the student. In the photo please be forward facing, clearly showing your eyes and do not wear a hat, sunglasses or have offensive language displayed on your clothing.
ID cards will be distributed at Summer Orientation or at matriculation check-in on August 20.
If you plan to purchase a new computer, you can review our recommended configuration and check for educational pricing for college students with Apple and Dell on our Computing Center web page.
You do not need to bring a printer with you, as public printers are available in various labs and other locations on campus. If you do bring a printer for your room, a wired (USB) printer is preferred, as wireless printers do not work well with the campus WiFi system, and can cause wireless interference.
Microsoft Office Suite
You do not need to purchase Microsoft Office Suite. Hampden-Sydney College has a Microsoft site license that entitles students to install the Microsoft Office Suite on up to five devices. Installation instructions are listed on our Computing Center website.
Wireless is available throughout campus in all academic buildings and student housing. All student rooms also include a wired Ethernet jack for each student. Personal routers with WiFi are prohibited.
Step 8. Review your course schedule
and check for DE/AP credit, and purchase your textbooks
Reviewing your Fall Semester Schedule
If you are unable to attend the H-SC Summer Orientation, you will be able to view your fall semester course schedule in TigerWeb starting June 25, 2020.
To view your schedule:
- Log in to TigerWeb.
- Go to the “Student” tab.
- Select “My Course Information” from the left-side list.
- “My Class Schedule” will appear on this page. This will include course title, number, and section.
You will have an opportunity to discuss and make changes to your first semester schedule in consultation with an academic advisor at two points: once during Summer Orientation and again during Fall Orientation. In between these times, questions regarding your schedule can be addressed by contacting your academic advisor or by contacting Ms. Lisa Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-223-6188.
To check for transfer credit, Dual Enrollment credit, or AP credit:
Once you have had your records sent to the Registrar’s Office by the appropriate entity (see Step 4), you can see the updates to your transcript in TigerWeb:
- Log in to TigerWeb.
- Select the “Student” tab.
- Select “My Unofficial Transcript” from the right-side list.
Once your course schedule has been developed and finalized, you can begin to order textbooks.
Before you begin, have in hand your class schedule, including course title, number, and section.
A link to the textbook ordering page is available at the H-SC Campus Store
- The first time you use this site, you will need to create a login. You will be able to create an associated shipping address. If you would like your books shipped to you at H-SC, please see shipping information below.
- Once you are logged in, select your courses (using course number and section) to view the textbook options for the course.
- A list of your required textbooks will be generated on the Textbook Portal. Each text will have a specific ISBN number. If you decide not to use the Textbook Portal on the H-SC site to order your textbooks, be sure to use this ISBN number as it is specific to the text edition and package material required for your course. Some courses may have an online homework component, so be attentive to all listed requirements of the course. Students have the option of purchasing new or used books, or renting textbooks. Please know that your WCUL 101 text is also used for WCUL 102. This may be more expensive to rent twice.
- If you choose to order through the Textbook Portal, add your selections to the cart and check out.
About Text Book Orders
- Shipping: Have your texts shipped using FedEX or UPS to
Brown Student Center, Suite (Your H-SC mailbox number)
172 Via Sacra
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
- If you do not know your campus mailbox number, you can access it via the online Student Directory.
- Textbook ordering opens about a month before the semester begins. It is best to order early to ensure books arrive before the first day of class. While textbook orders normally arrive in 3-4 business days, it is recommended that you place your order at least 2 weeks before the first day of class.
- Pay attention to the shipping distance of your selected book(s). Do not purchase texts from overseas as they tend to take an excessively long time to arrive or may be missing some essential pages or images.
Step 9. Check on Financial Aid and billing
Check Your Financial Aid Status
To ensure that all financial aid is credited to your account prior to the first fall semester billing, please check for any missing documents by June 15.
Please visit your admission portal and review your Enrollment Checklist for any missing financial aid items.
Tuition and Fee Payment
Once registered for housing and classes, you will be billed for tuition, fees, room, and board. You will access billing through CASHNet via TigerWeb (We do not send bills by postal service).
Payment is due August 1 for Fall and January 1 for Spring.
Tuition and fees may be covered by certain types of aid from outside agencies which will be invoiced after classes start. Under special circumstances, outside agencies providing tuition assistance may be billed at later dates. If you do not qualify for these types of aid, you must pay tuition and fees not covered by financial aid by the due date.
How to Pay
- You can pay in person with cash or check at the Business Office or by mailing a check to the Business Office address listed at the top of your bill.
- You can arrange for automatic deduction from your bank account or credit card through the Sallie Mae Tuition Pay plan.
- You can pay online with credit card or e-check.
Paying Your Tuition Bill Online
A student can pay online by e-check or credit card or set up an Authorized Payer to pay online.
An Authorized Payer(s) will be able to:
- View the student's Tuition and Fees billing in CASHNet.
- Make payments on the student's account using credit card or e-check.
Both the Authorized Payer and Student will be able to view all payments made to the account by the Authorized Payer.
Setting up an Authorized Payer
Authorized Payer(s) must be signed up by the student through CASHNet via TigerWeb:
- Log in to TigerWeb,
- Select the Student tab,
- Select Account Information,
- Select the link “Pay/View Student Account” and follow the instructions.
Once the Authorized Payer is established, he/she will receive an email with information regarding the login, password and web link that will enable him/her to access the account.
Paying online with credit card or e-check through TigerWeb:
E-check payments are free. For payments made with MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover, the account holder will be charged a non-refundable 2.75% fee.
To pay online:
- Log in to to TigerWeb
- Select the Student tab
- Select Account Information
- Select the link “Pay/View Student Account”
TuitionPay Monthly Payment Plan
You may choose to pay your semester expenses in full by the aforementioned due dates or make monthly payments through an interest-free CASHNet Installment Payment Plan. This payment plan allows one to spread the annual cost over a period of months. You may access information on the Installment Payment Plan via the Authorized Payer website or by calling 1 (888) 381-8054.
Step 10. Pack for H-SC
What is already in your room:
Extra-long twin bed - 36” x 80” (Pillows not provided)
Desk and desk chair
Closet or wardrobe
Heating and air conditioning
Basic cable, Ethernet jacks, WiFi
Note: No college furniture may be removed from your room at any time
What you need to bring:
Room Furnishings, Room Care, and Appliances
Bedding, pillows, linens (XL twin 36” x 80”), mattress cover/topper (optional)
Coordinate with roommate, if items are desired:
Microwave (UL listed; up to 1000 watts)
Refrigerator (UL listed; up to 4.3 cubic feet)
Vacuum cleaner/floor sweeper
Area rug, floor lamp (Halogen lamps are not permitted)
Cleaning supplies/dish soap/sponges, air freshener
Kitchen items (cups, silverware, paper towels, can opener)
Storage containers/crates for extra storage
A small set of tools (screwdrivers, wrench, hammer, pliers, tape measure, clothes hangers, and Command hooks)
Flashlight and batteries
Coordinate with roommate, if items are desired:
TV, HDMI cord
Surge protectors (built-in 15 amp circuit breaker required)
Personal Care and Clothing:
Coat and tie
Toiletries, shower shoes, bath tote
Towels, wash cloths
Iron/ironing board, clothes hangers, sewing kit
Laundry basket/bag & detergent/fabric softener
Small first aid kit
Academic supplies (also available at the Campus Store)
Bicycle and bicycle lock
Please Leave These At Home:
Extension cords, cube adapters, or multi-prong cords
Candles, curtains or window treatments
Electric grills (George Foreman etc.)
Electric or gas heaters
Hot plates or toaster ovens
Lofts or waterbeds
Paintball/BB Guns/Airsoft guns
Inflatable pools or hot tubs
Posters, flags, banners etc. must be behind glass or Plexiglas, in such a manner that no part of the item can be exposed to open flame. You cannot put holes in the walls in order to hang up posters.
Student Life and Housing Odds and Ends:
- Your USPS mailing address is:
Hampden-Sydney College, Suite # (your box number)
172 Via Sacra
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
- The College Business Office will cash checks for you. (Limited to $300).
- A Wells Fargo ATM is available in the Brown Student Center.
- Washers and dryers are available to students and are located in three freshman locations free of charge: Basements of Carpenter Z, East House, and West House.
- Use of tobacco products is prohibited in all student living areas.
Step 11. Move in at H-SC
Freshman move-in will occur on Thursday, August 20, 2020.
At that morning’s matriculation, you will check-in and receive your room key, Student ID, and parking sticker (if you have previously registered your vehicle).
Following matriculation, Resident Advisors and other student leaders will be on hand to help you unload your car and move into your room.
Join and Follow
- Hampden-Sydney College Official Facebook
- Hampden-Sydney College Official Instagram
- Hampden-Sydney College Official Twitter
- Join Handshake
- Follow the Campus Events Calendar
Parents Stay Informed
- Visit the Parents web page to stay up-to-date about what's going on at the College throughout the year.
- Follow Hampden-Sydney College's official Facebook Page to see what's happening on The Hill.
Please visit the H-SC Post Office page to find out where to send mail and packages.
More detailed information about life at H-SC can also be found in our primary publications:
- For information regarding the academic program, including academic requirements, academic programs, and course listings, please see the Academic Catalogue.
- For information regarding student life, including student clubs and activities and the student justice system, please see our student handbook, the Key. All students will receive a copy of the the Key upon matriculation.
- A broad overview of student life is available on the H-SC Student Life website.
- More detailed online information, including quick links to TigerWeb, Directories, and email can be found on the Student Resources and Current Students page.
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