BEFORE YOU ENTER THESE GATES
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing for Your First Year at Hampden-Sydney College
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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.
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing for Your First Year at Hampden-Sydney College
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We hope that you will join us to spend a day on campus for Summer Orientation. Available dates for summer 2021 are June 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, or 23.
Questions about Summer Orientation can be directed to Ms. Sandy Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 223-6340.
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 airsoft, ropes course, hiking, kayaking and other activities. This program will take place the weekend of June 18-20 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 18 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 email@example.com or 434-223-6340.
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.
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 Andrew Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 223-6667.
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 2021.
Questions about the Living and Learning Program can be directed to Dr. James Frusetta at email@example.com or 434-223-7206.
Vehicle registration is available immediately. The link to the online form is located on your admission portal 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 19, 2021.
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 31. 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).
These documents 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, Melissa Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Health forms are located in your admission portal in your Enrollment Checklist. These forms should be completed no later than August 1.
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 3 rd Millennium Classrooms. The program will be available in your admissions portal in your Enrollment Checklist section starting on Friday, June 25. Completion of the program is requested no later than August 1.
The program includes 3 separate online courses:
3. Consent and Respect
Students are required to complete all three courses. Each course takes approximately one hour. It is recommended that you complete the program in multiple sittings. You may log into 3rd Millenium as often as you need to complete the courses.
On or after June 25, 2021, visit your admissions portal and view the Enrollment Checklist. Open the link to 3rd Millennium, and enter the credentials listed below under "Returning Student".
(see Steps 6 & 7 to find out more about Tiger Web and how to establish your H-SC email account)
(password is case-sensitive; you will be prompted to change your password at login)
For TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY email or call:
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.
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 attend summer orientation, 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.
To retrieve your email username and password:
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 .
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 19.
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, it must be a wired (USB) printer, 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.
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 24.
To view your schedule:
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:
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
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.
If any financial aid documents are needed from you, a letter or e-mail will be sent providing detailed instructions. After orientation, you can also access this information by logging into Tiger Web and selecting the Financial Aid tab.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
extra-long twin bed, 36” x 80”
pillows not provided
desk and desk chair
closet or wardrobe
heating and air conditioning
Note: No college furniture may be removed from your room at any time
linens, XL twin 36” x 80”
coat and tie
small first aid kit
Coordinate with roommate, if items are desired:
UL listed; up to 1000 watts
UL listed; up to 4.3 cubic feet
vacuum cleaner/floor sweeper
Halogen lamps are not permitted
built-in 15 amp circuit breaker required
window curtains (certified fire-retardant)
electric wax burner
electric grills - George Foreman, etc.
electric or kerosene 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.
*Each student is allowed to display one (1) 3’x5’ poster or flag on his wall, uncovered. Additional poster or flag decorations are prohibited under Fire Safety rules and regulations in the Key.
Freshman move-in will occur on Thursday, August 19, 2021 unless you are moving in early with athletics, the Wilson Center for Leadership, or other specialized academic programs.
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.
The fall orientation schedule will be available on the Orientation page.
More detailed information about life at H-SC can also be found in our primary publications: