Unless specified, attendance at all events is Mandatory for New Students and New Transfer Students. Personal plans, athletic practices, and other activities must yield to this schedule.

For questions or concerns, please contact Sandy Cooke, Director of Student Affairs Operations and Civic Engagement, at (434) 223-6340 or scooke@hsc.edu.

Thursday, August 20


8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Administrative Offices Open
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Computing Center, Bortz Library
8:30 am - 4:00 pm - Campus Store, Graham Hall
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Bortz Library
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Post Office, Brown Student Center 
6:00 am - 8:00 pm - Fitness Center, Kirby Fieldhouse  
7-9:00 am, 12-7:00 pm - Leggett Pool, Kirby Fieldhouse
7:30 am - 4:00 pm - Student Health

9 - 11:30 am - Matriculation for all New Students
Brown Student Center
Matriculation is the process of officially enrolling at Hampden-Sydney College. All new students will check in, pick up their room keys, verify Business Office information, receive The Key, review health forms, and be issued a decal for their registered vehicles. The process should take 15-20 minutes. 

Students whose accounts are not current should arrive prepared to pay the Business Office.   Contact Ms. Marianne Catron, (434) 223-6223, with questions regarding payment of tuition and all fees. 

A student must register one vehicle online before matriculating. If you have not registered online beforehand, have your vehicle license plate number and year information with you at matriculation. If you are  not bringing a vehicle to campus, students must fill out the online waiver form. If you decide to bring a vehicle on campus later during the academic year, you must go to the Business Office to pay the vehicle decal fee and then go to Campus Police to pick up your decal within 48 hours of bringing the vehicle on campus. Ticketing for parking violations and vehicles with no decals or no decals displayed will commence on the first day of classes.

Students should take their bicycles to the Campus Police Department in order to register for bike decals. The bike serial number is needed.

9 - 11:30 am – Reception for Families and Friends
Tiger Inn, Brown Student Center
Family members will have the opportunity to meet College officials and faculty members and to talk informally over refreshments while their new student completes the Matriculation process.

9:30 am - 1:30 pm – Residence Halls Open for New Student Move-In
Cushing Hall, Carpenter Dorms, Whitehouse
All residential students should report to their assigned housing following Matriculation. There they will meet their Resident Advisors and check into their rooms. 

11 am – 12:45 pm – Lunch Provided by the Office of Student Affairs
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons
Students are welcome to eat their first meal in “The Commons” with their families.

11:30 am – 12:45 pm – First Generation Lunch
Board Room, Pannill Commons
At this lunch, H-SC honors the accomplishments of students who will be the  first in their family to complete a four-year bachelor's degree, and their families whose support has helped make this possible. For more information, please contact Dr. James Frusetta at (434) 223-7206 or jfrusetta@hsc.edu.

11:30 am – 12:45 pm – Legacy Lunch
Chairman’s Room, Pannill Commons
The Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement invites legacies of Hampden-Sydney Alumni and their families to a celebratory lunch. Legacy family photos will be taken following lunch. For more information, please call 434-223-6776 or email alumni@hsc.edu.

1 - 1:45 pm – Welcome to New Students, Families, and Friends
Venable Hall Front Lawn (Rain Site: Kirby Field House)

Dr. Larry Stimpert, President of the College
Dean Jason Ferguson, Dean of Admissions
Dr. Mike McDermott III, Dean of the Faculty
Mr. Phil Pullen ‘21, Student Body President
Dean Robert Sabbatini, Dean of Students

Students and their families will learn what a Hampden-Sydney education means and gain insight into the next four years.

Introduction to Academic Advising (Attendance Mandatory for Students)
2:10 – 3:10 pm - Parent Session (Free Time for Students)
3:30 – 4:30 pm - Student Session (Free Time for Parents)
Students and their family members will meet with advisors for a brief discussion about the role of the advisor and general academic requirements.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the academic program, and each student will sign up for an individual session with his advisor for Friday to discuss his specific academic plan.  During Free Time, parents and students are encouraged to explore the Brown Student Center, visit the Esther Atkinson Museum, browse the Campus Store, or meet with RAs and Student Life staff. 

5 – 5:30 pm – Class of 2024 Student Ring Off
Bell Tower
All new students and their families will meet at the heart of campus, the beloved Bell Tower, to ring in the start of their first year at H-SC.

**New Students Say Good-Bye to Parents and Families**

5:30 – 7:00 pm – Dinner
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons

7:45 pm – Meet Your RA at Your Residence Hall (Attendance Mandatory - Coat and Tie Required)
Residence Halls
All new students should be in their rooms and be ready no later than 7:45 p.m. for their Resident Advisors to take them to the Honor Convocation. Lineup will be outside of Johns Auditorium. Rain location for lineup is Brown Student Center.

8 – 9:00 pm -The Hampden-Sydney College Honor Convocation (Attendance Mandatory - Coat and Tie Required)
Johns Auditorium

Mr. Brennen Vaught ‘21, Student Court Chairman
Dr. Larry Stimpert, President of the College
Dr. Mike McDermott, Dean of the Faculty

The most important event during Orientation, the Honor Convocation, will teach students what the Honor Code means at Hampden-Sydney.  At the conclusion of the event, every student will sign the Honor Code Pledge.  In addition, students will be formally welcomed into the Hampden-Sydney College Brotherhood. 

9:15 pm – Hall Meetings with Resident Advisors
Residence Halls

Students will meet with their hall mates and Resident Advisors to discuss community life in the residence halls and have questions answered.

Friday, August 21


8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Administrative Offices Open
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Computing Center, Bortz Library
8:30 am - 4:00 pm - Campus Store, Graham Hall
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Bortz Library
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Post Office, Brown Student Center 
6:00 am - 8:00 pm - Fitness Center, Kirby Fieldhouse  
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Leggett Pool, Kirby Fieldhouse
7:30 am - 4:00 pm - Student Health

7:30 – 8:30 am – Breakfast
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons

8:30 – 9:30 am – Group Advising Meetings
Same locations as “Introduction to Academic Advising”

9:30 – 11:00 am
Individual Advising Sessions (By Appointment Only)

11 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons

11 am – 2:30 pm
Individual Advising Sessions(By Appointment Only)

2:30 – 3:00 pm – Rhetoric Diagnostic Editing Test    
3:15 – 5:00 pm – Rhetoric Placement Essay Test (Attendance Mandatory)
Gilmer Hall 

Dr. Nicholas Nace, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

These two tests are required of all incoming freshmen. The test results, along with data used for initial placement such as SAT scores, will determine whether new students have registered for the appropriate level of Rhetoric. The tests are also required of transfer students who have earned fewer than six hours of credit in writing courses.  Please bring two pens or pencils. 

Gilmer 019: A-K
Gilmer 025: M-N-O
Gilmer 124: L and P
Gilmer 105: R-S
Gilmer 005: T-U-V
Gilmer 125: W-Z

2:30 – 5:30 pm - Rhetoric Proficiency Exam (SELECT TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY)
Gilmer 012

Dr. Nicholas Nace, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

This test is required of all transfer students who have earned at least six hours of credit in composition courses at other institutions and who have been previously notified to take this exam. Please bring two pens. The Rhetoric Program will provide a dictionary and a grammar handbook.

5 – 7:30 pm – Dinner
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons

8:15 – 9:15 pm – Legal Issues for College Students (Attendance Mandatory – Casual Attire)
Johns Auditorium
At this event, new students will have the opportunity to learn about the legal issues most often faced by college and university students around the nation.  They will also learn specifics about laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia from some of the most prominent and experienced professionals currently working in local law enforcement and criminal justice. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the discussion panel. 

Saturday, August 22


10:00 am - 5:00 pm - Fitness Center, Kirby Fieldhouse
10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Pool, Kirby Fieldhouse
11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Campus Store

10 – 11:00 am – Brunch
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons
Students pick up their Tigers Serve t-shirts at brunch in Pannill Commons

11 am - 12:00 pm – Language Study Introduction
All students signing up for language study are required to attend one of the sessions listed for  Spanish, French, German, Latin, Greek, Chinese, and Russian.  Students will hear a short introduction to the study of languages at the College. 

Dr. Julia Palmer, Associate Professor of Modern Languages

Spanish 100-200,  Gilmer Hall 019
Spanish 300,  Gilmer Hall 025
French 100-300,  Gilmer Hall 105
German, Gilmer Hall 124
Latin* and Greek,  Morton Hall 112
Chinese,  Gilmer Hall 005
Russian,  Gilmer Hall 220  

*Placement tests are required for students interested in Latin.

12 – 12:30 pm – Pre-Law Session (Optional)
Morton Hall, Room 224

Dr. David Marion, Elliott Emeritus Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs

Hampden-Sydney College has a strong tradition of placing students in top law schools and many of our alumni go on to prestigious and important careers in law. The Pre-Law Session will explore the wide range of possibilities and opportunities for students interested in a career in the legal field as well as the steps to get there while at the College.

12 – 12:30 pm - Pre-Med Session (Optional)
Gilmer Hall, Room 131

Dr. Kristian Hargadon, Elliott Associate Professor of Biology

Students interested in careers or graduate education in the health sciences (including medical school, dental school, and other professional programs in the health sciences) should attend this information session to learn about the exciting programs and opportunities that H-SC offers its pre-health students.  Information about course and extracurricular requirements that must be completed during the freshman year and beyond in order to pursue these paths will also be provided.  

12 – 12:30 pm - Pre-Engineering Session (Optional)
Gilmer Hall, Room 025

Dr. Trey Thurman III, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

The Cooperative Program in Engineering with University of Virginia and the Dual-Degree Program in Engineering with Old Dominion University will be reviewed. Educational opportunities at the College supporting these programs will be discussed.

12 – 12:30 pm - ROTC Leadership Program  (Optional)
Wilson Center, Room 101

Lt. Col. Rucker Snead (USA, Ret) ’81, Associate Dean for ROTC, National Security Studies, and Wilson Leadership Fellows

This session provides an opportunity for freshmen to learn more about the opportunities available through participating in the Army ROTC Program at H-SC. 

12:45 – 1:00 pm – Resident Advisors Hall Meeting (Attendance Mandatory)
New Student Housing Area
Meet your Resident Advisor in your housing area and he will lead you to the Tigers Serve location by 1 pm.

1 – 4:00 pm – Tigers Serve!(Attendance Mandatory)
Students will find out the room location for the information session and project site from their Resident Advisor.
New Students, Resident Advisors, and select Faculty members will build community by volunteering in service projects throughout the Farmville area.

5 – 7:15 pm – Dinner
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons
Students pick up their "Who Will Take the Hill?" t-shirts at dinner in Pannill Commons.

7:30 - 9:00 pm – Man Up Against Sexual Misconduct: Title IX Info (Attendance Mandatory)
Johns Auditorium

Ms. Melissa Wood, Title IX and 504 Coordinator

The program provides a definition of rape and consent in reference to sexual activity. Man Up also provides safe and positive options for bystander intervention as well as information on risk reduction. Additionally, Man Up discusses the intersection of alcohol and sexual assault, frames sexual assault as a moral issue, deconstructs the impact of rape on the survivor and community, and debunks myths surrounding rape.  This program is Title IX compliant and is therefore mandatory.

9:15 pm – Midnight – Who Will Take the Hill?

9:15 – 10:00 pm

Cushing – Report to Brown Student Center
Carpenter – Report to Lacrosse Field
Whitehouse – Report to Kirby Fieldhouse

10:15 – 11:00 pm

Whitehouse – Report to Brown Student Center
Cushing – Report to Lacrosse Field
Carpenter – Report to Kirby Fieldhouse

11:15 – Midnight

Carpenter – Report to Brown Student Center
Whitehouse – Report to Lacrosse Field
Cushing – Report to Kirby Fieldhouse

Midnight - All meet at Whitehouse for THE FINAL TUG OF WAR CHALLENGE – your team needs you! Whitehouse won the Championship in 2019. 

Sunday, August 23


9:00 am - 8:00 pm  - Fitness Center,  Kirby Fieldhouse
9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Pool,  Kirby Fieldhouse
1:30 pm - 10:00 pm - Bortz Library

8 am – 12:00 pm – Opportunities for Worship (Optional)
Various locations around Hampden-Sydney and Farmville
Refer to Local Church Profiles for information. The College Church service is on campus at 11 am.

10 am – 1:30 pm – Brunch
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons

1 – 5:00 pm – Substance Education (Attendance Mandatory – Casual Attire)
Gilmer Classrooms (005, 012, 025, 105 & 220)

Shawn White, Assistant Dean of Students for Substance Education

1:00 pm – Cushing residents report to Gilmer
2:15 pm – Carpenters X & Y residents report to Gilmer
3:30 pm – Whitehouse residents report to Gilmer

Information will be presented on alcohol and other drug effects, risk factors, and intervention guidelines.

5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner with the President and Mrs. Stimpert (Attendance Mandatory - Casual Attire)
Middlecourt (Rain Site: Snyder Hall)
Dinner will be served to all New Students at the home of President and Mrs. Stimpert.

6:30 - 7:30 pm – Active Shooter Safety Training (Attendance Mandatory)
Johns Auditorium

Monday, August 24

Classes begin

Tuesday, August 25

4 pm – Opening Convocation ( Attendance Mandatory – Business Casual)
Venable Lawn (Rain Site: Kirby Fieldhouse)

5 – 6:30 pm – Convocation Picnic and Student Engagement Fair
Brinkley Lawn
(Rain Site: Dining Hall, Pannill Commons for Dinner)
(Rain Site: Board Room and Chairman’s Room for Student Engagement Fair)

Representatives from many of Hampden-Sydney’s clubs and organizations will have displays and information about their groups. Students can ask questions and sign up for organizations that interest them.

7:00 pm – Student-Faculty-Staff Basketball (SFS Basketball)
Snyder Hall, Kirk Athletic Center
All H-SC students are invited to play amateur basketball on Tuesday nights in Snyder Hall, Kirk Athletic Center. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited. No experience is necessary—and if you are not good, come anyway!

Thursday, August 27

7:30 - 8:30 pm – Mock Honor Trial (Attendance Mandatory - Coat and Tie Required)
Johns Auditorium
This presentation explores the types of cases that come to the Student Justice System and how the system works. Students will be able to witness Court procedures and learn more about the Honor Code.

8:45 – 9:45 pm – Mock Honor Trial Small Group Discussions(Attendance Mandatory)
Various Classrooms
After the trial, small groups of students will discuss the trial and the Honor Code with Court members, faculty, and staff.