Hampden-Sydney was founded at Slate Hill, the plantation of the Venable family, and has prospered for over two centuries under the guidance of their descendants. Nathaniel Venable's law office, where the Founders met to plan the College, was moved to campus in 1944; like eight other campus buildings, it is a listed landmark in our National Historic Preservation Zone.
For consideration as a Venable Scholar, you must have mastered a demanding academic program. You must also present evidence of independent scholarship and demonstrate the promise of sustaining your intellectual achievement in college. Between ten and fifteen Venable Scholars are normally enrolled in each year's class.
Successful candidates will rank high in relation to their peers in secondary school classes, having demonstrated the ability to perform at an exemplary level in a challenging academic environment. Venable Scholars normally have composite SAT scores of 1400 (ACT 30) or better, a 4.0 grade-point average, and a class standing in the top 10%.