Steeped in tradition, Hampden-Sydney's unique campus atmosphere will help you develop close-knit relationships within a lifelong brotherhood. Guided by the honor code, you'll have opportunities to become a leader, enrich your spiritual life, and better understand your peers. 

We provide a small, close-knit, and trusting community where you will be surrounded by men and women who are your guiding champions through the transformative experience of life on The Hill.

It’s such an intimate community, so it doesn’t allow anyone to hide. It gives you the ability to connect with people. Walking around and greeting everyone from the president of the college to the janitors taught me a lot about developing relationships, and that has paid off exponentially in the way that I have grown in my career.

Caleb Varner ’02


With more than 240 years of experience, Hampden-Sydney knows a little something about tradition. Some traditions here are informal, such as the polite greetings between all community members on the sidewalk, or the ties and sundresses you'll find dotting the Hill during football games (Fact: Southern Living ranked H-SC as one of the top 20 tailgating schools in the country alongside Ole Miss, Alabama, Texas, Georgia, UVa, and Clemson). Other traditions at Hampden-Sydney are more consequential, such as the moment when each freshman signs the honor code bearing witness to a sacred and solemn pledge. These traditions undoubtedly reinforce the bonds of the Hampden-Sydney brotherhood.

Honor & Conduct


Lifelong friendships are not just a side effect of the Hampden-Sydney experience-they are the foundation of the College's culture and the cornerstone of its brotherhood.


Leadership Opportunities

come in many forms, but all of them will strengthen your ability to work effectively with others and to make a difference in your community, your workplace, and the world.


Spiritual life

at H-SC welcomes students of all faiths, enabling you to ask tough questions in a safe environment and to explore the traditions of others.

Spiritual Life

Inclusion and Intercultural Affairs

serves as the campus hub for positive interactions with all cultures and promotes a culture of inclusion and respect on campus.

Intercultural Affairs

Gordon Johnson '97

In his work salvaging, restoring, and repairing buildings, Gordon Johnson '97 has had the chance to explore places that once sheltered great Virginians of the past.

Gordon Johnson ’97

Office of Student Affairs

Brown Student Center
P.O. Box 5
Hampden Sydney, VA 23943
(434) 223-6128

Student Affairs Staff