and Forbes name H-SC one of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States. It is considered a best value college for its return on investment, our alumni network ranks 3rd in the nation, says The Princeton Review, and The Wall Street Journal has ranked us among the top 10 for career preparation.

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1300+ acres of beautiful, rural campus 1 of 3 all-male colleges 50+ academic majors & minors
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November 10, 1775: first day of classes 9:1 student-faculty ratio Ranked #3 among best Alumni Networks by The Princeton Review
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Recognized by US News and World Report as a Best Value College Ranked #1 for most active student government and #3 for politically active students 1 of 10% of colleges with a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter
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99% students receive some form of financial aid. 10 NCAA Division III teams Over 40% of all students are active fraternity members
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Awarded a financial grade of "A+" by Forbes H-SC graduates earn more than those at other institutions 100% of students live on campus
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Ranked #2 for best college library according to The Princeton Review Considered a best value college for its return on investment by The Princeton Review Ranked among the top 10 for career preparation according to The Wall Street Journal

The College’s required Rhetoric Program provides Olympic-level training in writing and speech, and the interdisciplinary Core Cultures program ensures students learn about the past from both a Western and a global cultures perspective.

The Princeton Review

What We Say...

writing about the college in major national student surveys, Hampden-Sydney men have said

  • the student body is “a brotherhood rather than a group of peers”
  • H-SC professors are “nothing short of excellent” and "the real deal"
  • the faculty "invest so much time and care into their students…it is clear that they became professors to teach”
  • the College “excels in imparting upon its students the ability to think critically”
  • if a student “is willing to accept a challenging road, he will be rewarded”
  • "you will not get an education like this anywhere else"
  • Hampden-Sydney College is “really is unlike any other school out there and any student here will back that up”
  • Its "career center and alumni connections are…outstanding" — "having alumni invested in you and your future really makes a difference"

What They Say...

  • #3 Best Small Colleges in Virginia
  • #4 Best College in Virginia for Economics
  • #4 Best College in Virginia for History
  • #8 Best College Faculty in Virginia
  • #57 Best Liberal Arts College in America

The Princeton Review

  • #1 Most Active Student Government
  • #2 Best College Library
  • #3 Best Alumni Networks
  • #3 Most Politically Active Students
  • #3 Best Schools for Internships
  • #6 Friendliest Students
  • #9 Love Their School Teams
  • #12 Best Career Services
  • #12 Happiest Students
  • #12 Lots of Greek Life
  • Best Value College offering a superb education with excellent career preparation at an affordable price
  • Professor accessibility rating of 96
  • Top 25 Best Schools for Making an Impact in community service, student government, and student engagement

US News & World Report

  • Best Value School


  • #100 nationally among liberal arts colleges and universities
  • #57 in the South
  •  A+ financial grade
    • 3rd highest ranked Virginia private institution on the list
    • Top 11 percent of all private colleges nationally

College Factual

  • Top 16% among colleges and universities nationwide
  • Top 18% among colleges and universities in Virginia
  • Top 29% of colleges for your money nationwide 

The Wall Street Journal

  • Among top colleges and universities with high marks in Outcomes, Engagement, Return on Investment, and Career Preparation

New York Times

  • Top 3% graduate median annual incomes at age 34 in selective private colleges nationally
  • Top 6% graduate median annual incomes at age 34 of all colleges


  • Top 10 liberal arts schools where graduates earn the most