Hampden-Sydney College provides superb undergraduate preparation grounded in the breadth and depth of a liberal arts education. It goes a step further by allowing you to leverage the College's connections - formal and informal - with renowned graduate programs in economics and business, engineering, leadership and public affairs, and medicine.

Economics and Business

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Preferred Consideration Program, Master of Business Administration
Each year, the Dean of the Faculty and the President together shall nominate up to four H-SC graduates, which may include exceptional members of the current year graduating class, to interview as candidates for admission to the MBA program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. The names of the nominees are submitted by January 30 of each application year. Nominated candidates receive a waiver of the typical application fee for the MMS program, but apply directly to Darden through the normal application process and are expected to meet all admissions standards. The applicants automatically qualify for interviews for the MBA program which are scheduled directly with the candidates through the Darden Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions to occur at the appropriate point in the application process. While no promises or guarantees, implicit or explicit, are made, when making admissions decisions, Darden shall give due consideration to qualitative factors in the Hampden- Sydney nominee’s background that would make him a desirable member of the entering class. For truly exceptional nominees who are recent H-SC 18 academic program graduates or members of the graduating class, due consideration is given to a deferred admissions offer, consistent with terms and conditions that such an offer entails. Interested Hampden-Sydney graduates and current students must contact the Chair of the Department of Economics and Business by the beginning of September for more information on the application and nomination process.

Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
Early Admission Program, Master of Management Studies
Each year, the Dean of the Faculty and the President together shall nominate up to four H-SC students in their junior year to interview as candidates for early admission to the one-year Master of Management Studies (MMS): Foundations of Business program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. The names of the nominees are submitted by January 30 of each application year. Hampden-Sydney students who are nominated through this process receive a waiver of the typical application fee for the MMS program, but apply directly to the Fuqua School of Business through the normal application process and are expected to meet all admissions standards. The applicants automatically qualify for interviews for the MMS program which are scheduled directly with the candidates through the Fuqua Office of Admissions. While no promises or guarantees of admission, implicit or explicit, are made, when making admissions decisions the Fuqua Office of Admissions shall give due consideration to qualitative factors in the Hampden-Sydney nominee’s background that would make him a desirable member of the class entering in the year following the student’s graduation from Hampden- Sydney. Any admitted student is required to maintain his grade point average at the minimum acceptable level, as set by the Fuqua Office of Admissions, during his remaining semesters at Hampden-Sydney or the offer of admission to Fuqua will be withdrawn. For students admitted early, the Dean of the MMS program may choose to make certain recommendations for courses and internships that the admitted student should complete during his final year at H-SC. Interested students must contact the Chair of the Department of Economics and Business by the beginning of September of their junior year for more information on the application and nomination process.

Informal Agreements

University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce
Informal relationship with the McIntire School's one-year graduate degree in business, M.S. in Commerce

Wake Forest University, Babcock School of Business
Preferred Admission, MA in Management Program

University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Regular placement of graduates in the 12-month program designed specifically for students with liberal arts undergraduate backgrounds

College of William and Mary, Raymond A. Mason School of Business
Regular placement of graduates in the Master's in Accounting degree program, Master's in Business Administration, and Master of Science in Business Analytics program

Graduate Business Agreements

Engineering

University of Virginia
Dual-Degree Program in Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Hampden-Sydney College offers students interested in a career in engineering the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the College and a master’s degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia in approximately five years.

A candidate enrolls as a science or mathematics major at the College for his first three years. Upon completion of the College’s core and major requirements with a B+ or higher average in his mathematics and science courses as well as overall, he applies for admission to the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science as a special non-degree undergraduate student. Provided that the student earns grades of C or higher in the appropriate courses at the University of Virginia, transfer credit is awarded to complete the bachelor’s degree at the College.

The student then is eligible to apply to a graduate program in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The graduate portion of the program normally requires 12 months of work to obtain a Master of Engineering degree or one and one-half years to obtain a Master of Science degree, which requires the writing of a thesis. In some instances, the master’s degree may be bypassed if a student proceeds to the doctorate. Interested students should contact the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy for further information.

Old Dominion University
Dual-Degree Program in Physics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering
This dual-degree program makes it possible for undergraduate students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or Computer Science from Hampden- Sydney College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil, Computer, Electrical, Modeling and Simulation, or Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University in five years (five and one-half years in Computer Engineering). Dualdegree candidates first declare a major in Physics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or Computer Science at Hampden-Sydney College for the first three years and then transfer to the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University for the final two (or two and one-half) years of their undergraduate studies. The dual-degree program is carefully constructed to meet all degree requirements of both institutions and is consistent with established Old Dominion University transfer policies.

Upon completing the prescribed courses with a minimum 2.7 grade point average and a C or better in all applicable courses during the first three years at Hampden-Sydney College, dual-degree students complete the transfer admissions application to Old Dominion University. In addition to the minimum grade point average, students are required to meet all other admission requirements at Old Dominion University. Upon completing specified courses listed in the articulation agreements, students are awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or Computer Science from Hampden-Sydney College usually at the end of the fourth year. At the conclusion of the fifth year or when all prescribed courses are completed so that the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil, Computer, Electrical, Modeling and Simulation or Mechanical Engineering at Old Dominion University have been fulfilled, the appropriate Bachelor of Science degree is awarded by Old Dominion University.

The Engineering Committee and the student’s major advisor at Hampden-Sydney College will guide students during the first three years to ensure that the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree at H-SC and the majority of the requirements for the first two years of Engineering at Old Dominion University have been met. Each student completes the on-line transfer student application and pays the appropriate application fee to Old academic program 19 Dominion University in addition to requesting that all official transcripts be sent to the ODU Office of Admissions for acceptance. The Associate Dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University ensures that the dual-degree students are properly advised after transferring to Old Dominion University. Once the student has completed the necessary courses at ODU to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or Computer Science from Hampden-Sydney College, the student must apply for graduation from H-SC, having ODU transcripts sent to the Registrar for evaluation and posting to the H-SC transcript. The final Hampden-Sydney transcript with the Bachelor of Science degree posted must be sent to ODU’s Office of Admissions for posting to the ODU record; submitted in conjunction with a new admission application (no new fees assessed) as a seconddegree seeking student. At this point, the student’s ODU record is adjusted to second-degree status, thus satisfying all lower division general education requirements for the Bachelor of Science in the engineering discipline. At the beginning of the last year of study at ODU, the student must apply for graduation for the second degree.

Leadership and Public Affairs

Cornell University, Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) Affiliation Agreement
Priority track for admission into the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program, application fee waiver
Hampden-Sydney College and the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest have entered into an agreement with the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) at Cornell University. Representatives of CIPA have committed to visiting campus and providing the Wilson Center with a list of recommended coursework for future applicants to best prepare them for the program. All Wilson Center students who apply, regardless of admissions decision, will receive an application fee waiver. For more information, interested students should contact the Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.

Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy Affiliation Agreement
Agreement with the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest and the School of Public Policy (SPP) at Pepperdine University
Representatives of the SPP have committed to visiting campus and providing the Wilson Center with a list of recommended coursework for future applicants to best prepare them for the program. All Wilson Center students who apply, regardless of admission decision, will receive an application fee waiver. Students who complete the National Security Studies minor, the Leadership in the Public Interest minor, or the Wilson Leadership Fellows program and are selected for admission will receive all benefits provided to students in the Pepperdine Partners Policy Program.

Benefits include: a) The transfer of six (6) elective credits, pending review of program elements (and based on criteria set forth in the SPP Academic Catalogue); b) Waiver of the first term “Professional Development Requirement,” pending review of program elements or other relevant substantial policy internship experience; c) An early class registration time for the first term of enrollment; d) Tuition scholarships and waiver of test score and application requirements based on minimum undergraduate GPA. For more information, interested students should contact the Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.

University of Virginia, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy Affiliation Agreement
Facilitated enrollment of qualified H-SC students into the Batten School Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program, application fee waiver
Hampden-Sydney College and the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest have entered into an agreement with the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public policy. Representatives of the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy have committed to visiting campus and providing the Wilson Center with a list of recommended coursework for future applicants to best prepare them for the program. All Wilson Center students who apply, regardless of admissions decision, will receive an application fee waiver. Students who complete the National Security Studies minor, the Leadership in the Public Interest minor, or the Wilson Leadership Fellows program and are selected for admission at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will receive an annual fellowship of $10,000 for Virginia residents and $17,500 for residents of other states. For more information, interested students should contact the Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.

Medicine

Eastern Virginia Medical School
Joint Program, Early Assurance, outstanding premed students
Through an agreement with Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), outstanding premedical students may gain assurance early in their college careers of admission into medical school. Each year the EVMS Admissions Committee, in consultation with Hampden-Sydney’s Health Sciences Committee, selects a small number of rising sophomores for a program that assures participants admission to EVMS upon satisfactory completion of their undergraduate studies at Hampden-Sydney. Although these students are assured of admission, they are not obligated to attend EVMS upon graduation from Hampden-Sydney. For more information concerning this program, interested students should contact the Chair of the Health Sciences Committee early in their freshman year.

The George Washington University School of Medicine
Early Selection Program, outstanding premed students
Through an agreement with The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, outstanding premedical students may be selected at the end of their sophomore year to enter the medical school at The George Washington University once they have completed the requirements for graduation from Hampden-Sydney College. The early selection process allows these highly qualified premedical students greater flexibility in course selection as they complete the baccalaureate degree. Acceptance of any offer into this program is binding, and it is expected that students will matriculate at GWU the fall semester following graduation. For more information, students should contact the Chair of the Health Sciences Committee early in their freshman year.

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Early Selection Program, outstanding premed students
Through an agreement with Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, two outstanding premedical students may be selected at the end of their sophomore year to enter the medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University once they have completed the requirements for graduation from Hampden-Sydney College. The program also encourages selected students to choose from among the wide variety of courses in the liberal arts and sciences offered at Hampden-Sydney and relieves them of the stress associated with application to medical school. Although these students are assured of admission, they are not obligated to attend VCU upon graduation from Hampden- Sydney. Admission to VCU Medical School is contingent on the student’s receiving the national average score on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). For more information concerning this program, interested students should contact the Chair of the Health Sciences Committee early in their freshman year.

University of Lynchburg Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Guaranteed Admission
Students who meet certain GPA requirements and work with Hampden-Sydney's Health Sciences Advisory Committee are eligible for guaranteed admission in the University of Lynchburg's DPT program.

For thorough information and eligibility requirements, see the Academic Catalogue. 

updated 7/30/21