We look forward to working with you as a veteran of the armed services. If you wish to continue military involvement, leadership training, or just want to receive a solid liberal arts education to prepare you for further success in life, Hampden-Sydney is a great place to do so. 

Hampden-Sydney College is older than the nation itself, having been founded on November 10, 1775, the same date as the birth of the United States Marine Corps.  We have strong connections to our military, both now and in the past. The tradition of Hampden-Sydney men serving our country dates back to the American Revolution and to the two men who gave their lives during it, who are honored-as all our alumni who fought and died in the name of our country-on our War Memorial Gate.  The military tradition continues today with the men who serve around the world in defense of our nation and the protection of our liberties. 

The Founders of this country understood that national strength is not the product of institutions, but of the greatness of a people. It is not an exaggeration to say that America desperately needs young men who have been shaped by an honor code that emphasizes personal integrity, a liberal arts curriculum that teaches good habits of mind and soul, and a code of student conduct that promotes civility, service and leadership. These are the distinctive hallmarks of a Hampden-Sydney education.

Dr. David E. Marion

Apply for Admission

It is easy to apply for admission, and you may do so at any time during the year. Application deadlines are below:

Early Decision I (November 1) and Early Decision II (January 15)
If H-SC is your first-choice school, this is a great way to apply. You'll know quickly whether or not you've been accepted and won't have to spend your senior year worrying about applying to other colleges. Early decision is binding (which means you're expected to attend H-SC if you're accepted).

Early Action (November 15)
This is a good choice if you want to get the college application process finished early. With early action, you can still apply to other colleges. If you're accepted, it's non-binding (which means you can choose whether or not to attend H-SC if you're accepted).

Regular Decision (January 15)
This is your last chance to apply to H-SC for admission next fall. If you've been accepted, you have until May 1 to decide whether or not you wish to attend.

Transfer of Courses
Courses you have taken through another college or university which are similar to courses offered at Hampden-Sydney College will transfer with academic credit.  (Please note that Hampden-Sydney does not accept on-line courses.)  We will evaluate your transcripts for possible course credit on a case-by-case basis.  The web pages of the Registrar's Office have helpful information on transfer credit.


Paying the Costs

Hampden-Sydney College is among the elite colleges and universities participating in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 administered by the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Hampden-Sydney College will contribute up to $10,500 yearly to your education which is matched by the VA through the Yellow Ribbon Program. These dollars are in addition to those that a qualified veteran would receive through the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, which in Hampden-Sydney's case would be $17,500 per year.

Sons of Veterans who Qualify for Post-9/11 GI Bill®
The son of any veteran who qualifies for the benefits of the Post-9/11  GI Bill® is eligible for the same monetary benefits as his veteran-parent. 

Veterans Benefits

Wilson Center for Leadership

We are committed to enriching the personal and civic lives of our students at Hampden-Sydney College. Here you will find an active focus on leadership and public service through the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.  It offers minors in National Security Studies and Leadership in the Public Interest

Wilson Leadership


Our men may enroll in the Army ROTC program through the University of Richmond. Army ROTC is a national leadership development program that educates and prepares highly talented college students to become Army Officers while pursuing the major of their choice with a focus on academics, campus leadership opportunities, and athletics.

Col. R. Dwayne Bowyer ’92