When you enter the gates of Hampden-Sydney, you're joining a brotherhood older than America itself.
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.
At Hampden-Sydney, you'll live and learn alongside your brothers, challenging and testing one another. You'll laugh, struggle, strive, and succeed together, and at times, fail together. You'll lift each other up, hold each other accountable, and above all, grow. You'll find yourself transformed into the best possible version of yourself.
The school offers such a unique environment and special community. It’s a school that fosters incredibly strong relationships and friendships. During college years, you figure out who you are, and with the people you go through that process with, you create bonds that don’t fade away.
Mac Freeman ’89, Senior Vice President, Denver Broncos
This brotherhood lasts far beyond graduation.
As you enter life after the Hill, you'll belong to one of the top 5 alumni networks in the country, with a built-in network of partners, mentors, and advisors who will champion you throughout your life.
Hampden-Sydney men are fused by the transformative experiences of the Hill.
When you encounter a fellow Hampden-Sydney man, you can be confident that his character and sense of honor match your own. You've both signed the Honor Code, and you live as gentlemen "at all times and in all places." You've sweated through the three-hour Rhetoric Proficiency Exam. You've mastered the wisdom of the ancients and apply their lessons today.
Beyond textbooks, you've studied To Manner Born, To Manner Bred: The Hip-pocket Guide to Etiquette for the Hampden-Sydney Man. You've tailgated together at football games and cheered the Tigers on the basketball court, witnessed breathtaking sunsets on the way to the Commons, danced to live music on fraternity decks, fished Chalgrove Pond at sunrise, and mountain biked the Wilson Trail. And, in the end, you've walked across the stage of Venable Hall and received your degree before a crowd of your brothers, cheering and shouting your name.
Above all, you've entered as youths, and emerged as men.
Only a select few can claim the same distinction.
Austin Senecal '19
J. Austin Senecal '19, is the first Hampden-Sydney student to win the prestigious Boren Scholarship, awarded to just 221 undergraduates nationwide.