At Hampden-Sydney, every student has the opportunity to develop his abilities to lead. We offer many paths to explore and sharpen your skills. No matter which path you choose, you will strengthen your ability to work effectively with others and to make a difference in your community, your workplace, and the world. 

Wilson Center

Wilson Center for Leadership. With direction from current and former leaders, the Wilson Center provides students with the opportunity to explore, practice, and hone their leadership skills developing tomorrow's effective and ethical leaders.

Society of '91 is a year-long leadership certificate program inspired by the lives of eight members of the Class of 1791 who, in their college years, represented the potential for greatness. Rising Sophomores may apply.

Wilson Leadership Fellows Program. Designed for a select group of motivated, energetic freshmen who wish to make a difference in their communities,  the four-year Leadership Fellows Program is designed to develop ethical decision-making, effective leadership, active citizenship, and the civil and rational exchange of ideas.


Intercollegiate Sports. About 30% of our student body participates in intercollegiate athletics, including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and tennis.

Intramural Sports. More than 70% of students participate in the intramural program offering teams in Club Rugby, dodgeball, handball, flag football, indoor and outdoor soccer, and even ping pong. You can even form a team on your own.

Co-curricular Programs

Civic Engagement programs provide opportunities for volunteer service and community partnerships outside the college gates. 

Flemming Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI). A center of entrepreneurship opportunities and scholarship programs, CEI encourages student and faculty creativity and equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue entrepreneurial ideas.

Student Government 

A long-prized tradition at Hampden-Sydney, student government provides opportunities to serve as elected executive officers, members of the Student Court, Student Senate, and the College Activities Council.

At H-SC it’s about more than the facts you pick up in the classroom. It’s about a certain outlook on life that focuses on leadership. I was taught to approach my chosen field with leadership in mind and constantly ask how I can make a difference in the world.

Henrik Fogh Rasmussen ’03

Student Clubs, Fraternities, and Honor Societies

Clubs. With more than 70 clubs ranging from philanthropy and service to athletics, politics, and music, Hampden-Sydney has many options for pursuing your interests and developing new ones. 

Fraternities. Hampden-Sydney's fraternity life has thrived for over 150 years, and as of Spring 2012, about 30% of all students are active members.

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK). Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society which recognizes and encourages leadership by men and women of exemplary character. 

College-sponsored Organizations

President's Men. The President's Men serve as ambassadors of the President and representatives of the College.  Members have the distinctive opportunity to participate in special College and Alumni events.

Garnet and Grey. The Garnet and Grey Society is a group of dedicated students who support Hampden-Sydney College by giving campus tours to prospective students and their parents, assisting in phone-a-thons, keeping prospective students overnight, manning Open House programs, and helping to entertain visiting dignitaries to the campus.

Step Up. This is a national bystander intervention program to help students learn strategies and techniques to intervene directly and indirectly in emergency and non-emergency situations.

Professional Development

Internships. The Ferguson Career Center helps students find opportunities to engage in experiential learning through internships, volunteerism, and job shadowing.