Though each Hampden-Sydney man is a student first, you'll enjoy a robust life outside the classroom. With special interest clubs, honor societies, social fraternities, and the outdoors at your doorstep, Hampden-Sydney has a special interest to suit any man.

At Hampden-Sydney

Opportunities abound for the well-rounded guy including student-run clubs and organizations. Leaders can sharpen their skills in student government or formal leadership programs. With easily accessible amenities like the TigeRec Fitness Center, Leggett swimming pool, frisbee golf course, and the Wilson Hiking Trail, you can choose how to spend your personal time. Whether intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports, or outdoor activities are your preference, you'll have easy access to them all. Social and professional fraternities offer weekend socializing and welcome visitors and friends to concerts, formal dances, and athletic events throughout the year.

The Brown Student Center, a beautiful new facility that became the central hub of student life in 2017, is a great place to socialize, shoot pool, and watch TV. Don't forget to check out the menu in the Tiger Inn café or relax by the fire-pits overlooking Chalgrove Pond.

The small, intimate environment at the college fosters relationships that last. The college offers an opportunity to create friendships that are really special.

Eric Lindberg ’93

Road  Trip!

There are several women's colleges within a two-hour radius of Hampden-Sydney, as well as many other colleges and universities. Virginia is home to some of the best state parks in the country and some of the most scenic landscapes, from a weekend trip to the Atlantic Coast to a day hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you are interested in history, performing arts, or music, there are lots of opportunities on and off campus to enjoy a little culture. About seventy miles from both Richmond and Charlottesville,  Farmville and Prince Edward County are rich with history, culture, and recreational venues. Just check out the Area Attractions.

  • Friends watching Tiger football on "the hill" at Hampden-Sydney College

    Friends watching Tiger football on "the hill" at Hampden-Sydney College

  • Students playing corn hole at Hampden-Sydney College

    Students enjoying corn hole during a class picnic

  • Hampden-Sydney College students playing cards at an picnic table

    Friends playing a game of cards outside the residence halls

  • A couple and their puppy sitting under a tree enjoying Hampden-Sydney College football

    Friends enjoying Hampden-Sydney football with their puppy

  • A student biking the Wilson Trail at Hampden-Sydney College

    Located on campus, the Wilson Trail has miles of biking trails

  • The Winter Gala black tie dance at Hampden-Sydney College

    The black tie Winter Gala is an annual tradition at H-SC

  • Student playing pool at Hampden-Sydney College

    Pool is a popular game in the Tiger Inn at the Brown Student Center

  • Student skateboarding campus at Hampden-Sydney College

    Skateboarding is a popular way to get around H-SC's campus

Clubs and Organizations

With more than 60 clubs ranging from philanthropy and service to athletics and music, Hampden-Sydney has a special interest to suit just about any man.

  • Academic & Pre-Professional
  • Debate, Politics, and International Affairs
  • Music, Drama, and Arts
  • Multi-Cultural Life Clubs
  • Public Service & Volunteerism
  • Publications & Broadcasting
  • Religion
  • Sports & Recreation
Clubs & Organizations

Greek Life

At Hampden-Sydney College, Greek-letter fraternities have thrived for nearly 170 years, and they continue to serve as a fundamental feature of campus life today. About 50% of all Hampden-Sydney students join a fraternity, forming life-long friendships, enriching their social lives while complementing the College's rigorous academic program, and ultimately joining a nationwide network of fraternity brothers.

Greek Life

Honor Fraternities

There are many national honors societies recognizing outstanding academic achievement and pre-professional studies.

Honor Fraternities

Leadership & Student Government

There's no better way to learn leadership skills than by trying your hand at leading, and every student has the opportunity to do so at H-SC. We offer many paths to explore and sharpen your skills and to lead your peers. 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.

Student government is a valued tradition at Hampden-Sydney, with many students serving as elected executive officers or as members of the Student Court, Student Senate, and College Activities Committee. And if you'd like to pursue the discipline in a classroom setting, you won't find a better program than H-SC's Wilson Center for Leadership, named for a U.S. Army general and spymaster who served as Hampden-Sydney's 22nd president.


The Outdoor Experience

If you like hunting, fishing, trap shooting, hiking, biking, or camping, you'll have easy access to forests, fields, streams, and open water. Hampden-Sydney men enjoy being outdoors, and they have plenty of places on our 1,300-acre campus and nearby central Virginia to do so.

Outdoor Experience


Staying fit, healthy, and active is easy with TigeRec. In addition to using the Fitness Center and the Leggett swimming pool, students have access to group fitness classes, racquetball courts, a disc golf course, and intramural sports. 



Good men make a difference in the world, and helping you become "a man who serves" is part of the mission of Hampden-Sydney College. Our Civic Engagement program provides you with opportunities for volunteer service and other forms of engagement outside the college gates.

Civic Engagement

Taylor McGee '23

Taylor McGee ’23 has achieved remarkable success during his time on the Hill—he was recently named a Goldwater Scholar, an honor that represents the highest level of undergraduate achievement in natural sciences, math, and engineering.

Taylor McGee ’23

Office of Student Affairs

Brown Student Center
P.O. Box 5
Hampden Sydney, VA 23943
(434) 223-6128

Student Affairs Staff