Hampden Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney College has unique bragging rights - it is the tenth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States (1775), and is the oldest of the country's few remaining private colleges that specializes in educating and developing young men.

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (2)



History is alive at H-SC. In continuous operation since November 10, 1775, Hampden-Sydney is the tenth oldest college in the United States. Here, the past meets the present as we prepare students for not just successful careers, but successful lives in the 21st century.


Hampden-Sydney College excels in teaching exceptional young men in the way they learn best: in small classes with one-on-one instruction and by doing rather than watching. Immersed in the liberal arts, every student is taught to reason effectively, think critically, and write persuasively.

For more than 240 years, Hampden-Sydney's leadership has carried out its mission to "form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning." 


Work side by side with professors on research projects both inside the classroom and out in the field, tackling real problems and gaining invaluable, practical experience.


Considered a best value college for its return on investment, H-SC ranks among the top 10 colleges for career preparation according to The Princeton Review and The Wall Street Journal.  An H-SC alumnus will earn more than graduates from other institutions, and he'll do it with support from the 2nd best alumni network in the nation.

Your learning opportunities extend well beyond the classroom and even beyond the Hill, and may include internships, student research, study abroad, cooperative programs, or the honors program.

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Student services

We are here to help you succeed by developing the skills necessary to achieve your academic goals. The Rhetoric Studio and the Offices of Academic Success and Instructional Technology are here to guide you.

Housing services

Hampden-Sydney men live in a small, close-knit, trusting community on a 1,300-acre rural campus surrounded by men and women who are their guiding champions toward successful lives. We provide the atmosphere and the approach that transform talented boys into men of confidence, character, and capability.

ICT services

The John B. Fuqua Computing Center, located on the ground-level of Bortz Library, houses a computer lab, scanning and printing facilities, and a data center used to manage College information.

Medical services

Student Health Services is open for clinic hours and staffed by professional nurses on a walk-in basis during the regular academic year (fall term and spring term) from 7:30 am to 4 pm. The College Physician is available to see students at 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. There is no fee for Student Health Services visits.

Student Life

Campus life

With the majority of our students living on campus, you'll develop close-knit relationships and a lifelong brotherhood of support. A home away from home, H-SC not only provides a secure and supportive living environment, but also provides ample open space for you to relax and enjoy life.

Sports facilities

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. 

Student clubs

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.


Hampden-Sydney College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate degrees.

Hampden Sydney, Virginia, United States


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