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About Hampden-Sydney

Hampden-Sydney College is a private, religious school in a rural setting in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia. Hampden-Sydney was founded in 1776 and enrolls 879 undergrads and no graduate students. Hampden-Sydney provides on-campus housing for up to 1,122 students. The majority of students live on campus. On the weekends, about 60% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Hampden-Sydney! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Hampden-Sydney's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Hampden-Sydney students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? Hampden-Sydney has fraternities, but doesn't have sororities.

Planning to play sports? Hampden-Sydney has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Hampden-Sydney on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Hampden-Sydney on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is February 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by April 15.

2021 Hampden-Sydney Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 47%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 36%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 7%
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 7%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 71%
Tuition $45,690

Is Hampden-Sydney a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at to get a clearer sense of what Hampden-Sydney offers and if it might be the right college for you.

Hampden-Sydney Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Hampden-Sydney. Around 47% of applicants get into Hampden-Sydney each year. Last year, 1,906 students applied to Hampden-Sydney and 896 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Hampden-Sydney

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Hampden-Sydney, around 78% return for the next year. Hampden-Sydney's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 71%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Hampden-Sydney Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 48% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent Hampden-Sydney grads have an average starting salary of $42,868 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Hampden-Sydney's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $176.3 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Hampden-Sydney spends about $79,816 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Hampden-Sydney

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Hampden-Sydney meets 83% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $39,297 a year.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $36,532 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Hampden-Sydney. Based on this information, how does Hampden-Sydney sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Hampden-Sydney a good school for you?

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Where is Hampden-Sydney?

Hampden-Sydney is located in the rural setting of Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, less than an hour from Richmond and Lynchburg and Charlottesville.

If you want to see Hampden-Sydney for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Route 460 to Hampden-Sydney, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Richmond International, Lynchburg Regional.

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College Info

PO Box 859 Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943

Campus Setting: Rural

Hampden-Sydney Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Hampden-Sydney is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Hampden-Sydney is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Hampden-Sydney ACT Scores


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20 - 28

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Hampden-Sydney SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1050 - 1220


Math SAT Range

520 - 600


Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Hampden-Sydney students is 1140. Applicants with SAT scores of 1220 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Hampden-Sydney, while applicants with SAT scores between 1050 to 1220 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1050 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Hampden-Sydney.

Hampden-Sydney Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Hampden-Sydney is like? There are approximately 879 students enrolled at Hampden-Sydney. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 72% percent are from VA and 28% percent of students are from other states.


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