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Hampden-Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate37%
Acceptance Rate37%

Hampden-Sydney Admissions

If you are applying to Hampden-Sydney, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee is $30.

Students who apply to Hampden-Sydney for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 15.

Hampden-Sydney Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Hampden-Sydney's admissions stats.

Hampden-Sydney 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist No

Hampden-Sydney College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Hampden-Sydney College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 1
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes October 15 December 1
Regular Decision Yes February 1 April 15

Want to Apply Early to Hampden-Sydney?

Hampden-Sydney offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is October 15. Hampden-Sydney will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Hampden-Sydney is 57%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 37%.

Hampden-Sydney accepts roughly 56% of early action applicants and 37% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Hampden-Sydney admitted 38 of the 67 students who applied early decision. In 2021, Hampden-Sydney admitted 825 of the 1,468 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Hampden-Sydney College Admissions

Is Hampden-Sydney Difficult To Get Into?

Hampden-Sydney is a moderately difficult school to get into. Hampden-Sydney evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Hampden-Sydney accepted 37% of all applicants, around 1,070 from the 2,907 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Hampden-Sydney, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Hampden-Sydney College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Hampden-Sydney

Hampden-Sydney has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Hampden-Sydney?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Hampden-Sydney

Wondering what factors are considered by Hampden-Sydney during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Hampden-Sydney for more information on admission factors.

Hampden-Sydney 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Hampden-Sydney, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Hampden-Sydney's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Hampden-Sydney?

Students admitted to Hampden-Sydney have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 70% submitted a class rank. At Hampden-Sydney 15% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 44% were in the top 25% and 71% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Hampden-Sydney College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 19%
3.75 and 3.99 15.84%
3.50 and 3.74 18.55%
3.25 and 3.49 17.19%
3.00 and 3.24 14.93%
2.50 and 2.9 12.67%
2.00 and 2.49 1.82%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Hampden-Sydney directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Hampden-Sydney does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Hampden-Sydney does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

More Information on Transferring to Hampden-Sydney College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Hampden-Sydney.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 1. Applicants should hear back by July 31.

Transfer students can enroll in Hampden-Sydney during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Hampden-Sydney Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Hampden-Sydney?

❌ Students who are admitted to Hampden-Sydney must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Hampden-Sydney accept transfer credits?

✅ Hampden-Sydney accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Hampden-Sydney accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Hampden-Sydney accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Hampden-Sydney?

✅ Hampden-Sydney is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is Hampden-Sydney's acceptance rate?

✅ Hampden-Sydney's acceptance rate is 37%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Hampden-Sydney?

✅ Hampden-Sydney's early decision acceptance rate was 57% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Hampden-Sydney?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Hampden-Sydney was 56% in 2021.

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Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Hampden-Sydney? Hampden-Sydney is a somewhat selective institution. The Hampden-Sydney acceptance rate is 37%. This means that the institution accepts 36 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Hampden-Sydney ACT Scores


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Hampden-Sydney SAT Scores


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Hampden-Sydney GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Hampden-Sydney, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.53. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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