Engaging students academically and socially on campus is the best way to keep students enrolled. Through the work of several departments on campus, we’re creating a systematic structure that encourages new students to explore a variety of opportunities on campus: fraternity life, outdoor interests, guided research with faculty, creative freshman seminars, and more. These efforts are notable because some high school students use retention as a measure of student happiness at a college. Graduating a larger percentage of students from each enrolling class will go a long way toward creating a strong reputation for being a college that promotes intellectual development and personal growth. Keeping students that we recruit is also imperative for the College’s financial strength, the success of our athletic teams, and our rankings in various publications.
Service Learning at H-SC
Our mission focus prepares Hampden-Sydney men for lives of personal fulfillment and significant engagement with the local and wider, even global, community. From the start, we’re encouraging students to become active citizens and to serve the Hampden-Sydney and Farmville communities. The Office of Student Affairs even has a staff member dedicated to finding opportunities for our students to actively engage in the community. Hampden-Sydney has fostered service learning for several decades, but service is now becoming an intentional way to engage students with their community.
Living Learning Communities
Incoming freshmen now have the option of selecting living learning communities for their first-year housing. Learning Communities are designed to bring together students, academic advisors, faculty, and peer mentors in a shared academic and co-curricular experience. Each community links the student to an academic advisor, to a course, and to the other students in his residence hall with the goals of creating a holistic learning experience that will improve the quality of classroom time, increase student success rates, and arm freshmen with the personal connections and decision making and self-advocacy skills essential to a successful and fulfilling college experience. View the 2017-18 living learning community offerings.
What's in the Brown Student Center?
The Brown Student Center contains the Office of Student Affairs, the Ferguson Career Center, the Flemming Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Post Office, Tiger Inn, Student Government offices, and copious hangout spaces complete with TVs, bar room games, and outdoor fire places. Students were heavily involved in the design process ensuring their needs would be met by the facility. Clubs and organizations finally have designated meeting and storage spaces. Most importantly, students living in dormitories will have a secondary living space that’s open 24/7 to spend time with friends, meet with professors, and do just about anything else that motivates them to be involved with the student life on campus.
Integrating Entrepreneurship into Academics
The Flemming Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will encourage student and faculty creativity and equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue entrepreneurial ideas. The vision for the Center includes a full-time director, an endowed "entrepreneur-in-residence," and the establishment of a Tiger Venture Fund, which would support student entrepreneurs by enabling them to develop prototypes and explore the commercial viability of their ideas. This vision also includes a "flex office" that will provide a professional base for visiting entrepreneurs who will be readily accessible to students and faculty, offering expertise, encouraging constructive creativity, and providing mentoring and support.
Experiential Learning and the Ferguson Career Center
Our faculty have recently presented an Academic Master Plan that adds a layer of experiential learning—or “learning-by-doing”—to the already excellent liberal arts curriculum. That model includes an increased number of study abroad opportunities (foreign and domestic), more collaborative research work, and a focus on internship and shadowing opportunities. The Ferguson Career Center will be vital to the success of the experiential learning initiative as it will host on-campus career fairs, professional development seminars, corporate recruiters, and industry-specific panels comprised of alumni, parents, and friends. The inclusion of the Ferguson Career Center will allow our staff to be more interactive and proactive in supporting our student needs for professional development opportunities.
Making my gift count
Every gift to the Hampden-Sydney Fund will be matched 1:1 up to $300,000 including company matches, recurring gifts, second gifts for this year…everything!
How to give
- Make your gift online by clicking one of the ‘Give Now’ buttons above,
- Call 800-865-1776 (M-F, 8:30 am—5 pm),
- Or mail a check to Hampden-Sydney College, PO Box 637, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943.
Why the Hampden-Sydney Fund?
Gifts to any area are welcome but the challenge is specific to the Hampden-Sydney Fund. Your gift to the H-S Fund ensures the College has flexibility to provide aid to deserving students. Meeting the $300,000 challenge would make 2016—2017 one of the best H-S Fund years in College history.