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Hampden Sydney College

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I went to Hampden Sydney because everyone saysQuite BrightUndecided
I went to Hampden Sydney because everyone says that its so great. I'll admit you will get a good education there, but everything else really sucks. The food is horrible, all the buildings are outdated, and there is literally nothing to do on campus or in Farmville. This is a very expensive school to go to, but you never see them use the money for something that's actually useful. Constantly they pay for expensive programs that for only small groups of people instead of paying the same amount for something that most of the campus will attend. The Honor Code isn't really followed, and I've had multiple things stolen from my room. This school will take all your money and then beg for more. I get emails nearly every week asking for donations, and the school forces you to live on campus and buy their expensive (and very lackluster) meal plans. I am transferring away from Hampden Sydney as soon as possible and hope that no one else makes the same mistake I did.
1st Year Male -- Class 1921
Education Quality: B, Surrounding City: F
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As much as I love Hampden-Sydney, there isBrightEconomics
As much as I love Hampden-Sydney, there is no denying that it is going through numerous problems currently, and it can get quite frustrating if you truly care about the college. The facilities are all outdated - dorms, classrooms, just about everything except a select few places they show on tours, which is sad given how often the school talks about how well its Alumni do, and how generous they are to the school. Numerous departments are understaffed, while other professors get away with having only a handful of students per semester. Additionally, the financial aid and business offices rarely communicate it seems, and often give incorrect numbers to students who need to take out loans. While the campus is nice, and the food is generally a lot better than people suggest I am often left wondering where my tuition goes at the end of the day - mostly to supply the president with Brooks Brothers suits it seems... The student senate, which actually runs quite a lot on campus, is often at odds for 'power' with the college activities committee, and the student body seems to suffer for it - most recently a $38k blunder of a concert that practically none of the student body cared to have in the first place. Even if you don't join a fraternity there is quite a lot to do, and you likely won't have problems making friends, since you'll inevitably have the same people in many of your classes.

If I could do college all over again from the start, I would more seriously have considered other private colleges elsewhere. The school talks about caring about students as individuals, that really stops with knowing your name - if you have a problem with any school office, enjoy a bureaucratic run around trying to get it straight. The small, all men atmosphere is incredible, but that's about all it has going for it aside from the honor code, which is generally only followed when convenient. The professors are generally fantastic, incredibly qualified and very approachable - it's not uncommon for students to have lunch or dinner with professors, or even to see professors out and about during party weekends.If Hampden-Sydney wants to be great again, then I firmly believe it can be - but when I see the quality of the facilities that other schools of similar size have compared to H-SC, I often wonder if I made the correct choice.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Education Quality: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: D
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Just a cheap knockoffSuper BrilliantOther
Just a cheap knockoff of the University of Richmond men, however they cannot come anywhere close the status, networking, and financial gains a U of R degree entails, and they cannot come anywhere close to the <30% acceptance rate and academic standards accredited with U of R.
1st Year Male -- Class 2018
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