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Hampden Sydney College

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityF Faculty AccessibilityB
Useful SchoolworkF Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessC Creativity/ InnovationD
Individual ValueB- University Resource UseF
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyF FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceF Social LifeD-
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsC-
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Violent, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Not so bright
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She cares more about Campus Aesthetics/ Beauty than the average student.
Date: Jan 23 2009
Major: Undecided (This Major's Salary over time)
I am a freshman at Hampden Sydney and I hate it. I am sorry to be blunt about the situation but I truly regret going to this school. Almost everything at the institution is a hassle. Whether it is getting to class or getting breakfast, I have run into problems in virtually every aspect of the school.

The weekend scene is dismal to say the best; the only things to do are drink in somebody's room or attempt to have a fun time at the fraternity circle. The pinnacle of entertainment that the fraternities offer is a hick band from the town of "god knows where". You would have to come drunk to the fraternities (pregame it like a high school kid would) because the fraternities almost never serve any type of alcoholic beverage. Half the time you will struggle to find something interesting to do and the other half you may spend drinking in a dorm/apartment. Compared to other colleges that I have been to Hampden Sydney successfully takes the cake as the worst social scene.

The all male scene is one of the biggest problems at the college. Although some see it as something to be proud of, it is most certainly not. The all male environment is a narrow minded outlook. Because no females are present (85% of the time), the guys at the school are rowdy, competitive, aggressive, and arrogant. The weekend is a race to who can find and woo a girl; some of the time you can't even get inside a fraternity party without a female escort. In order to get laid at this school you will need to extend an effort ahead of time. Usually kids will use facebook and "invite" girls over to the college. Seeing the girls arrive on the weekends shows how sad of a situation you are in. It is depressing to hear the pretentious Sweet Briar girls giggle away, and you ask yourself "is this it?" You know you are in trouble when the kids around you haven't gotten laid since the last summer. As I said before many of the guys who go here are arrogant. Some are athletes (I am an athlete), some are nerds, some are average, and some are the fake "cheeky" type who pretend to be nice to everybody and think themselves great because they run for student senate. However, they do have something in common. They are from Virginia. To say that the school has little diversity is an understatement. Probably 90 to 95 percent of kids are Virginians born and raised. I do not have a problem with Virginia but when your entire student body comes from the same area it gets boring. The stories are the same, the lives are the same, and everything just blends together.

Another concern is the curriculum that HSC offers. The requirements for many of the general credits are extensive. The average student could spend close to two years in Spanish courses, at least a year and a half in history courses, and a year and a half in writing courses. These courses can have nothing to do with the intended major but are the "must" requirements of the school. This extensive course requirement interferes with pursing any intended major that somebody may have. The majors list of HSC is scant. There are very few interesting or practical majors that the school offers, and considering there is only about 25 to choose from, your options are narrow.

Hampden Sydney was not my number 1 choice of school by any means. It was a last resort plan when my other 2 choices did not work out. I am on of those kids who worked pretty hard in high school. I got A's and B's, took a variety of honors and AP courses, was captain of 2 athletic teams, a member of the National Honors Society, vice president of my class for 2 years and president for 1. My choice colleges declined my admission due to my SAT scores (mid 1700s) which were considered low for university standards. I chose HSC hesitant and uncertain of what this college experience would hold. I have decided to transfer from Hampden Sydney at the end of the year; it certainly not college life that I had hoped for.

responseBRAXTON!!! you silly, silly boy, are the voices telling you to write this?!
questionHow can you mark your gender as "female" and also claim to be a freshman at HSC? Not lending a lot of credence to your complaints here because either:
A. You're actually a female; or,
B. You're actually a male who isn't smart enough to select the right gender.

Either option strips any validity of your argument.

responseSomeone is just upset that they didn't get a bid
responseSounds like maybe you should have worked harder in highschool so we wouldn't be stuck with your negative attitude here at H-SC. Happy to see you come, even more glad when you transfer. And by the way if you think getting to class is a hassle at HSC try going to a massive state school where I bet you could not even find the right building for your class.
responseSounds like your life just really sucks
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