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HSC's ranking

LeightonLeighton Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited April 2007 in Hampden-Sydney College
I guess there really is no delicate way to ask this nor am I posing it from a negative perspective, but having heard and read nothing but wonderful things about this college-how the faculty is so personable and engaging, the friendly student body and gentlemanly traditions, beautiful campus, and despite the isolated location a decent social life linked to some of the women's schools in VA-for a school 200 plus years old why hasn't it achieved a status similar to W&L or Davidson among southern schools ? I realize rankings aren't everything as I've known people very dissapointed in their experience at a top rated school and many who loved their time at schools not as highly rated and who became very successful. Well, thank you for any responses.
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Replies to: HSC's ranking

  • WabashWabash Registered User Posts: 994 Member
    SOMEONE ELSE knows about this college! YAY! What state do you live in?
  • LeightonLeighton Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I'm just outside DC so I have some familiarity with it, but even in this area it doesn't get a lot of exposure or seem to be a really popular school with young men in the area.
  • WabashWabash Registered User Posts: 994 Member
    Are you considering attending?
  • LeightonLeighton Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    It does interest me and I find many aspects of this school to be very admirable,
    but ultimately I think a school that offers a broader exposure to the world and isn't as remote would be better.
  • WabashWabash Registered User Posts: 994 Member
    There is farmsville riggt next to it...
  • eruannetheruanneth Registered User Posts: 281 Junior Member
    hehe farmville's not much--i practically live in it. it's cute in some parts, but there's still the rural wal-mart presence. though i advise you to check out hsc--i know a lot of guys who go there, if you're the right kind of person you'll love it.
  • LeightonLeighton Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Thanks eruanneth. I've also heard HSC described as a "Washington and Lee for slackers" , just how accurate a description is that ?
  • WabashWabash Registered User Posts: 994 Member
    really? I've heard the opposite, is that REALLY true?
  • michaelburtmichaelburt Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    I know quite a few people who attend HSC. All of them are really enjoying it. I know this lends no useful info, but don't be peeved by the all male presence, there are LOTS of women schools around and a large instate university is in Farmville, Longwood. The campus is beautiful, however, Farmville leaves a bit to be desired. UVA is right down the road though.
  • WabashWabash Registered User Posts: 994 Member
    Exactly what I want
  • bethbeth Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    I am a college advisor and my son applied ED to Hampden-Sydney. My take is that since it's all male, that cuts out some people who wouldn't consider it. I believe it's not too hard to get in, but once you're there you get a great education. I am very liberal and probably wouldn't personally like such a conservative school, but my son actually likes George Bush. W&L used to be all male and added the women to make the applicant pool more competitive. It worked, but I think it's nice that HSC has resisted, though reportedly the faculty wanted to consider making it co-ed and the alums wouldn't hear of it. It's like any rural school, I guess, but only about a 2 hour trip to Raleigh/Chapel Hill etc.--and the women's colleges of VA are close by, with Sweet Briar serving as cheerleaders.
  • Tigers RuleTigers Rule Registered User Posts: 230 Junior Member
    Rankings can be trash.Have you visited the college when classes are in session? Spend time with the coaches,professors,and groups you're likely to spend time with.The Fiske Guide,Princeton Review,and Choosing The Right College all offer decent perspectives of this school.There is not another college like it in America.The most important rankings are the ones you make for yourself listing schools where you'll fit in,be happy,and receive a great education.GO TIGERS!!!
  • bethbeth Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    My son went to lacrosse camp there and yes we have visited. It's beautiful.
  • WabashWabash Registered User Posts: 994 Member
    beth wrote:
    I am a college advisor and my son applied ED to Hampden-Sydney. My take is that since it's all male, that cuts out some people who wouldn't consider it. I believe it's not too hard to get in, but once you're there you get a great education. I am very liberal and probably wouldn't personally like such a conservative school, but my son actually likes George Bush. W&L used to be all male and added the women to make the applicant pool more competitive. It worked, but I think it's nice that HSC has resisted, though reportedly the faculty wanted to consider making it co-ed and the alums wouldn't hear of it. It's like any rural school, I guess, but only about a 2 hour trip to Raleigh/Chapel Hill etc.--and the women's colleges of VA are close by, with Sweet Briar serving as cheerleaders.

    So you get the best of both worlds!
  • chestnutchestnut Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    When I went (90-91), the academics were decent enough, but interest in them from the student body wasn't too strong. Giving a harsh judgement, I'd say that the academic quality was, on the most part, wasted on the students.
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