We believe college should help students find direction. Compass is our unique approach to hands-on learning and preparing men to compete for top jobs and graduate programs. How? By helping every student navigate his future through guided access to internships, study abroad, research, service learning, and active classroom experiences.
Hampden-Sydney men benefit from learning by doing, and Compass requires every student to take three experiential learning courses from a broad menu of options. One of these Compass experiences must have a significant off-campus component, such as environmental studies on Hatteras Island, a semester abroad in Spain, a summer internship in New York, or even community service in the local region.
The Compass Experience
You’ll choose from a broad range of Compass course options.
Active Classroom Learning
From acting and directorial studios to authentic science labs to courses that recreate key moments in history, these classes give students open-ended problems to solve through hands-on learning and reflection. Faculty guide students to see how course content connects to larger issues beyond the classroom.
In these courses, students propose and develop individual or group research projects to complete with faculty supervision. As they work to solve multifaceted, complex, and often interdisciplinary problems, they also explore how their research connects to other coursework and their career aspirations.
For every student, a path.
Guidance and Support
Each Compass course is led by a trained, committed professor, and the tight-knit Hampden-Sydney community is united in helping you navigate your future and get the most out of college. Advisors offer guidance as you select classes, expert career center staff will help you apply for and secure internships, and alumni may offer mentorship and support—and expert faculty will help you put it all together.