Value, alumni network honored

Published 12:29 pm Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Hampden-Sydney College (H-SC) has secured high rankings in several key categories in the 2019 edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best Value Colleges guide, which was published recently, a H-SC press release cited.

Officials highlighted in the release that H-SC’s alumni network is ranked fourth in the guide, and the college also places in the top 20 in the categories of Best Schools for Internships and Best College Libraries.

The release continued by noting that The Princeton Review’s guide, subtitled “200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment,” names Hampden-Sydney one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price.

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“Hampden-Sydney’s fourth-best alumni ranking and top-20 internship ranking are a testament to the enduring power of the educational experience we offer young men,” H-SC President Dr. Larry Stimpert said in the release. “Upon graduation, Hampden-Sydney men enter a lifelong network of partners, mentors and champions. Our alumni network and commitment to career preparation are two key reasons a Hampden-Sydney education is a valuable investment in one’s future. We are proud that The Princeton Review recognizes the strength of our alumni network and the value of a Hampden-Sydney degree.”

Officials stated in the release that rankings were derived from data The Princeton Review collected in 2017–18 from surveys of administrators at more than 650 colleges, as well as data from surveys of students attending the schools and surveys of alumni that PayScale. com conducted through April 2018. More than 40 data points were used to determine the colleges’ Return on Investment (ROI) ratings, with focus areas including academics, cost, financial aid, debt, graduation rates and alumni career and salary data.

The release stated that The Princeton Review editors salute H-SC’s academic program, writing, “The college’s required Rhetoric Program provides training in writing and speech, and the interdisciplinary Core Cultures program ensures students learn about the past from both a Western and a global cultures perspective.”

In conclusion, the release noted that editors also quote students praising the “beautiful campus” and “instant brotherhood” at Hampden-Sydney, as well as the quality and accessibility of professors, who “even invite their students to have dinner at their homes.” Says one biology major, “You will not get an education like this anywhere else.”