U.S. News Rankings
|Ranking score and category|
Henderson State University is a public institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,377, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 152 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Henderson State University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 95. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,984 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $12,864 (2012-13).
|School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):|
As Arkansas's public liberal arts university, Henderson State University offers its 3,400 undergraduate students an education based on a comprehensive core of courses in the arts and sciences. Henderson is proud to be the only school in Arkansas that is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, which identifies and supports high quality public liberal arts and sciences institutions. While the arts and sciences form the foundation for all academic programs at Henderson, the university has an excellent reputation in teacher education, business administration, and several other fields, too. The academic program at Henderson is divided into three colleges. The Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts and Sciences offers a comprehensive core of liberal arts courses, with majors in disciplines from fine arts and the social sciences to technology and the natural sciences. The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on College Nursing Education. And Henderson has the state's only on-campus planetarium. The School of Business offers the bachelor of business administration degree, and it runs the state's only four-year aviation program offering a B.S. degree. The School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Teachers College, Henderson receives national recognition for the quality of its mentor-teacher program for first-year teachers. It offers an exemplary post master's degree program in educational leadership which prepares candidates for P-12 district level leadership roles. Teachers College, Henderson is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Henderson's campus continues to expand, and more students are choosing Henderson as their university of choice. On-campus enrollment continues to increase each year. A large freshman class contributed to the increase, with more than 800 new students enrolled Fall 2011 with an average ACT score of 21.4. The increase in numbers of freshmen will affect our community in many positive ways and will strengthen the university's efforts to develop and maintain an excellent academic program and a vital campus life. Henderson is committed to selecting and supporting a diverse student population, both domestic and international. The student body includes students from more than 20 countries around the world. Henderson has a tradition and history of providing quality education in an embracing atmosphere. Henderson faculty and staff take the extra time to help students make the transition from high school to college life. It is one of our state's oldest universities and serves as the alma mater of many of our nation's most successful men and women who refer to it as the "School with a Heart."
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Henderson State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 17. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||61.5%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 17|
The student-faculty ratio at Henderson State University is 17:1, and the school has 53.0 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Henderson State University include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Psychology; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 59.2 percent.
Henderson State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,377, with a gender distribution of 44.4 percent male students and 55.6 percent female students. At this school, 41.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 59.0 percent of students live off campus. Henderson State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
|Student gender distribution|
|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
Campus Info & Services
Henderson State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health service. Henderson State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Henderson State University, 71 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Henderson State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||71%|
|Health insurance offered||No|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Henderson State University, 80.0 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,653.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$6,984 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$12,864 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$5,332 (2012-13)|
|Financial aid statistics|
* Overview details based on 2011 data