Henderson State University

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1100 Henderson Street

Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001

Phone: (870) 230-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#92 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Henderson State University is a public institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,363, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 92. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,284 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,404 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Henderson State University is the only higher education institution in Arkansas that is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, an organization dedicated to the identification and support of high quality public liberal arts and sciences institutions. HSU offers its 3,400 undergraduate students an education based on a comprehensive core of courses in the arts and sciences. The academic program at Henderson comprises three colleges: The Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts, the School of Business, and the Teachers College. Ellis College offers a comprehensive core of liberal arts courses, with majors in disciplines ranging from fine arts and the social sciences to technology and the natural sciences. The college houses nationally accredited programs in nursing (Commission on College Nursing Education) and music (National Association for School of Music). Henderson is home to the only on-campus planetarium in Arkansas and the Simonson Biological Field Station, world-class opportunities for hands-on research in the sciences. The School of Business, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees and the state's only four-year aviation B.S. degree. The Teachers College, accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education is nationally recognized for its mentor-teacher program for first-year teachers, and offers an exemplary post master's degree program in educational leadership that prepares candidates for P-12 district level leadership roles. HSU offers both the Masters in Educational Leadership and the Master of Science in Education degree online in a synchronous environment. In fall 2012, The Teachers College established Arkansas's first Approved Play Therapy Education Center. With this designation by the Association for Play Therapy, HSU will offer play therapy graduate and supervisor training courses. Henderson's growing Honors College continues to cultivate students who pursue the highest in academic excellence. The university hosts an annual undergraduate research conference, enticing students from all over Arkansas to meet scholars and present their own research. Committed to supporting a diverse student population, HSU draws undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and from more than 19 countries around the world. Each semester hundreds of Henderson students, faculty and staff participate in Reddie to Serve Day, a community service project in the university's hometown of Arkadelphia when volunteers complete small maintenance projects for citizens in need. HSU's commitment to its community is further evidenced by efforts to make higher learning a realistic goal for motivated high school students through the Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy. The program utilizes specialized testing to identify students who have a desire to pursue college, but may need additional education to succeed, and works to ensure that students are college ready when they graduate high school. HSU has a 123-year tradition of providing higher education in an embracing atmosphere where faculty and staff take time to mentor students during the transition from high school through to completion of their university education, and serves as the alma mater of many of our nation's most successful men and women including Major Jimmie Keenan, Commanding General, U.S. Army Public Health Command; Dr. Billy G. Hudson, Elliot V. Newman Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Pathology and Director of the Center for Matrix Biology at Vanderbilt University; Dr. Robert Fisher, president of Belmont University; and Dr. Ann Chotard, founder of the Arkansas Opera Theatre and Wildwood Center for the Performing Arts.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1890
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $13,389,886


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 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.1 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Henderson State University is 16:1, and the school has 52.7 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; Visual and Performing Arts; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 60.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 21%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 23%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Social Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Henderson State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,363, with a gender distribution of 44.5 percent male students and 55.5 percent female students. At this school, 41 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 59 percent of students live off campus. Henderson State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,771
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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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, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Henderson State University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Henderson State University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Henderson State University, 78.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,360.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,284 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,404 (2013-14)
Room and board $5,566 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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