Hendrix College

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1600 Washington Avenue

Conway, AR 72032

Phone: (501) 329-6811
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jun. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Hendrix College is a private institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,373, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 180 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Hendrix College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 82. Its tuition and fees are $37,816 (2013-14).

Hendrix College is a small liberal arts school in Conway, Arkansas, that's affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 85 percent of students choose to live on the school's suburban campus, which is about a half-hour from the state capital of Little Rock. There are more than 70 student organizations to check out, and about a quarter of students compete on the Hendrix Warriors sports teams, members of the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association.

Students can also take advantage of a variety of special initiatives run by Hendrix, including the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics & Calling. Notable alumni of Hendrix College include Jo Luck, former president and CEO of the nonprofit Heifer International, which focuses on hunger and poverty issues, and Douglas Blackmon, a Pultizer Prize-winning author.

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

According to the school, as a leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education, Hendrix provides a demanding yet supportive environment where tomorrow's leaders learn to combine critical thought with action. A private, undergraduate institution of the liberal arts founded in 1876 and related to the United Methodist Church, Hendrix offers distinguished academic programs in a residential setting. A 12-to-1 student-faculty ratio encourages student engagement and interaction with faculty. Students and faculty come together in a learning community, with the shared goal of helping each student develop 'Unto the Whole Person,' which is the College's motto. Hendrix College students are actively engaged in their education, involved in learning in a hands-on way that takes them outside the book and into the world. A new component of the curriculum - Your Hendrix Odyssey: Engaging in Active Learning - is the reason for an increase in engagement and an explosion of energy and enthusiasm on the Hendrix campus. The Odyssey Program requires students to complete at least three experiential learning projects during their college careers. Students choose from six categories: artistic creativity, service to the world, global awareness, professional and leadership development, undergraduate research, and special projects. Students receive transcript recognition for completing Odyssey projects. Competitive grants are available to help fund the cost of Odyssey projects, ensuring that all students can participate regardless of their financial situation. Since the program began, Hendrix students and faculty members have shared more than $2.3 million in grants to fund projects ranging from teaching English in rural China and delivering medical supplies to poor Mexican villages to planting and learning from a vegetable garden on campus. Incoming students are eligible for Odyssey Distinction Awards, scholarships of $1,000 to $6,000, based on their experiential activities in high school. The Odyssey program has developed from Hendrix's long-standing commitment to experiential learning, which includes an emphasis on undergraduates conducting research in various fields and presenting their results in national forums such as annual meetings of the American Chemical Society and the National Council for Undergraduate Research. Innovations in the curriculum are matched by a renewal in campus facilities. The College has recently replaced all its science facilities, constructed new campus housing, and built a new home for a special program in language and literature. In January 2010, the College opened a new Student Life and Technology Center, a building blending traditional campus center spaces with cutting-edge technology in an Educational Technology Center. Technology clusters located throughout the building allow students to work or play in small groups and a video conferencing center lets Hendrix students collaborate with students and faculty at other institutions across the country or around the world. The Wellness and Athletics Center opened in 2007, featuring space for intercollegiate sports, wellness and fitness activities, intramurals, and kinesiology classrooms and labs. Hendrix, a NCAA Division III (non-scholarship) school that competes in the Southern Athletic Association, fields 21 intercollegiate sports teams and will introduce football and women's lacrosse in 2013-14. The College is developing The Village at Hendrix, an area east of the campus, into a retail and residential neighborhood and includes businesses that provide varied amenities for students within an easy walk of the campus. Hendrix students became the first residents of The Village in Fall 2009 when 130 upperclassmen moved into College-owned apartments over the first commercial spaces in the neighborhood. More information about the College is available at www.hendrix.edu.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1876
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $155,638,499


When applying to Hendrix College, it's important to note the application deadline is June 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at Hendrix College is $40. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 83 percent and an early acceptance rate of 90.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 83.0%
Application deadline June 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hendrix College is 11:1, and the school has 65.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hendrix College include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Psychology; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Physical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 63%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 20%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 19%
Psychology 11%
English Language and Literature/Letters 7%
Physical Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Hendrix College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,373, with a gender distribution of 43 percent male students and 57 percent female students. At this school, 88 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 12 percent of students live off campus. Hendrix College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,388
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 III

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Campus Info & Services

Hendrix College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Hendrix College 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 Hendrix College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Hendrix College.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Hendrix College, 59.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $24,498.

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Tuition and fees $37,816 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,620 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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