CONWAY, Ark. (September 18, 2013) – Enrollment for the 2013-2014 academic year
at Hendrix College is 1,432 students, up three percent from 1,388 students last
Two contributing factors to the increased student enrollment include a record
new student class and strong freshman to sophomore retention.
Last month, Hendrix welcomed 455 new students, the largest number in the College’s
history. The new student class represents 32 states and 10 foreign countries. Fifty-five
percent of new students are from out of state and 45 percent are from Arkansas.
With 207 in-state students, the incoming class includes one of the largest groups
of Arkansas students in a decade. Also included in the new student numbers are 212
student-athletes, including 52 football players and 11 women lacrosse players –
two new non-scholarship NCAA Division III sports debuting this year.
This year’s freshman-to-sophomore retention rate is nearly 88 percent.
“We hit the ground running this year with a record new student class and great
student retention,” said Acting President W. Ellis Arnold III. “Our faculty and
staff have worked hard to make the start of this year an auspicious beginning, and
we look forward to our new students enriching the campus during their undergraduate
Last week, Hendrix was named one of the country’s top “Up and Coming” liberal
arts colleges for the sixth consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report.
Hendrix is listed at #2 among national liberal arts colleges that have recently
made promising and innovative changes in the areas of academic life, faculty, student
life, campus and facilities. The 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges guide also
lists Hendrix as #11 in an elite group of liberal arts colleges that demonstrate
“A Strong Commitment to Teaching.” Hendrix is the only institution in Arkansas to
appear in the 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking of the top 100 private
national liberal arts colleges.
Other recent Hendrix recognition news includes:
- Hendrix is listed among the top liberal arts colleges “based on their contribution
to the public good” by Washington Monthly.
- Hendrix is among the country’s top 100 most financially fit private colleges,
according to a list published this month by Forbes magazine and is
ranked #158 on the magazine’s list of America’s Top Colleges and #115 in a list
of private colleges in the nation.
- Hendrix is among the top colleges profiled in The Princeton Review’s The
Best 378 Colleges (2014).
- Hendrix was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014
based on academic ratings, price category, and quality of student life on campus.
Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts
and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of
the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.
Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40
Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014
Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list
of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been
affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit