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Hendrix Welcomes Students and Families for STARS College Search Program

Nearly 200 students take part in college fair and search information sessions at Hendrix

High school students and their families came to Hendrix for a college fair aimed at broadening access to higher education for rural and small-town students. / Photo by Beau Cassell

CONWAY, Arkansas (May 16, 2024) — Hendrix College recently hosted nearly 200 high school students and family members for a special college search information program.

The event was part of the Small Town and Rural Students (STARS) College Network, an organization dedicated to working with high schools and access organizations to widen pathways to higher education for rural and small-town students.

“We were thrilled to welcome students and their families to the STARS College Fair at Hendrix,” said Ryan Cassell, Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission at Hendrix.

Students and families received expert advice on the general college application process, financial aid, testing policies, and many other important topics related to the college search process. Afterward, students and families could speak to admission officers from institutions across the country.

In addition to Hendrix, the college fair included representatives from Caltech, Case Western Reserve University, Colby College, Columbia University, Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, University of Chicago, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, University of Wisconsin, and Yale University.

“It was an honor to host this program, provide students and families with resources on the college search process, and give them an opportunity to learn more about Hendrix and our peers and colleagues at institutions across the country,” said Cassell.

About Hendrix College

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges and celebrated among the country’s leading liberal arts colleges for academic quality, engaged learning opportunities and career preparation, vibrant campus life, and value. The Hendrix College Warriors compete in 21 NCAA Division III sports. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. Learn more at

“… Through engagement that links the classroom with the world, and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and sustainable living, the Hendrix community inspires students to lead lives of accomplishment, integrity, service, and joy.” —Hendrix College Statement of Purpose