• Life at Hendrix

    About the College

    Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is one of the country's best liberal arts colleges, nationally recognized for academic quality, community, innovation, and value.

  • Nationally Recognized for Quality and Value

  • Ranked #76 among
    "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges "

    U.S. News & World Report
    (The only top 100 nationally ranked
    liberal arts college in Arkansas.)


    Ranked #7 among
    "Most Innovative Schools "

    U.S. News & World Report


    Featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges


    Featured in Loren Pope's Book  Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges



    ALL IN Challenge Bronze Award for excellence in student voter engagement


    Best in Arkansas for LGBTQ Students

    BestColleges.com/Campus Pride Index


    Most Beautiful College in Every State

    Travel and Leisure


    #1 in Best Dining Halls



    Repeated appearances on
    Forbes' Grateful Grads Index for the Top 200 Best-Loved Colleges

    A Forbes Best Value College for 2018


    A Best College Value for 2018

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance


    Best College Food in America



    Multiple Gold Awards from the National Association for College and University Food Services



    A top producer of Fulbright Students

    2016-17 The Chronicle of Higher Education


  • Fast Facts

    With close faculty interaction, rigorous academic programs rooted in the liberal arts, and robust residential campus experience, Hendrix develops students to their fullest potential.

    College: Four-year, private, residential, coeducational college of liberal arts founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church; Phi Beta Kappa chapter

    Location: Conway, AR, suburban city of 58,900; 30 minutes from Little Rock (metro. pop.: 724,385)

    Enrollment Fall 2017: 1,232 from 45 states and 19 countries

    Academic profile, class of ’19:  40% in top 10th of high school class, 60% in top quarter;
    Average scores: 1213 SAT (Natl avg: 1002), 28 ACT (Natl avg: 21), 3.9 GPA (Natl avg: 3.0)

    Faculty: 108 full-time, 93 percent with Ph.D. or equivalent degree

    Student/faculty ratio: 11:1

    Average class size: 16

    Majors: 33 undergraduate majors, 38 minors; M.A. in accounting

    Top 5 Majors, Class of '16: 1) Biology, 2) Psychology, 3) Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 4) Economics & Business, 5) Interdisciplinary Studies

    Graduation Rates (Fall 2009 class): 64% in 4 years; 68% in 6 years; 94% of grads complete in 4 years

    High Impact Practices (NSSE 2016): 66% of seniors report participating in research projects with faculty (southeast peers: 44%); 85% of seniors complete some form of culminating senior project (Southeast peers: 71%); 68% of seniors participate in internships or field experiences (Southeast peers: 65%)

    Post graduate: The majority of our students enter graduate or professional school either immediately after graduating or the following year. Approximately one-third enroll in graduate school within the first year of graduation, while other graduates seek employment and report finding a job within six months of graduation.

    Doctoral Degree Production: 40% in Medical, Law, PhD, or Master's program; 50% employed or in public service; 2% unemployed 

    Residence options: Co-ed and single sex; six traditional residence halls, five residence houses, three theme houses, and five apartment complexes (more than 80 percent of students live in college-owned housing)

    Campus: 175 acres encompassing academic, residential and recreational resources, plus arboretum, gazebo, and pecan court; also includes "New Urbanism" community, The Village at Hendrix

    Facilities: Art complex, life sciences center, physical sciences center, chapel, auditorium, theatre, wellness and athletics center, and new student life and technology center

    Clubs & organizations: 75+; Phi Beta Kappa chapter

    Athletics: 43% of all students are athletes.

    NCAA Division III, Southern  Athletic Association: Baseball (M), Basketball (M & W), Beach Volleyball (W) Cross country (M & W), Field hockey (W), Football (M), Golf (M & W), Lacrosse (M & W), Soccer (M & W), Softball (W), Swimming and diving (M & W), Tennis (M & W), Track and field (M & W), and Volleyball (W)

    Comprehensive fee, 2017-18: $55,996 (tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees)

    Financial aid: 100 percent of students receive some form of achievement-based and/or need-based state, federal, or institutional assistance;

    89% of financial need met (on average) $29,848 average award for 2016-17

    Academic consortium: Associated Colleges of the South

    Major accreditations:  Higher Learning Commission, University Senate of the United Methodist Church, National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, American Chemical Society

    Alumni body: More than 15,000

    Endowment: Approximately $180 million

  • President & Administration

    President Bill Tsutsui and the senior leadership team keep Hendrix College at the forefront of American higher education.

    William M. (Bill) Tsutsui is president and professor of history at Hendrix College. He previously served as dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University from 2010 to 2014. He holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton universities. Prior to joining SMU, Tsutsui spent seventeen years at the University of Kansas, where he served as acting director of KU’s Center for East Asian Studies, chair of the Department of History, founding executive director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas, and associate dean for International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

    An award-winning classroom teacher, Tsutsui is the author or editor of eight books, including Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan, Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters, and Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization, as well as numerous articles on modern Japanese history. He has received Fulbright, ACLS, and Marshall fellowships, and was awarded the John Whitney Hall Prize of the Association for Asian Studies in 2000, the William Rockhill Nelson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2005, and the inaugural Bridges to Friendship Award from the Japan America Society of Greater Austin in 2015. His teaching and research focus on the business, environmental, and cultural history of twentieth-century Japan.

  • Motto

    "Unto the whole person"

    The Hendrix College seal appeared for the first time on the cover of the 1898 catalog. The seal included the College's motto, selected by a committee headed by the Rev. George W. Hill and taken from a passage in Ephesians: "Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ …" (Ephesians 4:13, King James Version). Currently translated as "unto the whole person," the motto, in Ancient Greek, reflects Hendrix's dedication to both Christian principles and the traditional liberal arts ideal.

  • Statement of Purpose

    Hendrix College cultivates empathy, creativity, self-understanding, rigorous inquiry, informed deliberation, and active learning across the liberal arts, toward the development of the whole person. 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.

    Approved by the Hendrix College faculty and Board of Trustees in spring 2015