Life at Hendrix
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.
Ranked #76 among
"Best National Liberal Arts Colleges "
2019 U.S. News & World Report
(The only top 100 nationally ranked
liberal arts college in Arkansas.)
Continued appearance on
the "Most Innovative Schools" list
U.S. News & World Report
Featured in the
Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019
Featured in Loren Pope's Book
Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges
Best Colleges in Arkansas
Recognized as a
"Best Value School "
2019 U.S. News & World Report
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
Repeated appearances on
Forbes' Grateful Grads Index for the Top 200 Best-Loved Colleges
Featured as one of
MONEY's 2018-19 Best Colleges
Named a "Hidden Gem in the US"
and listed as a "Hidden Gems in the Southeast"
College Raptor 2019
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
Grand Prize in Residential Dining Concepts
2018 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards NACUFS
U.S. News & World Report's
"High School Counselors Rankings" list
The list was created by polling guidance counselors
in all 50 states to ask which institutions they think
offer the best undergraduate education for students.
2019 U.S. News & World Report
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 2018: 1,209 from 48 states and 19 countries
Academic profile, class of ’22: 41% in top 10th of high school class, 74% in top quarter; Average scores: 1266 SAT (Natl avg: 1002), 28 ACT (Natl avg: 21), 3.9 GPA (Natl avg: 3.0)
Faculty: 104 full-time, 93 percent with Ph.D. or equivalent degree
Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
Average class size: 16
Majors: 33 undergraduate majors, 34 minors; M.A. in accounting
Top 5 Majors, Class of ’18: 1) Psychology, 2) Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 3) Biology, 4) Economics & Business, 5) Health Science
Graduation Rates (Fall 2009 class): 66% in 4 years; 71% 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-graduation: About a third of our graduates plan to attend graduate or professional school immediately after graduation. The majority of those students are accepted to a graduate or professional program before they graduate from Hendrix.
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 92 percent of students live in college-owned housing)
Campus: (campus map) 175 acres encompassing academic, residential and recreational resources, plus arboretum, gazebo, and pecan court; also includes "New Urbanism" community, The Village at Hendrix
Facilities: (facilities guide) Art complex, life sciences center, physical sciences center, social sciences center, chapel, auditorium, theatre, wellness and athletics center, student life and technology center, welcome center
Clubs & organizations: More than 70; Phi Beta Kappa chapter
Athletics: 37% of all students participate in intercollegiate athletics.
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, 2018-19: $58,074 (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; 87% of financial need met (on average); $38,736 average award for 2017-18
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 $185 million
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.
"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.
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