• 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 among
    " Best National Liberal Arts Colleges "

    2020 U.S. News & World Report
    (The only top 100 nationally ranked
    liberal arts college in Arkansas.)


    Continued appearance on
    the "Most Innovative Schools" list

    2020 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


    Ranked #1 
    Best Colleges in Arkansas
    for 2018

    College Consensus


    Recognized as a 
    " Best Value School "

    2020 U.S. News & World Report

    One of 142 colleges and universities chosen for The Princeton Review's 2020 Best Colleges "Best in the Southeast" list.


    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


    Featured as one of
    MONEY's 2019 Best Colleges

    Named a "Hidden Gem in the US"
    and listed as a "Hidden Gems in the Southeast"

    College Raptor 2020

    A Forbes Best Value College for 2019


    A Best College Value for 2019

    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


    Included on 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


  • 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 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: 32 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, American Chemical Society, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

    Alumni body: More than 15,000

    Endowment: Approximately $185 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.