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Message from President Arnold: Academic and campus plans for Fall 2020 at Hendrix College

June 17, 2020

Dear Hendrix College community members,

Many of you have been involved in planning for the Fall 2020 semester at Hendrix. Thank you for your hard work, your helpful suggestions, and your unwavering commitment to Hendrix College.

As we prepare for the fall, I want to share a framework of our plans for the semester.

  • Housing assignments for new students will be released by Tuesday, June 30.
  • New student advising will be remote, beginning Wednesday, August 5.
  • New students move into residence halls Monday, August 17, and returning students arrive Wednesday, August 19. Move-in will be strategically staggered to allow as much physical spacing as possible.
  • New student orientation will be Monday, August 17 through Wednesday, August 19. The traditional orientation trips are postponed at this time.
  • Classes begin Thursday, August 20. In-person classes will end Tuesday, November 24, before Thanksgiving break.
  • Finals will be held online after Thanksgiving break.

We will continue to communicate with you as we update our plans based on guidance we receive from the Centers for Disease Control, the Arkansas Department of Health, and Conway Regional Health System. It is critical that we follow these recommendations in order to safely and successfully return to academic and campus life at Hendrix.

As we finalize details for the fall, we will continue to share new and updated information online at

While COVID-19 has required some changes to academic and campus life, it also represents an opportunity to reinforce our role as a national liberal arts college that inspires and challenges students to adapt and meet the shifting needs of our world. 

Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we prepare for the fall, and thank you for all you do for Hendrix!


W. Ellis Arnold III ’79