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Hendrix Welcomes Class of 2024

CONWAY, Ark. (September 9, 2020) – Hendrix College welcomed the 324 new members of the Class of 2024 in a way no other class has been welcomed in the College’s 144-year history: with absolutely everyone interacting through computers or mobile devices. This fall’s new student enrollment was an increase over the prior year. Total enrollment for the 2020-2021 academic year stands at 1,076 undergraduate and graduate students. 

Faculty and students began the fall 2020 semester Thursday, Aug. 20 with fully remote instruction as the coronavirus pandemic that prompted a mid-March move to remote instruction continues.

“We are thankful for every student who chooses Hendrix,” said Hendrix College President W. Ellis Arnold III ’79, noting that new student enrollment is ahead of last year, and retention of returning students was better than the College’s five-year average. “While we miss the energy and excitement of in-person learning on campus, it is inspiring to see our students staying connected to their classmates and succeeding with their education at Hendrix.”

College administrators have continued to monitor information from the Arkansas Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and Conway Regional Health System, as well as researching additional safety protocols, to prepare for a safe reopening of campus as soon as it is possible. 

“We focus every day on the evolving status of COVID in our community and state, and we look forward with great anticipation to the return of our students to campus,” added Arnold.

Demographic highlights of the Class of 2024

  • 56% of new students are from Arkansas; 26 U.S. states and one Canadian province are represented in the Class of 2024.
  • Gender representation is 46.7% female and 53.2% male.
  • 21.2% of new students applied for admission under the test-optional policy. Of those who submitted test scores, the average ACT score was 28, and the average SAT score was 1254.
  • 56 are first-generation college students, with 42 of these being from Arkansas.
  • 32.8% of new students are from underrepresented groups: 9.3% African American/Black; 11.6% Hispanic; 5.1% Asian; <1% Native Hawaiian; <1% American Indian/Native American; and 5.8% multi-ethnic.
  • The new class includes 12 Hendrix Aspire Scholars, graduates of Bryant High School (via Aspire partner Arkansas Commitment), Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys, Episcopal Collegiate School, KIPP Blytheville, KIPP Delta Collegiate, Little Rock Central High, and Mount Saint Mary Academy. 

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit