CONWAY, Ark. (August 17,
2021) – Hendrix College welcomed more than 330 new members of the Class of 2025
to campus on Move-in Day, Tuesday, August 17.
With a campus vaccination
rate of 90% among students, staff, and faculty, and pandemic protocols such as
surveillance testing and indoor masking requirements in place, the Hendrix campus
is prepared to begin the academic year safely amid COVID-19 in central
“It’s been clear from the
beginning of the pandemic that members of the Hendrix community place a
priority on taking care of each other,” said Hendrix College President W. Ellis
Arnold III ’79 said of the campus response to the pandemic. “We are grateful to
have high vaccination rates to strengthen our ability to protect community
members. We expect our vaccination percentage to grow in the weeks ahead, as some
new students who are partially vaccinated receive their second shot.”
Interest in Hendrix from
prospective students has never been higher, Arnold said. This year, Hendrix
received a record high of 2,445 applicants.
Nearly 74% of this year’s
incoming students hail from Arkansas and Texas, but members of the new class
come from 27 states in the U.S., along with six other countries: Mexico,
Portugal, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
New students will
participate in a variety of orientation activities through this weekend, and classes
for the Fall 2021 semester begin Tuesday, August 24.
Demographic highlights of the Class of 2025
- 71 are first generation
college students, with 44 of those students coming from Arkansas.
- 26.9% of first-year
students come from underrepresented groups, with 7.5% Hispanic, 6.6% multiracial,
6.25% Black, 3.44% Asian, and 0.9% Native American/Alaskan Native.
- 46 are Hendrix legacy
students (those with a parent, sibling, or other relative who previously
- Domestically, the longest
trip to campus was 3,880 miles. Internationally, it was 8,600 miles.
See photos from Move-In
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 www.hendrix.edu.