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Hendrix College Welcomes Class of 2025

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 Arkansas. 

“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 attended Hendrix).
  • Domestically, the longest trip to campus was 3,880 miles. Internationally, it was 8,600 miles.

See photos from Move-In Day 2021

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