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Hendrix Welcomes Class of 2026

Largest new student class in seven years to begin fall 2022 semester

CONWAY, Ark. (August 17, 2022) – Hendrix College welcomed more than 370 new students to campus on Move-in Day, Tuesday, August 16.

The Class of 2026 is the largest class of new students at Hendrix in seven years, Hendrix College President W. Ellis Arnold III ’79 said.

“We are thrilled to welcome this remarkable class to the Hendrix community,” Arnold said. “Nothing compares to the excitement of the start of the academic year, and we cannot wait to see these talented students learn and grow during their four years at Hendrix.”

Interest in Hendrix from prospective students and families has never been higher, he added. This year, Hendrix received a record high number of applicants for the fall semester (2,801 this year versus 2,445 the year before).

Members of the new class come from 23 states in the U.S. and multiple countries, including Bolivia, Lebanon, and Rwanda.

Demographic highlights of the Class of 2026

  • Academic profile includes an average GPA of 3.84 and an ACT average of 28.
  • 72 are first generation college students, and 27.4% of first-year students come from underrepresented groups.
  • 51 are Hendrix legacy students (those with a parent, sibling, or other relative who previously attended Hendrix).
  • Domestically, the longest trip to campus was 1,652 miles. Internationally, it was 8,121 miles.
  • The class’s favorite color is blue; favorite holidays are Christmas and Halloween; the favorite movie is Interstellar; and their favorite candy/snack is popcorn.

New students will participate in a variety of orientation activities through this weekend, and classes for the Fall 2022 semester begin Tuesday, August 22.

View the College’s Move-in Day 2022 album on Flickr.

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