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Hendrix Welcomes Record New Student Class

CONWAY, Ark. (August 19, 2013) – Hendrix will welcome a record 457 new students to campus this fall. Last year’s new student enrollment was 383 students.

The record enrollment was announced today at fall faculty conference by Karen Foust, executive vice president for strategic initiatives and vice president for enrollment.

New students arrive on campus tomorrow and will move into residence halls before beginning orientation. Classes begin Tuesday, August 27.

The new student class at Hendrix represents 32 states and 11 countries, including Bahamas, China, France, Germany, Guatemala, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine, Rwanda, Singapore, and Vietnam.

The new class is strong in quality as well as quantity. The grade point average for the entering first-year students is 3.94 (middle 50%: 3.58-4.33); average ACT score is 28.6 (mid 50%: 26-32); and the average SAT score is 1,204 (mid 50%: 1080-1320). Fifty-one new students are recipients of the Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship.

Top academic interests include biology, chemistry, economics and business, English, environmental science, history, international relations, mathematics, politics, pre-engineering, pre-law, pre-medicine, and psychology.

Seventy-three enrolling students have legacy ties to Hendrix. These ties include parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Sixty new students or 13.1 percent are United Methodists, and 51.7 percent of the United Methodist students are from states outside of Arkansas.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit