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Hendrix Recognized Nationally for Innovation and Teaching Excellence

CONWAY, Ark. (September 10, 2013) – For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix has been named one of the country’s top “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report, whose annual college guide was published today.

Hendrix is listed at #2 among national liberal arts colleges that have recently made promising and innovative changes in the areas of academic life, faculty, student life, campus and facilities.

The 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges guide also lists Hendrix as #11 in an elite group of liberal arts colleges that demonstrate “A Strong Commitment to Teaching.”

“Our inclusion in this and other prestigious national college guides is affirmation that our faculty members are absolutely devoted to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students,” said Acting President W. Ellis Arnold III.

“We are tremendously honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s strongest liberal arts colleges,” Arnold said. “We are deeply grateful for our faculty and staff and their tireless effort on our students’ behalf and for the generosity of our alumni and friends, whose support is crucial to our ongoing success and continued recognition as one of America’s best colleges.”

Hendrix is the only institution in Arkansas to appear in the 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking of the top 100 private national liberal arts colleges.

This fall, Hendrix welcomed a record 455 new students to campus. Last year’s new student enrollment was 383 students. The new student class at Hendrix represents 32 states and 10 countries, including Bahamas, China, France, Guatemala, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine, Rwanda, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Other recent Hendrix recognition news includes:

  • Hendrix is listed among the top liberal arts colleges “based on their contribution to the public good” by Washington Monthly.
  • Hendrix is among the country’s top 100 most financially fit private colleges, according to a list published this month by Forbes magazine and is ranked #158 on the magazine’s list of America’s Top Colleges and #115 in a list of private colleges in the nation.
  • Hendrix is among the top colleges profiled in The Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges (2014).
  • Hendrix was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 based on academic ratings, price category, and quality of student life on campus.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix is featured in 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 Colleges, and the 2014 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit