CONWAY, Ark. (March 2, 2018)
– Hendrix College students will have an opportunity for early admission to Southern
Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, thanks to a new agreement between
the two institutions.
The agreement honors the
institutions’ heritage in The United Methodist Church and their shared
commitment to training students for ministry.
Hendrix President William M.
Tsutsui and Dr. Craig Hill, Dean of Perkins School of Theology, signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) at a March 1 ceremony on the Hendrix campus.
“This is a wonderful
opportunity for Hendrix students pursuing ministry in The United Methodist
Church,” said Tsutsui. “Together, Hendrix and SMU’s Perkins School of Theology
have inspired generations of United Methodist clergy in Arkansas and across the
country. This agreement celebrates that history, as well as our continued
commitment to educating future generations of United Methodist Church leaders.”
Under the terms of the agreement,
Hendrix students with a cumulative 3.0 GPA who submit the requisite application
materials to Perkins by October 15 will receive an early admissions decision
for the following fall semester. Hendrix will communicate with Perkins
regarding undergraduate students who are promising candidates for ministry,
assist students in the application process, and coordinate annual visits by
prospective students to the SMU campus. The arrangement does not guarantee
admission to all candidates who meet the basic requirements, and it does not
prevent students who do not meet those requirements from applying to SMU.
“I am particularly excited
about the new forms of connection and collaboration this agreement encourages,”
Hill said. “Our two schools can enrich each other in countless ways—from
faculty engagement between both institutions to on-site learning opportunities
for students. We are eager to be close partners with Hendrix College and so to
realize our combined potential.”
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Perkins School of Theology
School of Theology,
founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology
of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity,
Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in
Ministry, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Pastoral Music
as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious
Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.
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.