CONWAY, Ark. (September 10, 2021) — Hendrix College saw an
increase in total and new student enrollment this year.
After Census Day (Tuesday, September 7, the 10th
day of fall classes), the College’s total enrollment stood at 1,120 students,
compared to 1,076 during the 2020-21 academic year.
New student enrollment also increased for the second
consecutive year. Hendrix welcomed 332 new members of the Class of 2025 to
campus last month, compared to 324 students a year ago when the College held
its fall 2020 semester remotely. This year’s new student enrollment is the
highest in four years.
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.
Interest in Hendrix from prospective students has never been
higher, said President Ellis Arnold. This year, Hendrix received a record high
of 2,445 applicants.
“Students continue to be drawn to the academic quality and
campus life experience at Hendrix, as well as the opportunity to work closely
with faculty who are devoted to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students,”
Hendrix recently ranked #82 in the Washington Monthly 2021 Liberal Arts
Colleges rankings. The College is also featured in Princeton
Review’s 2022 Best Colleges and is
the only private institution in Arkansas featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2022. Earlier
this year, the College was listed #49 best liberal arts college in America by Stacker, which used Niche’s 2021 rankings that assess
colleges with factors including academics, admissions, financial aid, and
The Fall 2021 semester began on Tuesday, August 24, with
in-person classes and pandemic protocols such as surveillance testing and
indoor masking requirements in place. Nearly 96% of students are fully
This academic year comes on the heels of a successful
fundraising year, including $22 million in new gifts and pledges for A
Time to Lead, the College’s $150 million campaign. The campaign now stands
at $133 million. Last fiscal year was the second most successful fundraising
year in Hendrix’s history, second only to 2015, the year that the College recorded
the $26 million Dawkins estate gift. In April, the College received
a $2 million challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation to support the
Residence Hall Renewal Project, beginning with $9.2 million in renovations of
Martin and Veasey Halls.
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 www.hendrix.edu.