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Hendrix Sees Second Consecutive Year of Increased Enrollment

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,” Arnold said.

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 student life.  

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 vaccinated.

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