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Top (Non-COVID) Hendrix College Stories in 2020

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CONWAY, Ark. (December 17, 2020) — While COVID-19 commanded much of this year’s attention and focus, Hendrix College celebrated many milestones in 2020. Here are some of the year’s top stories at Hendrix: 

Hendrix rises in U.S. News ‘Best Value’ ranking 

This fall, Hendrix College was once again listed among America’s Best Colleges for overall quality, value, and innovation, appearing in multiple categories of the annual higher education rankings issued by U.S. News & World Report. As in previous years, Hendrix remains the only top 100 nationally ranked liberal arts college in Arkansas. On the 2021 Best Value Schools list among nationally ranked liberal arts colleges, Hendrix rose eight spots to claim the #32 ranking. Each year, the Best Value list considers the ratio of academic quality to price, the percentage of students receiving need-based financial aid (84% for Hendrix during 2019-2020), and the average institutional aid those students receive. The College continues to appear on the Most Innovative Schools list for “making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.” Read more 

A Best Value Gets Even Better: Hendrix Lowers Tuition

For students entering Hendrix for the first time in the Fall 2021 semester, Hendrix will reduce tuition by 32%. “Hendrix has one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country. Nevertheless, we know that there are students who would thrive at Hendrix but don’t apply because they’re concerned about the published price. By lowering our tuition, we want to let those students and families know that we hear their concerns and, most importantly, they can come to Hendrix,” said Hendrix President Ellis Arnold. Hendrix will continue to offer competitive academic- and need-based scholarships and financial aid to students who apply and are accepted. Read more 

A Time to Lead: Hendrix receives largest outright gift, expands campaign 

Hendrix received a $15 million gift from the Windgate Foundation, the largest outright (non-estate) gift in Hendrix’s history. This year, the College surpassed its $110 million campaign goal a year ahead of schedule with $114 million in gifts and pledges. The campaign, which was scheduled to end in 2021, will be expanded to $150 million and will extend to 2023. The campaign now stands at $129 million. This spring, as part of the campaign expansion, Hendrix will launch a multimillion-dollar Residence Hall Renewal Project, beginning with renovations of Veasey Hall. Fundraising efforts for the project will also support renovations of historic Martin Hall. In addition, the expanded campaign will seek additional funds for the College’s endowment. The expanded Hendrix campaign is called A Time to Lead: The Campaign for Today and TomorrowRead more 

More Great Hendrix News in 2020 

Super students 

Two Hendrix Seniors Receive Watson Fellowships 

Student Named Goldwater Scholar 

Fab faculty 

English Professor Dr. Alex Vernon named M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor 

Religious Studies Professor Dr. William M. Gorvine selected 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Scholar  

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Film Matters, national undergraduate film scholar magazine, partners with Hendrix 

Physics Department accepted into APS IDEA Network to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion 

Windgate Museum of Art opens on campus with two pandemic-safe exhibitions 

Let Us March On: Exhibition on Black Lives Matter in Arkansas Opens 

New Exhibition, art@hendrix!, Celebrates College’s Artistic Life in the Pre-Windgate Museum Era 

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