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Hendrix Recognized Nationally for Innovation, Undergraduate Teaching

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CONWAY, Ark. (September 13, 2021) — Hendrix College is among the country’s top liberal arts colleges cited for academic excellence, innovation, and undergraduate teaching in this year’s U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges ranking.

“We are pleased to see Hendrix continue to be recognized among the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions,” said Hendrix President Ellis Arnold, noting that the College was cited among Most Innovative Schools (#36) and Undergraduate Teaching (#64) in the National Liberal Arts category and is the state’s highest ranked school in this category (#98).

“Our national recognition affirms both the quality and value of our academic program and the transformational experience students have working closely with professors who are dedicated to teaching and mentoring,” Arnold said.

In other national recognition, Hendrix recently ranked #82 in the Washington Monthly 2021 Liberal Arts Colleges rankings.

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. Hendrix was #11 on Niche’s 25 Colleges with the Best Food. 

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.

Interest in Hendrix from prospective students has never been higher, Arnold said. This year, Hendrix received a record high of 2,445 applicants. Hendrix saw an increase in total and new student enrollment for 2021-22 academic 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 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.

Hendrix began the academic year safely amid COVID-19 in central Arkansas, with a campus vaccination rate of 90% among students, staff, and faculty, and pandemic protocols such as surveillance testing and indoor masking requirements in place.

The Fall 2021 semester 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 one of the most successful fundraising years in Hendrix’s history, second only to 2015, the year that the College recorded the $26 million Dawkins estate gift.

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