Hendrix College

Hendrix College students walk to class

“I was unexpectedly blown away by Hendrix! There should be at least one college as good as Hendrix in every state.
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Hendrix College
1600 Washington Avenue
Conway, Arkansas 72032
501.329.6811 / 800.277.9017
⋅ Approximately 1,209 students
⋅ 26% minority enrollment
⋅ Students are from 48 states and 19 countries
⋅ 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 16
⋅ Comprehensive fee, 2018-19: $58,134 (includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees)
⋅ 100% of students receive some form of achievement-based and/or need-based state, federal, or institutional assistance.
⋅ $38,500 average Hendrix scholarship and grant aid for 2018-19, additional aid is available from federal and state grants, student loans, and work study
⋅ The average Federal Student Loan Indebtedness of the 2018 Hendrix graduates was $30,214, which compares to $27,591 for 2017 graduates. The percentage of borrowers was 56% of the graduating class.

Hendrix students visit together in a residence hall room.

Hendrix College students in a science lab

Hendrix College students walk arm in arm across campus

Hendrix College students cheer at a basketball game

Hendrix College students on campus

  • Four-year, private, residential, coeducational college of liberal arts founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church; Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
  • A remarkably open, welcoming, egalitarian learning community that prizes individuality.
  • Characterized by rigorous academics within an exceptionally supportive learning environment.
  • Located 25 miles north of Little Rock, Arkansas (metro area pop: 650,000), in Conway, Arkansas (pop: 59,000). The college’s location in The Natural State provides year-round opportunities for hiking, biking, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities.

Worth Noting
  • Hendrix is nationally known for our Odyssey Program: The ultimate expression of our unique approach to education, the Odyssey program guarantees 100 percent of Hendrix students experience interesting, hands-on learning opportunities and receive official transcript recognition in three or more of the following areas: Artistic Creativity, Global Awareness, Professional and Leadership Development, Service to the World, Undergraduate Research, and Special Projects. Since the program’s launch in 2005, more than 11,000 Odyssey projects have been completed and more than$700,000 in Odyssey grants are awarded annually for projects.
  • Hendrix maintains one of the country’s most ambitious undergraduate research programs. No other college or university in the country sends a larger percentage of its students to the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
  • Hendrix ranked 28th in the nation among all colleges and universities for the percentage of graduates who earn Ph.D.s within six years of graduation. Hendrix ranked 1st for graduates earning Ph.D.s in psychology, 6th for social science professions, 8th for chemistry, and 9th for education.
  • Our graduates’ acceptance rate at law schools stands at over 87% and the acceptance rate to medical schools is 89%, nearly twice the national average.
  • Hendrix is one of just 30 colleges and universities in the country invited to become a member of Project Pericles, a national organization devoted to fostering social responsibility and participatory citizenship among college students.
  • In 2016, Hendrix was accepted by the Peace Corps as one of only 60 colleges and universities nationwide to have a Peace Corps Prep Program. Students looking to serve in the Peace Corps or in other service opportunities after Hendrix can apply to be part of this program, which encourages development in foreign language, leadership, service work, intercultural competence, and self-reflection. Students will also be encouraged to take courses that relate to one of these four areas: Education, Health, Environment, Youth in Development.
  • The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation continues to enrich the study of literature and language on our campus. The Murphy Scholars Program was recently developed to promote a deeper study of literature and language beyond the classroom through Oxford-style tutorial courses, active participation in Hendrix Murphy Foundation programming, interactions with distinguished writers and scholars, and Study-Travel Allowance Funds for curricular experiences in literature and language. Application for this program is open to any sophomore, regardless of major.
  • Off-campus study and travel abroad opportunities are woven tightly into a Hendrix Education. Not only can a Hendrix students design their own abroad experience through our Odyssey Program, student have access to exclusive overseas programs such as Hendrix-in-Brussels, Hendrix-in-Costa Rica, Hendrix-in-Shanghai. If all the “Hendrix in” programs aren’t enough, the college participation in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) connects students with more than 150 study programs on six continents.

Faculty & Academics
  • 108 full-time faculty members; 93% hold the most advanced degree in their field.
  • Professors teach and perform research alongside their students.
  • The faculty encourages student initiative, which is reflected in the number of self-designed majors.
  • Hendrix offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in 32 majors and 33 minors. The college also offers a Master of Arts degree in Accounting.
  • Hendrix’s most popular fields of study based on the number of degrees declared recently are biochemistry/molecular biology, biology, English, psychology, and sociology/anthropology.
  • Hendrix participates in cooperative engineering programs with Columbia and Washington universities, which enable students to receive a liberal arts degree from Hendrix and an engineering degree from one of these two schools of engineering.
  • Through an agreement with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Hendrix students can start earning credit toward a Master of Public Health degree while completing their undergraduate work at Hendrix.
  • Bailey Library features a Math Help and Writing Center, a 24-hour computer lab, and a Learning Commons offering Peer tutoring services.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

American Studies
Biochemistry / Molecular Biology
Chemical Physics
Computer Science
Economics and Business
– Creative Writing
– Film Studies
– Literary Studies
Environmental Studies
Health Science
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Relations
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religious Studies
Sociology / Anthropology
– Anthropology emphasis
– Sociology emphasis
Theatre Arts

Pre-professional programs exist for students interested in careers in dentistry, engineering, health science, law, medicine, ministry, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, secondary teacher education, social work, and veterinary medicine. The Guide to Academic Planning includes information on each of these programs.

Campus Life
  • Approximately 85% of students live in college-owned housing. Your Hendrix residence hall will influence your college experience in a most extraordinary way; each has its own distinct character, architecture, traditions, and activities. After freshman year, students have the option to continue living in one of the six traditional residence halls or move into one of the five residence houses, three theme houses, or five apartment complexes.
  • Students are diverse, eclectic, open-minded, politically active, committed to social justice, and concerned about environmental issues.
  • No fraternities or sororities; everyone is welcomed at all social activities.
  • More than 70 active student organizations
  • In less than a decade, Hendrix has opened a new award-winning 100,000-square-foot Wellness and Athletics Center and additional facilities for student athletics; new student apartments and apartment-style living residences; and a new Student Life and Technology Center, the first LEED Gold-certified building on a college campus in the Natural State. In 2017, Hendrix will open a new Welcome Center for prospective students and families.

Varsity Sports

22 athletic teams in NCAA Division III, Southern Athletic Association

Baseball (M)
Basketball (M, W)
Beach Volleyball (W)
Cross Country (M, W)
Field Hockey (W)
Football (M)
Golf (M, W)
Lacrosse (M, W)
Soccer (M, W)
Softball (W)
Swimming and Diving (M, W)
Tennis (M, W)
Track and Field (M, W)
Volleyball (W)

All students, regardless of participation in varsity sports, have access to the Wellness and Athletic Center, which includes a fitness center, climbing wall, recreational and competitive gyms, an aquatics center, and a movement studio for dance and fitness classes. Most recently, we’ve added the Sturgis Athletic Performance Center and the indoor tennis courts.

Life After College
  • Hendrix College is nationally known for the Hendrix Odyssey Program, which supports hands-on learning experiences across a wide spectrum of areas ranging from research, service, leadership, the arts, international travel, and interdisciplinary projects. In sum, the program demonstrates how our students extend their education from the realm of theory to that of actuality. At its core, The Odyssey Program helps to connects academic interests with real-world experiences so that students can discover and pursue their passion, explore their interests, and  in a way that facilitates exploration of life-long passions and refinement of interests. Odyssey has enabled Hendrix graduates in all majors to develop the skills that matter most for success in any area of endeavor.
  • The qualities that define the Odyssey program are reflected in the life-after-college successes enjoyed by Hendrix graduates. Approximately two out of every three graduates enter Ph.D., JD, or MD programs within two years of graduating, many at some of the nation’s most selective institutions.
  • Hendrix has produced 34 Watson Fellows, 30 Fulbright Scholars, 31 Goldwater Scholars, 6 Rhodes Scholars, and an impressive aggregate total of Truman, Marshall, Udall, and Jack Kent Cooke Scholars.
  • Indeed, The Chronicle of Higher Education named Hendrix as one of the country’s top producers of distinguished scholars.
  • Hendrix graduates commonly live lives of fulfillment reflective of the College’s eclectic and talented student body as physicians, professors, researchers, authors, attorneys, and entrepreneurs.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • 41.2% in the top 10th of high school class
  • 71% in the top quarter
  • Middle 50% SAT scores: 1110-1330
  • Middle 50% ACT scores: 26-32
  • 42% were in the top 10th of their class, and 73% were in the top quarter.