Henderson State University

Henderson State University


Henderson State University, located in the heart of southwest Arkansas, provides a learning environment that prepares students for a lifetime of intellectual and personal growth in a global society. For 125 years, Henderson State has worked to bridge student aspirations to career success by instilling in students the skills employers most want – communication, decision-making, teamwork and problem-solving – through the application of a strong core of liberal arts classes that are applied through professional studies. Henderson State focuses on teaching and student success in its 75 undergraduate and graduate programs. Our dedicated faculty and staff serve 3,600 students from 25 states and 19 countries. We also serve our students from the Landmark Building in Hot Springs, where they can complete their undergraduate degrees or work on graduate programs in education or business.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy

The Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy (SWACPA) helps students prepare for college through a focus on teaching critical thinking skills and college-level subject matter. We empower students so they are ready to take on the responsibility of college – and be successful as well. Our focus is on creating life-long learners who contribute positively to their communities. Learn more about Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy

First-Year Experience & Transition Heart Start

All first-time freshmen and transfer students who are fully admitted are invited to attend Heart Start. Each Heart Start session is a one-day event that allows you to get REDDIE for your college career! You will have the opportunity to register for fall classes, have questions answered, and take care of important business, such as financial aid and on-campus housing. This is also your opportunity to meet the administration, faculty, staff, and other new students. Learn more about Heart Start

First-Year Experience & Transition Henderson Seminar

The Henderson Seminar facilitates the transition of first-time freshmen to the university by introducing them to academic expectations and support services and by fostering engagement in university life beyond the classroom. Learn more about Henderson Seminar

Academic Advising & Support Student Support Services

Student Support Services provides a supportive environment for academic success, retention, career planning and college graduation for individuals who are first generation, low-income college students. We accomplish this by helping students make adjustments to living away from home, monitoring student progress to insure good academic standing, providing students with academic tutoring, support groups, workshops and academic advice. Learn more about Student Support Services

Academic Advising & Support Academic Advising

In collaboration with departmental faculty, Henderson State University's Academic Advising Center is a student success committed team of professional advisors whose aim is to focus on the individual academic needs of each undergraduate student served and facilitate their transition and integration in to the university by steering them toward the programs and resources that will help them to successfully persist and matriculate. The Center promotes the personal growth of students by instilling a sense of responsibility and independence, as well as respecting and appreciating various communication and cultural backgrounds. Learn more about Academic Advising

Mentoring McNair Scholars Program

One of eight federally funded TRIO Programs, the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program seeks to provide effective preparation for doctoral study to low-income, first-generation college scholars and scholars from groups that are underrepresented in graduate education. Learn more about McNair Scholars Program

Student Diversity

  • 3,099
  • 43/57
  • 56%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • <1%
  • 24%
    Black or African American
  • 4%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 66%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • <1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 1%

Student Success

  • 58%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 34%
    Six-year graduation
  • 23%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 86%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 50%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 177
    Full-time faculty
  • 31
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 15:01
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business Administration, Psychology, Biology, Elementary Education, PE, Wellness & Leisure

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Comics Art Club, Henderson International Student Association, Students Veterans Association, Youth & College NAACP Collegiate Recreation Society, Robotics Club, Black Student Association, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Wesley Foundation


Cost of Attendance

  • $6,450
  • $6,450
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,666
    Required Fees
  • $6,358
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $5,776,570
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $7,656
    Average aid package
  • $16,468
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 64%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 83%
    Students with financial need
  • 85%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 64%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 42%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 3,786
    # of applicants
  • 64%
  • 3.21
    Average HS GPA
  • 20
    ACT Composite
  • 230—690
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 235—705
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • Rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $25
    Application Fee
  • $25
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date