Henderson State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

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Henderson State University Admissions Overview:

Henderson State, with an acceptance rate of 63%, is a somewhat selective college. As part of the application process, prospective students are required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT. While the majority of applicants submit ACT scores, both are accepted equally. Along with these scores and an application, additional application materials include official high school transcripts.

For more information, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact the Henderson State admissions office. Campus visits are not required, but are encouraged.

Admissions Data (2015):

Henderson State University Description:

Henderson State University is a public, four-year liberal arts university located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, a small town in the southwest of the state. The university's roughly 4,000 students are supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of fewer than 20. The university offers 37 bachelor degree programs as well as numerous graduate and certificate programs. The university also has many online courses and courses with online components.

Henderson is divided up into the Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Teacher’s College, the Honors College, and Graduate School. With over 90 student organizations, ten fraternities, six sororities, club sports, and intramurals, there is plenty to do on campus, but for those looking for more, Arkadelphia is 35 miles from the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and eight miles from DeGray Lake Resort State Park.

Henderson is a member of the NCAA Division II Great American Conference, and the mascot for both the athletic teams and the college is the "Reddie."

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,527 (3,099 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 89% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,340 (in-state); $15,180 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,600 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,888
  • Other Expenses: $4,278
  • Total Cost: $21,106 (in-state); $27,946 (out-of-state)

Henderson State University Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 62%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,814
    • Loans: $5,276

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business, Early Childhood Education, General Studies, Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 58%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 26%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 16%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 34%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming, Basketball, Baseball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Track and Field, Volleyball, Tennis, Cross Country, Golf, Swimming, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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