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Henderson State University

Arkadelphia, Arkansas

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Henderson State University overview
Location Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Online hsu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Henderson State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Henderson State University, founded in 1890, is a public institution situated in the small town of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, about 70 miles southwest of Little Rock. The university?s campus, known for its hallmark red-brick architecture, offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional programs, with notable emphasis on aviation, education, and business disciplines. Henderson State provides on-campus housing options across several residence halls and apartment complexes. The university, while not selective, retains a moderate admissions process, inviting a diverse range of applicants. Academically, Henderson is regionally known for its Teachers College, which has a longstanding history of preparing educators. Though not primarily renowned for athletics, Henderson State competes in the NCAA Division II as part of the Great American Conference, and its athletes are known as the Reddies.

In the most recent statistical year 2,345 prospective students applied, and 1,657 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 413 enrolled in the school.  1,730 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 789 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $5,880 plus fees of $1,680. Henderson State University is ranked 976 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Henderson State University is rated within the lower 28% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Henderson State University overview
SAT 903/1073
ACT 16/21
GPA 3.23

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Jul 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

Arkansas Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Henderson State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,598
Other Fees$1,680
Room and Board $9,558
Budget for Other Expenses$7,378
Total One Year Cost$27,094

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Henderson State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,598
Other Fees$1,680
Room and Board $9,558
Budget for Other Expenses$7,378
Total One Year Cost$29,302

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$38,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

31% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Henderson State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 19%
Business 17%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 11%
Psychology 8%
Biology 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=107071 IPEDS survey data for Henderson State University.

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