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Henderson State University Overview

Located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Henderson State University is a public institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Arkadelphia draws many to the area.

What Is Henderson State University Known For?

551 Undergraduate Awards
$17,704 Avg Cost After Aid
80% Acceptance Rate
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at Henderson State University.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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Henderson State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Henderson State University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Liberal Arts General Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value General Business/Commerce Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Teaching English or French Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Henderson State University?

Location of Henderson State University

Contact details for Henderson State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1100 Henderson Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
Phone: 870-230-5000
Website: https://www.hsu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HendersonStateU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HendersonStateU

How Do I Get Into Henderson State University?

You can apply to Henderson State University online at: https://www.hsu.edu/pages/future-students/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/

Admission Requirements for Henderson State University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Henderson State University?

80% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
5% Submit SAT Scores
Henderson State University has an acceptance rate of 80%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 83%, and the acceptance rate for women is 78%.

Average Test Scores

About 5% of students accepted to Henderson State University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 476 and 558. Math scores were between 478 and 565.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Henderson State University  ( 476 to 558 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Henderson State University  ( 478 to 565 )
200
800
Henderson State University received ACT scores from 95% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Henderson State University  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Henderson State University  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Henderson State University  ( 19 to 25 )
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36

Can I Afford Henderson State University?

$17,704 Net Price
24% Take Out Loans
7.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Henderson State University is $17,704. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Henderson State University, approximately 24% of students took out student loans averaging $5,202 a year. That adds up to $20,808 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Henderson State University is 7.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Henderson State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,718 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,430 undergraduate students at Henderson State University, with 2,718 being full-time and 712 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Henderson State University

There are also 607 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,718 full-time undergraduates at Henderson State University, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Henderson State University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Henderson State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Henderson State University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 32
Black or African American 543
Hispanic or Latino 160
White 1,745
International Students 27
Other Races/Ethnicities 211

Geographic Diversity

Arkansas students aren't the only ones who study at Henderson State University. At this time, 15 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 37 countries are represented at Henderson State University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Cameroon, Zimbabwe, and Ukraine.

Online Learning at Henderson State University

427 Took All Classes Online
1,854 Took At Least One Class Online
19.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at Henderson State University. In 2017-2018, 1,854 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Henderson State University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 28th most popular in Arkansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Henderson State University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Henderson State University was 19.9%. This is the #896 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Henderson State University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Henderson State University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 18%
Educational Administration 23%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Henderson State University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Henderson State University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Health & Physical Education #32
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #35
Special Education #50
General Business/Commerce #51
Educational Administration #74
Nursing #168
Education #205
Health Professions #281
Business, Management & Marketing #322

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Henderson State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 66 0 40 106
General Business/Commerce 0 0 54 0 19 73
General Psychology 0 0 57 0 0 57
Recreation Administration 0 0 40 0 0 40
Educational Administration 0 0 0 20 19 39
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 32 0 5 37
Social Work 1 0 29 0 0 30
Accounting 0 0 27 0 0 27
Nursing 0 0 25 0 0 25
General Biology 0 0 23 0 0 23
Teaching English or French 1 0 0 21 0 22
Criminal Justice & Corrections 4 0 14 0 0 18
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 2 14 16
Public Health 0 0 15 0 0 15
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 14 0 0 14
Air Transportation 0 0 14 0 0 14
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 12 0 0 12
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 12 12
General English Literature 0 0 11 0 0 11
Music 0 0 11 0 0 11
Chemistry 0 0 10 0 0 10
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0 9 9
Political Science & Government 0 0 9 0 0 9
Sociology 0 0 9 0 0 9
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 9 0 0 9
Journalism 0 0 8 0 0 8
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 8 8
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 7 7
History 1 0 6 0 0 7
Mathematics 0 0 7 0 0 7
Computer Information Systems 0 0 6 0 0 6
Special Education 0 0 0 0 6 6
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 5 0 0 5
General Engineering 0 0 5 0 0 5
Allied Health Professions 0 3 2 0 0 5
Health Sciences & Services 0 5 0 0 0 5
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 4 0 0 4
Physics 0 0 3 0 0 3
Public Administration 0 0 3 0 0 3
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 2 0 0 2
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 1 0 0 0 0 1
Writing Studies 1 0 0 0 0 1
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 1 0 0 1
Romance Languages 0 0 1 0 0 1
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Statistics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cognitive Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 9 8 534 43 139 733

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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