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Henderson State University Data & Information Overview

112 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
75% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Henderson State University Ranked?

#1,673 Best Colleges in Nation
#17 Best Colleges in AR
Teaching English or French Highest Ranked Major

2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Henderson State University was awarded 112 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teaching English or French.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Henderson State University as #1,673 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Henderson State University held the #1,911 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Henderson State University is also ranked #17 out of 34 schools in Arkansas.

See all of the rankings for Henderson State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Henderson State University?

75% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Henderson State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 75%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 7% 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 435 and 590. Math scores were between 410 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Henderson State University  ( 435 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Henderson State University  ( 410 to 580 )
Henderson State University received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Henderson State University  ( 19 to 24 )

Learn more about Henderson State University admissions.

Henderson State University Faculty

14 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Henderson State University is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Henderson State University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Henderson State University

61% Freshmen Retention
21% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Henderson State University this rate is 61%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  61 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 21% for first-time, full-time students at Henderson State University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  21 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Henderson State University.

Henderson State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,334 Full-Time Undergraduates
35.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
55.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,626 undergraduates at Henderson State University with 2,334 being full-time and 292 being part-time.

How Much Does Henderson State University Cost?

$14,902 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
$21,488 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Henderson State University is $14,902. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Henderson State University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,664 $14,172 $15,751 $16,021 $15,954

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Henderson State University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 55% of students took out student loans averaging $5,372 a year. That adds up to $21,488 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Henderson State University is 4.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Henderson State University Graduates Make?

$39,020 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Henderson State University make around $39,020 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Henderson State University make the most money.

Location of Henderson State University

Arkansas State
2,334 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Henderson State University is a public institution located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The location of Henderson State University is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Contact details for Henderson State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1100 Henderson Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
Phone: 870-230-5000

Henderson State University Majors

43 Majors With Completions
542 Undergraduate Degrees
167 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 43 majors graduated from Henderson State University. Of these students, 542 received undergraduate degrees and 167 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 58 $59,305
General Business/Commerce 58 $32,313
Teacher Education Grade Specific 46 $32,827
Recreation Administration 37 $25,338
General Psychology 36 $23,834
Liberal Arts General Studies 31 $25,299
Accounting 26 $42,381
Social Work 18 $24,164
Public Health 17 NA
General Biology 16 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Henderson State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Henderson State University

90% Take At Least One Class Online
21% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 2,833 students took at least one online class at Henderson State University. This is an increase from the 2,028 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,833 650
2018-2019 2,028 514
2017-2018 1,854 427
2016-2017 1,779 355
2015-2016 1,797 367

Learn more about online learning at Henderson State University.

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Notes and 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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