One of the top private liberal arts and sciences colleges in the nation, Hendrix stands apart from other colleges for its unique Odyssey Program, small participatory classes, unusually close partnerships between faculty and students, and a welcoming, egalitarian residential community.
Hendrix Odyssey: engaging in active learning
In over a century of educating bright, innovative students, Hendrix has perfected the art of seamlessly integrating a traditional liberal arts education with active learning experiences. It’s a way of learning that reflects our motto: “Unto the whole person.”
Hendrix Odyssey is the ultimate expression of our unique approach to education. It guarantees your participation in several different hands-on learning opportunities and allows you to explore a variety of passions outside the traditional classroom setting. Since the program’s inception in 2005, students have engaged in more than 17,000 Odyssey experiences.
Hendrix’s liberal arts education allows you to explore a variety of fields, and you’ll find support for your efforts everywhere you look. Our small class sizes and student-faculty ratio of 11:1 mean your professors will know you well. They’ll hold you to uncompromisingly high standards in the classroom, guide you in your research, and connect you with the resources you need for your independent studies.
Vibrant, active social life
The hands-on atmosphere of Hendrix carries on outside the classroom as well. Most students live on campus, and there are no fraternities or sororities (so all events are open to the entire Hendrix community).
The social life is coordinated by student-led committees and organizations. Students find themselves involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, including volunteer service, campus media, theater, environmental activities, dance, and student government, among others.
Hendrix students enjoy access to the cultural amenities of nearby Little Rock and outdoor fun in the Ozark Mountains.
More than 75% of all students participate in intramural or club sports and fitness and wellness programs. At the intercollegiate level, Hendrix competes in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association.
You’ll find Hendrix graduates in intriguing, challenging, and faraway places. The majority go to graduate or professional school within two years of graduation; more than 10% enter medical school. Others find jobs or pursue public service. Hendrix graduates regularly receive Watson Fellowships and Fulbright Scholarships to conduct research abroad.
COLLEGE: Four-year, residential, coeducational college of liberal arts founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church; Phi Beta Kappa chapter
LOCATION: Conway, Arkansas; suburban city of 63,816; 30 minutes from Little Rock (metropolitan population: 718,500)
STUDENTS: 1,329 from 43 states and 17 countries; 26% minority enrollment
ACADEMIC PROFILE, CLASS OF ’20: 40% in the top 10% and 94% in the top quarter of their high school class (who reported ranks); mid-range scores: 1080–1350 SAT and 26–32 ACT; 3.57–4.27 GPA
FACULTY: 108 full time; 93% with PhD or terminal degree
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: 17
MAJORS: 35 undergraduate majors,
36 minors; MA in Accounting
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS: 75+
ATHLETICS: Baseball (M), basketball (M & W), cross-country (M & W), field hockey (W), football (M), golf (M & W), lacrosse (M & W), soccer (M & W), softball (W), swimming & diving (M & W), tennis (M & W), track & field (M & W), and volleyball (W)
FACILITIES: Art complex, life sciences and physical sciences centers, chapel, auditorium, theater, wellness and athletics center, student life and technology center, and athletic performance center and multi-sport stadium
COMPREHENSIVE FEE, 2016–2017: $54,020 (includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees)
FINANCIAL AID: 100% of students receiving some form of achievement-based and/or need-based state, federal, or institutional assistance; $28,327 average Hendrix scholarship and grant aid for 2016–2017; additional aid is available from federal and state grants, student loans, and work-study
So what exactly is the “Hendrix Odyssey”?
A lot of colleges offer hands-on learning experiences. What’s so special about our program? We’ve developed six exciting categories, and we guarantee you will complete Odyssey projects in at least three of them before you graduate. You choose the categories. You design the projects. And you earn official transcript recognition for each one—a record that proves to prospective employers and graduate schools that you’ve taken your learning to the next level.
It’s an opportunity
Odyssey is your chance to personalize your education in unique ways, to design learning adventures that take you wherever your interests lead you. No one will tell you what you should do or how you should do it. Plus, more than $700,000 in Odyssey grants are awarded annually for projects. Dream big—no matter how high you reach or how far you stretch, we’ll find a way to make it happen.
It’s a campus-wide mind-set
Practically every activity on campus or off has the potential to be an Odyssey project. Classes, student organizations, research, internships, performances and creative projects, volunteer service, study abroad—you name it! It’s your Odyssey.
The Odyssey Categories
• Artistic Creativity: Explore your creative potential and express it with art, music, dance, drama, or creative writing. Hendrix is noted for its strength in these programs.
• Global Awareness: Immerse yourself in another culture, in the United States or abroad. Hendrix has a variety of exclusive overseas study programs and is a member of the International Student Exchange Program.
• Professional and Leadership Development: Apply your knowledge through internships and other on-site professional experiences or through leadership in campus, community, or professional life.
• Service to the World: Help meet the social, environmental, and spiritual needs of our time, both on campus and beyond the Hendrix community. The student-run Volunteer Action Center alone sponsors more than 70 local volunteer opportunities each year.
• Undergraduate Research: Engage in significant research projects in any academic area that interests you. Hendrix boasts one of the nation’s largest undergraduate research programs.
• Special Projects: This category opens up a world of opportunities for you to create innovative ways to explore interests beyond your major. Design a multidisciplinary experience that spans several Odyssey categories.