Henderson State University

Henderson State University

Henderson State University, also referred to as HSU, was established in the year 1890. This university is located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, United States. It offers a range of degrees and certificate programs to students through the following colleges:

  • Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts and Sciences

The university is a member of the NCAA Division II and participates in the Gulf South Conference. The men's teams of HSU participate in basketball, baseball, football, swimming, and tennis. The women's teams play basketball, golf, cross country, swimming, softball, and volleyball. The students of the university also operate a radio station on campus called KSWH-FM. Some of the notable alumni of HSU are Ken Duke, professional golfer; Sid McMath, two-term governor of Arkansas; and Lloyd L. Burke, Medal of Honor recipient.

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Contacting Henderson State

Henderson State University
1100 Henderson Street
Arkadelphia , AR 71999-0001
General Phone: (870) 230-5000

Henderson State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching168curriculum and instruction, elementary/middle school admin, special ed, early childhood special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, early childhood education, teacher education, ...
Business and Management121business, accounting, MIS
Liberal Arts77Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, political science, sociology, history
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy38parks and recreation management, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer
Family and Social Work37family and consumer science, public administration, social work
Science35biology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling29psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine24registered nursing
Transportation10commercial pilot and flight crew
Art Studies8art studies
Music8music, music performance
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science
Drama and Performing Arts1drama

Number of programs and degrees for Henderson State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44735
Master's degree12910

Henderson State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Henderson State had a total enrollment of 3,603 students (3,003 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 19%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 0%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 31%
20-21 23%
22-24 19%
25-29 9%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%

Henderson State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 63 %

Henderson State Room and Board (2007)

Henderson State offers campus housing for 1,156 of its 3,003 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Arkadelphia, Arkansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Arkansas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Henderson State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430580
SAT Math460570
ACT Verbal1824
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite1825

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT4%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Henderson State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,885
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,821
Room and board $ 4,890
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 3,600

Financial Aid:
Henderson State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 109800)

Henderson State Faculty

Henderson State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2020
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1831

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*0*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year3$62,2620*
Instructorcalendar year5$49,6518$47,212
All faculty totalcalendar year11$60,5748$47,212

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year41$64,30110$64,193
Associate professoracademic year22$52,41012$55,081
Assistant professoracademic year17$51,34721$44,804
Instructoracademic year8$38,36218$41,250
All faculty totalacademic year88$56,46861$48,955

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Henderson State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Gulf South Conference
Basketball Gulf South Conference
Baseball Gulf South Conference
Track Gulf South Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports234467

Henderson State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General


Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew

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What Sets Henderson State Apart:

% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Henderson State % of degrees in education and teaching
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Henderson State % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Henderson State Dorm rooms per full-time student
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%Henderson State % students on athletic fin. aid
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Henderson State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Henderson State Number of degree programs
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%Henderson State Number of students
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%Henderson State % of degrees in family and social work

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checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
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