About Henderson State University

Founded in 1890, Henderson State University. is a Public college. Located in Arkansas, which is a city setting in Arkansas, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 3,052 full time undergraduate students, and 499 full time graduate students.

The Henderson State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 16:1. There are 176 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Henderson State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate66%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range1018-1030
ACT Range19-25

Admissions at HSU are considered Selective, with ,24% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 18 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

75% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 39% were in the top quarter, and 13% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Henderson State University.

Henderson State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    60 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    42 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    61 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    64 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    64 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    63 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    63 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    64 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Henderson State University?

37 Students rated Henderson State University

Dallan - 12/09/2022

The reason I first came to Henderson was because it had an outstanding flight program. Once I understood the cost I realized it wasn’t for me. I’ve recently learned the school has been have some financial troubles lately. This has caused many staff to be fired. It pains me to watch them leave when they did nothing wrong. Throughout all of this, I have met the most amazing people that have help me navigate my way through the sorrow and in life. Even though the school is falling apart, the people and standing strong.

akeira - 11/28/2022

Its a wonderful school to go to to get your degree. The students here are so lively and helpful and they just make the atmosphere overall great. The faculty are so helpful and there are always activities to do and if theres ever anything you need there are plenty of places that provide help in all aspects on campus.


I'm really glad I chose Henderson State University as my homefpr the next four years. They have a very competitive nursing program and Arkansas's only university program with a four-year bachelor's of science degree specifically in aviation. The atmosphere of the campus is amazing! The faculty and staff are always readily available to help with anything you may need. The classes are challenging, which is great for high achievers. The campus is overall really nice and you will definitely get a well-rounded liberal arts education here!


Visiting Henderson State University, I immediately felt the high school spirit and small town pride of history. This school is not one of the largest but it does have a home feel and the students were very welcoming. The dorms were very nice at the U but the community showers at Smith wasn't my favorite aspect of the school. They have a very advanced aviation program that the tour guide bragged about and also a great education program. The surrounding area has beautiful trails for biking and hiking as well as a huge lake for swimming and kayaking. Overall this is a wonderful place to go if you are ok with being away from the city and getting in touch with your nature side.

Henderson State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Henderson State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Henderson State University is 66%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    When considering a college, one should apply to several different ones very early in order to have enough time to make decisions about a particular college. Family and friends usually have fairly sound advice about colleges but the final decision is up to the person who will or will not be attending that college. One should research the colleges that he or she is interested in becaucse that will help to make a better informed decision about that school. Once one arrives at the school of his or her choice, it may not be easy to make friends at first, but the best way to meet people is to try to get involved with campus activities. It is easier to find people with similar interests when you're involved in a sport or a club. Attending campus functions is another way to meet people and interact with others. There are parties thrown by fraternities and sororities but in order to not get in trouble with the law or the school is to know your own limits and not let people take advantage. College is a really great experience that teaches one about the world and his or herself.

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  3. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    The transition from high school to college is a bit unsteady. Be prepared to study more and more in depth.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    They are very nice and helpful.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    I think that anyone could go to this school. This school is appropriate for any personality type.

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  6. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Professors are very involved in their classes and concerned for invidual students' success.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    There is absolutely nothing to do in the surrounding area for 30 miles.

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school is academically focused.

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  9. What's unique about your campus?

    REDDIE SPIRIT!!!!!!!! Because the spirit lives in all of us. :D

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  10. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Any kind or person can attend this university because there is something for any person that decides to attend Henderson State University.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about Henderson State University is that is a little under financed, the quality of some of the facilities could be better. However, it is a growing school and improvements are made all of the time.

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    The reddie spirit.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    the friends ive made, how hard school is and how no one helps its you your the grown up

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

98% of students attending Henderson State University receive some sort of financial aid. 59% were awarded federal grants. While 58% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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