Students walking across the South Lawn at Henderson

Henderson State University

Henderson State University is a comprehensive institution of higher education serving the State of Arkansas, particularly the south Arkansas region, and portions of surrounding states.

Founded as a private institution in 1890, Henderson State University has a strong liberal arts heritage with more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs, earning the university its status as Arkansas’s public liberal arts university. The university encourages scholarly and creative activities in a caring, personal atmosphere that reflects the university’s motto for more than a century, “The School with a Heart.”

Henderson State’s three colleges help undergraduates prepare for success in their careers and communities. The Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at Henderson—uniting fine arts, humanities and social sciences, and mathematics, science, and nursing. Whether working on high-tech patient simulators in the nursing program or evaluating samples at the biological field station at DeGray Lake, our students gain confidence through skilled practice.

The School of Business at Henderson State University offers Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-accredited degree programs in business and accounting. Students gain practice and apply what is learned in the classroom through experiences such as internships, mentorships, and business plan competitions. The School of Business hosts Arkansas’s only four-year aviation degree program with emphasis areas in professional pilot or aviation management.

Teachers College regularly receives national recognition for the quality of the college’s mentor-teacher program for new teachers. Undergraduate programs in Teachers College include dietetics, recreation, fashion merchandising, sports management, and family and consumer sciences.

The Graduate School offers degrees including a Master of Art in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Science in Education, and Master of Science in Nursing, as well as the post-Master Education Specialist degree.

Henderson State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


It’s who we are. The Reddie Spirit was born inside the student body in 1914 when the campus, the students’ beloved Henderson State, was destroyed in a fire. Determined to see the school survive, these students banded together and helped mold the institution into what it is now.

Henderson State University

Mailing Address:
1100 Henderson St
Arkadelphia, AR 71999

870-230-5000 or 800-228-7333


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