Located in the heart of Southwest Arkansas, Henderson State University is a public institution serving as a vital education and cultural center for the local community, region and state. Founded as a private institution in 1890, Henderson has a strong liberal arts heritage that is the base of over 75 undergraduate and graduate programs, earning the university its status as Arkansas’s public liberal arts university.
Henderson offers a quality education guided by faculty and staff that is committed to excellence and dedicated to serving a diverse student body from across Arkansas, over 25 other states and a number of foreign countries. The university encourages scholarly and creative activities in a caring, personal atmosphere that has reflected the university’s motto for over a century: The School with a Heart.
Influenced by its distinctive history, the mission of Henderson State University is to provide a learning environment that prepares students for a lifetime of intellectual and personal growth in a global society. The Henderson experience bridges students’ academic aspirations to career success by integrating professional studies and the liberal arts.