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Henderson State University

Henderson State University (HSU), founded in 1890 as Arkadelphia Methodist College, is a public four-year liberal arts university located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, United States. It is Arkansas's only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (1)



Henderson State University, was founded on March 23, 1890 as Arkadelphia Methodist College by Rev. John McLaughlin. John Mclaughlin was a veteran of the Confederate States Army. After the Civil War, Rev. McLaughlin and his family settled in Arkadelphia and founded the Arkadelphia Methodist College in 1890.


In a global community, our careers are pursued at the speed of a wireless connection. While core curriculums are the foundation of Henderson State University’s academic programs, unique courses of study like aviation, women’s and gender studies, and digital art and design broaden the scope of knowledge students can pursue right here in Arkansas.

The academic programs we offer at Henderson State University are through five distinct colleges and schools, including:

  • Ellis College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Business
  • Teachers College
  • Honors College
  • Graduate School


The Center for Career Development helps students and alumni develop career planning skills, master job search strategies, and seek rewarding employment. Services include career exploration, interview assistance, resume preparation, on-campus interviewing, career fairs, national and local job listings, graduate school search assistance, a resource center, and online access to a variety of career information.

 The Center for Career Development has helpful resources for the following groups:

  • Students
  • Employers
  • Faculty

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Student services

  • University Organizational Chart
  • President Staff
  • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs  
  • Ellis College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business 
  • Teachers College, Henderson 
  • Vice President for Student and External Affairs 
  • TRIO Programs
  • Vice President for Finance and Administration 
  • Vice President for University Advancement

Library services

The Huie Library serves as the university's library. The library is named after the university's first full-time librarian, Minnie Bell Huie (1934). The library holds over 300,000 books, 100 databases, and 60 student computers.

In support of the University's mission, Huie Library is committed to excellence in providing information resources and research assistance to the Henderson community.

Student Life

Campus life

Henderson State University has an urban campus. Some of the buildings include the Donald W. Reynolds Science Center, Arkansas Hall, McBrien Hall, Mooney Hall, Womack Hall, the Garrison Activity and Conference Center, and Sturgis Hall. Sturgis Hall is a three story building that provides classrooms, laboratories, offices, and student housing for the Honors College. McBrien Hall provides classrooms, offices, labs, and conference rooms for the English, social sciences, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and foreign languages programs. It also holds the administrative offices for Ellis College of Arts and Sciences. 

Sports facilities

The Henderson State University athletic department strives at all times to represent the very highest ideals in life. Because of the high visibility of athletes, we have a unique responsibility to be a positive influence on the lives of everyone associated with our program: student-athletes, other athletes, other students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.

Henderson State University is an NCAA Division II school and competes in the Great American Conference. The school fields teams in Baseball, Basketball (Men and Women), Cross Country (Women), Football, Golf (Men and Women), Softball, Swimming (Men and Women), Tennis, and Volleyball.

Student clubs

  • Alternative Breaks
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Heart and Key
  • Reddie Ambassador
  • Reddie Pom Squad (inactive)
  • Reddie Spirit (inactive)
  • Rotaract Club


Henderson State University is officially recognized and authorized by the Higher Learning Commission and has been for more than 75 years. Our individual programs also are accredited by nationally-recognized organizations in those fields.

Student Reviews

Good teachers bad administrators
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was a small school with great professors who truest care. Unfortunately, there are issues with the administration.

Arkadelphia, Arkansas, United States