Mission and history
Located in the heart of southwest Arkansas, Henderson State University is a public institution serving as a vital educational 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 seventy-five undergraduate and graduate programs, earning the university its status as Arkansas’s public liberal arts university.
Henderson offers a quality education guided by a faculty and staff who are committed to excellence and dedicated to serving a diverse student body from across Arkansas, over twenty-five other states, and a number of foreign countries. The university encourages scholarly and creative activities in a caring, personal atmosphere that reflects 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.