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Henderson State University is more than a public learning institution: it’s where we aspire to be a vital educational and cultural center for our local community, region, and state. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to serving a diverse student body from across Arkansas and over twenty-five other states as well as a number of foreign countries. We encourage scholarly and creative activities in a caring, personal atmosphere that reflects the university’s motto for over a century: The School with a Heart.

The mission of Henderson State University is to provide a learning environment that prepares students for a lifetime of intellectual and personal growth in an increasingly global society. This bridges students’ academic aspirations to career success by integrating professional studies and the liberal arts.

At Henderson State University, we empower everyone - students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters - in persisting and excelling in the spirit that all things are possible. That spirit is tradition in action, and it’s what makes Henderson State University more than a public liberal arts college.


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Brigham Young and other men are shown preparing women in dresses for war. Harper's Weekly, volume v. 1, November 28, 1857, p. 768. Scan from BX8609.A1a#466, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee library, Brigham Young University.

How the Mormon church’s past shapes its position on immigration today

On July 24, 1847, Mormon leader Brigham Young and 146 followers entered Salt Lake City to escape persecution. This history has implications today.
Young people hold hands for a prayer during a gathering at sunset outside the Christian Fellowship Church in Benton, Kentucky. AP Photo/David Goldman

What it means to be a Christian in America today

Americans have debated what it means to be Christian in politics throughout their history. Those debates continue today.
The Mormon church is still grappling with a racial past. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File

Mormons confront a history of Church racism

Forty years ago, the Mormon church reversed restrictions on its members of African-American descent. Today, the church wants to celebrate the value of its diversity.
People attend the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2018, in Salt Lake City. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Mormonism’s newest apostles reflect growing global reach

Mormonism is growing around the world: One of every 15 Mormons is from Brazil and there are congregations in China as well. Now the Mormon leadership is strengthening local congregations.


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