Hendrix College welcomed 427 new students to campus during move-in day on Tuesday.

"They’re one of our highest profile classes, if not the highest profile class ever," said Jim Wiltgen, dean of students. "Not only did we get the class target (number) we wanted, we got even a higher academic standard."

He said the average ACT score of the class is 29, "which is very high. Compared to the best colleges in the country, that stands up very well."

According to information from the college, the students represent 35 states and six countries. Entering freshmen have a 3.82 grade-point average and 62 of the 193 from Arkansas high schools received Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships, compared with 30 students last year. This year’s freshman class is the second-largest class in the college’s history. Students received an average award of $21,000 each in the freshman class. Assisting in the move-in process Tuesday was the college’s Green Team.

"I came to see our Green Team doing this great job. Instead of having families throw everything away when they get here, we’re educating families on recycling right away," Wiltgen said. "We’ve had half our class move in and we only have two trash bags to show for it. Everything can be recycled." 

He said Conway Corp. provided large roll-off containers for recycling at no charge.

"I’m really proud of our students. They’re making it work," Wiltgen said.

Dan Gibbens-Rickman is the coordinator of the Green Team. He said the team started last year. Usually eight people visit clubs and encourage them to be environmentally friendly, offer recycling, educate them about what is recyclable and other environmental issues, and serve as a visible reminder to think environmentally. On Tuesday, the team was helping students recycle their cardboard boxes and packing foam as they moved in.

"We’ve already had quite a large load of cardboard and (foam) and other materials," he said. "It should remain constant over the next few days that we’re getting multiple dumpster loads."

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