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Harding University

  • Searcy, AR
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 54%46%
    student ratio
  • 4,428
    total students
  • $16,560 | $16,560
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 76%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 560
    sat math
  • 560
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 25
    act composite

Overview

A Top Southeast University with a Commitment to Service

Harding University is a private liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas, about an hour from Little Rock, Arkansas and 2 hours from Memphis, Tennessee. Both "U.S. News and World Report" and the "Princeton Review" rank Harding University as one of the top colleges in the southeast.

Harding has been placed on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of the thousands of hours that students and faculty members devote to charitable projects. Harding University is affiliated with the churches of Christ. Approximately 6,300 Harding students hail from all 50 states and 48 different countries.

Harding employs 352 faculty members who are dedicated to scholarship, teaching, and service.

The 350-acre campus includes 15 residence halls, 6 apartment complexes, athletic stadiums, health and student centers, and academic colleges and facilities.

Wide-Ranging Academic Programs and Schools of Learning

Harding University offers a wide range of degrees in both liberal arts and professional studies. The university offers 10 undergraduate degrees in over 100 academic majors. Majors range from specialty subjects, including bible and ministry, interior design, interior merchandising, athletic training, and biblical languages, to preprofessional degrees, such as accounting, management information systems, mechanical engineering, and international business, to typical liberal arts degrees in chemistry, English, political science, psychology, and Spanish.

Harding University offers 14 preprofessional programs in pre-agriculture, pre-architecture, pre-dentistry, pre-engineering, pre-law, pre-library science, pre-medical technology, pre-medicine, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, and pre-veterinary medicine.

Harding University is home to a College of Allied Health, College of Arts and Humanities, a College of Bible and Ministry, a College of Business Administration, a College of Education, a College of Nursing, a College of Pharmacy, and a College of Sciences.

The university also has an Honors College that offers interdisciplinary studies and a minor in leadership studies.

Harding also provides 15 graduate and professional degrees.

Harding -- The First Campus of Character

Harding is a leader in developing good character through education. Harding resident assistants and student services personnel complete curriculum that allows them to take leadership roles on campus and in the dormitories to resolve conflicts before they result in poor decisions and regrettable actions.

As a result, the International Association of Character Cities, an associate of the Character Training Institute, recognized Harding University as the first Campus of Character in 2002.

Student Life

Harding University provides a Christian social community with many cultural opportunities for students through music, drama, art, lectures, and special events. More than 100 student organizations are active on campus including social organizations, professional associations, political parties, bands and orchestras, athletic clubs, language clubs, and Christian organizations.

Athletics

Harding University is a member of the Great American Conference and NCAA Division II. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and track. Women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Harding has international campuses in Zambia, Australia, England, Chile, France/Switzerland, Greece, and Italy. Almost half of Harding graduates have spent at least 1 semester abroad. Harding also offers shorter-term 2 to 6 week summer study abroad opportunities.

The Center for World Missions

Harding University is home to the Center for World Missions, which provides for mission internships throughout the year and summer missions through Global Outreach.

Financial Aid At Harding University

More than 90% of the student body at Harding University receive financial aid. Approximately $60 million streams in from federal, state, and private sources. Academic scholarships at Harding include National Merit Scholarships, Trustee Scholarships which cover the full amount of tuition, the Academic Achievement Scholarships that cover up to about half of tuition, and Transfer Student Scholarships. Harding also offers need-based grants and tuition discounts to Christian college employees, Christian ministers and missionaries, orphans, and others. Harding also offers special scholarships such as the Scouting Scholarship, awarded to full-time students who have earned the rank Gold Award (Girl Scouts of the USA), the Stars and Stripes Award (American Heritage Girls), Eagle (Boy Scouts of America), Silver Award (Venturing), or Quartermaster Award (Sea Scouts).

Future Careers

Each year recruiters representing over 200 organizations visit campuses looking for potential employees. Harding graduates have found prominent positions with Dell, Ford Motor Company, HCA Healthcare, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, and Make-A-Wish Foundation among other national and international companies.


Location & Contact

915 East Market Avenue
Searcy, AR 72149-0001
USA

Mr.Glenn Dillard

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management

Phone: 501-279-4407
Fax: 501-279-4129
Email: admissions@harding.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fashion Merchandising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Advertising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Broadcast Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations/Image Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education (Multiple Levels)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Reading Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education&-Early Childhood
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Child Development
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Family and Community Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Housing and Human Environments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Development and Family Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Art Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dietetics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech-Language Pathology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • General Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Biblical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Missionary Studies and Missiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Youth Ministry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Design and Applied Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Painting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

76% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,180
    • Accepted1,663
    • Acceptance Rate76%
    • Enrolled4,428
    • Female Applicants1,242
    • Females Accepted931
    • Female Acceptance Rate74%
    • Male Applicants938
    • Males Accepted732
    • Male Acceptance Rate78%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.58
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 560 490 630
    • SAT Math 560 500 620
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 25 22 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$16,560
    • Out-of-state tuition *$16,560
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$480.00
    • Room and board *$6,516.00
    • Room only *$3,290.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students4,428
    • Male Student Percentage46%
    • Female Student Percentage54%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino2.94%
    • Black or African American3.79%
    • White or Caucasian83.47%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.79%
    • Asian.65%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.07%
    • Two or more races1.36%
    • Unknown.36%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout6.57% representing 49 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students74% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 72%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Bisons for Christ, Harding in Action, Spring Break Campaigns, HUmanity
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 2 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Football Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Golf Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Yes No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes No Yes
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty499
    • Full-time Percentage57%
    • Part-time Percentage43%
    • Female Percentage45%
    • Male Percentage55%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio15:1 or 5,416 students to 354 faculty


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