4,182
Students
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12,882
Avg. Financial Aid
Moderate
Admission Difficulty
72
1461/2023
Acceptance Rate
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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. More than 5,900 Harding students represent all 50 states and more than 54 countries and territories.

Harding employs 359 faculty members who are dedicated to scholarship, teaching, and service.

The 350-acre campus includes 14 residence halls, 6 apartment complexes, athletic stadiums, a world-class recreation center, a performing arts center, 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, a 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 21 graduate and professional degrees.

American Studies Institute

Harding’s nationally recognized American Studies Institute was developed to train students for leadership in business, public life and education. Programs include observations tours, seminars and lectures by visiting leaders in industry, business, education and government.

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 150 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 offers study abroad programs in Zambia, Australia, England, Chile, France, Greece, and Italy. Almost half of Harding graduates have taken advantage of an international experience. 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, Wal-Mart, and Make-A-Wish Foundation among other national and international companies.

Location & Contact

Address 915 E. Market Avenue
Box 12255
Searcy, AR  72149-5615
United States
Contact Mr. Glenn Dillard
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management
Email: admissions@harding.edu
Phone: 501-279-4407
Fax: 501-279-4129

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

2,023
Applied
1,461
Accepted
4,182
Enrolled
72%
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Female Admissions

1,135
Females Applied
819
Females Accepted
72%
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Male Admissions

888
Males Applied
642
Males Accepted
72%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

50
Application Fee
3.68
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
3 recommendations

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 590 530 650
SAT Math 600 520 630
ACT Composite 25 22 28

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

19,140
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Fees

500
Full-time student fees
7,004
Room & board
3,658
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan Yes
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens
Employees

Financial Aid

12,882
Avg. Financial Aid Package
12,898
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
6,812
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
5,204
Avg. Loan Aid
7,000
Avg. Grant Aid
9,508
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
78%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
16%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

4,182
Total undergrad students
7%
International Students
71%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 3.3%
Black or African American 4.23%
White or Caucasian 81.8%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.45%
Asian 0.74%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.02%
Two or more races 2.92%

Gender

Male (44.86%)
Female (55.14%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 90%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Spring Sing Festival, Homecoming and Bisons for Christ

Student Services

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Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Bisons for Christ, Harding in Action, Spring Break Campaigns and HUmanity

Campus Security & Safety

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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 2 Checkmark
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Cheerleading No No No
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Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby No Checkmark No
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Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
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Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
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Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
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Lacrosse No No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby No No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No Checkmark
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
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Track And Field Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No

Faculty

415
Total Faculty
14:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 302
Part-time - 113
Male - 242
Female - 173
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