Students Say

Harding University provides "a Christ-based, quality education" at "a quiet, beautiful school nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks!" Associated with Churches of Christ, Harding is known mostly for "its Christian background and including God [into] daily life." The emphasis on Christianity can't be overstated.

Overview

Applicants
2,269
Acceptance Rate
99%
Average HS GPA
3.63

GPA Breakdown

52%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
480 - 610
SAT Math
470 - 610
ACT Composite
22 - 28

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Interview
Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Harding University provides "a Christ-based, quality education" at "a quiet, beautiful school nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks!" Associated with Churches of Christ, Harding is known mostly for "its Christian background and including God [into] daily life." The emphasis on Christianity can't be overstated. "It's one of the top Christian Universities where Christ as your focal point is emphasized," and students here "prepare to succeed while growing closer to God." The school has a "close-knit campus life" and a "great Bible department." Students appreciate Harding's "dedication to God, the physical beauty of the campus, the many options made available to students." Even some Christian students feel the emphasis on the Churches of Christ beliefs can go too far: "The goal of Harding University is to impose the specific distinctions of our denomination under the pretense of higher education rather than promote learning with a Christian perspective," explains one student. "Some of the professors in the Bible department can be pretty harsh sometimes if a student is not a member of the Churches of Christ." Professors "care about their students and take an interest in their lives" and, unsurprisingly, "teach from a Christian perspective." Students wish the university was "less oppressive toward student opinion" and allowed for "dialogue between different ideologies." In short, "they could lighten up a bit."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
415
with Terminal Degree
255

258
Men
157
Women
25
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
68%
Graduate in 5 years
94%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Prominent Alumni


W. Stephen Smith
Voice Faculty, The Juilliard School

Greg Hurst
News Anchor, KHOU

Robert Jones
Chair of Cardiology, Duke U.

Jack McNutt
Former President, Murphy Oil

Kenneth Starr
President of Baylor University, Former U.S. Solicitor General

David Smith
Cardiologist, Little Rock, AR

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,749

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,837

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,547

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,120

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,749

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$17,190
Required Fees
$480
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,306
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

"About 90 percent of students are members of the Church of Christ" and "overly conservative." Students not a part of this specific mindset may encounter problems as students are "very closed to hearing ideas that differ from their own" and "somewhat judgmental toward those that don't have a conservative Church of Christ mindset." Students are "clean cut," "very normal," "spiritually upright, academically good, and friendly." "Everyone is extremely nice," and "the typical student comes from a small town or church of Christ background. And everyone is mainly looking for a spouse." Harding students fit in "through social clubs and academic clubs," although this can lead to "a lot of cliques." Some students wished the school was "more inclusive" and that students "respected and listened to those on campus who may not fit into the fundamentalist Christian mold."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,492
Out of State
69%

International
7%
Foreign Countries Represented
44

Demographics

4.23%
African-American
3.28%
Hispanic
88.80%
Caucasian
6.85%
International

55% female
45% male
69% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Harding is in a small town so students must be creative in order to find extracurricular activities, and many students are trapped in "the Harding bubble." Students looking for a traditional college social life will want to look elsewhere, as Harding's religious views overwhelm the campus. "Since our school is in a dry county and it has religious affiliations, students find other ways than parties to have fun." The school imposes many different moral rules, often with harsh punishments, and "most students have some issue with either the existence of some of the rules or the severity of the punishments." "Most people spend a great deal of time in the ‘great outdoors,' since the Ozarks are not far from Searcy. Hiking and camping are two of Harding students' most common pastimes," and "some people get their kicks by going to Little Rock or Heber Springs." "There are many things to do on campus such as concerts, sports, games, festivals, and other events," and the student center on campus is "always lively, and it is easy to meet friends there." "Practically everyone around here is obsessed with getting married," and much of social life seems to involve looking for someone to settle down with.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
74%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
82
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Support Services (SSS)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jim Johnston,Ed.D.

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Current psychological evaluation (preferred senior year in High School) by licensed professional.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
evaluation by medical doctor

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
122
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
10

45% join a fraternity
49% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Bisons)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lady Bisons)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Minority Support Groups: -Office of Minority Student Services -Stephens Scholarship Program -Harding Chinese Students and Scholars Association -The Multi-Cultural Student Action Committee

Sustainability

Green Rating
62

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
11

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Glenn Dilliard
Assistant VP for Enrollment Management

Address
Office of Admissions
HU 12255
Searcy, AR 72149

Phone
5012794407

Email
admissions@harding.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cyber Cafe in Student Center
Front Lawn with Swings
Campus Dining until 9:00pm
Rhodes Memorial Field House
First Security Stadium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Riverside Park in Searcy
River Market in Little Rock
Greers Ferry Lake
Little Red River
Verizon Arena in Little Rock

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 30 min.

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@harding.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available on select dates.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Little Rock National Airport is approximately 50 miles from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take highway 67 north from Little Rock to exit 45. Turn left on Beebe-Capps. Turn right on Burks Blvd to enter campus.

Local Accommodations
The hotels in Searcy are all in the low to medium price range. They include: Comfort Suites in Searcy (501) 278-9922 Days Inn in Searcy (501) 268-6171 1-800-325-2525 Hampton Inn in Searcy (501) 268-0654 1-800-426-7866 Heritage Inn On Campus (501) 279-4700 888-766-2465 Holiday Inn Express in Searcy (501) 279-9991 1-800-holiday La Quinta Inn (501) 278-4200 1-800-753-3757 Super 8 in Searcy (501) 268-8988 1-800-800-8000
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Key Stats

2,269
Applicants
4,492
Size
99%
Acceptance Rate
1080
SAT Scores

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