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Harding University

915 E. Market Ave., Searcy, AR

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Harding University is a nonprofit private school that has many majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Searcy, AR, in a predominately rural area. The Churches of Christ affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. Approximately 6,700 students enroll at Harding University per year.

Areas of study available at Harding University include but are not limited to:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to this school. Scores within the range of 22 - 28 on the ACT or 1000 - 1260 on the SAT are recommended to increase the chance of admission. Harding University admits roughly 70% of applicants. Of those applicants accepted, about 66% registered for enrollment. More information from the admissions office can be found at harding.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $16,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's tuition calculator to identify their costs. Housing may be available for those that want to live on-campus for a cost of $3,300 annually. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements.

The Harding University Bison participate in several athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Available sports offered may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)

Students should visit the Harding University website to see a complete list of areas of study, programs, admissions information, and more that is available at this school.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the applicants Harding University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting into Harding University.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Recommended
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English21 - 29
ACT ® Math20 - 27
ACT ® Composite Score22 - 28

Acceptance Rate Table

The chances for admission at Harding University can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions1,531 (72%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled1,013 (66%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Harding University is around 6,700 students, where graduate students make up roughly 38% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $16,000 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $490 to $590 per unit
  • May provide a prepaid tuition option, which allows tuition to be purchased at current rates for enrollment at a future date

Harding University contains a number of professional schools that manage the various programs, curriculums, research facilities, and more. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Pharmacy School (Tuition: $32,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid99%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships96%$9,139
Receiving Student Loans61%$6,819

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 2%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Harding University may provide student services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

Harding University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 63%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years41%
Graduating in 5 Years19%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)


Business and Marketing Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Public Administration and Social Services

Visual and Performing Arts

Computer and Information Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

Communications and Journalism


Security and Protective Services

  • Corrections (B)

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Human Development, Family Studies (B)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (B)
  • Housing and Human Environments (B)

English Language and Literature

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (B)


Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • French Language and Literature (B)

Social Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B)
  • Global Studies (B)

Physical Sciences

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