• The heart of Harding’s mission is to provide a quality education that leads to a life consistent with Christian principles.
• Upon graduating, students display character, conviction, and a competitive edge that prepares them for success at prestigious graduate schools and companies throughout the world.
• The University desires to empower young men and women with a quality education that is both affordable and relevant.
Founded in 1924, Harding is a Christian university that provides excellent academic programs rooted in faith and learning. It is the largest private university in Arkansas and draws students representing all 50 states and 54 nations and territories. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top school in the South and a “best value” school, Harding offers students an accomplished faculty, small class sizes, technologically advanced facilities, and life-changing extracurricular opportunities.
With a wide variety of academic majors and social organizations, Harding enriches students spiritually and academically. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and maintains specialized accreditation for its programs as appropriate to the educational purposes of each. Students have the opportunity to study in more than 100 academic majors, 15 pre-professional programs, 21 graduate programs, two specialist degrees, and four doctoral-level programs.
Students have a broad variety of opportunities for hands-on learning, whether they’re Engineering majors developing, designing, and constructing an off-road vehicle; Journalism majors managing, writing, and editing the student newspaper; or Nursing majors conducting examination simulations on high-fidelity mannequins. With a student-faculty ratio of 17:1, meaningful relationships are built in and out of the classroom.
Beyond the classroom, learning is enhanced through campus involvement and Harding’s seven study abroad offerings located in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy, and Zambia. Each program aims to broaden cultural awareness and strengthen bonds between students and the communities where they live and serve. On campus, students can participate in nearly 150 academic, professional, and social organizations.
As a Community of Mission, Harding University is particularly devoted to preparing students for lives of Christian service. Students respond to, as well as initiate, an extensive array of service opportunities—on campus, in the community, and around the world. From community service to international missions, Harding students are making an impact.
A key local effort that grows considerably each year is Bisons for Christ. Every spring students, faculty, and staff commit a day to helping residents in Searcy and around Central Arkansas. Thousands of students, faculty, and staff participate in hundreds of projects such as wellness checkups, after-school programs, clean-up efforts, and free sports clinics hosted by University athletes.
Throughout the year students track and connect to service projects through the campus app HU Service Central. The app refers students to opportunities to serve the community such as yard work, tutoring, and providing care for animals, children, or the elderly. Via the app students can calculate their contributions based on tracked activities such as steps counted or volunteer hours logged. Users can even share stories and photos of their experiences within the app.
Student service efforts are focused not only on the University’s campuses but also around the world. Each year nearly 450 individuals choose to take part in summer or spring break missions. Teams have traveled across the country from California to New York and across the ocean to Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America experiencing the joy of service and building relationships along the way.
Through a Christian perspective, students cultivate academic excellence and sincere, capable, and devoted leadership. Harding alumni are leaders and Christian servants who maintain strong bonds, both as a family and a professional network. Graduate schools and employers take notice, seeking Harding alumni for their professionalism, technical skills, and outstanding character.
• Founded: 1924
• Location: 350 acres in Searcy, Arkansas, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains; 50 miles northeast of Little Rock and 100 miles west of Memphis, Tennessee; students have access to cultural and entertainment opportunities of two key metropolitan areas without sacrificing the charm of small-town living.
• 2016–2017 enrollment: 5,904; 45% men, 55% women
• Student-faculty ratio: 17:1
• Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 82.3%
• Nine colleges: Allied Health, Arts and Humanities, Bible and Ministry, Business Administration, Education, Honors, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Sciences
• Degrees offered: Nine undergraduate degrees in more than 100 academic majors, 15 pre-professional programs, 21 graduate programs, two specialist degrees, and four doctoral-level degrees
• Financial aid: More than 95% of undergraduate students receive aid, with nearly $95 million awarded in 2015–2016.
• Cost: Tuition, fees, room, and board costs averaged $25,395 in 2016–2017.
• Accreditation: Harding is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The University maintains specialized accreditation for its programs as appropriate to specific educational purposes. The University has more than 50 degrees/majors offered in programs that have specialized accreditation.
• Athletics: As a member of the NCAA Division II Great American Conference, Harding athletic programs include men’s intercollegiate competition in baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track, as well as women’s intercollegiate competition in basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball. Additionally, a large portion of students participate in an extensive intramural program.
• Involvement: On-campus radio and television stations with daily original programming, a weekly student newspaper, and more than 150 social, musical, religious, and academic clubs and organizations are available for students.
• International campuses: Students have the opportunity to attend semester-long study abroad programs in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy, and Zambia.