• The heart of Harding’s mission is to provide a quality education leading to a life consistent with Christian principles.
• Upon graduating, students display character, conviction, and a competitive edge and are prepared for success at prestigious graduate schools and companies throughout the nation.
• The University desires to empower young men and women with a quality education that’s both affordable and relevant.
Established in 1924, Harding University is a Christian institution devoted to the integration of faith, learning, and living. With a wide range of academic majors and social organizations, Harding challenges its students spiritually and academically—empowering them to make a meaningful impact on the world around them. U.S.News & World Report has ranked Harding for 21 consecutive years in the top 25 colleges in the South, and The Princeton Review rates Harding one of the top universities in the region, drawing outstanding high school students from 49 states and 44 countries.
Accredited by 15 organizations, including the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the University allows students the opportunity to study in more than 100 academic majors, 14 pre-professional programs, 21 graduate programs, two specialist degrees, and four doctoral-level degrees. Students can choose a number of academic fields from nine colleges to study a wide range of subjects, from humanities and theology to business and education to natural and health sciences. With a student-faculty ratio of 17:1, meaningful relationships are built in and out of the classroom.
Learning opportunities for students continue outside the classroom through Harding’s seven study abroad programs. Campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy, and Zambia each deliver an education to broaden cultural awareness. Students also develop friendships and interests within 120 academic and professional organizations and 31 social clubs. Varying from the arts, music, politics, business, diversity, children, missions, service, and the environment, clubs and organizations on campus offer countless interests for students to explore.
Through a Christian perspective, students are led to appreciate numerous disciplines, excel as scholars, and cultivate leadership skills. As a result, employers and graduate schools seek Harding alumni for their professionalism, abilities, 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, giving students access to cultural and entertainment opportunities of metropolitan areas without sacrificing the charm of small-town living
• 2014–2015 enrollment: 6,075; 46.5% male, 53.5% female
• Student-faculty ratio: 17:1
• Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 81.5%
• 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, 14 pre-professional programs, 21 graduate programs, two specialist degrees, and four doctoral-level degrees
• Financial aid: More than 90% of undergraduate students receive aid, with nearly $60 million awarded in 2013–2014.
• Cost: Tuition, fees, room, and board costs averaged $23,556 in 2014–2015.
• Accreditation: Harding is accredited by 15 organizations, including the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
• Athletics: As a member of the Great American Conference, Harding offers intercollegiate competition in nine men’s and nine women’s sports. Additionally, a number of students participate in an extensive intramural program.
• Involvement: On-campus radio and television, 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.