Harding University

Searcy, AR

Harding University

Searcy, AR

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Christian Life

Christian Life Profile

A Community of Mission

Since 1924, Harding University has challenged its students to pursue scholarship, service, teamwork, excellence, and commitment. As the largest private university in Arkansas, Harding attracts exceptional high school students from across the state and country as well as more than than 50 nations and territories. Its campus is located on 350 acres in Searcy, Arkansas, less than an hour from Arkansas’ capital of Little Rock. 

Christian service
As “A Community of Mission,” Harding is particularly devoted to preparing students for lives of Christian service. Students respond to and initiate service opportunities on campus, in the community, and around the world. Through a Christian perspective that allows appreciation of various disciplines, students excel as scholars and develop leadership skills. As a result, Harding alumni display character, conviction, and a competitive edge and are prepared for success at prestigious graduate schools and companies throughout the nation.  

Student life
Students can cultivate friendships and pursue their passions through more than 120 academic and professional organizations. Ranging from the arts and music to politics and business to diversity and service/missions, there are a variety of interests for students to explore. Students can also choose to participate in one of 31 clubs that host social functions, service projects, and club sports throughout the school year. 

Many students also participate in athletics on campus. In addition to its 16 athletic teams competing in the NCAA D-II Great American Conference, Harding offers a variety of intramural as well as recreational activities for students to choose from.  

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Harding University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors, 14 pre-professional programs, and 50 graduate programs, including master’s degrees, specialist programs, doctoral degrees, certificates, and endorsements. Harding also offers semester-long study abroad programs in Australasia, Chile, England, Greece, Italy, and Zambia as well as short-term opportunities in many additional countries. With a student-faculty ratio of 14:1, strong relationships are built inside and outside the classroom.



Ranked among the “Best Regional Colleges in the Southeast” | The Princeton Review, 2021


Ranked #18 for “Student Engagement” among national schools | Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 2020


Ranked among the “Best Colleges for Your Money” | Money magazine, 2020


Ranked the #1 RN program in Arkansas for three consecutive years | RegisteredNursing.org

Harding At A Glance

Harding University is a Christ-centered community united by a bold mission: to bring together authentic faith, learning, and living. For nearly 100 years, the University has surrounded remarkable students with compassion and care to develop and inspire future leaders—people who are committed to making a difference. With more than 100 undergraduate majors and 50+ graduate and professional programs, Harding offers far more than an excellent degree. From its beautiful Arkansas campus to every corner of the world, you’ll seek and serve, build and refine, and grow and create wherever God calls you. Find your place and your mission at Harding.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Besides giving me a great foundation for my career, Harding has also been a safe place to grow as a person and in my relationship with God.”

    • Ana Q.
      current student
  • “Our teachers don’t want us to leave Harding to become followers in our field—they’re teaching us how to be leaders.”

    • Allie L.
      current student
  • “Harding has proven to me that a program promoting work ethic, commitment to serving others, and professional and personal integrity is worth the trials I faced to get here.”

    • Sullivan M. '19
  • “Knowing there are people who care about how you’re doing both inside and outside the classroom has made a difference in my life and made my experience here very enjoyable and uplifting.”

    • John P. '20