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Harding University

Searcy, AR

Harding University, founded in 1924, is a private university with religious orientation. Its 350-acre campus is located in Searcy, AR, 50 miles northeast of Little Rock.

School Profiles: Christian Life

Harding University

Searcy, AR

• The heart of Harding University’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.



AT A GLANCE

• 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. 

• Fall 2019 enrollment: 4,879 students; 44% men, 56% women

• Student-faculty ratio: 14:1

• Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 84.7%

• 10 colleges: Allied Health, Arts and Humanities, Bible and Ministry, Business Administration, Education, Honors, Nursing, Pharmacy, Sciences, and University College


Degrees offered:
Nine undergraduate degrees in more than 100 academic majors, 14
pre-professional programs, 21 graduate programs, two specialist programs, and four
doctoral-level degrees

• Financial aid: More than 95% of undergraduate students receive aid, with more than $68 million awarded in 2018–2019. 

• Cost: Tuition, fees, room, and board costs averaged $26,644 in 2018–2019. 

• 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, football, 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 our extensive intramurals program. 

• Involvement: On-campus radio and television stations with daily original programming, a student yearbook and weekly newspaper, and more than 150 social, musical, religious, and academic clubs and organizations are available for students. 

• International locations: Students have the opportunity to attend semester-long study abroad programs in Australia, Chile, England, Greece, Italy, and Zambia. 

Founded in 1924, Harding is a Christian university that provides excellent academic programs rooted in faith and learning. It’s the largest private university in Arkansas and draws students from across the United States and more than 50 nations and territories. Ranked as a top school in 2019 by Money magazine, Wall Street Journal, and The Princeton Review, 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, 14 pre-professional programs, 21 graduate programs, two specialist programs, 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 manikins. With a student-faculty ratio of 14:1, meaningful relationships are built in and out of the classroom. 

Beyond the classroom, learning is enhanced through campus involvement and Harding’s semester-long study abroad offerings in Australia, Chile, England, Greece, Italy, and Zambia as well as numerous short-term opportunities in locations including Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Morocco, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Each program aims to broaden cultural awareness and strengthen bonds between students and the communities where they live and serve. 

On campus, Harding offers students every opportunity to cultivate friendships and interests with more than 100 academic and professional organizations and 30 social clubs. Arts, music, politics, business, diversity, children, missions, service, the environment—there is a place for all pursuits and passions. 

A large percentage of the student body chooses to join a social club, Harding’s version of fraternities and sororities. Social clubs have been a significant part of the Harding experience for decades, providing students with opportunities to enjoy a significant number of activities while building lifelong friendships.

As a Community of Mission, the 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. 

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.