Harding University

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School Overview

Harding University is a private liberal arts Christian university located in Searcy, Arkansas. It started as Harding College in 1924 in Morrilton, Arkansas but moved ten years later to the now-defunct Galloway Female College in Searcy. The university is named for James A. Harding and is associated with the Churches of Christ. In addition to the Searcy campus (about 50 miles north-east of Little Rock), Harding University also operates the Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee; the Harding Academy in Searcy; satellite campuses in North Little Rock, Paragould, and Bentonville; international campuses in Florence, Italy; France; Manwianga Mission, Zambia; Vina del Mar, Chile; London, England; Porto Rafti, Greece; and Brisbane, Australia; and Camp Tahkodah in Floral, Arkansas. In all, they have 48 buildings.

As of fall 2016, the student body totaled almost 6,000 from over fifty foreign countries and all fifty states. Fall 2012 marked the 26th year in a row with a record fall undergraduate enrollment. It included 53 National Merit Finalists in their undergraduate programs.

Harding University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(501) 279-4000
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:www.harding.edu/admissions/howtoapply.html
Address:915 E. Market Ave., Searcy, AR 72149-5615
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:5,902
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):62%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:4,905 (83% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$18,635
Out-of-state Tuition:$18,635
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$9,273

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Harding University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Harding University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences5
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services91
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs6
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services4
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences5
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics2
Health Professions and Related Programs93
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities2
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies21
Physical Sciences2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions2
Social Sciences4
Theology and Religious Vocations44
Visual and Performing Arts61
Grand total91271

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Harding University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services11
Social Sciences1
Grand total3141

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Harding University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid97098%
Grant or scholarship aid93695%$9,273
Student loan aid60661%$7,262

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid3,81286%$10,354
Federal student loans2,48056%$7,592

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Harding University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Harding University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants2,2179701,247
Percent admitted100%70%70%
Percent admitted who enrolled46%46%46%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Harding University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment5,902
Undergraduate enrollment4,419
Graduate enrollment1,483

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Harding University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology

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