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
Website: www.harding.edu
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
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,879
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 67%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 4,305 (88% 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: $20,735
Out-of-state Tuition: $20,735
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $10,924

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Harding University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Harding University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 91
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 6
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 4
Education 17141
Engineering 4
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 5
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 21
Health Professions and Related Programs 194
History 21
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 31
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 21
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 2
Social Sciences 4
Theology and Religious Vocations 44
Visual and Performing Arts 71
Grand total 194301

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $20,735
Out-of-state $20,735
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $13,892
Out-of-state $13,892

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 847 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 829 97% $10,924
Student loan aid 453 53% $7,369

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,353 84% $10,077
Federal student loans 2,042 51% $6,966

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 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,834 798 1,036
Percent admitted 100% 63% 60%
Percent admitted who enrolled 44% 44% 44%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2020

Total Enrollment 4,879
Undergraduate enrollment 3,779
Graduate enrollment 1,100

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 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 Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • 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
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • 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
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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