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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    D
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A+
About Harding University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great American Conference
Address
915 E. Market Ave.
Searcy, AR 72149
From Harding University

Do you belong at Harding University? Harding is a private Christian liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Committed to pursuing academic excellence and establishing strong spiritual foundations, the university attracts students representing all 50 states and 54 nations and territories. Harding offers more than 100 undergraduate majors; professional and graduate degrees at the master's, specialist, and doctoral levels; as well as study abroad opportunities in locations such as Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy, and Zambia.

Harding University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
72%
SAT Range
1050-1280
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$19,317/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,509/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.63 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.69 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.69 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,945Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
239
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • Christian
    63%
  • Vibrant,spiritually and relationally
    12%
  • Friendly
    10%
  • Sheltered
    10%
  • Innocent
    4%
  • Searching
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
36%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.80 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.97 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Harding is a growing and loving community.
    73%
  • It's a 'bubble' - not for everyone
    21%
  • Fun for certain kinds of people
    6%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $40,900/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    67%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    91%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses
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    Harding University Reviews

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    I can't speak from the perspective of a student, but I can speak from the experience of working on campus and having been surrounded by Harding culture my entire life, as well as a current applicant to campus.

    The faculty I've met are some of the nicest people I know. I hear so much from students about how great the staff is and how much they are willing to work with students to provide any assistance wherever possible.

    The campus life seems extraordinary. There are always events going on and the university takes great care to provide maximum entertainment without turning it into a raging party.

    I know several people who have graduated from Harding, and every single one of them enjoyed it immensely. I look forward to this.
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    It is a bigger Christian college with a small college feel. Everyone is so welcoming and desiring to have a real relationship with you. To Professors you're not just another body in a class room. You're someone they desire to succeed and become friends with. When I told the department that I may not be able to come back because of financial reasons, nearly every one of them came up with ways to help me stay. Whether it's odd jobs, work study, living with them so as to not pay housing or a meal plan. They've become family. Just like everyone else you meet here. If you let them, they'll love you for the rest of your life.
    There are a lot of good and bad things I could say about Harding, but altogether it's not too bad. The campus size is great and the professors actually care about the students' success. They are willing to sit down with you and talk about life as well. Academically, Harding is excellent. Since they are a private Christian university, they have more conservative beliefs. However, they are becoming somewhat more progressive. Yet, there is still a lot of work to be done. All in all, Harding is an imperfect campus full of imperfect people just like anywhere else.