Skip to Main Content
  1. Academics
    B+
  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+
915 E. Market Ave.
Searcy, AR 72149
About Harding...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great American Conference
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
75%
SAT Range
1060-1300
ACT Range
22-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$19,580/ 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
$10,288/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
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.73 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.73 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    4%
  • On Campus
    96%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,742Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
232
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 56 responses
  • Christian
    63%
  • Friendly
    11%
  • Sheltered
    11%
  • Vibrant,spiritually and relationally
    11%
  • Innocent
    4%
  • Searching
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
36%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.84 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.101 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 52 responses
  • Harding is a growing and loving community.
    69%
  • It's a 'bubble' - not for everyone
    19%
  • Fun for certain kinds of people
    10%
  • Strict
    2%

    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

    Harding University Reviews

    988 reviews
    All Categories
    Harding is a wonderful university! I really enjoyed my time there. It is by no means perfect but the administration, faculty and staff are always growing and learning to make the school the best it can be. I did not realize the level of academic challenge Harding provides until I entered graduate school. Leaving Harding will prepare you to enter your desired work force or postgradaute pursuits. WARNING: THIS IS NOT A PARTY SCHOOL. The school will remove you for certain handbook violations.
    Start Your Review of Harding University
    Rate It!
    Harding University is a wonderful place! The people are very friendly and the campus is beautiful. I attended the Honors Symposium over the summer, and basically lived there for 2 weeks. The professors were so inclusive and challenged you to be independent in your thinking. I love Harding University!
    Harding University was okay. I did meet many wonderful people and am still very close to the close friends I made. The professors are wonderful and masters in their profession and knowledge of the subjects they teach. Rigorous studying is needed to succeed at this school. However, while attending, you are forced to give up certain rights as an adult, such as not being able to drink alcohol, strict curfews, not being able to spend time in an opposite-sex dorm. Violation of this may result in expulsion from the school -- this is stated in the contract signed when agreeing to attend the private institution.