Harding University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Read about its admission requirements, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Harding University

Harding University is a private, Christian university located nearly 50 miles to the northeast of Little Rock and about a 2-hour drive from Memphis. U.S. News & World Report ranked the university the fifth best value regional school in the South in 2013. As recently as 2009, Harding was placed on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


Harding University has eight academic divisions and awards ten undergraduate degrees in subject areas that include social science, ministry, kinesiology, business administration and theater. The university also has nearly 30 graduate, preprofessional and professional programs.

Harding is a parent institute to professional centers in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Bentonville, Arkansas, as well as a theology school in Memphis and a K-12 school on the university's main campus. The university also has international campuses in London, Paris, Athens, Florence, Chile, Australia and Africa. Almost half of the students who graduate from Harding have participated in study abroad programs at one of these campuses.


Future Harding students can apply online or download a paper application to fax to the admissions office. Along with the application form, applicants must supply an application fee, transcripts, standardized test scores and two references (personal and academic). Students also must submit a refundable $130 housing deposit if they want to live on campus.

Students who would like to receive credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses must check with the testing office to determine minimum qualifying scores, as well as where the credit can be applied and how many hours can be earned. They must pay a fee per course added to their record. Students also can earn credits through College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Students taking these exams through Harding must pay an administrative fee to the testing office, in addition to the fee for the exam. As with AP exams, students must pay a fee for each course added to their transcript through CLEP exams.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of 2012-2013, Harding charged $493 per credit hour for undergraduates and $608 per credit hour for graduate students. Housing in residential dorms was $1,547 per semester, and the cost to live in an apartment-style dorm ranged from $1,738 to $2,034 per semester. Additional fees include those for a meal plan and technology/enrichment.

The university offers financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants and federal loans to students and/or parents. To be eligible for financial aid, students must complete the FAFSA by June 1.

School Type Private, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral, certificates**
Religious Affiliation Churches of Christ*
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small town*
Student Body (2011) 4,304 undergraduate and 2,752 graduate students**
Student Housing Residential and apartment dorms; some specialized housing for women, men and graduate students*
Schools and Programs Eight schools; 25 degree programs and 14 preprofessional programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: General studies (70)
Master's: General education (125)**
Graduation Rates (Students Who Began Study in Fall 2005) 41% in four years
63% in six years
63% in eight years**
Admission Rate 72% in 2011**
Entering Class 1,013 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 81% for full-time and 25% for part-time students**
Middle 50% of ACT Scores for Admitted Students 23-27 in 2011**
Application Due Date N/A; rolling admissions*
Undergraduate Tuition $21,432 per year (for 2012-2013; includes all estimated student expenses)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) For all undergraduate students in 2010-2011:
Grant or scholarship aid (89%)
Federal student loans (58%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 99% for full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Harding University, **National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Contact Information

  • Address: 915 E. Market Ave., Searcy, AR 72143
  • Phone: (501) 279-4407
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