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Harding University Overview

Located in Searcy, Arkansas, Harding University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of Harding is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

What Is Harding University Known For?

888 Undergraduate Awards
$22,535 Avg Cost After Aid
72% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at Harding is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Harding.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 81% of the faculty were full-time.

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Harding University Rankings

Out of the 29 colleges in Arkansas, Harding is ranked at #5.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Harding has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#7 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#9 Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities College Factual
#16 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#26 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#42 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual

Where Is Harding University?

Location of Harding University

Contact details for Harding are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 915 E. Market Ave., Searcy, AR 72149-5615
Phone: 501-279-4000
Website: www.harding.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HardingU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HardingU

How Do I Get Into Harding?

You can apply to Harding online at: www.harding.edu/admissions/howtoapply.html

Admission Requirements for Harding

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Harding?

72% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
28% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 72%, Harding may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 72%, and the acceptance rate for women is 73%.

Average Test Scores

About 28% of students accepted to Harding submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 650. Math scores were between 520 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Harding University  ( 530 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Harding University  ( 520 to 630 )
200
800
Harding received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 31. Math scores were between 21 and 27. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Harding University  ( 22 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Harding University  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Harding University  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford Harding University?

$22,535 Net Price
59% Take Out Loans
3.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Harding is $22,535. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Harding, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $7,378 a year. That adds up to $29,512 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Harding is 3.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Harding University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,742 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,974 undergraduate students at Harding, with 3,742 being full-time and 232 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Harding

There are also 1,147 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,742 full-time undergraduates at Harding, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Harding

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Harding University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Harding Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 31
Black or African American 145
Hispanic or Latino 139
White 3,066
International Students 221
Other Races/Ethnicities 140

Geographic Diversity

Arkansas students aren't the only ones who study at Harding University. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 57 countries are represented at Harding. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Honduras, and Guatemala.

Online Learning at Harding University

249 Took All Classes Online
512 Took At Least One Class Online
-9.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 512 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Harding has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 14th most popular in Arkansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Harding

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Harding University was -9.0%. This is the #2,563 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Harding regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Harding majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Educational Administration 4%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 13%
Nursing 3%
Romance Languages 13%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Harding ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Harding.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Fine & Studio Arts #31
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries #44
Other Education #51
Student Counseling #60
Teaching English or French #64
Biblical Studies #65
Theological & Ministerial Studies #109
Health & Physical Education #117
Visual & Performing Arts #125
General Education #129
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #134
Instructional Media Design #138
Curriculum & Instruction #153
Theology & Religious Vocations #163
Special Education #212
Teacher Education Subject Specific #230
Educational Administration #285
Teacher Education Grade Specific #331

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Harding University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 58 65 0 123
Business Administration & Management 38 42 0 80
Nursing 51 13 0 64
Health & Physical Education 52 1 0 53
Communication Sciences 35 17 0 52
Student Counseling 0 48 0 48
Teacher Education Subject Specific 37 11 0 48
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 48 48
Public Relations & Advertising 45 0 0 45
Accounting 40 0 0 40
Allied Health Professions 6 34 0 40
Liberal Arts General Studies 36 1 0 37
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 35 35
General Psychology 30 0 0 30
Computer Science 29 0 0 29
Mechanical Engineering 28 0 0 28
Finance & Financial Management 27 0 0 27
Biblical Studies 26 0 0 26
Educational Administration 0 21 4 25
Social Work 25 0 0 25
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 23 2 25
Computer Information Systems 24 0 0 24
Romance Languages 22 1 0 23
International Business 22 0 0 22
Marketing 22 0 0 22
Criminal Justice & Corrections 19 0 0 19
General English Literature 18 0 0 18
Human Development & Family Studies 15 0 0 15
Design & Applied Arts 15 0 0 15
General Education 14 0 0 14
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 13 0 0 13
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 10 0 0 10
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 9 0 0 9
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 9 0 0 9
History 9 0 0 9
Journalism 8 0 0 8
Music 8 0 0 8
General Biology 7 0 0 7
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 7 0 0 7
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 7 0 0 7
Health/Medical Prep Programs 7 0 0 7
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 6 1 0 7
General Sales & Marketing 6 0 0 6
Computer Engineering 6 0 0 6
Communication & Media Studies 5 0 0 5
Human Biology 5 0 0 5
Biomedical Engineering 4 0 0 4
General Family & Consumer Sciences 4 0 0 4
Mathematics 4 0 0 4
Fine & Studio Arts 4 0 0 4
Electrical Engineering 3 0 0 3
Public Administration 3 0 0 3
International Studies 2 0 0 2
Chemistry 2 0 0 2
Computer Software & Applications 1 0 0 1
Health & Medical Administrative Services 1 0 0 1
Economics 1 0 0 1
General Social Sciences 1 0 0 1
Political Science & Government 1 0 0 1
Drama & Theater Arts 1 0 0 1
Business/Corporate Communications 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0
Special Education 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0
Housing 0 0 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0
Behavioral Science 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0
Physics 0 0 0 0
Missionary Studies 0 0 0 0
Religious Education 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 888 278 89 1,255

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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