Harding University

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915 E. Market Avenue

Searcy, AR 72149

Phone: (501) 279-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#22 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Harding University is a private institution that was founded in 1924. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,300, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 350 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Harding University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 22. Its tuition and fees are $16,120 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Harding University is a Christian liberal arts university, nationally recognized for its outstanding academic reputation. Ranking annually among the nation's leaders in the admission of National Merit Scholars and high achieving students, Harding provides an academic experience that cultivates intellectual and personal growth in every individual. Harding graduates are in demand, as more than 400 national and international businesses and graduate schools actively recruit Harding students each year, proving the graduates are well prepared to compete and succeed in this global economy. More than 40 percent of Harding graduates have studied at one of the university's seven international campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. Harding competes in 14 intercollegiate sports at the NCAA-II level and has about 100 campus organizations in which students can participate. Harding attracts students from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries allowing students to develop friendships with fellow students from around the world. Harding is located in the foothills of the beautiful Ozark Mountains and is within a few miles of beautiful hiking trails, parks and sparkling rivers. The university is committed to making a Harding University education financially feasible for all qualified applicants. As the University receives far more applications for admissions than there are spaces available, interested students are encouraged to apply early to reserve a position in the freshman class.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1924
Religious affiliation Church of Christ
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $99,287,179


When applying to Harding University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Harding University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 74.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 74.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Harding University is 17:1, and the school has 52.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Harding University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 40%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15%
Education 13%
Health Professions and Related Programs 13%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 9%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

Harding University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,300, with a gender distribution of 46.4 percent male students and 53.6 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus. Harding University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,713
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Harding University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Harding University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Harding University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Harding University.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Harding University, 60.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,476.

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Tuition and fees $16,120 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,340 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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