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Harding University

Searcy, AR 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate54%
Acceptance Rate54%

About Harding University

Harding University Overview

Harding University is a private, religious school in the small town setting of Searcy, Arkansas. Harding University was founded in 1924 and the school presently has around 4,973 students per year, which includes 3,687 undergraduate students. Harding University provides on-campus housing for up to 2,869 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 82% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Activities at Harding University

Love music or performing? At Harding University you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Harding University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Harding University does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? Harding University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Harding University on the Student Life page.

2022 Harding University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 54%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 80%
Tuition $23,790
Percent of Need Met 80%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $15,431

Is Harding University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better sense of what Harding University offers and if it could be the right college for you.

Harding University Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Harding University. Around 54% of applicants get into Harding University each year. Last year, 2,200 students applied to Harding University and 1,191 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Harding University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 84% of students who start at Harding University come back for their second year of college. Around 67% of students who started at Harding University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Harding University Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Harding University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Harding University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Harding University's endowment was $166.2 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $11,786 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Harding University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Harding University meets 80% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $15,431 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $35,252 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Harding University.

Based on this information, does Harding University seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Harding University a good school for you?

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Where is Harding University Located?

Harding University is located in the small town setting of Searcy, Arkansas, less than an hour from Little Rock.

If you would like to see Harding University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 67/167 to Searcy, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Bill and Hillary Clinton National/Adams Field.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Harding University and Searcy are like without leaving home.

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College Info

915 East Market Avenue Searcy, AR 72149-0001

Campus Setting: Small Town

Harding University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Harding University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Harding University ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Harding University is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Harding University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Harding University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1050 - 1300


Math SAT Range

520 - 640


Reading SAT Range

540 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1300 and Above


1050 to 1300


1050 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Harding University students is 1170. Applicants with SAT scores of 1300 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Harding University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1050 to 1300 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1050 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Harding University.

Harding University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Harding University is like? There are approximately 4,973 students enrolled at Harding University, including 3,687 undergraduate students and 1,286 graduate students. 83% percent of students attend school full-time, 33% percent are from AR and 67% percent of students are from other states.


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