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Harding University

Searcy, AR 4-Year Private

About Harding University

Harding University is a private, religous school located in the small town setting of Searcy, AR, less than an hour from Little Rock.

Founded in 1924, the institution currently enrolls around 4,619 students a year, including 3,574 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $166,223,072. The school spends $11,786 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Harding University

Acceptance rate: 55%

Average GPA: 3.72

Mean ACT score: 25

Mean SAT score: 1170

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

Harding University Acceptance Rate

Admission to Harding University is moderately difficult. Around 55 percent of all applicants to Harding University are accepted each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.72 out of 4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1170 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 25.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Harding University a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

About 87 percent of students who start at Harding University come back for their second year of college. Out of the 1,064 students who started at Harding University as first-time freshman, 535 graduate within four years.

Harding University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 72 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $30,737 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.

Based on this information, how does Harding University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Harding University a good school for YOU?

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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

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer 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

22 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


22 to 29


22 and Less


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Harding University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

520 - 640


Reading SAT Range

540 - 660

Harding University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Harding University is like? There are approximately 5,121 students enrolled at Harding University, including 3,974 undergraduate students and 1,147 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 28% percent are from AR and 72% percent of students are from other states.


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Campus Setting

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