Harding University

915 E. Market Ave., Searcy, Arkansas 72143
Searcy, Arkansas 72143
(800) 477-4407
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Harding University is a private, non-profit university in Searcy, Ark. that is affiliated with the Church of Christ. Harding’s history dates back to 1924, when it was founded as a result of a merger of two junior colleges — Arkansas Christian College and Harper College — that combined their assets to form one senior college. The school obtained university status in 1978. Today, the university has an enrollment of 7,155 from every U.S. state and more than 50 countries. Harding is ranked No. 20 among regional universities of the south, and No. 5 among best value regional universities of the south, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the university has been recognized for having top online business programs, ranking in the categories of faculty credentials and training, student engagement and accreditation, and student services and technology, according to U.S. News. Harding is also distinctive for its international campuses in Africa, Australia, South America, and Europe, where nearly 50% of each graduating class spends a semester, according to the university website.

Programs Offered

Harding University offers a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. A small sampling of available undergraduate majors includes athletic training, computer engineering, global economic development, health care management, nursing, and social work. As a Christian institution, the university also offers degrees in Bible and ministry, Bible and religion, biblical languages, Christian education, leadership and ministry, and youth and family ministry. In addition, Harding offers numerous pre-professional programs, such as pre-architecture, pre-medicine, and pre-law tracks, among others. Graduate and professional programs include speech-language pathology, professional counseling, physical therapy, and a nationally-ranked physician assistant program, to name a few. Aside from offering high-quality traditional programs, Harding also makes online programs available through its online global campus, which offers an MBA program that can be earned entirely online from any location with Internet access.


Harding University has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1954. In addition, many of the university’s individual programs hold specialized accreditation from numerous accrediting bodies, which prospective students can verify on College Navigator.


First-time freshmen must submit a completed application, pay a $40 fee, pay a $130 housing deposit if they intend to live on campus, submit two letters of reference to vouch for the student’s academic potential and character, submit official high school transcripts, and submit official ACT or SAT scores, according to the university website. Transfer students will follow a similar application process, but will need to submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended and will not need to submit high school transcripts if they have completed at least 14 hours of college. Graduate applicants will need to possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, submit a completed application, pay the required fee, and meet all other requirements set by the particular graduate department to which the student is applying. Graduate requirements may include entrance exam scores (e.g. the GRE), a minimum undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, and a statement of professional goals.


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