About Harding University

Founded in 1924, Harding University. is a Private college. Located in Arkansas, which is a city setting in Arkansas, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 4,419 full time undergraduate students, and 1,483 full time graduate students.

The Harding University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 16:1. There are 319 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Harding University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate70%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range980-1220
ACT Range22-28

Admissions at HU are considered Selective, with ,48% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 46 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

80% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 53% were in the top quarter, and 28% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Harding University.

Harding University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    120 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    86 Students rated off-campus housing 3.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    121 Students rated campus food 2.8 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    121 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    120 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    121 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    122 Students rated local services 4 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    121 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Harding University?

46 Students rated Harding University

Jayden - 11/22/2023

Overall, it's a good school with a very good sense of community. It's very expensive though. The Student Aid Office is usually pretty understanding about money troubles, but will try to throw loans at you before scholarships, which is irritating to be honest. Classes and professors are amazing. Small campus, which is nice for walking.

Cason - 03/29/2023

I love it and the professors are amazing and make several atempts to get to know every student. The sports are amazing and they offer many different sports for all levels of players. The campus is absolutly beautiful with everything you could every need and the staff are amazing and always eager to help.

Skyler - 02/09/2023

It’s a Great Christian school! It’s a place where no matter where you go you know someone. Professors know your name and invite you/class to eat dinner. There are numerous churches around so have your pick. A lot of business are Harding Alum owned. Chapel is a great aspect to your everyday life.

Jacob - 12/29/2021

I think it is an acquired taste. Personally, I love Harding. They seem to actually care about my academics, and that is evident through what some would call their "strictness." However, these "rules" go to benefit those students like me who may need help staying accountable to their studies. The campus is beautiful. The people do not travel in cliques. The professors are always ready to help. And finally, the education seems to be top-notch.

Harding University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Harding University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Harding University is 70%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    My college experience taught me that learning takes place in many different ways. Much of the knowledge I gained in the classroom setting at Harding University has continued to serve me in my career as I have taught at every level of education. I was taught to seek and search for knowledge and find ways to apply the best parts. This prepared me to be a successful educator in a seemingly ever-changing environment. Also, the experiences outside of the classroom prepared me in more ways than I could have imagined. I gained valuable experience in treating individuals with respect and kindness. As I have worked in different places and interacted with many different types of people from different backgrounds, treating others with respect and kindness has been an essential to the success of the students. Being able to work together, regardless of differences, produces an environment in which our students can learn and thrive academically, socially, and spiritually.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Harding University strives to be the best it can be while spreading the love of Christ to each and everyone one of the students and faculty members, and in doing so helping students grow in their faith and prepare them to go into the world living for God and sharing His word to all people.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    Fun-loving, outreaching pranksters.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    I am attending school in Rogers for a Degree Completion for Education. It is excellent for non-traditional and working students like myself. I love that I don't have to leave work or change my schedule in order to attend classes. They are also accelerated classes, so most are complete in six weeks. It's intense, but you can get more hours in a semester without feeling like you are completely overloaded.

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing im my opinion would be the cost. How they seemingly find ways to suck money out.

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known I had another choice...my parents really wanted me to come here so I felt like I had to.

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  8. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    The typical Harding University student is white and upperclass. There are more women than men at this school and most of the students have a strong faith in God.

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  9. What's unique about your campus?

    The teachers' and staff members' willingness to help the students. It really helps alot when you're struggling with a class assignment or even something totally unrelated to class.

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    How many friends I was able to make, our school rugby and basketball teams, how great the classes and professors are, and how much I'm able to focus on my major and how many classes I'm able to take that focus on my major.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Our Christian community that gives students an experience to change the way they see the world.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Everything costs extra money; activities and movies and such are not free.

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  13. What kind of person should attend this school?

    People who want to learn a lot and get a good education, who are religious and dont mind going to chapel on a daily basis or mind having bible classes.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

98% of students attending Harding University receive some sort of financial aid. 25% were awarded federal grants. While 61% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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