Harding University

868 reviews
  1. Searcy, AR
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    D-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A
Harding University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Restorationist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great American Conference
Address
915 E. Market Ave.
Searcy, AR 72143

Harding University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
99%
SAT Range
950-1220
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$16,516/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $21,256/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,326/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,948/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,225/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,277/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.63 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.63 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,165Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • Christian
    67%
  • Vibrant,spiritually and relationally
    11%
  • Sheltered
    9%
  • Friendly
    7%
  • Innocent
    4%
  • Searching
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
38%
of students say they don't have Greek life.74 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.91 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Harding is a growing and loving community.
    79%
  • It's a 'bubble' - not for everyone
    14%
  • Fun for certain kinds of people
    7%

After Harding University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
91%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses

Reviews

868 reviews
  • Excellent
    231
  • Very Good
    315
  • Average
    242
  • Poor
    45
  • Terrible
    35
The powers-that-be are white overweight men who fear monger the backwards inbred feelings during the Jim Crow days. There are really cool profs but they are normally squelched under the ruling thumb of these God's patriarchs of "virtues." Anything at all that deviates from fundamental Christian beliefs is a sin, (not articulated in so few of words but in gentle Christian pseudo brotherly concerned speeches during chapel).

Don't even fool yourself into thinking you're starting out life as an independent adult, getting away from your parents when you go here! Unless you are a recently liberated Amish person, then Harding will not trust you with any freedom of choice. I'd rather be in prison than here, at least in prison they won't throw you out for sex.

This year they received 10milliion dollars from an anonymous donor, but instead of helping with their already deplorable financial aid they are putting it into making a new gym!

They also nickel and dime you over rotten food from the caf, terrible living quarters in the dorms (unless of course your mommy and daddy are rolling in their Texas oil money to pay for passable living quarters) and also are meddling marriage pushers constantly trying to "mate" you by the end of graduation with a Christian partner (opposite sex of course, bc if you're gay, bi, or transgender just see how quickly their souther "hospitality" turns into Good ole' southern hostility.

Trust me, an all Christian campus is going to be a living hell to anyone who is forward thinking and actually a decent human being who believes equality.
  • College Sophomore
  • July 20 2015
I absolutely love the faculty of my department. They are some of the most intelligent, loving, and accepting people I have met on this campus. Unfortunately, those great qualities often put them in a countercultural space when compared to the majority of Harding's student body.

I would like to see more transparency regarding the reasoning behind many of Harding's rules and regulations, as well as increased diversity and increased sensitivity to the unique issues faced by minority students at such an overwhelmingly white, southern school.
  • Junior
  • 21 days ago
Harding has been one of the best experiences of my life! My entire family went to ACU and so I wanted to try something different and I am so thankful that I did. My department is my favorite part about the school! The professors are incredible and are so kind. They genuinely care about the future of their students. The students are all extremely nice and easy to get along with. There are a lot of rules, however, as long as you know what you are agreeing to they are not a problem. Honestly, some of the rules help keep the community feel of the campus. I love this school and will miss it so much when I graduate! Truly the best years of my life!
  • College Senior
  • July 24 2015