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Located in Searcy, Arkansas, Harding University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of Harding is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

$25,015 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
54% Acceptance Rate

Where Is Harding University?


Contact details for Harding are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 915 E. Market Ave., Searcy, AR 72149-5615
Phone: 501-279-4000

How Do I Get Into Harding?

You can apply to Harding online at:

Admission Requirements for Harding

Submission Required?
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Harding?

54% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
23% Submit SAT Scores
Harding has an acceptance rate of 54%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 55%, and the acceptance rate for women is 54%.

Average Test Scores

About 23% of students accepted to Harding submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 660. Math scores were between 520 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Harding University  ( 530 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Harding University  ( 520 to 640 )
Harding received ACT scores from 80% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 31. Math scores were between 18 and 27. Composite scores were between 20 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Harding University  ( 21 to 31 )
ACT Math Scores for Harding University  ( 18 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Harding University  ( 20 to 28 )

Can I Afford Harding University?

$25,015 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
1.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Harding is $25,015. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Harding, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $7,026 a year. That adds up to $28,104 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Harding is 1.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Harding University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,072 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,684 undergraduate students at Harding, with 3,072 being full-time and 612 being part-time.


There are also 1,289 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,072 full-time undergraduates at Harding, 43% are male and 57% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Harding University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 40
Black or African American 152
Hispanic or Latino 119
White 2,468
International Students 167
Other Races/Ethnicities 126

Geographic Diversity

Arkansas students aren't the only ones who study at Harding University. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 57 countries are represented at Harding. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Honduras, and Guatemala.

Online Learning at Harding University

916 Took All Classes Online
1,493 Took At Least One Class Online
4.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 1,493 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Harding has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of Harding

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Harding University was 4.8%. This is the #1,135 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Harding regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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