At Harding University, we believe what you learn, who you learn with and who you learn from are vitally important. The largest private university in Arkansas, Harding draws students from all 50 states and 50 foreign countries. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top school in the South and a best value school, Harding offers an accomplished faculty, small class sizes, technologically advanced facilities and transformative extracurricular opportunities.
With a wide variety of academic majors and social organizations, Harding challenges its students spiritually and academically. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and maintains specialized accreditation for its programs as appropriate to its educational purpose. Students have the opportunity to study in more than 100 academic majors, 14 pre-professional programs, 21 graduate programs, two specialist degrees and four doctoral-level programs.
Students have plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning whether it be engineering majors developing concept, design and construction of an off-road vehicle; journalism majors managing, writing and editing the student newspaper; or nursing majors conducting exam simulations on high-fidelity mannequins. With a student-faculty ratio of 14:1, meaningful relationships are built in and out of the classroom.
Learning extends beyond the classroom through campus involvement and Harding’s seven study abroad programs. Located in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia, each program aims to broaden cultural awareness and foster personal growth and success.
On campus, Harding offers students every opportunity to cultivate friendships and interests with more than 100 academic and professional organizations and 30 social clubs. Arts, music, politics, business, diversity, children, missions, service, the environment — there is a place for all pursuits and passions.
A large percentage of the student body chooses to join a social club, Harding’s version of fraternities and sororities. Social clubs have been a significant part of the Harding experience for decades, providing students with opportunities to enjoy a significant number of activities while building lifelong friendships.
As a community of mission, Harding University is particularly devoted to encouraging lives of excellence through faith-filled living and learning. Students respond to, as well as initiate, multiple service opportunities on campus, in the community and around the world. From community service to international missions, Harding students put their whole hearts and passion into opportunities to be examples of love and service.
One local effort that has grown each year is Bisons for Christ. Every spring, students, faculty and staff commit a day to helping residents of Searcy and Central Arkansas. Thousands participate in hundreds of projects such as wellness checkups, after-school programs, clean-up efforts, and free sports clinics by University athletes.
Student service efforts are focused not only at home but also around the world. Each year nearly 450 individuals choose to take part in summer or spring break missions. Teams have traveled across the country from California to New York, and across the ocean to Africa, Asia, Europe and South America experiencing the joy of service and building relationships along the way.
Through a Christian perspective, students cultivate academic excellence and sincere, capable and devoted leadership. Harding alumni are leaders and Christian servants who stick together, both as a family and a professional network. Graduate schools and employers take notice, seeking Harding alumni for their professionalism, skills and outstanding character.
College is a big decision. When considering a school for your college education, you want a place to learn; to grow academically and spiritually; to prepare you for a career; and to help you find your calling. You want a place to belong, and you belong at Harding.