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Harding University

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1924
Affiliation: Church of Christ
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 4,024
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $87,116,095
Admissions Address

915 E. Market Avenue
Searcy, AR 72149



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.4
Send application by: July 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Glenn Dillard
Admissions office telephone: (800) 477-4407
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: July 1
Decision sent by:  
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Send application by: N/A
Decision sent by: N/A
Application fee: $35
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? No
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Tuition deposit: N/A (Refundable)
Room deposit: $125 (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 4
Lab N/A N/A
Foreign language N/A 2
Social studies 3 4
History N/A N/A
Academic electives 3 2
Total academic units 15 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: July 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Very important
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 60%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 60%
Total applicants: 1,637
Total acceptances: 975
Total freshman enrollment: 910
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.


Male applicants: 733
Male acceptances: 462
Male freshman enrollment: 430
Female applicants: 904
Female acceptances: 513
Female freshman enrollment: 480
Out-of-state freshmen: 75%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 0
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 0
Students enrolled from waiting list: 0


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 27%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 49%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 75%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 76%
Average high school GPA: 3.4
First-year students submitting GPA: 92%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 40%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 480 - 620
Math: 470 - 630
Combined: 950 - 1250


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 9.0% 9.0%
600-699 28.0% 26.0%
500-599 33.0% 32.0%
400-499 25.0% 27.0%
300-399 5.0% 5.0%
200-299 0.0% 1.0%


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 79%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 20 - 28
Math: 19 - 26
Composite: 20 - 27


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 12.0% 17.0% 7.0%
24-29 38.0% 33.0% 38.0%
18-23 42.0% 39.0% 38.0%
12-17 8.0% 11.0% 17.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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