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Harding University Data & Information Overview

454 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
54% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Harding University Ranked?

#618 Best Colleges in Nation
#3 Best Colleges in AR
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Harding University was awarded 454 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts / sciences & humanities.

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Overall Quality

Harding is ranked #618 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list.

Harding is also ranked #3 out of 34 schools in Arkansas.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Harding?

54% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
23% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Harding University has an acceptance rate of 54%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Harding.

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 Composite scores ranged between 20 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Harding University  ( 20 to 28 )

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Harding University Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
74% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, Harding University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Harding University is 74%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  74 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Harding University

84% Freshmen Retention
48% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 84% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Harding University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Harding for first-time, full-time students is 48%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  48 out of 100

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Harding University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,294 Full-Time Undergraduates
13.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
55.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,572 undergraduates at Harding with 3,294 being full-time and 278 being part-time.

How Much Does Harding University Cost?

$19,456 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
$28,104 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Harding is $19,456. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Harding

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,856 $16,763 $17,077 $21,187 $22,080

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Harding, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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 3.1%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Harding Graduates Make?

$47,520 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Harding make about $47,520 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Harding students since it is 12% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Harding University make the most money.

Location of Harding University

Arkansas State
3,294 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Harding University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Searcy, Arkansas. The location of Harding is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Contact details for Harding are given below.

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

Harding University Majors

76 Majors With Completions
830 Undergraduate Degrees
375 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 76 majors graduated from Harding University. Of these students, 830 received undergraduate degrees and 375 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 70 $34,503
Health & Physical Education 48 NA
Accounting 47 $56,219
Nursing 47 $57,642
Communication Sciences 44 $25,296
Liberal Arts General Studies 37 $25,870
Marketing 34 $40,928
Computer Science 32 $72,335
Teacher Education Subject Specific 29 $36,408
Biblical Studies 28 $28,728

Learn more about the majors offered at Harding University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Harding

30% Take At Least One Class Online
18% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 1,493 students took at least one online class at Harding University. This is an increase from the 1,087 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 1,493 916
2019-2020 1,087 359
2018-2019 574 290
2017-2018 512 249
2016-2017 518 270

Learn more about online learning at Harding University.

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Notes and References


*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.


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