Harding University

Harding University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Harding University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Harding University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Harding University was awarded 105 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is youth ministry.

Overall Quality

Harding landed the #481 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Harding is also ranked #1 out of 40 schools in Arkansas.

See all of the rankings for Harding University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Harding?

Acceptance Rate

Harding University has an acceptance rate of 72%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 28% 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 650. Math scores were between 520 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Harding University  ( 530 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Harding University  ( 520 to 630 )
Harding received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Harding University  ( 22 to 28 )

Learn more about Harding University admissions.

Harding University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 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 79%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  79 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Harding University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 85% 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  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Harding the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 45%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  45 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Harding University.

Harding University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,779 undergraduates at Harding with 3,533 being full-time and 246 being part-time.

How Much Does Harding University Cost?

The overall average net price of Harding is $19,375. 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 +
$13,930 $15,735 $18,132 $21,923 $22,291

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 59% of students took out student loans averaging $7,378 a year. That adds up to $29,512 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Harding is 4.5%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Harding with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $40,900 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Harding University make the most money.

Location of Harding University

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
Website: www.harding.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HardingU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HardingU

Harding University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 75 majors graduated from Harding University. Of these students, 937 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 65 $33,900
Accounting 61 $53,500
Nursing 51 $56,800
Liberal Arts General Studies 48 $26,200
Communication Sciences 43 NA
Health & Physical Education 40 $22,800
Teacher Education Subject Specific 39 $32,200
General Psychology 34 $25,600
Computer Science 34 $61,100
Finance & Financial Management 33 NA

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

Online Learning at Harding

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 2018-2019, 574 students took at least one online class at Harding University. This is an increase from the 512 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 574 290
2017-2018 512 249
2016-2017 518 270
2015-2016 997 312
2013-2014 1,053 367

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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