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Harding University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Harding University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Harding University Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Harding University was awarded 60 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, Harding is ranked #466 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Harding also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Arkansas ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Harding?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Harding University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 72%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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 )

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Harding University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Harding University is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus 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 83% 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  83 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 45%, which is better than 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.

Good Overall Diversity at Harding

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,184 undergraduates at Harding with 3,945 being full-time and 239 being part-time.

Harding Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Harding is 78.10 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  78.10 out of 100
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How Much Does Harding University Cost?

The overall average net price of Harding is $18,959. 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 +
$13,438 $15,572 $18,204 $21,562 $21,907

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

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 58% of students took out student loans averaging $7,708 a year. That adds up to $30,832 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Harding is 4.4%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Harding make around $40,900 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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 charming, small-town atmosphere of Searcy draws many to the area.

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Location of Harding University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 65 majors graduated from Harding University. Of these students, 969 received undergraduate degrees and 408 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 82 $33,900
Nursing 49 $56,800
Accounting 49 $53,500
Liberal Arts General Studies 47 $26,200
Health & Physical Education 46 $22,800
Communication Sciences 41 NA
Biblical Studies 41 $25,800
General Psychology 37 $25,600
Public Relations & Advertising 36 $32,800
Teacher Education Subject Specific 35 $32,200

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 512 students took at least one online class at Harding University. This is a decrease from the 518 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 512 249
2016-2017 518 270
2015-2016 997 312
2014-2015 1,146 369
2013-2014 1,053 367

Learn more about online learning at Harding University.

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