Harding University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Searcy, AR

$21,540

Avg tuition

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About Harding University

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: Christian, Churches of Christ  While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Harding University is a small private university located on a rural campus in Searcy, Arkansas. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,617, and admissions are selective, with an acceptance rate of 55%. The university offers 117 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 72%, and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. Tuition and fees for students are $21,540.

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Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a high acceptance rate.

This school accepts students at a higher rate than other schools. High acceptance schools welcome 51-100% of all applicants.

55% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

87% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

72% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Test scores Required

High school rank Recommended

High school GPA Recommended

Completion of college prep program Recommended

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Required

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

SAT & ACT

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 21-29

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1060-1290

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of fewer than 5,000 students.

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5k

Students enrolled

24%

Online student enrollment

14:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

Online Check Bold
On-campus Check Bold
Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program. Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

79%

Black

6%

Non-U.S. Citizen

5%

Hispanic

4%

Two or more races

3%

Asian

2%

Unknown

1%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

57%

Socio-economic diversity

22% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Online Programs

Offers Online Programs

Yes

Online Programs

1

Total Online Enrollment

1,087

Student Location Breakout

24% 76%

Percent of Programs Online

99% On-campus

1% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates X Bold Not offered

Associate X Bold Not offered

Bachelor's X Bold Not offered

Graduate Certificate X Bold Not offered

Master's Check Bold 3% online

Doctorate X Bold Not offered

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

23%

State Grant Aid

24%

Institution Grant Aid

96%

Pell Grant

22%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $4,601
State Grant Aid $1,999
Institution Grant Aid $10,653
Pell Grant Aid $4,520

Financial Outlook

$26k

Average student debt after graduation

$36k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.