Harding University

Harding University Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Harding University was founded in 1924 in Morrilton, Arkansas by James A. Harding. The school was originally named Harding College and it was established as a private, Christian liberal arts college. The school is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and its mission is to provide a quality education that challenges students to be more Christ-like in thought, word and deed.

Harding has grown significantly over its nearly 100-year history. In 1934, the college moved from Morrilton to Searcy, Arkansas where it has remained ever since. In 1979, the name of the institution was changed from Harding College to Harding University to reflect its growth and expansion into graduate programs such as law and business administration.

The university now offers more than 100 majors across six colleges: Allied Health Sciences; Arts & Humanities; Bible & Church Ministries; Business Administration; Education; and Sciences & Mathematics. Additionally, Harding offers online degrees through its virtual campus as well as international study opportunities at campuses in Australia, Chile, England and Zambia.

Harding’s commitment to academic excellence has been recognized nationally by U.S News & World Report which ranked it among the best universities in the South for 2020-2021 as well as by Forbes which named it one of America’s Top Colleges for 2020-2021. The university also holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is an active member of several organizations including NCAA Division II athletics and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).

Harding University, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Harding University. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Harding University, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

Harding University

Harding University is a private liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Founded in 1924 by James A. Harding, the university is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and has an enrollment of over 6,000 students. The admissions process at Harding University is highly competitive and selective. The acceptance rate for incoming freshman is around 59%, meaning that only 59% of applications are accepted annually. In order to be considered for admission, students must submit their official high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor, and an essay discussing their academic goals and extracurricular activities.

The average ACT score for incoming freshmen at Harding University is 24-29 out of 36 and the average SAT score range is 1070-1300 out of 1600. The mid-50% GPA range for incoming freshman is 3.4-3.9 on a 4 point scale. In addition to these requirements, applicants must also submit an application fee of $35 along with all required documents before their application can be processed by the admissions office. Once all documents have been received and reviewed by the admissions board, applicants will receive a notification letter regarding their admission status within three weeks from the date they submitted their application materials.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 35%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 35%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 1,963
Female applicants 1,026
Male applicants 937
Applicants accepted 682
Female applicants accepted 379
Male applicants accepted 303
Freshman enrollment 403
Female freshman enrollment 220
Male freshman enrollment 183
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list No
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list N/A

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 87%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 95%
Average high school GPA 3.6
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range 3.2-4

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 68%
SAT Critical Reading average score 509
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 450-570
SAT Math average score 530
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 473-580
SAT Writing average score 503
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 440-558
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 70%
Average ACT Composite score 23
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 20-25
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 19-25
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 18-25