Harding University

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Harding University can be found in Searcy, AR, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Approximately five thousand students are enrolled at Harding University.

Students can report either the SAT or ACT exam scores to Harding University. A score in the range of 1060 - 1270 on the SAT exam, or 21 - 29 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. We were able to estimate the Harding University average GPA (3.13 - 3.57) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. About 60 percent of all students which applied were admitted at Harding University, and from those that were granted acceptance about 71 percent continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at harding.edu.

Overall Harding University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Harding University was reported as 61.3% in Fall 2020 with over 1,830 applications submitted to Harding University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 21 - 29
  • Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into Harding University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Harding University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Harding University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 70.2%
  • 2017-2018: 72.1%
  • 2018-2019: 74.6%
  • 2019-2020: 61.3%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 63.5%

How Does Harding University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Harding University is eight percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Lyon College44.4%
Hendrix College70.0%
Central Baptist College40.0%
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff43.9%
Williams Baptist College58.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Harding University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading540 - 640
Math520 - 630
Total Score1060 - 1270
ACT®Score Range
English22 - 32
Math20 - 27
Composite Score21 - 29
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