Harding began as a senior college in 1924, when two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College, merged their facilities and assets, adopted the new name of Harding College, and located on the campus of Arkansas Christian in Morrilton, Ark. In 1934 Harding was moved to its present site in Searcy, Ark. The board of trustees approved the study's recommended change of Harding to university status, and on Aug. 27, 1979, the name of the institution officially became Harding University. We are, at our core, a Christian university. The character, example, and concerns of Jesus Christ are the standards that shape us and chart the course for our future. Because of this, an all-encompassing love for God and a corresponding love for people are at the heart of who we are. Harding's mission is to provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals. Explore this section to learn more about our mission, our history and what makes us stand apart as a Christian university.
Harding University is a private Christian institution of higher education committed to the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. It is composed of the following academic units: a College of Allied Health, a College of Arts and Humanities, a College of Bible and Ministry, a College of Business Administration, a College of Education, a College of Nursing, a College of Pharmacy, a College of Sciences, and a School of Theology, through which over 100 undergraduate majors as well as graduate and professional programs in athletic training, business, education, mental health and wellness, ministry, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and theology are offered. The University serves a diverse, coeducational student body from across the United States and around the world, although the primary constituency for students and financial support is the fellowship of the churches of Christ. The board of trustees, the administration and the faculty believe that the freedom to pursue truth and high academic achievement is compatible with the Christian principles to which the University is committed. The faculty is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service, and to their role as models of Christian living. The University community seeks to provide an environment that both supports students and challenges them to realize their full potential. Thus, Harding's mission is to provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.
Harding University challenges its students to pursue scholarship, service, teamwork, excellence and commitment.
Striving to integrate faith into all aspects of University life, Harding offers its 4,390 undergraduates a choice of more than 100 academic majors, including 14 pre-professional programs taught by top instructors. Located in Searcy, Arkansas, the University offers seven study-abroad programs -- in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia -- that expand cultural awareness and understanding.
Students can participate in more than 110 academic and professional organizations as well as 29 social clubs that explore a variety of interests. Harding's sports teams compete within the NCAA Division II Great American Conference.
Provided with a Christian perspective through which to appreciate various disciplines, Harding students excel as scholars and develop leadership skills. As a result, alumni display conviction and a competitive edge, prepared for success at graduate schools and companies throughout the nation.