Harding University

Private, Four-years School Located in Searcy, AR

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How much is the Harding tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Harding's tuition & fees is $24,888.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $37,604 when a student lives on-campus.

Harding Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$24,888
Books & Supplies Costs$1,200
On-campus Room & Board$7,984
On-campus Expenses$3,532
Off-campus Room & Board$7,984
Off-campus Expenses$3,532
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$23,148

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Harding for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $119,720 at Harding. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $170,172. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $108,835.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$26,759$38,698$24,988
Sophomore (2024-25)$28,770$41,148$26,408
Junior (2025-26)$30,933$43,765$27,917
Senior (2026-27)$33,258$46,561$29,522
4 Years Total$119,720$170,172$108,835
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$28,770$41,148$26,408
Sophomore (2025-26)$30,933$43,765$27,917
Junior (2026-27)$33,258$46,561$29,522
Senior (2027-28)$35,758$49,550$31,230
4 Years Total$128,719$181,024$115,077
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$30,933$43,765$27,917
Sophomore (2026-27)$33,258$46,561$29,522
Junior (2027-28)$35,758$49,550$31,230
Senior (2028-29)$38,446$52,745$33,047
4 Years Total$138,395$192,621$121,717
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$33,258$46,561$29,522
Sophomore (2027-28)$35,758$49,550$31,230
Junior (2028-29)$38,446$52,745$33,047
Senior (2029-30)$41,336$56,160$34,982
4 Years Total$148,798$205,016$128,781
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$35,758$49,550$31,230
Sophomore (2028-29)$38,446$52,745$33,047
Junior (2029-30)$41,336$56,160$34,982
Senior (2030-31)$44,443$59,811$37,042
4 Years Total$159,982$218,265$136,301

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Harding' tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Arkansas, its tuition is higher than the average tuition of $17,236.
Harding University$24,888
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Arkansas Four-years Colleges$13,726
Public Schools$5,423$8,461
Private Schools$17,236

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Harding and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Harding UniversitySearcy, AR$24,888$13,684
The College of New JerseyEwing, NJ$24,568$17,643
Samford UniversityBirmingham, AL$38,144$22,604
DeVry University-New JerseyIselin, NJ$17,488$17,552
York College of PennsylvaniaYork, PA$24,606$12,240
Trinity UniversitySan Antonio, TX$51,352$23,597
Black Hills State UniversitySpearfish, SD$12,100$15,849
DeVry University-CaliforniaOntario, CA$17,488$17,552
DeVry University-FloridaMiramar, FL$17,488$17,552
University of Washington-Bothell CampusBothell, WA$41,913$32,427
SUNY Maritime CollegeThroggs Neck, NY$18,450$23,612

Financial Aid and COA

At Harding University, 3,287 students (89%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $12,751.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Harding is $24,853 for students living on-campus and $24,853 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 743 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $14,682 and the average amount of student loans is $6,837.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$37,604
COA (off-campus)$37,604
Tuition & Fees$24,888
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$12,716
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$12,716
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$24,853
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$24,853
Average Financial Aid$12,751
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship3,28789%$12,751
Pell Grants72620%$4,657
Federal Student Loan1,48540%$6,821
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid743100%-
Grants or Scholarships72597%$14,682
Federal Grants16622%$5,023
Pell Grants16222%$4,857
Other Federal Grants689%$692
State/Local Grants18425%$2,459
Institutional Grants72497%$12,925
Student Loan Aid35347%$6,837
Federal Student Loans35047%$5,490
Other Student Loans416%$11,996

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Harding's acceptance rate is 54.14%. A total of 2,200 applicants applied to and 1,191 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 748 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 62.80%.
To apply to Harding, 4 items are required - Secondary school record, Recommendations, Admission test scores and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 3 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school rank and Completion of college-preparatory program.
Acceptance Rate54.14%54.59%53.83%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)62.80%64.55%61.59%
Secondary school GPARecommended
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are required to apply to Harding. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,175 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 24.
Its SAT score is similar to the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.
SAT Total1,1751,0501,300
National Average1,168
Arkansas Average1,082
SAT EBRW595530660
SAT Math580520640
ACT Composite242028
National Average24
Arkansas Average21
ACT Math231827
ACT English262131

Student Population

Harding University has a total of 4,805 students including 3,523 undergraduate and 1,282 graduate students. By gender, there are 2,050 male students and 2,923 female students attending Harding. The school offers online degree programs and 819 students enrolled online exclusively (17.04% of all students).
Total4,973 2,0502,923
Undergraduate3,684 1,6122,072
Graduate1,289 438851

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address915 E. Market Ave., Searcy, AR
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered145 Programs
Graduate Program Offered38 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate45.12%
Student Population4,805
Graduation Rate69%
Transfer-out Rate20%
Retention Rate84% (Full-time), 40% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate15 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties303 (Full-time), 116 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs808 (Full-time), 173 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$67,459
Average Staff Salary$45,031