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Searcy, Arkansas

Harding University Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Harding University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
72.1%
Admission Difficulty for Harding University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into Harding University and can I get accepted? The school has a 72% acceptance rate ranking it #10 in Arkansas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,459 out of 2,023 applicants were admitted making Harding University a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent. Harding University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 65% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Harding University is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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Harding University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1130-1340
Applicants Submitting SAT
28%
SAT Scores for Harding University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for Harding University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1340
Average SAT Score 1240

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Harding University?

Harding University typically requires applicants to be in the top 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1020. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1240 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in Arkansas for highest average SAT composite score. 28 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Harding University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1340 and Above Good >81%
1235 to 1340 Avg + 72%-81%
1130 to 1235 Avg - 60%-72%
1025 to 1130 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 1025 Low <47%
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Harding University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
90%
ACT Scores for Harding University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for Harding University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Harding University?

Admission data indicates that Harding University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Arkansas for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 90 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Harding University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Harding University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >81%
25 to 28 Avg + 72%-81%
22 to 25 Avg - 60%-72%
19 to 22 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 19 Low <47%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.58
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Harding University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Harding University was 3.58 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 in Arkansas for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Harding University accepts 72% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Harding University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 49% Good
3.50 to 3.75 19% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 12% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 9% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 8% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 3% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

77% of Harding University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Harding University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 27%
Top 25% of class 50%
Top 50% of class 77%
Bottom 50% of class 23%
Bottom 25% of class 8%

Admission Statistics

Harding University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,135 888 2,023
Accepted 824 635 1,459
Acceptance Rate 73% 72% 72%
Enrolled 536 409 945
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 65% 64% 65%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
225

Applicants have 225 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jul 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Harding University before the Jul 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
Mar 14 Mar 27
May 2 May 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24
Feb 8 Feb 19
Apr 4 Apr 14
Jun 13 Jun 23

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Harding University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Harding University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Harding University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=107044 IPEDS survey data for Harding University.