The acceptance rate at Harding University is 55%. It ranks #3 in Arkansas for lowest rate of acceptance. Harding University is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 1,212 out of 2,201 applicants were admitted.
The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 46 percent (SAT 1060/1290 ACT 21/29). Harding University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.72. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. Of those applicants who were admitted, 62% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Harding University is a prized outcome for many students.
You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Harding University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||540|
|SAT Math 25th||520|
|SAT Composite 25th||1060|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||650|
|SAT Math 75th||640|
|SAT Composite 75th||1290|
|Average SAT Score||1180|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Harding University?
Harding University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 49 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1060 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 940. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1180 out of 1600. Harding University ranks #3 in Arkansas for highest average SAT composite score. 27 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1290 and Above||Good||>68%|
|1175 to 1290||Avg +||55%-68%|
|1060 to 1175||Avg -||42%-55%|
|945 to 1060||Reach||30%-42%|
|Less than 945||Low||<30%|
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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||21|
|ACT Math 25th||19|
|ACT Composite 25th||21|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||32|
|ACT Math 75th||27|
|ACT Composite 75th||29|
|Average ACT Score||25|
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 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 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 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Arkansas for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 87 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Harding University.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|29 and Above||Good||>68%|
|25 to 29||Avg +||55%-68%|
|21 to 25||Avg -||42%-55%|
|17 to 21||Reach||30%-42%|
|Less than 17||Low||<30%|
What GPA do you need to get into Harding University?
Applicants require 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 3.72 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 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 55% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.75 to 3.99||25.0%||Avg -|
|3.50 to 3.74||17.0%||Reach|
|3.25 to 3.49||10.0%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.24||5.0%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.99||3.0%||Reach|
|2.00 to 2.49||2.0%||Low|
|1.00 to 1.99||0%||Low|
|less than 1.00||0%||Low|
GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021
56% of Harding University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||32%|
|Top 25% of class||56%|
|Top 50% of class||85%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||59%||65%||62%|
The cost for prospective students to apply to Harding University is $50.
What are the requirements for admission to Harding University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.
27% of students submit their SAT scores to Harding University. 87% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
55% of those who apply are granted admission to Harding University. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1060 and 1290. 27% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 29. 87% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.