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Harding University Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into Harding University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
61.3%
Admission Difficulty for Harding University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into Harding University and can I get accepted? The school has a 61% acceptance rate ranking it #6 in Arkansas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,125 out of 1,834 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 46 percent. Harding University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 71% 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.

Test Requirements

You must 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 the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harding University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1060-1270
Applicants Submitting SAT
27%
SAT Scores for Harding University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1060
SAT Scores for Harding University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 630
SAT Composite 75th 1270
Average SAT Score 1170

SAT Scores you need to get in

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 950. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1170 out of 1600. The school 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 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Harding University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1270 and Above Good >73%
1165 to 1270 Avg + 61%-73%
1060 to 1165 Avg - 48%-61%
955 to 1060 Reach 35%-48%
Less than 955 Low <35%
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Harding University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
87%
ACT Scores for Harding University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Harding University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 29
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 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 #4 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 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Harding University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >73%
25 to 29 Avg + 61%-73%
21 to 25 Avg - 48%-61%
17 to 21 Reach 35%-48%
Less than 17 Low <35%
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Harding University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

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 3.58 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 61% 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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

Harding University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,036 798 1,834
Accepted 625 500 1,125
Acceptance Rate 60% 63% 61%
Enrolled 454 350 804
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 73% 70% 71%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Harding University is $50.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Harding University and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does Harding University prefer SAT or ACT?

27% of students submit their SAT scores to Harding University. 87% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Harding University?

61% 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.

What SAT score is required for Harding University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1060 and 1270. 27% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Harding University?

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.