The Registrar's Office welcomes you to Harding University. This office is responsible for maintaining your student record. Your student record includes personal data, transfer credits, registration and course information, grades, and the transcript data. Transcript requests, enrollment information, degree and graduation verification are processed in this office. Harding University follows the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as the Buckley Amendment) and only a person authorized by the act may access or receive information regarding a student’s record. Students are required to provide a written request for a transcript or other information maintained in the student record.
Academic Advising: Faculty members serve as academic advisers and should approve all course schedules. Students are assigned to faculty in their majors or preprofessional fields. Students who have not declared a major are assigned to the Academic Advising Center, where they will be assisted with advising until a major is chosen and an adviser assigned. Students may access their degree evaluation on Pipeline.
Registration: Fall and spring registration is open through the first five days of the semester (the first week of classes). In addition, accepted students may register during one of two Summer Experience orientation sessions held in June and July. Returning students typically are permitted to preregister near the end of each semester for the following semester. Registration for all other terms is through the first two class days of the term. Registration will be completed on Pipeline for regular fall, spring and summer classes.
First-Time College Students: Registration for first-time college students will be processed during Student Experience which is held twice during the summer or during Student Impact just prior to classes beginning. Contact the Office of Admissions for details. Students must be advised prior to access to registration. All students are encouraged to attend a session of orientation. Students who were dual enrolled during high school should submit all transcripts before registration.
Transfer Students: Registration for transfer students will be announced each semester. All new students, including transfer, are required to be advised prior to receiving access to registration. Contact the Registrar's Office for dates not listed or for assistances with registration. Transfer students must be accepted by the Office of Admissions. To be fully accepted, students must have submitted all transfer transcripts. Students should submit all transcripts and each course will be evaluated by the registrar. This process is lengthy and complex and may take extra time. Students should be aware of this delay and bring a copy with them for advising purposes to ensure that duplicate enrollment is not done. Questions may be submitted to email@example.com at any time during this process.
Readmit Students: Registration for readmit students will be announced each semester. Readmit students will be required to visit with an advisor prior to access to registration. Contact the Registrar's Office for dates not listed or for assistance with the process. Readmit students who attended another college before returning must submit all transcripts to the Registrar's Office prior to being permitted to register for classes.
It is important for students who enroll in classes and decide not to attend to drop their classes for that term to avoid having grades of “F” recorded for those classes. To receive a refund, students should follow the refund schedule published by the Business Office. Students who quit attending after registration may be given a "WF" and it will calculate in the grade point average as a failing grade.
Late Registration: Late registration, including adding a class, may be permitted for students not enrolled by the first class day (see registration) with special permission. However, late registration, including adding a class, is not permitted after Monday of the third week of the fall and spring semesters, and after the second day of all other terms. A late fee and approval by the registrar are required. Exact dates will be announced each semester.
Drop/Add: During the first five days of the the fall and spring semesters, students may make changes to their schedules through their Pipeline account with no fee charged. After the first five days of the semester, students must submit a signed Drop Notice to the Registrar's Office to drop a class. A fee is charged (see “Special Fees” section). No class can be added following the close of registration (see registration) for any term. Students should review the catalog for dates for summer and parts of term classes.
Any class dropped without official University approval is recorded as “F.” Courses dropped prior to the Monday of the third week do not appear on the transcript and does not affect the grade point average. Classes dropped after Monday of the third week will be assigned a grade of “W” (withdrew) and the grade point average is not affected. Students who quit attending class without officially processing the drop or withdrawal may be assigned a "WF" (failing) grade and the grade point will be affected.
The last day to drop a class during a regular semester is Wednesday of the 14th week. Please refer to the catalog for drop days for short-term courses and for refund policy/ Classes may not be dropped after this date. However, students may seek special approval to completely withdraw from school after the drop deadline.
Auditing: Students may register for courses on a non-credit basis. No grade will be assigned. The fee for auditing a course is located in the current catalog. Students must have approval to add a class for audit.
Full / Part-time Status: Students enrolled in 12 or more hours per semester are classified as full-time students. Those enrolled in fewer than 12 hours per semester are classified as part-time students. However, part-time students who enroll in more than 8 hours per semester are subject to Bible-course and chapel-attendance policies. Students should be aware that some scholarships have minimum requirements. The maximum a student may enroll in classes is 18. Students who qualify for an increase up to 21 hours must seek approval. The request for overload form is located on the student's Pipeline Account, under the student tab.
Concurrent Enrollment: While attending Harding a student may not enroll at another institution at the same time without prior approval. Students should be familiar with the process of approval for concurrent enrollment and they should understand that classes may not transfer to Harding University when enrolled at another institution at the same time. To petition for approval, the student should submit a completed form to the registrar prior to enrolling in classes. The form is located on the student's Pipeline account.
Summer School Enrollment at another school: Students are encouraged to complete classes during the summer; however, students are required to receive pre-approval from the registrar before enrolling in another institution during the summer. The student’s degree plan and their academic progress will be reviewed prior to approval. Transfer credit completed while on suspension will not be accepted. The form is located on the student's Pipeline account.
International Students: Students from other countries are encouraged to read through this brochure for detailed information about attending the university as an international student. PDF brochure
Apostilles: Procedures for obtaining an Apostille
Contact the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to request this authentication of transcript or diploma. A cost of $50.00 is require to produce this document. Most of this processing fee will be used to pay for the cost for the authentication through the Arkansas Secretary of State's office.
Authentications are often called "legalizations," sometimes "incumbencies" or "certifications." An Apostille is a form of authentication appropriate to countries which have signed the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. They are often needed in adoptions, extraditions, applications for jobs or graduate programs abroad, and certain business transactions. The essence of these documents is an official statement that an office-holder held a particular office at a particular time. (A more comprehensive description of the Apostille is available at http://www.state.gov/m/a/auth/c16921.htm; the listing of countries who are signatories is at http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=states.listing.)
The proper heading for this authentication is:
(Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961)
A student may send a signed request to the University Registrar detailing to which particular document the Apostille should be attached (usually a transcript or statement of certification or graduation) and mentioning the country to which it is being sent. If you make a copy of a diploma, we recommend that it be reduced to standard-sized paper. Because of the labor and charges associated with the preparation of this statement, the student should send US $50 cash, traveler's check, or international money order for each Apostille requested, made payable to Harding University and submitted to the busines office noting that it is for an Apostille. A personal check drawn on a U.S. bank is also acceptable.
We prepare the document normally except that the signature and embossed seal over the signature are affixed in the presence of a notary public or the local Clerk of Courts. The notarized documents are then sent by Harding University, along with a check for the charges, to the Arkansas Secretary of State with a cover letter explaining what is wanted, including the name of the country in which the Apostille is expected to be used, and enclosing a stamped envelope addressed back to us. When the Apostille and original document are received back, and after we have received the student's payment, we send the whole package on to the originally requested address.
The whole process usually takes three to four weeks. Those requesting this process should understand that it may take longer if the Registrar must produce a replacement diploma for this process. Transcript requests should not be sent through eScrip-Safe for this document.
The U.S. Department of State also has an Office of Authentications which will provide a federal authentication for specific purposes, for countries which are not part of the Hague Convention, and rarely for a federal Apostille.