U.S. News & World Report
Harding is ranked in the annual “Best Colleges” issue as one of the best regional universities in the South along with such prestigious institutions as James Madison University, Loyola University and The Citadel. Harding has been ranked for 17 consecutive years. In the 2011 issue, Harding was the highest-ranked Arkansas school in the category and was also named a “best value."
The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review includes Harding in its top 146 listing of schools receiving the Best Southeastern College designation.
National Merit Scholars
Harding attracts more National Merit Scholars than any other private university in the state. This year 20 freshmen join upperclassmen Scholars for a total enrollment of more than 50. Finalists are granted a full-tuition scholarship and can compete for a generous stipend that can be used toward additional educational expenses.
ServiceHarding was named once again to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. During the 2008-09 academic year, nearly 6,500 students, faculty and staff contributed more than 89,000 hours of service to numerous projects.
Average Freshman ACT
Harding’s average ACT test score for freshmen is 24.5, while the national and state ACT means are 21.1 and 20.6, respectively. 145 freshmen scored 30 or higher on the ACT.