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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be better prepared for the courses at Harding if I take these courses?

Students who complete the ADVANCE Program compare very favorably with students with an equivalent 19 ACT and with all students in the liberal arts program.  Students who have completed the program have achieved higher grades and a higher retention rate than students admitted to Harding before the ADVANCE Program began. Our courses provide an excellent foundation to Harding’s liberal arts program for those students who integrate the skills and apply the strategies that are practiced and taught in ADVANCE classes.

Will I take all of the ADVANCE classes?

The classes you take will depend on your individual ACT or SAT scores. For example, if your English subscore on the ACT is 18 or below, you will take ENG 100 (Basic English). If your English subscore is 19 or higher, you will take ENG 111 (Composition 1).

Is it possible to test out of any of the ADVANCE classes?

You will be given the opportunity to test out of the reading program during Summer Stampede and Student Impact. An opportunity to test out of ENG 100 will be given on the first day of class. If needed, the change to your schedule will be made as soon as possible.

How are these courses graded?

Grades in these courses are computed into the overall grade point average just like any other class. However, a student must make at least a 70 percent (C) or higher in order to pass an ADVANCE class. Any grade below a70 percent is not considered passing, and the class must be retaken.

When is the Program offered?

The program is offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Do these courses count toward athletic eligibility and financial aid?

Yes, just like any other college courses.

How will these courses assist me in earning my degree?

Some ADVANCE courses (PSY 101 and RDNG 101/103) count as college credit and may be used as free electives toward a degree if allowed by the degree program. All ADVANCE courses count toward financial aid eligibility and athletic eligibility and are used in calculating GPA and determining academic standing.

How long will it take me to graduate?

The average college student in the United States spends more than four years in college. Many factors can contribute to the time it takes a student to graduate, i.e., a change of majors, retaking classes to raise your GPA, work, and health issues. For many students, most or all of the hours completed in the ADVANCE Program will be taken in addition to the hours needed to fulfill graduation requirements. Some students choose to take a class or classes during intersession and summer school which can decrease the length of time needed to earn their degree.

How many extra hours will I probably have on my transcript as a result of this program?

It will depend on how many ADVANCE classes you need to take. The entire program consists of 15 hours, but some students will take fewer hours due to their test scores.

For further information contact:

Christine Pruitt
Director, ADVANCE Program
Harding University
Box 12254
Searcy, AR 72149-2254

PHONE: 501-279-4054
FAX: 501-79-4051