Honors Symposium


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General Information

The Harding Honors Symposium is a two-week academic program on the Searcy campus designed to challenge, encourage, and uplift high school students who are now in their junior year (students graduating in the class of 2017). 

Honors Symposium is a life-changing journey where students from all across the nation come together for the purpose of growing spiritually and academically. This is accomplished by daily engagement with our finest university professors and mentoring with some of our top university student counselors. Students learn about the world in which we live and how each of us fits into the world as Christians. This goal is achieved through stimulating academic classes and fun activities designed to develop group bonding and sharing. We intend to enrich the spirit and expand the mind of each student participant in Honors Symposium.

Three hours of university credit are awarded to all who successfully complete the Symposium. This credit is transferable to the college or university of the participant's choice. The course content is designed to appeal to students of both the humanities and the sciences. At Harding, Symposium credit may be applied to one of the following courses:

       - English 201 or 202
       - History 101, 102, 110 or 111
       - Art 101
       - Music 101
       - Theater 101

In previous years, students from more than 40 states and six foreign countries have attended the Symposium.

The 2016 Honors Symposium Dates

Honors Symposium will offer four sessions in 2016 with each session capped at 50 students.

          Session A: June 24 – July 8 (Session Full)

          Session B: July 1 – July 15 (Session Full)

          Session C: July 8 – July 22 (Session Full)

          Session D: July 15 – July 29 (Session Full)

 At this time all four sessions of Honors Symposium 2016 are full. 


Admission Requirements for Honors Symposium 

       - Junior standing with completion of 12 solid units
       - Minimum composite score of ACT 21 or SAT 980 (reading and math)
       - Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale)

Items needed for a complete application:

       - recent photograph
       - letter of reference from a teacher or counselor outlining your academic capability and current leadership roles
       - copy of your current high school transcript
       - official ACT or SAT test scores submitted by testing agency directly to Harding 
       - immunization record showing receipt of 2 MMR vaccinations (State law requirement)
       - $250 deposit*

 *Deposit is applied toward the total cost of $795.00. Students not accepted to the program will be refunded the deposit. Accepted students whose summer plans change for any reason by March 1, 2016 will be refunded the deposit. A change of plans after March 1 (other than medical) will forfeit the deposit.

You can submit all the above by e-mail (symposium@harding.edu) or mail to the address below. Can't remember what items you haven't submitted? Call us at 501-279-5272!

You can apply online below now or you can download a paper application.

Final payments are due Wednesday, June 1st. If you are paying by credit card please call 501-279-5272. If you would like to pay by check make it payable to Harding University and mail it to the address below. 

Harding University
Honors Symposium
Box 10782
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

Request Invitation

Please complete the following form so that we can send you an invitation to the Honors Symposium.


Submit a letter of Reference

See Where We're From

Honors Symposium 2015


Alabama: 16Kansas: 2New York: 1
Arkansas: 67Kentucky: 4Ohio: 6
Colorado: 1Louisana: 2Oklahoma: 8
Florida: 2Michigan: 1Pennsylvania: 2
Georgia: 3Minnesota: 1South Carolina: 1
Idaho: 2Missouri: 13Tennesse: 29
Illinois: 3North Carolina: 5Texas: 23
Indiana: 1New Mexico: 3Washington: 1
  West Virginia: 3

2016 Course Information (enrolled students)


Typical Schedule

Flying to Honors Symposium? Download the required Flight arrangements (pdf).

  • The first day consists of registration, a casual reception and orientation by the counselors. Registration is typically from 2-4 in the afternoon.
  • The schedule of activities begins around 9 or 10 a.m. Your day will include lectures, discussion groups, interactive classes on a variety of topics relating to the central theme. Evenings are filled with fun activities to give you an opportunity to relax and socialize.
  • Saturdays are full days as well with relaxed time constraints, and Sundays include worship time together.
  • The Honors Symposium sessions conclude after breakfast on your closing Friday. Students must depart campus by 10:00am.

All in all you are about to embark on a magnificent learning experience, which will allow you development in many areas.