Registrar's Office

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 assistance 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 registrar@harding.edu 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.

Academic Advising

Faculty members serve as academic advisers and should approve all course schedules. Students are assigned to faculty in their majors or pre-professional 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.

Apostille Procedures

Contact the Registrar at registrar@harding.edu with questions or to request this authentication of transcript or diploma.  A cost of $50.00 is required 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

Listing of countries who are signatories

The proper heading for this authentication is:

APOSTILLE
(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.

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.

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.

Course Equivalency

Hello, Harding friends and family! Every year we receive hundreds of questions regarding how certain courses will transfer over from certain schools. These questions come from parents, prospective students, current students, guidance counselors, etc.

For several years now, Harding has used the Transfer Evaluation System (or TES) to help parents, prospective students, school counselors, and many others better determine how transfer credits will be accepted here. TES allows anyone to go school by school and look at a list of courses that Harding has publicly stated that we will accept and how those courses equate.

Harding has also partnered up with Transferology. Transferology does many of the same things that TES does, but with some added features. Once you have created your free account with them, Transferology will allow you to not only view course equivalencies from other colleges and universities across the United States (and even the world), but it also allows you to chat with advisors about courses you have taken or wish to take elsewhere, visit with your recruiter, view information specific to Harding, and much more!

While the majority of this information is correct, courses do change and as such both of these databases are constantly evolving. Prior to transferring a course to Harding, we request that all current students submit the Transfer Course Pre-Approval form on the Student tab of Pipeline. If you are not a current student and wish to follow up on specific courses, please email transfer@harding.edu.

To begin looking at course equivalencies, click here:  TES. To begin exploring your options, click here:   Transferology.

Thank you for your continued interest in and support of Harding University, and have a blessed day!

Drop/Add a class

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.

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.

International Students

Students from other countries are encouraged to read through this brochure for detailed information about attending the university as an international student.

International Student Brochure pdf

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.

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.

Student Grade Reports

Student grades are available online via Harding's Pipeline.

  • Grades are not mailed. 
  • If you need help in accessing your grades online, please call the Student Help Desk (DormNet) at 501-279-4545.
  • If you need an unofficial transcript of your entire academic history, go to pipeline.harding.edu.
  • If you need an official transcript of your entire academic history, you may complete and submit the form on your Pipeline account.
  • Students who need a copy of the semester grades for official purposes may contact the Registrar's Office and complete the request form.

Student grade reports are education records under FERPA, and therefore, access is restricted under FERPA rules and regulations.

Transcript Request

Official Transcript for Alumni: Effective November 1, 2012, Harding University has contracted with Scrip-Safe International to process requests for transcripts. There will be an online processing fee of $3.00 and a transcript fee of $5.00 per transcript. Other charges may be incurred depending on your request and your choice of mailing option. You will be able to submit your request and ask that your transcript be mailed through normal postal method or sent to the recipient through email as a PDF. There will be an additional fee for a request to expedite the processing or to send the transcript by normal postal method.

Due to federal guidelines based on FERPA and security of your academic record, you will be required to set up an account. It is only to submit your request for a transcript and that site will not retain any information concerning your academic record at Harding University. The electronic transcripts will make requesting a transcript easier and faster for you and we expect the processing will be completed quickly.

Please note that you should take care of any holds from the Business Office prior to requesting your transcript. Holds of this nature will delay the processing of your transcript and the Registrar may not be able to complete your request according to University policy.

Transcripts for former students attending prior to 1995 have a different format that was used earlier and the data is not in the current database; therefore, there may be a delay in locating the original hard-copy file to upload for processing. Please note the possibility of a delay when ordering a transcript from this time frame. Former students who attended 1995 and later may use the same link as all other students but may be required to submit a SSN to expedite the processing. To order a transcript please go to the site I Want My Transcript.com/harding

Current students may order a transcript through their Pipeline account. 

If you have questions, you may correspond with us at transcripts@harding.edu.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer to Harding University should request an official transcript be sent to the University during the admissions process. After the admissions process has been completed and the student has been admitted, the Registrar’s Office will evaluate the transcript to award transfer credit.

Regionally accredited institutions:  To assist with the transcript evaluation, students should be aware that the previous college or university must be regionally accredited for credit to be accepted routinely. Some courses will transfer as an equivalent to a Harding course while other courses may be transferred as an elective course. 

Equivalency Tables: To see what is equivalent credit, students may check Course Equivalency else where on this page. Harding accepts most Liberal Arts courses from regionally-accredited schools. You may also send course descriptions to transfer@harding.edu to have the course reviewed.

Transfer from non-regionally accredited institutions: Students who attended a non-accredited institution should be aware that these courses may not transfer. For these courses, the student will be required to submit course descriptions before the Registrar can complete the validation process. It is important for students transferring from non-regionally accredited schools to understand that this process may not be accomplished prior to admissions. The evaluation process takes time and it may be completed during the first semester of enrollment at Harding. Students should visit with the Transcript Coordinator in the Registrar's Office prior to enrolling in classes. Advisors and the Transcript Coordinator will work together to ensure the student does not repeat courses not needed. However, accreditation issues are important and transfer courses must meet the content and the credit hour requirements of Harding University.

After the evaluation has been completed, awarded credit will be recorded on the Harding University transcript. Students may view the accepted credit on their Harding transcript via their Pipeline account. Except for international schools, transfer credit will be calculated in the grade point average (GPA).

Transfer students with a low GPA who are admitted to the University will be placed in an academic warning status. Students with a low GPA are strongly encouraged to visit with the Academic Advising Center or with their assigned advisor to review their transcript. Courses with low grades may need to be repeated. Earning a higher grade in a repeated course may assist in raising the GPA and remove any warning or probation status.  However, prior to repeating a course, students should consult with the office of financial aid if receiving financial aid, or with the VA certifying official if receive VA benefits.

Contact the Registrar’s Office at 501-279-4057 or email transfer@harding.edu with questions regarding transfer of credit.

Transferring from an Arkansas college or university? Students who are transferring between colleges in Arkansas may click on the box on the right lower corner and review transferable courses.

Harding accepts most liberal arts courses completed at Arkansas public schools.

Withdrawal

It is the student's responsibility to know and understand the registration deadlines and dates.  Refer to the academic catalog for details.

Students may drop all classes through Pipeline before classes begin.  Students who register and do not attend and do not drop may be charged full tuition.

During the first five days of the semester in the fall and spring semesters, students may make changes to their schedules through Pipeline with no fee charged. After the first five days of classes, students must submit a signed Drop/Add Notice to the Registrar. A fee is charged (see “Special Fees” section) per transaction. 

Courses dropped prior to the Monday of the third week do not appear on the transcript. Classes dropped after Monday of the third week will be assigned a grade of “W” (withdrew) and the grade point average is not affected. 

The grade for any course not completed and not officially dropped will be an “F” and will count in the student’s GPA. Courses dropped by the 11th class day for fall and spring semesters do not appear on the transcript. Classes dropped after the 11th class day are assigned a grade of “W” (withdrew); the grade point average is not affected. The last day to drop a class is Wednesday of the 14th week for fall and spring terms; Thursday of the second week for two-week terms; Wednesday of the fourth week for four-week terms; Tuesday of the sixth week for six-week terms; and Monday of the eighth week for eight-week terms; Friday of the tenth week of an eleven week term; Thursday of the 11th week of a twelve week term.   See the academic calendar or important dates on Pipeline for specific dates during the semester.

Students who need to completely withdraw after classes begin must contact the Student Life Office to follow the withdrawal procedure. This is important so the student's record will not be affected. Students who quit attending may receive a WF grade from the teacher.

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4388

Location: Administration 106

Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mailing address:
Harding University
Registrar's Office
Box 10766
Searcy, AR 72149-5615