Academic Support Services

First Year Experience

Introducing HU Square 1

Making key connections early in your academic career is critical to a successful transition to college. The First Year Experience (FYE) at Harding University, known as HU Square 1, is designed to help engage and connect students with the people, programs and resources necessary to lay a strong foundation on which to build and grow.

HU Square 1 provides student mentoring, Learning Enhancement Seminars, and several other programs and events throughout the year.

Our Mission

  • Inspire students to explore helpful resources and activities that support academic, personal and spiritual growth
  • Expose students to various ideas, experiences, and people encountered in God's creation and the body of Christ
  • Encourage students to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for self-directed learning
  • Foster a shared experience and sense of belonging to the Harding community

Programs & Events

Freshman Retreat - September 8

September 8, 2018

As a part of the HU Square 1 First-Year Experience program, the Center for Student Success hosts the Freshman Fall Retreat at camp Wyldewood.

Open to all freshmen, this event is an effort to help students’ transition to life at Harding while forming relationships with one another.

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Freshman (P)reunion - April 19

April 19, 2018

The (P)Reunion is hosted by the First Year Experience program to celebrate the freshmen class as they complete their first year of college. It is a time of reflection and re-connection with old friends as students come together one last time after joining clubs and organizations throughout the year.

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Harding University Organization Fair - September 14

September 14, 2018

The Center for Student Success and the Office Student Life hosts the Harding University Organization Fair on the Front Lawn early each fall semester.  The purpose of this event is to help students get involved in the clubs and organizations of their particular interests. This will be a fun evening to explore the many wonderful ways to get involved at Harding.

Impact - August 16-19

August 16-19 2018

Student IMPACT is a required orientation program for all new freshmen and transfer students.  Student IMPACT is planned and conducted by upper class students at Harding. This program is designed to help new students make new friendships in a fun and interesting way.

This program will help you get off to a great start and make an impact on your life at Harding. Approximately 200 upperclassmen will be here to answer all of your questions, help you get oriented to Harding University, and see to it that you have a good time.

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Spring Orientation - January 7

January 7, 2018

It's important to get started on the right foot, so we're here to help you take care of the essentials so you can begin the semester with confidence.

Spring Stampede is a required orientation program for those entering Harding as new students in the spring semester.

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2018 Summer Stampede


Stampede I: June 14-15

Stampede II: July 12-13

Stampede III: August 15-16

Participation in Harding University's summer orientation program, known as Stampede, is required of all incoming new freshmen and transfer students.  We want to assist you in taking the best step forward by helping connect you to the people, programs and resources necessary to lay a strong foundation. Attending this required program will give you several advantages heading into the fall semester at Harding. 

There are three Stampede sessions. The sessions held in June and July, known as Stampede I and II, are almost identical in structure. August Stampede, Stampede III, is slightly altered to accommodate IMPACT immediately following.

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Transfer Retreat - August 15

August 25, 2018

HU Square 1, Harding's First-Year Experience program, hosts an annual Transfer Retreat held at the Tyler Bend area on the Buffalo National River in late August or early September.

Open to all first-year transfers, this event provides a fun opportunity to connect with others who are experiencing a similar transition to Harding. Please check with HU Square 1 for additional details.

Did you know?

Peer Guides are student mentors who are here to help you get through tough classes and make your transition to college life a little simpler.

HU Hacks for the Academics are learning enhancement seminars designed to provide the practical study tips and tricks you need to succeed.

Contact Us

Location: Student Center Room 236

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm