• slidernarrow06-21-13-3103-2.jpg


Our Mission

The Honors College seeks to cultivate opportunities for highly motivated students to grow in leadership, service and academic excellence through shared experiences that are informed by faith and focus on the development of the whole person.  The college is committed to building a stimulating undergraduate experience that enhances the academic profile of students as they pursue opportunities after Harding.

Honors Scholars

Honors Scholars are a select group of around 40 students who make up the Honors College's incoming freshman class each year.  These students are National Merit Semifinalists and Finalists, Harding Trustee Scholars, and other students in the College Board's Recognition programs. If openings remain, students may be selected from the pool of Trustee Award applicants and Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholars. Honors scholars can graduate as Honors College Graduates or Honors College Graduates with Distinction.

Honors Students

Any student who earns a 3.25 GPA at midterm of their first semester, or any time thereafter, can apply for admission to the Honors College. Honors students can graduate as Honors College Graduates or Honors College Graduates with Distinction.


  • 2022 Trey Carlock Rising Scholar Awards: Halle Miller & Lane Bortell

    Read More
  • Dr. James Huff , National Science Foundation CAREER Award

    Read More
  • 2021 Alpha Chi Faculty Award: Dr. Ginger Blackstone

    Read More
  • 2021 Alpha Chi Faculty Award: Dr. Usen Akpanudo

    Read More
  • 2021 Trey Carlock Rising Scholar Awards: Mary Grace Golden and Alicen Wilcox

    Read More


Keep up with our latest news, awards and opportunities through the biannual Honors College Newsletter.

Read our latest newsletter!

Honors Courses

View the course schedule and learn more about our honors contracts and honors capstones.


Join us for events like "Chili Day" each Tuesday, "Food for Thought" discussions with faculty members, Honors Student Association planning meetings, and other special activities. Watch our social media pages to learn more about our regular events as well as our L.C. Sears Collegiate Seminar Series.

Fellowship Advising

We identify and partner with students to not only ensure that they submit a high-quality application to national and international fellowship or scholarship programs, but also to help them discover their calling through and beyond their undergraduate careers.

  • I was grateful that I had the opportunity to go beyond the syllabus and tackle something right up my alley.

    John Lim,
    Honors Graduate with Distinction

    Meet John
  • You can tell that you're making a difference.

    Katelyn Jewett,
    Honors Graduate with Distinction

    Meet Katelyn
  • It helped build my confidence and leadership skills.

    Everett Kirkman,
    Honors College President

    Meet Everett

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4016

Mailing address:
Harding University
Honors College
HU 10782
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

Office hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed for the noon lunch hour)

Honors Symposium

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.