Bison Prep is Harding University’s dual enrollment program for college-bound high school juniors and seniors. Bison Prep allows students to earn college credit at Harding while still in high school and, depending on the high school, earn concurrent credit toward high school coursework for graduation.
Bison Prep students may complete any freshman-level course Harding offers online or on ground at the Searcy campus. Dual enrolled students may take up to eight credit hours per semester. Concurrent students must have a student success plan and hours may be limited by an individual's schedule.
Bison Prep is the perfect way to get a head start on your college education — you can earn up to 32 hours toward your degree at a significantly reduced cost and see for yourself why Harding is the right fit for you.
There is a 90 percent discount on the tuition and tech fee for the first class taken during a semester.
Program benefits include:
- Get a head start on college credits
- Experience college-level work
- Earn dual credit toward high school graduation (if allowed by your school)
- Preview college life and a Christian university environment
- Up to 90% tuition discount
- Early admission – all benefits of current students (see below)
- Build relationships with college faculty – 70% of faculty have Ph.D.
- Waived application fee
Admission requirements include:
- High school junior or senior in good standing
- Minimum of 12 units of high school coursework
- Minimum qualifying ACT (19) or SAT (990) score (waived for spring 2021 due to COVID-19)
- Completed application for admission
- Immunization record showing 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). This will not be required for online classes.
- Official high school transcript with minimum 3.0 GPA
Student benefits include:
- Harding University student ID
- @harding.edu email address
- Free admission to all on-campus athletic events
- Student rate admission to campus events and concerts
- Use of campus facilities including library, fitness center and more
- Notifications of upcoming campus events
This is a sampling of courses typically available for Bison Prep:
- ANTH 2500: Anthropology
- ART 1010: Art Appreciation
- BIOL 1100: General Biology
- CHEM 1010: General Chemistry
- CHEM 1030: Engineering Chemistry
- CHEM 1040: College Chemistry 1
- CHEM 1010L LAB: General Chemistry
- CHEM 1030L LAB: Engineering Chemistry
- CHEM 1040L LAB: College Chemistry 1
- COMM 1010: Communication Principles
- CSD 2750: American Sign Language I
- CSD 2770: American Sign Language II
- ECON 2010: Macroeconomics
- ENG 1110: Intro Univ Wrtg and Rsrch
- ENG 2020: World Lit II
- ENG 2110: Crtcl Rdng, Thnkng, Wrtng
- HIST 1010: American History to 1877
- HIST 1020: American History Since 1877
- HIST 2100: Western Civilization to 1500
- HIST 2110: Western Civ Since 1500
- KINS 1010: Wellness
- MATH 1100: Math for the Liberal Arts
- MATH 1200: Elem Statistics
- MATH 1330: College Algebra
- MATH 2350: Analytics & Calculus I
- MUS 1010: Music Appreciation
- PHS 1010: Earth Science
- PHS 1020: Geology
- PHS 1050: Energy Pollution & Society
- PHS 1060: Physical Science
- PHYS 2010: General Physics I
- PHYS 2010L LAB: General Physics I
- POLS 1787: Am Natl Govt
- POLS 2100: International Relations
- PSY 2010: General Psych
- SOC 2030: Gen Sociology
- THEA 1010: Theatre Appreciation
For a list of the upcoming semester's courses, please view the course schedule.
English I, College Algebra or higher-level math and College or Engineering Chemistry require test score prerequisites. Please click here for a list of prerequisite requirements.
Enrollment in any of these courses without a test score would be up to the department chair over the course. These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.