COVID-19 Information for Prospective Students

This is a difficult time for our students and everyone in the Harding community, but everyone’s health and safety is our highest priority. At the same time, we know it is important to continue supporting prospective students and families in their college search, so we invite you to explore our newly established visit options and resources. Don’t hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.

We will not be bringing large groups to campus during the fall. Events such as Family Weekend, Lectureship and Homecoming are canceled or will be held virtually. For information on all fall semester guidelines, please visit

Campus is open and ready to host you for a visit! Each guest will be asked to follow university guidelines and wear a mask indoors as well as maintain social distancing practices possible. Please bring your own mask.

Campus visits include a campus tour and a one-on-one meeting with an admissions representative.  Please keep in mind, your visit may be in a group. If you are uncomfortable with this, we are happy to accommodate you. Please reach out to your recruiter directly. To request a personalized visit with your recruiter, please click here.

“Virtual” Visit Options: 

If you are not able to come to campus, we have created a couple of options for you to get any questions answered and experience Harding right from home. 

  • You can contact your recruiter or sign up here to set up a personalized zoom visit. During this visit you will be able to talk with your recruiter, a faculty member in your area of interest and financial aid. You can also request any special visitors to attend as well such as international programs or honors college representatives.
  • Check out our online virtual tour anytime!


If you are trying to complete your application to Harding for Fall 2020 and do not have a way to request an official high school and/or college transcript be sent to us because your school is closed or your high school counselor is unable to do so at this time, please go ahead and send us an unofficial transcript. In order to enroll in classes and receive academic scholarships, you will need to provide an official transcript over the summer. To learn more about applying, visit

Testing and Scholarships:

Due to the impact of COVID-19 related to ACT and SAT test date cancellations and the ongoing reduced availability and capacity of testing centers, Harding University is offering test-optional admission and scholarship awarding for students applying for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 start dates. We recognize there are fewer opportunities to take the ACT and SAT, and we do not want students to be disadvantaged in any way because of the extraordinary circumstances. You can read more about our test optional policy here

Classic Learning Test:

There is another option to qualify for admission and scholarships at Harding University: the Classic Learning Test. Along with nearly 200 other colleges and universities, Harding University now accepts the CLT. Like the ACT and SAT, CLT is a college entrance assessment designed for high school juniors and seniors. The CLT is two hours in duration and tests for grammar, literary comprehension, and mathematical and logical reasoning. Students take the exam via their own laptop or tablet and receive their scores the day of test completion, which they can then share with colleges of their choice at no charge. Practice tests are available at

Additionally, due to the economic impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on families, CLT is extending discounts and fee waivers for their exams. You may contact them at to learn more.

For students who have already taken the ACT or SAT or are already accepted to Harding, taking the CLT is a great way to try to increase your scholarship. The CLT score required for each scholarship tier is reflected on our scholarship matrix at

Dual Enrollment:

For students with no ACT or SAT applying for dual enrollment this spring, testing requirements will be waived. A student with no test score must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.25. An official transcript is required. For more information about dual enrollment visit:

Applying to Harding: 

If you have not yet applied to Harding, you can apply today at Harding accepts applications from high school juniors and will accept new applications and test scores from high school seniors through the beginning of fall classes. If you need help or have any questions during the process, please contact your recruiter or our office at