International Admission

Thank you for inquiring about enrollment at Harding University. We appreciate your interest in attending our school. We currently have more than 250 international students representing 54 foreign nations. Learn more about our International Student Services Office.

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How to Apply

International students seeking admission to the University should submit the following:

Step 1 — Apply: A nonrefundable $50 fee is required to apply. When applying online, you should pay online. You may also pay over the phone by calling 800-477-4407. 

Step 2 — Send us your complete academic credentials: This includes certificates, diplomas, matriculation examination results, degrees, etc. These must be sent directly from your school and mailed to the following address:

Harding University
Undergraduate Admissions
Box 12255
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

Step 3 — Send your TOEFL or IELTS scores: If official language is not English. These must be sent directly from the testing center. All international students, both undergraduate and graduate, who enroll at Harding University are expected to present a TOEFL score of 550 or higher (or an equivalent combined score of 70 on the IBT) or a 6.0 on the IELTS.

Step 4 —Pay enrollment fee and select housing preferences (deadline is May 1): Once you have decided to join the herd, commit by paying your $250 enrollment fee and select your housing preferences. Priority Commitment (deadline is Feb 1): Students that commit early pay a discounted Enrollment Fee of $150 (typically $250), are more likely receive their dorm of choice, and will have priority registration for Bison Bound (new student orientation).

*Housing preference(s) is based on a student’s commitment date (payment of enrollment fee). If a student has a roommate and/or suitemate preference(s), all other parties must have the same or earlier commitment date for all preferences to be considered. Students that have committed early cannot advance the place in line of other students that have committed later.

 *The enrollment fee covers all First-Year Experience costs and activities. This includes Bison Bound (student orientation), Impact (welcome week), and other FYE events such as the Freshman Retreat and the Pre-union Dinner. This fee is refundable if notified by May 1 for fall applicants, Oct. 1 for spring applicants, and April 1 for summer applicants.

Step 5 — Pay $1,000 enrollment depositThe enrollment deposit is refundable if student cannot attend for any reason. The deposit can be paid by calling 800-477-4407 or online

Step 6 — Send a copy of your passport to

Step 7 — Send your immunization records to The Arkansas Department of Health requires proof of two MMR - Measles, Mumps, Rubella - immunizations for college students. The MMR immunization must be received on or after your first birthday. Please send your immunization records to Exemptions from this must be filed with the Arkansas Department of Health.

Step 8 — Submit your confidential reference

When all items for admission have been received, you will be considered for admission. An I-20 will be sent only after a student has been accepted to the University.

Each student must file a $1,000 deposit which will be used towards your first semester's tuition at the university. Upon receipt of these deposits and the other admissions items, the student's credentials will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. The enrollment deposit is refundable if they cannot attend for any reason. Students will not be accepted without the deposit.

Cost & Financial Aid

The estimated annual cost for tuition, fees, room and board is $28,978. Although international students are not required to take the ACT or SAT, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Services strongly recommends that students take one of these tests to possibly qualify for scholarship money.

Although Federal financial aid is not available, some international students may be eligible for private loans. Also, international students may be eligible for scholarship assistance up to 1/4 tuition.  However, certain restrictions do apply. Harding University cannot guarantee part-time employment during the regular semesters, nor during the summer months. In no case will a student be able to receive financial assistance from the university which will exceed actual tuition costs. Funds for room, board, books, clothing and miscellaneous expenses must come from some other source.

Estimated upon enrollment in 15 credit hours.

Tuition 15 Hrs ($700 per hour)$10,500$21,000
Technology Fee$270$540
Standard Dorm Room$1,990$3,980
Standard Meal Plan (15 swipes per week + $250 DCB)$1,786$3,572
Direct Harding University Costs$14,546$29,092

University Calendar

The school year consists of two semesters (about 4 1/2 months each), with the first semester beginning late in August and the second in January. Most students attend only these two semesters; however, the summer sessions begin in June and enable some students to acquire additional credit equivalent to about two-thirds of the coursework of a regular semester.

See also

Campus Calendar

Campus Events

International Insurance

The International Office is required to have insurance on all International Students.  We currently have a policy with Geo-Blue ( that covers most illnesses at 100%.  It does not cover eye exams or dental exams, however, it does cover both of these if there is a medical reason, such as trauma to the eyes or mouth.

When you arrive, you will simply drop by the International Office and we will get you enrolled. (Our office is in the Student Center, Room 237)  The charge will be sent to the Business Office, and you will be able to pay for it through  your Harding account.

The cost for the 2019-2020 school year is $103.45/month. The cost for the 2020-2021 school year is $108.60/month.

If you are an athlete, you are required to be enrolled in the International Insurance coverage. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the International Office.

Heather Harrell
Admissions Counselor
Telephone: 800-477-4407
Fax: 001-501-279-4129
Local: 001-501-279-4407

Mailing address:
Harding University
Admissions Services
Box 12255
Searcy, AR 72149-5615 USA