International Students

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. 

Apply Online 

International Student Application Deadlines:
Fall semester application deadline is June 1, and all required items must be submitted by July 1.
Spring semester application deadline is October 1, and all required items must be submitted by November 1.

Step 2 — Send us your transcript(s): Visit and select one of the following options:

        - For First-Time Freshman graduating from a non-U.S. high school, select the $120 "Document report + GPA" option.

        - For international applicants attending a U.S. high school, please request your guidance counselor to send your official transcript via email, a third-party secure electronic transcript service, or by mail. 

        - For transfer students from a non U.S. college(s) select the $145 "Education Report" option.

        - For transfer students international applicants attending a U.S. college(s), please request your institution to send an official transcript via a third-party secure electronic transcript service or by mail. 

Step 3 — Send your TOEFL or IELTS scores if the 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 — Send a copy of your passport to

Step 5 — Pay international student deposit by logging into your application. This $1,000 deposit will be used towards the student's first semester tuition. The enrollment deposit is refundable if the student cannot attend for any reason. Students will not be accepted without the deposit.

*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.


Step 6 — Pay enrollment fee and select housing preferences (deadline is May 1) by logging into your application. Once you have decided to join the herd, commit by paying your $250 enrollment fee and select your housing preferences. 

Step 7 — Send your immunization records to admissions@harding.eduThe 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. Listing a reference is required when submitting your application. To check the status of your reference request, please visit your application account.

Step 9 — Sign up for Bison Bound by logging into your application. Registration for Fall Bison Bound opens on February 1st for students who have paid their enrollment fees, and on March 1st for all other students. To register, please visit your application account.

Cost & Financial Aid

The estimated annual cost for tuition, fees, room and board is $32,970. 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. 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.

Expense Semester Year
Tuition ($808 per hour) $12,120 $24,240
Technology Fee $324 $648
Standard Dorm Room $2,230 $4,460
Standard Meal Plan (14 swipes per week + $275 Dining Dollars) $2,060 $4,120
Total $16,734 $33,468

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 Students Services 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 Student Services 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.

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 Student Services 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
HU 12255
Searcy, AR 72149-5615 USA

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