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Bison Bound 

2023

Registration & Dates

-Thursday-Friday, June 8-9, 2023
-Thursday-Friday, July 13-14, 2023
-Wednesday-Thursday, August 16-17, 2023
  • In addition to obtaining essential information regarding campus life, students will receive academic and major advising, build or review their class schedules, and complete essential activities such as selecting a chapel seat and meal plan and ordering a parking pass.

All incoming students must complete orientation in order to register for fall classes and enroll. To register for Bison Bound, students must first have been accepted for admission to the University.

Other Important Dates:

  • Stampede (Welcome Weekend) begins on Thursday evening, August 17, 2023
  • Fall classes begin on Monday, August 21, 2023.

Before you come to Bison Bound

  • Activate Pipeline (pipeline.harding.edu)
  • Download the Harding App
  • Review Admissions requirements (if applicable)
  • Join NearPeer! We want to give you a headstart on one of the most important parts of orientation — connecting with future classmates! With that in mind, Harding has partnered with Nearpeer. Nearpeer is a social media peer-to-peer networking platform specifically for Harding students that matches and connects incoming students based on their similarities and common interests. You can locate others in your program of study, find a roommate or just make connections. All admitted students will receive a personal email invitation to join.

Bison Bound Checklist

To-Do On Campus:

  • Register your car (if applicable)
  • Take your ID photo
  • Check in with Financial Aid (optional)
  • Attend the Academic Fair in the Ganus Activities Complex to explore majors and speak with faculty.
  • Attend two Advising Sessions for your area(s) of interest and extracurricular activities
  • Attend all information sessions
  • Meet with schedule builder or advisor to register for classes
  • Visit the Bison Bound Bash before heading back home. We have something for you!

After Bison Bound:

When you move in for Bison Bound, you will be moving into your freshmen dorm room! Check your Harding email for more information or learn more from the Housing Office. Find the locations of these residence halls on the campus map.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Student Schedule

8:30-9:30 a.m. — Registration, Heritage Lobby
10-10:45 a.m. — Welcome Session, Anthony and Wright Administration Building Auditorium
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. — Student Lunch, Charles White Dining Hall

12-12:40 p.m. — Activities by group

  • Group 1: This Or That? hosted by Campus Activities Board & Recreation in the Founder’s Room
  • Group 2: Student I.D. Photo & Vehicle Registration hosted by Public Safety in the Kendall Lobby
  • Group 3: First Year Success hosted by First Year Experience & Student Success in Cone Chapel
  • Group 4: The Harding Community hosted by Student Life in the Regions Room

12:45-1:25 p.m. — Activities by group 

  • Group 1: Student I.D. Photo & Vehicle Registration hosted by Public Safety in the Kendall Lobby
  • Group 2: First Year Success hosted by First Year Experience & Student Success in Cone Chapel
  • Group 3: The Harding Community hosted by Student Life in the Regions Room
  • Group 4: This Or That? hosted by Campus Activities Board & Recreation in the Founder’s Room

1:30-2:10 p.m. — Activities by group 

  • Group 1: First Year Success hosted by First Year Experience & Student Success in Cone Chapel
  • Group 2: The Harding Community hosted by Student Life in the Regions Room
  • Group 3: This Or That? hosted by Campus Activities Board & Recreation in the Founder’s Room
  • Group 4: Student I.D. Photo & Vehicle Registration hosted by Public Safety in the Kendall Lobby

2:15-2:55 p.m. — Activities by group 

  • Group 1: The Harding Community hosted by Student Life in the Regions Room
  • Group 2: This Or That? hosted by Campus Activities Board & Recreation in the Founder’s Room
  • Group 3: Student I.D. Photo & Vehicle Registration hosted by Public Safety in the Kendall Lobby
  • Group 4: First Year Success hosted by First Year Experience & Student Success in Cone Chapel
3-4 p.m. — Academic Fair, Ganus Activities Complex | View the academic fair map PDF.
4:15-5:15 p.m. — Advising Session 1, specific locations by major listed below
5:15-6 p.m. — Advising Session 2, specific locations by major listed below
6:15-7:45 p.m. — Dinner in the Cafeteria — Come enjoy food, fellowship and games!

Parent Schedule

8:30-9:30 a.m. — Registration, Heritage Lobby | Join the parent network email list by filling out this form.
10-10:45 a.m. — Welcome Session, Anthony and Wright Administration Building Auditorium
11-12 p.m. — Panel 1, Anthony and Wright Administration Building Auditorium | Residence Life, Student Health Services, Counseling Center, Spiritual Life, Disability Services, Diversity Services and Dining Services (Chartwells)
12-1 p.m. — Parent Lunch, Charles White Dining Hall
1:15-2:15 p.m. — Panel 2, Anthony and Wright Administration Building Auditorium | Admissions, Academics, Bookstore, DormNet, Student Support Services, Public Safety and Business Office
2:15-3 p.m. — This or That? Parent Edition hosted by Campus Activity Board in the Anthony and Wright Administration Building Auditorium
3-4 p.m. — Academic Fair, Ganus Activities Complex | View the Academic Fair Map.
4-5:30 p.m. — Parent Program, Anthony and Wright Administration Building Auditorium | Bible and Ministry, Alumni and Parent Relations, Student Life and Enrollment
6-7:45 p.m. — Dinner in the Cafeteria — Come enjoy food, fellowship and games!

Student Advising Locations

Department: MajorsLocation
Art and Design: Art, Visual Arts Studio, Art with licensure, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Design, ArchitectureMabee Business Building 112
Biology: Biology, Human Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Science, Medical Laboratory Science, Biology Education, Pre-Allied HealthPryor-England Science Center 181
Carr College of Nursing: Health Studies/Pre-NursingMabee Business Building 102
Chemistry and Biochemistry: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry Education, Health Science, Forensic Science, Environmental Science, Pre-PharmacyPryor-England Science Center 124
College of Bible and Ministry: Bible and Ministry, Bible and Divinity, Bible and Family Ministries, Bible and Missions, Bible and Preaching, Leadership and MinistryMcInteer Center for Bible and World Missions145
College of Business: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Cybersecurity, International Business, Management, MarketingMabee Business Building 111
Computer Science: Computer Science, Software DevelopmentPryor-England Science Center 200
Communication Sciences and Disorders: CSD-Clinical, CSD-Non-clinical, Accelerated Dual CSD, Speech-Language Pathology AssistantMabee Business Building 105
Behavioral Science: Psychology, Cognitive NeuroscienceEzell Building 100 Conference Room
Behavioral Science: Social WorkEzell Building 104 (lobby)
Behavioral Science: Criminal JusticeEzell Building 104 (lobby)
Communication: Advertising, Communication Studies, Film, Integrated Marketing Communication, Media Production, Multimedia Journalism, and Public RelationsMabee Business Building 233
Education: Early Childhood Birth to K, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Special EducationMabee Business Building 245
Engineering and Physics: Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Construction SciencePryor-England Science Center 301
English: English, English and Business Communication, English with Teacher LicenseMabee Business Building 109
Exercise and Sport Sciences: Exercise Science, Pre-PT, Pre-Athletic Training, Strength & Conditioning (B.S./M.S.), Personal Training (minor)Mabee Business Building 114
Family and Consumer Sciences: Apparel Merchandising, Child Life, Child Development, Family Life Education, FCS Education, FCS General, Community Engagement, Event Management, Nutrition and Food Management, new 3+2 in Applied Dietetics PracticeMabee Business Building 107
Foreign Languages and International Studies: French, French Licensure, Spanish, Applied Spanish, Spanish Licensure, Foreign Language and Missions, International StudiesMabee Business Building 110
History and Political Science: History, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Science, Social Science with Teacher Licensure, American Studies, Pre-Law Preprofessional ProgramMabee Business Building 207
Honors College (Advising Session 2 Only)McInteer Center for Bible and World Missions 162
International Programs (Advising Session 2 Only)McInteer Center for Bible and World Missions 125
Kinesiology: B.S. Kinesiology, B.A. Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation ManagementPryor-England Science Center 117
Mathematics: B.A. in Math with licensure, B.A. in Math without licensure, B.S. in Math, B.A. in Data Science, B.S. in Data SciencePryor-England Science Center 102
Music: Music, Music Education, Instrumental Music, Vocal/Choral MusicMabee Business Building 219
PreProfessional Health Sciences: Pre-DentistryPryor-England Science Center 179
PreProfessional Health Sciences: Pre-Med, Pre-PA, Pre-Optometry
Pryor-England Science Center 113
PreProfessional Health Science: Pre-Occupational TherapyPryor-England Science Center 101
College of Sciences: Pre-professional Health Science (2nd Major)
Pryor-England Science Center 113
College of Sciences & College of Arts and Humanities: Medical Humanities
Pryor-England Science Center 113
Theatre: Acting, Drama/Speech Licensure K-12, Theatre Design/Production, Theatre, Theatre Licensure 7-12Mabee Business Building 203
Exploratory Studies/UndeclaredMcInteer Center for Bible and World Missions 150

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Student Schedule

7:30-8:45 a.m. — Breakfast, Charles White Dining Hall
9 a.m. — Worship & Connection, Anthony and Wright Administration Building Auditorium
9:45 a.m. — Essential Information & Fun, Anthony and Wright Administration Building Auditorium
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Student Scheduling, specific locations by major listed below
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Lunch on your own, meal cards provided
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. — Bison Bound Bash! Review your checklist, Pick up your student I.D., take a photo with Buff the Bison and much more.
Stampede (Welcome Weekend) begins on Thursday! Find the schedule at harding.edu/stampede.

Parent Schedule

7:30-8:45 a.m. — Breakfast
9 a.m. — Worship & Connection, Anthony and Wright Administration Building Auditorium
9:45 a.m. — Essential Information & Fun, Anthony and Wright Administration Building Auditorium
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Parent Information Fair, Heritage lobby | Panel Participants available for more questions
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. — Lunch on your own, meal cards provided

Student Class Scheduling Locations

Department (Majors)Location
Art and Design: Art, Visual Arts Studio, Art with licensure, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Design, ArchitectureStevens Art and Design Center 117
Biology: Biology, Human Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Science, Medical Laboratory Science, Biology Education, Pre-Allied HealthPryor-England Science Center 182
Carr College of Nursing: Health Studies/Pre-NursingSwaid Center for Health Sciences 233/234
Chemistry and Biochemistry: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry Education, Health Science, Forensic Science, Environmental Science, Pre-PharmacyPryor-England Science Center 124
College of Bible and Ministry: Bible and Ministry, Bible and Divinity, Bible and Family Ministries, Bible and Missions, Bible and Preaching, Leadership and MinistryMcInteer Center for Bible and World Missions 136
College of Business: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Cybersecurity, International Business, Management, MarketingMabee Business Building Lobby
Computer Science: Computer Science, Software DevelopmentPryor-England Science Center 100
Communication Sciences and Disorders: CSD-Clinical, CSD-Non-clinical, Accelerated Dual CSD, Speech-Language Pathology AssistantSwaid Center for Health Sciences 102
Behavioral Science: Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Social Work, Criminal JusticeEzell Building Lobby
Communication: Advertising, Communication Studies, Film, Integrated Marketing Communication, Media Production, Multimedia Journalism, and Public RelationsReynolds Center for Music and Communication C131
Education: Early Childhood Birth to K, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Special EducationThornton Education Center 230 Computer Lab
Engineering and Physics: Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Construction SciencePryor-England Science Center 303
English: English, English and Business Communication, English with Teacher LicenseAmerican Studies Building 300
Exercise and Sport Sciences: Exercise Science, Pre-PT, Pre-Athletic Training, Strength & Conditioning (B.S./M.S.), Personal Training (minor)Ganus Activities Complex 153
Family and Consumer Sciences: Apparel Merchandising, Child Life, Child Development, Family Life Education, FCS Education, FCS General, Community Engagement, Event Management, Nutrition and Food Management, new 3+2 in Applied Dietetics PracticeOlen Hendrix Building 203
Foreign Languages and International Studies: French, French Licensure, Spanish, Applied Spanish, Spanish Licensure, Foreign Language and Missions, International StudiesKendall Hall 126
History and Political Science: History, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Science, Social Science with Teacher Licensure, American Studies, Pre-Law Preprofessional ProgramKendall Hall 121
Kinesiology: B.S. in Kinesiology, B.A. in Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation ManagementGanus Activities Complex 153
Mathematics: B.A. in Math with licensure, B.A. in Math without licensure, B.S. in Math, B.A. in Data Science, B.S. in Data SciencePryor-England Science Center 100
Music: Music, Music Education, Instrumental Music, Vocal/Choral MusicReynolds Center for Music and Communication M108
PreProfessional Health Sciences: Pre-DentistrySee Primary Major
PreProfessional Health Sciences: Pre-Med, Pre-PA, Pre-OptometrySee Primary Major
PreProfessional Health Science: Pre-Occupational TherapySee Primary Major
College of Sciences: Pre-professional Health Science (2nd Major)See Primary Major then go to the Pryor-England Science Center 102
College of Sciences & College of Arts and Humanities: Medical HumanitiesPryor-England Science Center 102
Theatre: Acting, Drama/Speech Licensure K-12, Theatre Design/Production, Theatre, Theatre Licensure 7-12Reynolds Center for Music and Communication C132
Exploratory Studies/UndeclaredBrackett Library

Campus Resources

During Bison Bound, you are going to learn so much about the resources available to you on campus! Review the information here before Bison Bound and reference the most up-to-date information on the website throughout your college career.

Resources for Parents:

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I ready to register for Bison Bound?

Step 1: Be Accepted

Bison Bound is open to students fully accepted to Harding University who have received their Harding acceptance letter in order to register. If you have not completed the admissions process or are not sure yet of your acceptance, please contact your admissions counselor.

Step 2: Sign Up

Once registration opens, students must complete and submit the registration form to successfully sign up for a Bison Bound session.

Step 3: Essential Requirements

The following items may be submitted after registering for Bison Bound but must be submitted prior to receiving your class schedule. 

  • Immunization Records
  • Housing Form
  • Character Reference Form

These forms and additional information can be found in Apply - Undergrad.

What is the purpose of Bison Bound?

This required program is designed to give you several advantages heading into the fall semester at Harding. At Bison Bound you will:

  • Build or review your class schedule for the fall semester
  • Attend sessions to help you make decisions about your college career and be prepared for your first day of class
  • Preview campus life and find out what to expect as you begin your Harding experience

What is the difference in Bison Bound and Stampede? Why do I need to attend both?

Bison Bound is an informative program designed to ensure that students are adequately prepared for classes and campus life. Stampede is the recreational aspect – meeting new friends, settling into dorms, getting acquainted with roommates and sharing fun experiences together before school begins.

How do I edit my registration form?

If you have incorrect information on the Bison Bound registration form, please email bisonbound@harding.edu with the corrected information.

Am I required to participate?

ALL first time in college and undergraduate transfer students are required to participate in Bison Bound. However, if you already have a bachelor’s degree or are not attending the Searcy campus, you will not be required to participate in Bison Bound.

What about a parent orientation?

Bison Bound parents can attend their own informational sessions regarding financial aid, etc. These sessions are not required but are designed to help parents of incoming students to better understand life at Harding.

Will housing be provided?

Yes, dorms are provided for students who would like to stay in them.

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