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Bison Bound I: June 11-12

Bison Bound II: July 9-10

Bison Bound III: August 19-20

IMPACT: August 20-23

Bison Bound is Harding University's required two-day summer orientation program for first-year students and their parents. Students will tour campus life, enroll in fall classes, and start developing friendships with fellow incoming students. First year Harding students are required to attend both days of orientation and are invited to stay in the dorms during their visit.

Parents attending Bison Bound will be able to preview campus, interact with other parents, and attend information-packed sessions on topics including financial aid as well as adjusting to the "college student parent" life.

To register for Bison Bound students must first have been accepted for admission to the university. 

Click here to register for Bison Bound!

Each Bison Bound is limited to 375 students. Sessions close for registration as soon as capacity is reached. All Bison Bound sessions are the same and will have the same courses offered at registration**

How to signup

Step 1: Are you fully 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.

In order for us to do our very best in advising and helping you select your classes, you must have taken either the ACT or SAT test before attending one of the Bison Bound sessions. If you are unsure that a record of your test is in our files please contact your Admissions Counselor.

Step 2: Immunization Requirements

Each Harding student is required to submit proof of two immunizations against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). This information must be on file in the Admissions Office before you may register for classes, as Arkansas law prohibits you from attending class until your records have been received. Therefore, a registration hold will be placed on your academic account which will prevent you from being able to register for classes.

Immunization records may be faxed to 501-279-4129, scanned and emailed to admissions@harding.edu, or mailed to

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

Step 3: Sign up 

Students must complete and submit this form to successfully sign up for a Bison Bound session. Students will receive a confirmation email within a week. If an email is not received within a week, please email bisonbound@harding.edu.

There are three Bison Bound sessions throughout the summer. Please select the session that best suits your summer schedule. Remember that all Bison Bound sessions are the same and all students will have an equal opportunity to enroll in the fall classes of their choice.

Bison Bound Registration is now open for 2020!

2020 Schedule


2020 schedule is coming soon!

**All events are subject to change. You will receive an official schedule upon arrival to Bison Bound**

When to Arrive

Bison Bound check-in will open at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. on June 11, July 9, and August 19. It will be held in the David B. Burks Heritage Building (see the Campus Map).

During this time students will:

- Take their student I.D. photo
- Register their vehicle
- Set up their Pipeline account
- Check-in to temporary dorm room
- Tour campus

Please leave enough time to complete your Bison Bound checklist before the first event at 3:30 p.m.

Check-in to your dorm upon your arrival to Harding and then come over to the Heritage Lobby.

Students attending Bison Bound III will be moving in to their official dorm. Please plan enough time to move-in before checking in to Bison Bound.

Housing & What to Bring


Housing will be provided for students only. Students have the opportunity to stay in one of Harding's residence halls on campus and are expected to bring their own towels, pillows, sheets and blankets to fit a twin bed.

Female student will stay in Sears Hall while male students will stay in Harbin Hall.

More information about dorms

Parents may contact the Heritage Inn toll free at 1-888-766-2465 or other lodging facilities in the area to make their own housing arrangements.

What to bring to Bison Bound?

- Car information (license plate, driver's license, etc.)
- Harding appropriate clothing*
- A bag to carry Bison Bound documents
- Spending money
- Towel, pillow, sheets for twin bed, toiletries

*There is no specific dress requirement for Bison Bound, but everything should follow Harding's dress code. This means that shorts need to be mid-thigh length, dresses and skirts need to be knee length, and tank top straps need to be at least two inches wide. 


A shuttle service is provided from the Little Rock airport, which is approximately a 1 hour drive from Searcy. Please plan your flights accordingly.

Students attending Bison Bound I and II should arrive on campus by 1:00 pm on Thursday.  Students attending Bison Bound III should plan to arrive on Wednesday, August 15 by 1:00 pm.  Return flights scheduled for Bison Bound I and II should be booked AFTER 5:00 pm on Friday.

Please fill out this form with your flight information here. Final flight information should be submitted NO LATER than 7 days in advance of your flight.

Fill out form for shuttle 

Cost - FYE fee

Costs associated with Bison Bound are included in the First Year Experience (FYE) fee of $205 which will be placed on each student's fall semester billing statement.

The FYE fee covers expenses connected with several first year student events and activities including Bison Bound, Student Impact, FYE Retreat and the year end FYE (P)reunion.


What is the purpose of Bison Bound?

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

- Meet your professors and make new friends
- 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

When can I check-in to the dorm?

The Residence halls will be available to check-in between 3 pm and 10 pm the evening before Bison Bound. If the doors are locked, there will be a number to call so you can get in.

Students arriving the day of Bison Bound may check-in to the residence hall at any time during the registration period.

Male students will be staying in Harbin Hall while female students will be staying in Sears Hall.

Can I room with a specific person during Bison Bound?

Yes, but we do not assign roommates beforehand. If you have a specific roommate request for Bison Bound, you must check-in to your dorm at the same time as the student you would like to room with.

Is there a dress code for Bison Bound?

Yes. While there is no specific dress requirement for Bison Bound, everyone should follow Harding’s dress code. This means that shorts need to be mid-thigh length, dresses and skirts need to be knee length, and tank top straps need to be at least two inches wide. Please keep in mind the average Arkansas temperatures in August are in the mid '80s with high humidity, so plan accordingly.

What is the difference between Bison Bound and Impact? 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. Impact is the recreational aspect – meeting new friends, settling into dorms, getting acquainted with roommates and sharing fun experiences together before school begins.

Do parents need to attend Bison Bound?

We love having parents and they are therefore encouraged to attend Bison Bound. There is a tentative parent schedule located on our website at harding.edu/events/bisonbound. Parents should register for Bison Bound upon arrival to campus.

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 attend?

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

How do I switch Bison Bound sessions?

First, please choose the Bison Bound you will be attending carefully. Bison Bound sessions will cap at 375 students and you will not be able to switch into a closed session. If you would like to switch sessions, simply email bisonbound@harding.edu with your request and we will switch it for you.

What is the difference between Bison Bound I,II and III?

Bison Bound 

All Bison Bound sessions are identical in content. Schedules may change a little between Bison Bound sessions, but will generally stay the same.

Bison Bound I:

- June 11-12
- Equal opportunity to register for classes
- Option to stay in dorm during stay

Bison Bound II

- July 9-10
- Equal opportunity to register for classes
- Option to stay in dorm during stay

Bison Bound III

- August 19-20
- Equal opportunity to register for classes
- Move into fall dorm early

What if a session is closed or I wish to switch sessions?

Please choose the Bison Bound session you will be attending carefully. If you would like to switch Bison Bound sessions, email bisonbound@harding.edu with your request and the reason you need to switch. We will put you on a waiting list. We cannot guarantee your acceptance into a closed Bison Bound session.

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