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    Honors Business Experience

    Early Bird Discount (Details Below)

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    Honors Business Experience

    Early Bird Discount (Details Below)

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    Honors Business Experience

    Early Bird Discount (Details Below)

General Information

Honors Business Experience is a two-week academic program on the Searcy campus designed to challenge, encourage, and uplift high school students who are now in their junior year (students graduating in the class of 2020). 


How does the innovation, risk-taking and passion of industry translate into goods and services that offer value to every day people?  Through exposure to the elements that drive business (economics, marketing, management, information systems, finance and entrepreneurship), and a number of companies who practice them, you will examine how businesses take their scarce resources to meet the unmet needs of society. 

In Honors Business Experience, you will find yourself immersed in developing an understanding of the mind of the entrepreneur, the creativity of the marketer, the discipline of the financier, the resourcefulness of the information technologist, and the ethics of the Christian professional.  At the same time you might just discover your own passion with hands-on practical projects and by learning from successful business leaders in an environment that is fun, exciting and challenging. Check out our Quick Info Guide.pdf to learn more about Honors Business Experience.

2019 DATES

July 12- July 26


Three hours of university credit (HNRS 105) are awarded to all who successfully complete the program. This credit is transferable to the college or university of the participant's choice, with that institution determining how to apply the credit. At Harding, credit earned in HNRS 105 may be applied to the following course:

ECON 201

In previous years, students from more than 40 states and six foreign countries have attended the Summer Academic Institute.


Honors Symposium

Session A: June 21-July 5

Session B: June 28- July 12

Session C: July 5- July 19

Session D: July 12- July 26


Requirements for admission into ALL Summer Academic Institute programs.

*Begin the application process at any point.  Your application will be built as items are received until it is complete.

*Be sure that you register to take the ACT or the SAT soon.    

1. Junior standing with completion of 12 solid units
2. Minimum composite score of ACT 21 or SAT 1060 (ERW+M) or PSAT 1100 (EWR+M)
3. Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale)
4. Completed application (see required items below)

Items needed for a complete application (all items required prior to being placed in a session)

A. Online application
B. Recent photograph of yourself
C. High School transcript (minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale)                                                               
D. Official ACT or SAT test scores submitted by testing agency directly to Harding (minimum requirement is composite ACT 21 or SAT 1060 ERW+M) or a copy of the official PSAT report (minimum score 1100 ERW+M.  The PSAT will be used for SAI admission only and will not apply to incoming freshmen.
E. Immunization record showing receipt of 2 MMR vaccinations on or after first birthday (State law requirement)
F. $250 deposit* (check or credit card)

Business Experience applications completed before March 15, 2019 will receive an Early Bird Discount of $100 off the total cost.

*Deposit is applied toward the total cost of $795.00. Any applicable discounts will be applied AFTER the deposit has been made.  Students not accepted to the program will be refunded the deposit.  Accepted students whose summer plans change for any reason by March 1, 2019 will be refunded the deposit.  A change of plans after March 1 (other than medical) will forfeit the deposit.

You may submit by e-mail sai@harding.edu or mail to Harding University - Summer Academic Institute, Box 10782, Searcy, AR 72149.

Can't remember what items you still need to submitted? Call us at 501-279-5272 or email sai@harding.edu

Payment Details

- Final payments are due Friday, May 31st
- If paying by credit card (Discover, MasterCard or Visa) please call 501-279-5272 during normal business hours
- If paying by check please make it payable to Harding University and mail it to the address below

Harding University
Summer Academic Institute
Box 10782
Searcy, AR 72149-5615



Flying to Honors Business Experience? Download the required Flight arrangements (pdf).

Registration will be held from 2-4:00 PM on Friday in the lobby of the Mabee Business building on the Harding University campus.  The GPS address is Mabee 104C, N Blakeney, Searcy AR 72145. There will be directional signs to assist you once on campus.  We look forward to seeing you on your arrival day in the Heritage lobby. 

Application (Now accepting applications)

Information for Guardian/Student

All items listed here will be included in the pre-session mailing mid-May.

Course information (Enrolled Students)

Course information will be posted in mid-May. The information will also be mailed to each student in May.

Information Request

Typical Schedule

The first day consists of registration, a casual reception and orientation by the counselors.

The schedule of activities typically begin around 9 or 10 AM each day.  Your day will include lectures, discussion groups, interactive classes on a variety of topics relating to the central theme and much more. Evenings are filled with fun activities to give you an opportunity to relax and socialize.

Saturdays are full days as well with relaxed time constraints, and Sundays include worship time together.

The Summer Academic Institute sessions conclude after breakfast on your closing Friday. Students must depart campus by 10:00 AM.

All in all you are about to embark on a magnificent learning experience, which will allow you development in many areas.

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4016

Mailing address:
Harding University
Honors College
Box 10782
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

Office hours:
Monday - Friday
8am-5pm (closed for the noon lunch hour)