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    Summer at Harding

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    Summer at Harding
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    Summer at Harding
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    Summer at Harding

Campus Happenings

See what's new on campus and join us for upcoming camps, events and more.

Campus Events

Summer at Harding

Harding University not only offers a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s, specialist and doctoral programs, but we also deliver an incredible summer full of programs for sixth- through 12-graders and events for the community throughout the season. From athletes to pharmacists and young preachers to future musicians we think you’ll find many opportunities here to strengthen your skills and knowledge and have fun.

Summer School

Many students who need to finish a few more credit hours or hope to escalate their course schedule will take summer classes at Harding online or in-person. Find the full course schedule provided by the Registrar's Office, and learn everything you need to know about summer school and intersession at harding.edu/summerschool.

Summer Camps

At Harding, we believe what you learn, who you learn with and who you learn from are vitally important. Our Christian faculty and high-quality camps equip youth with an enriching experience presented from a Christ-centered worldview.

Our camps and visits are the perfect opportunity to see firsthand why that Harding is a great place to grow academically, athletically, professionally, musically, spiritually and socially. We want you to consider Harding for your college choice, and our summer experiences are a great way to see why you belong at Harding!


Pharmacy Camp

One week for Grades 11 & 12

Explore the pharmacy profession through classes and hands-on learning experiences with skilled professors from the College of Pharmacy.

Honors Symposium

Five two-week sessions for Grade 11 (3 credit hours)

Students accepted into Summer Academic Institute attend classes, engage in community service projects, and enjoy recreational activities.

Kerusso Experience

Two one-week sessions for grades 9 & up

Learn practical Bible study skills and how to prepare and deliver powerful sermons while being mentored by accomplished biblical scholars.


Sports Camps

These camps are designed to promote skill development and to introduce prospective students to Harding’s athletic programs and facilities.


Camp Tahkodah

Five sessions (one-week and two-week options) in June and July

Camp Tahkodah is about faith, fun and friendship. It is a place to be outdoors and enjoy nature ... a place to learn and grow with people who love the Lord and are living daily for Him ... a place to make new friends and have lots of fun. The 1,350-acre camp is owned and operated by Harding University. Its location in the Ozark Mountains provides beautiful bluffs, quiet valleys, a spring-fed creek and wooded hiking trails. Campers enjoy daily outdoor Bible classes, horseback riding, swimming, softball, basketball, ping pong, tennis, hayrides, archery, volleyball, crafts, canoeing, fishing, picnics, hikes, Bible bees, talent nights, hymn sings and inspirational devotionals under the stars.

National Leadership Forum

One week for grades 9 & up

Study the traditions and ideals upon which America was founded while developing leadership skills. Program consists of some nationally known speakers, lectures,  lms and discussion.


Two one-week sessions for grades 7 & up

A Christian camp on Harding University’s campus for students between seventh grade and their freshman year in college.

SPARK (Uplift)

A four-day camp for grades 4-6

A Christian camp on Harding University’s campus for students between fourth and sixth grade.


Band & Orchestra Camp

One week for grades 6 & up

Receive concentrated training for the serious musician in all areas of practical performance and general music knowledge.

Honor Choir

One week Grades 9 & up (1 credit hour)

Students engage in advanced work in choral music, including music literature, sight- reading and group voice instruction.


Summer Events

Though campus may seem quieter after Spring commencement, the University actually holds a number of events during the summer for prospective students and members of the community to enjoy. 

Bison Bound

Bison Bound (formerly Stampede) is the 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. For more information about Bison Bound, visit harding.edu/bisonbound.

Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre

Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre is a summer community-based theatre program presented by the Department of Theatre at Harding University. Over the past thirty-six years, the program has offered the opportunity for community participation and student experience in a unique hybrid environment. Theatre faculty and staff provide leadership and support for the three productions mounted each summer. Buffet meals are catered by Classic Fare catering. The popular summer program continues to sell out each season. For more information, visit harding.edu/ssdt.

Special Olympics Arkansas

The University has hosted Arkansas' Special Olympics games for 25 years. Each year, nearly 2,000 athletes and 500 coaches attend this annual event. Event categories include aquatics, athletics, bocce, flag football, golf, powerlifting, softball and cheerleading. For more information, visit www.specialolympicsarkansas.org.