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Special Notice to all students and parents of Honors Symposium, 2020
(Update May 27, 2020)
We are deeply saddened that our plans for the Honors Symposium this summer will not be possible due to the current global health situation, so we are cancelling all sessions for 2020. As you know, we had cancelled the June sessions, hoping that circumstances would allow us to hold sessions in July. It now appears that the strong and meaningful program that we wish to provide will not be viable based on the restrictions at this time.
All payments will be returned to you as soon as possible.
We appreciate so much your interest in Honors Symposium and Harding University. We invite you to stop by the Honors House anytime you are on campus! We hope that you will strongly consider Harding as your college home, where you can find a real family of faculty, staff and students who value academic excellence and rich relationships. We look forward to having you join us as a student in fall 2021.
May God richly bless you as you finish your senior year in high school.
Mike James, Ph.D.
Dean of the Honors College
Director of the Summer Academic Institute
Honors Symposium 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 2021).
Honors Symposium is a life-changing journey where students from all across the nation come together for the purpose of growing spiritually and academically. This is accomplished by daily engagement with our finest university professors and mentoring with some of our top university student counselors. Students learn about the world in which we live and how each of us fits into the world as Christians. This goal is achieved through stimulating academic classes and fun activities designed to develop group bonding and sharing. We intend to enrich the spirit and expand the mind of each student participant in Honors Symposium.
Update: May 27, 2020 - Due to COVID-19 concerns, we regret that all sessions have been cancelled. Payments that have been made will be refunded as quickly as possible.
Three hours of university credit (HNRS 1000 in Summer 2020) are awarded to all who successfully complete the program. The course content is designed to appeal to students of both the humanities and the sciences. 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, credits earned in HNRS 1000 may be applied to one of the following liberal arts courses:
English 2010 or 2020 (World Literature I or II)
History 1010 or 1020 (Western Civilization to 1500 or Western Civilization since 1500), History 2100 or 2110 (American History to 1877 or American History since 1877)
Art 1010 (Art Appreciation)
Music 1010 (Music Appreciation)
Theater 1010 (Theatre Appreciation)
In previous years, students from more than 40 states and six foreign countries have attended the Summer Academic Institute.
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. The CLT is also an option. (Update 3/19/2020 - The CLT has scheduled more test dates. This test is done online and scores are quickly available. Because the ACT and SAT test dates have been canceled in the immediate future, we are suggesting that you consider the CLT.)
1. Junior standing with completion of 12 solid units
2. Minimum composite score of ACT 21 or SAT 1060 (ERW+M) or PSAT 1100 (ERW+M), or CLT score of 68.
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 are required prior to review of the application and acceptance to a session:
A. Online application available below
B. Recent photograph of yourself
C. A current OFFICIAL High School transcript (minimum of 12 completed credits and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale)
Your school guidance counselor may send the transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a copy to email@example.com, or an official sealed transcript may be mailed to:
Harding University Undergraduate Admissions, Box 12255, Searcy, AR 72149-5615
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), the CLT (minimum score 68), or a copy of an official PSAT report (minimum score is 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)
*Deposit is applied toward the total cost of $795.00. Students not accepted to the program will be refunded the deposit. Students who have had to change their 2020 plans due to the changes necessitated by the Covid-19 virus will be refunded any amount paid.
You may submit by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
-Final payments are due Friday, June 12, 2020
-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
Summer Academic Institute
Searcy, AR 72149-5615
Flying to Honors Symposium? Download the required Flight arrangements (pdf).
Registration will be held from 2-4:00 PM on Friday in the lobby of the American Heritage Center on the Harding University campus. The GPS address is 915 E Market Ave, Searcy AR. 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. Registration Map
Information for Guardian/Student
Check in late Spring for updates to this list of information and required release forms. The information posted here will also be e-mailed to students in May.
Course Information (enrolled students)
Students should read or review the following assignments before arrival at the Honors Symposium.
See these readings with pdf, as listed on the assignment sheet:
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.