Honors Symposium

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 2025).

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.

In previous years, students from more than 40 states and six foreign countries have attended the Honors Symposium.

2024 DATES

The 2024 Honors Symposium application is closed at this time as all sessions are currently full with waiting lists.

If you would like to be contacted to apply in the event that an opening becomes available please send an email to symposium@harding.edu with the following information: Name, date of birth, phone number, email address and which session openings you would like to be made aware of.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2025 program around the second weekend of September.

University Credit

Three hours of university credit (HNRS 1000) 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 may be transferable to the college or university of the participant's choice, with that institution determining how, or if, to apply the credit. At Harding, credits earned in HNRS 1000 may be applied to one of the following liberal arts courses:

In previous years, students from more than 40 states and six foreign countries have attended the Honors Symposium.

Admissions Requirements

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

Items needed for a complete application:

All items listed are required prior to review of the application and acceptance to a session.

*Deposit is applied toward the total cost of $895 and does not secure a spot in a session. Students not accepted to the program will be refunded the deposit. Students who have a change in plans may be refunded the deposit until March 11, 2024.

You may submit by email symposium@harding.edu or mail to:

Harding University Honors Symposium
HU 10782
Searcy, AR 72149

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

Payment Details

Deposit of $250 is required. Refunds will be processed for students who are not accepted to the Honors Symposium and for accepted students who must change their summer plans. The refund deadline for accepted students is March 11, 2024. Final payments are due Friday, May 24, 2024.

Payment Method Options

Information for Guardian/Student

The information and forms below will be emailed to all students and guardians in May.

Release, insurance, and medical forms must be submitted no later than one week prior to the beginning of the session. The forms may be mailed to Box 10782, Searcy AR 72149, or emailed to symposium@harding.edu

Course Information (enrolled students)

Students will be expected to review the following assignments and information prior to arrival at the Honors Symposium.  

Information Request

We welcome your inquiry! Please email symposium@harding.edu or call 501-279-5272. We will be glad to assist you!

News & Articles

Counselors play a key role in success of Honors Symposium

Typical Schedule

The first day consists of registration, a reception time for parents to visit with the faculty, a dinner for students and faculty, followed by orientation sessions.

The schedule of activities typically begin around 9 or 10 a.m. 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 Honors Symposium sessions conclude after breakfast on your closing Friday. Students must depart campus by 10 a.m.

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

Contact Information

Honors Symposium

Mailing address:
Harding University
Honors Symposium
HU 10782
Searcy, AR 72149-5615