Honors College

  • This is a photo of the Sears Honors House at Harding University.


The Honors College provides opportunities for students from every college on campus to delve deeper into learning and service and to unite and form lasting relationships with their peers. The Sears Honors House mixes students from all disciplines to share meals, tutor local students and to find a quiet space for study before midterms and finals. Outside of academic rigor, honors students meet to go kayaking or bike riding and participate in a variety of community service projects.

Our Mission

The Honors College seeks to attract, inspire, and retain talented students. Honors College participants will set an example of leadership, academic excellence, and social and spiritual involvement while stimulating the learning climate at the university.

Honors Students

Incoming freshmen are eligible by earning an ACT score of 27 or higher, or an SAT of 1260 (ERW+M) or higher or a CLT score of 84. Incoming students should request Honors enrollment on the Eligibility & Enrollment page. Current and transfer students with a 3.25 university GPA are eligible. Honors students can graduate as Honors College Graduates or Honors College Graduates with Distinction.

Honors Scholars

Honors Scholars are a select group of 45 incoming freshmen who are National Merit Finalists, Semi-Finalists, Hispanic Scholars, and Trustee Award recipients. If openings remain, students may be selected from the pool of Trustee Award applicants and Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholars. Honors Scholars will be contacted by the Honors College after their award has been offered by the University Admissions Office.

Recent Awards


Keep up with our latest news, awards and opportunities through the biannual Honors College Newsletter.

Read our latest newsletter!

Honors Courses

View the course schedule and learn more about our honors contracts and honors capstones.


Join us for events like Taco Tuesday once a month, "Food for Thought" discussions with faculty members, tutoring of area school children, and other special activities. Watch our social media pages to learn more about our regular events as well as our L.C. Sears Collegiate Seminar Series.

Fellowship Advising

We identify and partner with students to not only ensure that they submit a high-quality application to national and international fellowship or scholarship programs, but also to help them discover their calling through and beyond their undergraduate careers.

  • I was grateful that I had the opportunity to go beyond the syllabus and tackle something right up my alley.

    John Lim,
    Honors Graduate with Distinction

    Meet John
  • You can tell that you're making a difference.

    Katelyn Jewett,
    Honors Graduate with Distinction

    Meet Katelyn
  • It helped build my confidence and leadership skills.

    Everett Kirkman,
    Honors College President

    Meet Everett

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)

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.

Leadership Studies Minor

As part of this interdisciplinary leadership studies minor, honors students may draw on courses from most of Harding's other colleges to harmonize their leadership studies with other academic interests.