Honors College

Summer Academic Institute

  • SAI Class
  • Man speaking to a group of students

General Information

The Honors College hosts the Summer Academic Institute which consists of several programs.  Each academic program provides high school students who are now in their junior year (students graduating in the class of 2021) an opportunity to embark on a life-changing journey where students from all across the nation can come together for the purpose of growing spiritually and academically. 

Participants have 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 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.

Three hours of university credit are awarded to all who successfully complete a two-week SAI session. This credit may be applied to Harding University liberal arts courses, or may be transferable to the college or university of the participant's choice, with that institution determining how to apply the credit. The course content is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests.  See the specific program information to learn more about the credit options.

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

Programs offered in 2020

Honors Symposium



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 (ERW+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 are required prior to review of the application and acceptance to a session:

A. Online application available below
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 copy of official PSAT scores (minimum requirement 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. 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 2, 2020 will be refunded the deposit.  A change of plans after March 2 (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 29th
-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 Summer Academic Institute? Download the required Flight arrangements (pdf).

There will be directional signs to assist you once on campus. Map for registration (pdf).  We look forward to seeing you on your arrival day!


News & Articles 

Counselors play a key role in success of Honors Symposium.   HUNet

Harding Summer Academic Institute launches Honors Business Experience. HUNet 

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4016

Mailing address:
Harding University
Summer Academic Institute
Box 10782
Searcy AR 72149-5615