Honors College

Summer Academic Institute

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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.


Dr. J

Mike James, Ph.D.

Dean of the Honors College

Director of the Summer Academic Institute


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   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.  



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 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 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 admissions@harding.edu, with a copy to sai@harding.edu, 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), CLT (minimum score of 68), 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, June 12th
-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 

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Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4016

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