Honors College

Honors Symposium

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General Information

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 2022).

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.

Covid-19 safety:  The health and safety of our students is our utmost concern!  Our Honors Symposium program operations are guided by our Harding University Covid-19 Task Force, which includes university administrators as well as key leaders with expertise in both medical and legislative areas. We are dedicated to following campus policies that reflect the latest local, state, and federal guidelines, as well as those provided by the Centers of Disease Control governing COVID-19 protocols.  Details of the most current guidelines and our practices will be communicated to our students as the summer program dates draw near. 


2021 DATES: Update March 19, 2021 - We are now able to increase our capacity and will serve more students!  Those who were on waiting lists will be contacted as soon as possible, and we will now be able to accept new applications.

Session A: June 18-July 2 

Session B: June 25- July 9 

Session C: July 2- July 16  

Session D: July 9- July 23 

Session E: July 16-July 30 

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 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 (American History to 1877 or American History since 1877), History 2100 or 2110 (Western Civilization to 1500 or Western Civilization since 1500)
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 Honors Symposium.


Requirements for admission into the Honors Symposium program.

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

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)

* "Test Optional" admission is available for students who have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA (4-point scale)

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, or 3.5 cumulative GPA if not submitting a test score)    

Your school guidance counselor may send the transcript to admissions@harding.edu, with a copy to symposium@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), 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. (Test score is optional if submitting a 3.5 high school gpa)
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 a change in plans may be refunded the deposit until March 15, 2021.

You may submit by e-mail symposium@harding.edu or mail to Harding University - Honors Symposium, Box 10782, Searcy, AR  72149.

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

Payment Details

      -Deposit of $250.00 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 15,2021.

      -Final payments are due Friday, May 28, 2021

Payment Method Options
      -If paying by credit card follow this link.
      -If paying by check please make it payable to Harding University and mail it to the address below

Harding University
Honors Symposium
Box 10782
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

The information and forms below are for reference purposes only at this time.  Check in late Spring for updates to this list of information and required release forms.

Release, insurance, and medical forms will be accepted in mid-April.  The information posted here will also be e-mailed to students in May.

Course Information (enrolled students)

This information is for reference purposes only at this time. Updates will be posted in late spring.

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:

Stories and Mythology (Godawa)

"How the World Lost Its Story"  

Information Request

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

Typical Schedule

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 Honors Symposium 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.

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)