Harding University enrollment bolstered by a larger freshman class

September 6, 2022|

Harding University’s total enrollment is 4,804, representing a diverse student body from 47 states and more than 50 nations and territories. 

The University reports a new student enrollment growth of 6.2% for Fall 2022 with 920 first-time-in-college and transfer students, an increase from 866 in 2021. The academic composition of the freshman class is exceptionally strong, boasting an average high school grade point average of 3.76.

“We are humbled to attract extraordinary students,” said President Michael Williams. “They come to us with significant, God-given talent. Our goal is to tease out their exceptional academic promise and remarkable potential.”

Named one of the Best Regional Colleges by The Princeton Review, the University continues to attract new students with the launch of multiple academic programs including an accelerated Master of Architecture — the first in Arkansas — and a Master of Arts in history. A Master of Science in cardiac function and interventional technology, the first of its kind in the nation, also welcomed their inaugural cohort this fall. 

Additionally, the University is emphasizing experiential learning opportunities including field observations and major-specific professional development trips to areas like New York City, Washington, D.C., Scotland and London. Faculty mentors help students customize degree plans and form relationships with alumni that lead to potential career connections. The University’s new travel club sports program also provides more students with opportunities for intercollegiate competition. 


Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body represents students from across the U.S. and more than 50 nations and territories. The University offers more than 110 undergraduate majors; 14 preprofessional programs; more than 40 graduate and professional programs; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australasia, Peru, England, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit harding.edu.

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