Academic Support Services

First Year Experience

Introducing HU Square 1

Making key connections early in your academic career is critical to a successful transition to college. The First Year Experience (FYE) at Harding University, known as HU Square 1, is designed to help engage and connect students with the people, programs and resources necessary to lay a strong foundation on which to build and grow.

HU Square 1 provides student mentoring, Learning Enhancement Seminars, and several other programs and events throughout the year.

Our Mission

  • Inspire students to explore helpful resources and activities that support academic, personal and spiritual growth
  • Expose students to various ideas, experiences, and people encountered in God's creation and the body of Christ
  • Encourage students to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for self-directed learning
  • Foster a shared experience and sense of belonging to the Harding community

Programs & Events

From orientation sessions to major milestones, we're with you every step of the way.

Spring Orientation

Summer Stampede


Freshmen Retreat

Freshman (P)Reunion

Transfer Retreat

HU Square 1, Harding's First-Year Experience program, hosts an annual Transfer Retreat held at the Tyler Bend area on the Buffalo National River in late August or early September.

Open to all first-year transfers, this event provides a fun opportunity to connect with others who are experiencing a similar transition to Harding. Please check with HU Square 1 for additional details.

Harding University Organization Fair

The Center for Student Success and the Office Student Life hosts the Harding University Organization Fair on the Front Lawn early each fall semester.  The purpose of this event is to help students get involved in the clubs and organizations of their particular interests. This will be a fun evening to explore the many wonderful ways to get involved at Harding.

Did you know?

Peer Guides are student mentors who are here to help you get through tough classes and make your transition to college life a little simpler.

HU Hacks for the Academics are learning enhancement seminars designed to provide the practical study tips and tricks you need to succeed.

Contact Us

Location: Student Center Room 236

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm