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    Honors Symposium

    Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2017

  • Honors Symposium

    Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2017

  • Honors Symposium

    Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2017

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    Honors Symposium

    Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2017


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 2018). 

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.

Three hours of university credit are awarded to all who successfully complete the program. This credit is transferable to the college or university of the participant's choice. The course content is designed to appeal to students of both the humanities and the sciences. At Harding, Symposium credit may be applied to one of the following courses:

English 201 or 202
History 101, 102, 110 or 111
Art 101
Music 101
Theater 101

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

2017 Dates

Honors Symposium will offer four sessions in 2017 with each session capped at 50 students.

Session A: June 23 - July 7
Session B: June 30 - July 14
Session C: July 7 - July 21
Session D : July 14 - July 28



Requirements for admission into Honors Symposium 

1. Junior standing with completion of 12 solid units
2. Minimum composite score of ACT 21 or SAT 1060 (ERW+M)
3. Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale)
4. Completed application

Items needed for a complete application (all items required prior to being placed in a session)

1. Online application (below) or you may request a paper application
2. Recent photograph of yourself
3. High School transcript (minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale)
4. Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor outlining your academic capability, and current leadership roles                                                                                                             
5. Official ACT or SAT test scores submitted by testing agency directly to Harding (minimum requirement is composite ACT 21 or SAT 1060 ERW+M)
6. Immunization record showing receipt of 2 MMR vaccinations (State law requirement)
7. $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.  Accepted students whose summer plans change for any reason by March 1, 2017 will be refunded the deposit.  A change of plans after March 1 (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 Thursday, June 1st
-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 Honors Symposium? Download the required Flight arrangements (pdf).

Registration will be held from 2-4:00pm 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 on your arrival day in the Heritage lobby. Registration Map

Application (Now accepting applications for Summer 2017)

Submit a Letter of Recommendation

Information for Guardian/Student

All items listed here will be included in the pre-session mailing mid-May.

Course Information (enrolled students)

All items listed here will be included in the pre-session mailing mid-May.

  • Pre-session assignments will be posted at a later date

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 a.m. 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 10:00am.

All in all you are about to embark on a magnificent learning experience, which will allow you development in many areas.

Contact Us

Honors Symposium is part of the Summer Academic Institute hosted by the Honors College.



Fax: 501-279-4016

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

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See Where We're From

Honors Symposium 2015


Alabama: 16Kansas: 2New York: 1
Arkansas: 67Kentucky: 4Ohio: 6
Colorado: 1Louisana: 2Oklahoma: 8
Florida: 2Michigan: 1Pennsylvania: 2
Georgia: 3Minnesota: 1South Carolina: 1
Idaho: 2Missouri: 13Tennesse: 29
Illinois: 3North Carolina: 5Texas: 23
Indiana: 1New Mexico: 3Washington: 1
  West Virginia: 3