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General Information

The Harding 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 2017). 

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 Symposium. 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 Symposium.

Honors Symposium 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



Admission Requirements for Honors Symposium 

        1. Junior standing with completion of 12 solid units
        2. Minimum composite score of ACT 21 or SAT 980 (reading and math)
        3. Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale)

Items needed for a complete application:

       1. Recent photograph of yourself
       2. High School transcript (minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale)
       3. Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor outlining your academic capability, and current leadership roles 
       4. Official ACT or SAT test scores submitted by testing agency directly to Harding (minimum requirement is composite ACT 21 or SAT 990 reading and math)
       5. Immunization record showing receipt of 2 MMR vaccinations (State law requirement)
       6. $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 be submitted by e-mail ( sai@harding.edu) or mailed to Harding University Summer Academic Institute, Box 10782, Searcy, AR  72149. The balance of $545.00 will be due on June 1, 2017.

You can apply online below or you can request a paper application.    

                          Can't remember what items you haven't submitted? Call us at 501-279-5272!

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
Honors Symposium
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

2016 Course Information (enrolled students)

Typical Schedule

Flying to Honors Symposium? Download the required Flight arrangements (pdf).

  • The first day consists of registration, a casual reception and orientation by the counselors. Registration is typically from 2-4 in the afternoon.
  • The schedule of activities begins around 9 or 10 a.m. Your day will include lectures, discussion groups, interactive classes on a variety of topics relating to the central theme. 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.