It is an orientation program planned and conducted by the students at Harding. We know how important it is to start your college career on a high note. That's why we are so fired up! IMPACT will get you off to a great start and make and impact on your life at Harding. Approximately 250 upperclassmen will be here to answer all of your questions, help orient you to Harding University, and see to it that you have a good time.
Although Student Impact is not required, there are several advantages in attending:
If you did not register for classes with Summer Stampede, IMPACT will also give you an opportunity to meet with an advisor and complete your class schedule for the semester. However, it is strongly suggested that you attend Stampede to complete your class schedule. For more information on IMPACT and Stampede, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or by calling us at 501-279-4106.
It is open to all incoming freshmen and transfer students. However, if you are involved in extracurricular activities that weekend, such as sports, it is suggested that you choose not to do IMPACT, due to time constraints.
Because Harding has a strong and active choral program, a special Choral IMPACT is organized for those intending to audition for Chorus or Concert Choir that weekend. If you intend to audition for one of these, please indicate this on the registration form. For more information about Harding's choral program, For more information about Harding's choral program, go to www.harding.edu/music and click the ensembles link.
IMPACT is only open to those who are fully accepted to Harding University and who are planning to attend in the fall. You must have your acceptance letter in order to register. If you have not completed the application process or are unsure of your admissions status, please contact your Admissions Counselor.
While walk-ins are welcome, we recommend that you pre-register so we can prepare appropriately to have you at IMPACT. You can follow the link on the left titled "IMPACT Registration" to get to the form. Please complete the form and you will receive an email within the next couple of days to confirm a successful registration.
If you do pre-register and then decide not to participate, you must cancel by August 11, 2014, in order to not be charged. There is no refund if you do not cancel by August 11.
Student Impact costs is $95, which covers housing, all meals, activities, an IMPACT T-shirt, and a student planner. This amount will be charged directly to the student's fall semester account when he or she arrives on campus and signs up for IMPACT. Do not plan on bringing money to pay; charges are placed directly on the students account! Students must cancel their Impact registration before August 11 in order to remove the charge from their account.
Not only will IMPACT orient students to their new lives at Harding, it will benefit their parents as well. There will be a program designed to help them understand what college will be like for their child. Harding's upcoming president, Dr. Bruce McLarty, and various deans and guest speakers will speak with the parents in informative sessions. Current students will also be available to offer their views of Harding and answer any questions parents might have. A free dinner will be provided for the parents on Friday night.
Thursday August 14
|9 am||ADVANCE Program meeting/advising||American Studies 200|
|9 am-5 pm||Assisted Unloading at Dorms|
|9 am-6 pm||Impact Registration||Benson Lobby|
|6 pm-8 pm||Cookout at the Rock House||Market Ave and Grand|
|8 pm||Where's my EGL?||Admin Auditorium|
Friday August 15
|7:30 am - 9 am||Breakfast||Heritage Cafeteria|
|8 am - 9 am||Impact Registration||Office of Campus Life|
|9 am - 10 am||Opening Assembly/Convocation||Benson Auditorium|
|10 am||Blast Off... w/ Fun Police||Benson Auditorium|
|11 am - 12 pm||Energy Group Session ONE|
|11 am||Academic Advising (Schedule)|
|12 pm - 1:30 pm||Lunch - Even Numbered Groups||Heritage Cafeteria|
|12:30 pm - 1:30 pm||Lunch - Odd Numbered Groups||Heritage Cafeteria|
|1 pm||Academic Advising||Admin Auditorium|
|(For those who have not registered for classes)|
|1:30 pm - 3 pm||Energy Group Session TWO|
|4 pm||Good News Singers||Benson Steps|
|5:30 pm - 7 pm||THROM||Front Lawn|
|7 pm||Worship and Devotional||Benson Auditorium|
|8 pm||HU Spectacular||Benson Auditorium|
Saturday August 16
|7:30 am - 9 am||Breakfast||Heritage Cafeteria|
|9:00 am -10:30 am||Come Together w/ Fun Police||Benson Auditorium|
|10:30 am - 11 am||Energy Group Session THREE|
|11 am - 12 pm||Split Panel||Benson/Heritage|
|12 pm - 1 pm||Lunch||Heritage Cafeteria|
|6 pm - 7 pm||Denim & a Movie||Heritage Cafeteria|
|7 pm - 8:30 pm||Worship and Devotional||Benson Auditorium|
|8:30 pm||Hypnotist Dale K||Benson Auditorium|
Sunday August 17
|7:30 am - 10 am||Breakfast||Heritage Cafeteria|
|10 am - 11:30 am||Worship at a local congregation (listed in Code of Conduct)|
|11:30 am - 2 pm||Lunch||Heritage Cafeteria|
|2 pm - 5 pm||Inflataganza||Ganus Athletic Center|
|6 pm - 7 pm||Dinner||Heritage Cafeteria|
|7 pm - 8 pm||Worship||Benson Auditorium|
|8 pm||Final Comments and Closing Slideshow||Benson Auditorium|
9:00 am Residence Halls open for move in
9:00 am - 6:00 pm IMPACT check in and registration in the BENSON AUDITORIUM LOBBY
[Students MUST check in with us to receive schedule, packet and meal pass for Impact]
9:00 am Convocation in the Benson Auditorium with students
10:00 am-2:30 pm Hospitality Room open for relaxation, refreshments and your chance to enter a drawing for Walmart gift cards! Located in the Regions Room 206 (Heritage Center)
Compliments of Alumni, Parent Relations and Women for Harding
10:00 am Parent Session - Heritage Auditorium (1st Floor of Heritage Center)
Featuring different topics than those showcased at Stampede
11:15 am Open House and light lunch at "The Rock House"
Located on the corner of Market & Grand St.
12:00 pm Lunch on your own.
Be sure to get your HUPA & HUGS card in the Parent Session for discounts in the cafeteria and food court.
1:00 pm The 4 F's at Harding That You Want Your Student to Get - Liz Howell, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations - Cone Chapel (2nd Floor of Heritage Center)
Student Panel - Answers to all your questions about Harding
2:00 pm Break - Visit the Hospitality Room in the Regions Room 206. Last opportunity to register for Walmart gift cards.
General Information Session repeated from Summer Stampede
Key administrative offices will answer your questions - Cone Chapel
2:15 pm - Health Services - Lynn McCarty, Director
2:30 pm - Public Safety - Craig Russell, Director
2:45 pm - Business Office - Molly Douglas, Director
3:00 pm - Technology - Lora Fleener, Director
3:15 pm - Financial Aid - Jay Simpson, Assistant Director
4:00 pm Performance by the Good News Singers - Benson Auditorium steps
5:00 pm-7:00 pm Parents Dinner in Cafeteria (casual dress)
Join us for dinner compliments of Harding!
Keynote speaker - Andrew Baker, Director for Mitchell Center
7:00 pm Devotional and worship in the Benson Auditorium - Logan Light, Director of Campus Life
8:00 pm Impact Spectacular Talent Show - Benson Auditorium
Housing in university residence halls is available for students only. Since students are moving into the rooms they were assigned for the fall semester, there are none available for parents or friends. Parents may contact the Heritage Inn toll-free at 1 888-766-2465 to make their own arrangements.
The cafeteria will be open to Impact participants beginning Friday at breakfast and will serve three meals a day.
Each Harding student is required to submit proof of two immunizations against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). This information must be on file in the Admission Office before you may register for classes, as Arkansas law prohibits you from attending class until your records have been received. Therefore, a registration hold will be placed on your academic account which will prevent you from being able to register for classes until records are received.
Immunization records may be faxed to 501-279-4129, scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to
Searcy, AR 72149-5615
CLEP and AP
The Testing Office handles all CLEP and AP exams and policies. CLEP exams are given daily, by appointment in the Testing Office. The office is located in the Pryor/England Science 114. CLEP information can be found on their webpage. You can also contact Tina Gould at email@example.com or by calling 501-279-4415.
To learn more about upcoming Harding events, such as Homecoming or Parent Weekend, you can go to the Harding Calendar.
More information about student life, chapel, resident life, social clubs, etc. check with Student Life.