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Student IMPACT


August 20-23, 2015

What is IMPACT?

Impact is an orientation program planned and conducted by upper class 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 an impact on your life at Harding. Approximately 200 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.

     Benefits and advantages of participation:

  • Become acquainted with other new students. You will have an opportunity to meet new friends, as well as teachers, with whom you will spend the next four years.
  • Experience college life for the first time and not be pressed into your first day of classes immediately upon arriving. You'll have these days to meet people, explore campus, find your classrooms, learn about and experience Harding life, and prepare yourself for when classes do begin.
  • Learn about student and academic organizations on campus, service projects, clubs, student association, and other activities and opportunities for involvement at Harding.

For more information on IMPACT, please email us at impact@harding.edu or call us at 501-279-5948.

Who goes to IMPACT?

Impact is required of all incoming new freshmen and transfer students. However, a few exceptions include to this include those students involved in some of Harding's collegiate sports teams and official musical groups.

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.

How to Signup

IMPACT is only open to those who are fully accepted to Harding University and who are planning to attend in the fall. Registration for Stampede (harding.edu/stampede) automatically signs you up for Impact. If you have not completed the application process or are unsure of your admissions status, please contact your Admissions Counselor.

You can follow the link on the left titled "IMPACT Confirmation" 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 confirmation.



Costs associated with Student Impact will be included on the fall semester billing statement as part of the First Year Experience (FYE) fee.

In addition to Student Impact related housing, meals, activities, t-shirt and student planner, the FYE fee cover's expenses connected with other first year student events and activities including Summer Stampede, HU Square 1 Retreat and the year-end FYE Dinner.

What activities are available for Parents?

     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.

2014 Schedule

Thursday August 14

9 am  ADVANCE Program meeting/advisingAmerican Studies 200
9 am-5 pm Assisted Unloading at Dorms 
9 am-6 pmImpact RegistrationBenson Lobby
6 pm-8 pmCookout at the Rock HouseMarket Ave and Grand
8 pmWhere's my EGL?Admin Auditorium

Friday August 15

7:30 am - 9 amBreakfastHeritage Cafeteria
8 am - 9 amImpact RegistrationOffice of Campus Life
9 am - 10 amOpening Assembly/ConvocationBenson Auditorium
10 amBlast Off... w/ Fun PoliceBenson Auditorium
11 am - 12 pmEnergy Group Session ONE 
11 amAcademic Advising (Schedule) 
12 pm - 1:30 pmLunch - Even Numbered GroupsHeritage Cafeteria
12:30 pm - 1:30 pmLunch - Odd Numbered GroupsHeritage Cafeteria
1 pmAcademic AdvisingAdmin Auditorium
(For those who have not registered for classes)
1:30 pm - 3 pmEnergy Group Session TWO 
4 pmGood News SingersBenson Steps
5:30 pm - 7 pmTHROMFront Lawn
7 pmWorship and DevotionalBenson Auditorium
8 pmHU SpectacularBenson Auditorium

Saturday August 16

7:30 am - 9 amBreakfastHeritage Cafeteria
9:00 am -10:30 amCome Together w/ Fun PoliceBenson Auditorium
10:30 am - 11 amEnergy Group Session THREE 
11 am - 12 pmSplit PanelBenson/Heritage
12 pm - 1 pmLunchHeritage Cafeteria
6 pm - 7 pmDenim & a MovieHeritage Cafeteria
7 pm - 8:30 pmWorship and DevotionalBenson Auditorium
8:30 pmHypnotist Dale KBenson Auditorium

Sunday August 17

7:30 am - 10 amBreakfastHeritage Cafeteria
10 am - 11:30 amWorship at a local congregation  (listed in Code of Conduct)
11:30 am - 2 pmLunchHeritage Cafeteria
2 pm - 5 pmInflataganzaGanus Athletic Center
6 pm - 7 pmDinnerHeritage Cafeteria
7 pm - 8 pmWorshipBenson Auditorium
8 pmFinal Comments and Closing SlideshowBenson Auditorium
2014 Parents Schedule

Thursday, August 14

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]

Friday, August 15

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

  • Parent to Parent - Dr. Bruce McLarty, President
  • Heirs of a Great Legacy - Dr. Mike Williams, VP of Advancement
  • Transitions - Philip Habegger, Student Association President
  • Getting Involved - Bisons for Christ and the Rock House - Todd Gentry, College and Outreach Minister

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 and Meals

     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.

Other Helpful Information

Immunization Requirements

 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 admissions@harding.edu, or mailed to 

Admissions Office
Harding University
Box 12255
Searcy, AR 72149-5615


     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 testing@harding.edu or by calling 501-279-4415.

Degree Information

     To learn more about what majors and minors are offered by Harding, see the majors section. You can also go to the Harding Catalog to learn about degree requirements and course descriptions.


     To learn more about upcoming Harding events, such as Homecoming or Parent Weekend, you can go to the Harding Calendar.

Student Life

     More information about student life, chapel, resident life, social clubs, etc. check with Student Life.

Campus Map

     A map of campus is available.

Contact Us

Student Impact is overseen by the Center for Student Success

Other Numbers

Harding Information: 501-279-4000
Admissions Office: 1-800-477-4407