• This is a photo of students at the Throm theme dinner at Impact.

    Student Impact

    Energy group leaders, peer guides and student volunteers welcome first-year students to campus each year for Impact.

  • This is a photo of students moving in during Impact.

    Student Impact

    Learn about student organizations, service projects, social clubs and more.

  • This is a photo of the hypnotist that comes to Impact each year.

    Student Impact

    The Hypnotist is an event you won't want to miss.

  • This is a photo of students working on a community service project during Impact.

    Student Impact

    Your first day at Harding doesn't have to start with an 8 a.m. class.

  • This is a photo of students at the cookout on the Front Lawn during Impact.

    Student Impact

    Take care of registration tasks and meet new classmates, teachers and friends.

  • This is a photo of students at the Throm theme dinner at Impact.

    Student Impact

    Check the schedule regularly for updated activities and events.

August 20-23, 2020

Future Students

Impact is the second tier of the first year orientation process for incoming freshman and transfer students. This program is jam packed with fun activities and entertainment.

We know how important it is to start your college career on a high note. That's why we are so fired up! Student Impact will help you get off to a great start and make an impact on your life at Harding. Approximately 200 upperclassmen will be there to answer all of your questions, help you get oriented to Harding University, and make sure you have a great time!

Tentative schedule

2019 Student IMPACT Schedule pdf

**You will receive the Impact 2020 schedule upon arrival**

Sign up

Step 1: Have you been fully accepted?

Student IMPACT is only open to those who are fully accepted to Harding University and are planning to attend in the fall of 2019. 

If you have been accepted to Harding University and haven't already registered for Bison Bound, please go to the Bison Bound information and registration page. If you have not completed the application process or are unsure of your admissions status, please contact your Admissions Counselor.

Step 2: Have you registered for Bison Bound?

Students who have registered for Bison Bound are automatically signed up for Impact! If you have not signed up for Bison Bound, please do so.

Cost - FYE fee

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

Orientation housing, meals, activities, free "swag", activities, are all included in the First Year Experience fee. This also cover expenses related to other FYE events and activities including the HU Square 1 retreat and year-end FYE dinner. 

Impact 2018


What is Impact?

Impact is both a required and fun orientation program ( yes, both words can be used in the same sentence). This orientation program is designed to be an engaging, entertaining, and exciting experience. You will move into your official dorm, meet/reconnect with other incoming students, get free stuff, and start your Harding experience on a good note. Approximately 200 volunteer students will be there to answer all of your questions and help you get oriented to life on campus.

What do parents do at Impact?

There is no parent schedule for Impact. Parents are welcome to stay as long as they would like, but students will be busy with Impact activities. Our suggestion is for parents to help their students move-in, spend a few more moments together, and then let them start their Harding experience.

When can I move into my dorm?

You will move into your dorm on August 19. You may not move in before this date unless you are involved in a sport or officially recognized university organization that requires you to do so. Dorms will open at 9:00 a.m. and you can move in any time after that.

Will I have free time to relax or finish setting up my dorm room before school starts?

There is free time built into the Impact schedule, including all of Sunday afternoon. We recommend using this time to make any last minute Walmart trips to finish organizing your room, and to take your first college nap.

What about meals?

All meals are provided during Impact (see FYE fee). However, your DCB and Cafeteria Swipes will not be activated until the first day of classes. Make sure you wear your Impact nametag. If you do not wear your nametag or if it is lost, you will not be able to eat in the cafeteria for free - you will have to pay for your meal. If you lose your nametag you may have it replaced for a small fee.

When do I find out what dorm I’ll be living in?

Housing assignments will go out the first week of August. You can find this information on Pipeline. If you have any other housing questions, please contact the housing office housing@harding.edu or 501-279-4358.

What if I am in a sports or music program?

Please pick up your nametag at Impact registration (this will guarantee your free meals) and then attend the events you can.

What if I arrive late?

We understand unforeseen circumstances. In the case that you miss Impact registration on Thursday, late registration will be open at 8am on Friday. If you miss both registrations, please call 501-279-4531 or email impact@harding.edu.

Who goes to student Impact?

Student Impact is required of all incoming freshmen and transfer students. However, a few exceptions 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. For more information about Harding's choral program, go to www.harding.edu/music/ensembles.

Current Students


2020 Impact/Bison Bound Co Director

The application period to apply for a CoDirector position has been closed. If interested, please apply next year in February of 2021. 

Energy Group Leaders

The Energy Group Leader application for 2020 is now open. Please click here to apply to be an Energy Group Leader. The deadline to apply is April 20th. 

Contact Us

Student IMPACT is overseen by the University College and FYE



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