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June 7-8/ July 12-13 / August 15-16

Participation in Harding University's summer orientation program, known as Stampede, is required of all incoming new freshmen and transfer students. After being accepted to Harding, your next step is to prepare for your first semester on campus.  We want to assist you in taking the best step forward by helping connect you to the people, programs and resources necessary to lay a strong foundation.  Attending this required program will give you several advantages heading into the fall semester at Harding. At Stampede you will:

       -  Meet new friends (maybe find a roommate during Stampede I or II) and professors

       -  Build a class schedule for the fall semester

       -  Attend orientation sessions to help you make decisions about your college career

       -  Preview campus life and find out what to expect as you begin your Harding experience

       -  Update information about your housing needs

** Each stampede is limited to 400 students. Registration for Stampede I,II or III is subject to close at any moment. All Stampede sessions are the same and will have the same courses offered at registration.

Stampede Student Schedule


Please use last year's schedule as a general guide to start making your plans.

2017 Stampede Student Schedule

**All events are subject to change. You will receive an official schedule upon arrival to Stampede.

Stampede Parent Schedule


Please use last year's schedule as a general guide to start making your plans.

2017 Stampede parent schedule

**All events are subject to change. You will receive an official schedule upon arrival to Stampede.


Before you can sign up

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 Admissions 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.

 Immunization records may be faxed to 501-279-4129, scanned and emailed to admissions@harding.edu, or mailed to

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

Immunization Requirements

Summer Stampede is open to students fully accepted to Harding University who have received their Harding acceptance letter in order to register. If you have not completed the admissions process or are not sure yet of your acceptance, please contact your Admissions Counselor.

In order for us to do our very best in advising and helping you select your classes, you must have taken either the ACT or SAT test before attending one of the Summer Stampede Sessions. If you are unsure that a record of your test is in our files please contact your Admissions Counselor.

2018 Stampede registration will open at the beginning of the year.


Costs associated with Stampede are included in the First Year Experience (FYE) fee which will be placed on each student's fall semester billing statement. The FYE fee covers expenses connected with several first year student events and activities including Summer Stampede, Student Impact, HU Square 1 Retreat and the year end FYE (P)reunion.

Housing & What to Bring

Housing is provided for students only.  Students will stay in one of Harding's residence halls on campus and are expected to bring their own towels, pillows, sheets and blankets to fit a twin bed. Students should also bring a backpack to carry their documents.

There is no specific dress requirement for Stampede, but everything should follow Harding's dress code. This means that shorts need to be mid-thigh length, dresses and skirts need to be knee length, and tank top straps need to be at least two inches thick. 

Parents may contact the Heritage Inn toll free at 1-888-766-2465 or other lodging facilities in the area to make their own housing arrangements.

When to Arrive?

Registration will open between 9 am and 2 pm on June 7, July 12, and August 15. It will be held in the David B. Burks Heritage Building (see the Campus Map).

Please check-in to your dorm upon your arrival to Harding and then come over to the Heritage Lobby.  The Stampede orientation sessions schedule will begin at 2 pm.

*Stampede III will be officially moving into their fall dorm


A shuttle service is provided from the Little Rock airport, which is approximately a 1 hour drive from Searcy. Please plan your flights accordingly.

Students attending Stampede I and II should arrive on campus by 1:00 pm on Thursday.  Students attending Stampede III should plan to arrive on Wednesday, August 16 by 1:00 pm.  Return flights scheduled for Stampede I and II should be booked AFTER 5:00 pm on Friday.

Please fill out this form with your flight information here. Final flight information should be submitted NO LATER than 7 days in advance of your flight.