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Stampede I: June 14-15

Stampede II: July 12-13

Stampede III: August 15-16

IMPACT: August 16-19 (Click here for more information about Impact)

Stampede is Harding University's required two-day summer orientation program for first-year students and their parents. Students will tour campus life, enroll in fall classes, and start developing friendships with fellow incoming students. First year Harding students are required to attend both days of orientation and are invited to stay in the dorms during their visit.

Parents attending Stampede will be able to preview campus, interact with other parents, and attend information-packed sessions on topics including financial aid as well as adjusting to the "college student parent" life.

To register for Stampede students must first have been accepted for admission to the university. Stampede registration will open January of 2018.

** 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**

How to signup

Step 1: Are you fully accepted?

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.

Step 2: 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 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

Step 3: Sign up 

Students must complete and submit this form to successfully sign up for a Stampede session. Students will receive a confirmation email within a week. If an email is not received within a week, please email stampede@harding.edu.

There are three Stampede sessions throughout the summer. Please select the session that best suites your summer schedule. Remember that all Stampede sessions are the same and all student will have an equal opportunity to enroll in the fall classes of their choice.

2018 Stampede registration will open in January

Tentative schedule


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

2017 Stampede student schedule

2017 Stampede parent schedule

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

When to Arrive

Stampede check-in will open at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. on June 14, July 12, and August 15. It will be held in the David B. Burks Heritage Building (see the Campus Map).

During this time students will

  • Take student I.D. photo
  • Register car 
  • Set up Pipeline account
  • Check-in to temporary dorm room
  • Tour campus

Please leave enough time to complete your Stampede checklist before the first event at 3:30 p.m.

Check-in to your dorm upon your arrival to Harding and then come over to the Heritage Lobby.

Students attending Stampede III will be moving in to their official dorm. Please plan enough time to move-in before checking in to Stampede.

Housing & What to Bring


Housing will be provided for students only. Students have the opportunity to 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.

More information about dorms can be found here.

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.

What to bring to Stampede?

-Car information (license plate, driver's license, etc.)

-Harding appropriate clothing*

-A bag to carry Stampede documents

-Spending money

-Towel, pillow, sheets for twin bed, toiletries

*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. 


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.

Cost - FYE fee

Costs associated with Stampede are included in the First Year Experience (FYE) fee of $195 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.


What is the purpose of Stampede?

Attending this required program is designed to give you several advantages heading into the fall semester at Harding. At Stampede you will:

  • Meet your professors and make new friends
  • Build or review your class schedule for the fall semester
  • Attend sessions to help you make decisions about your college career and be prepared for your first day of class.
  • Preview campus life and find out what to expect as you begin your Harding experience

What is the College Students Inventory (CSI)?

The College Student Inventory (CSI) is required of all incoming students and should be completed prior to your arrival at Stampede. The CSI helps us connect you with necessary academic resources, provide information for faculty to advise you better, and give you an opportunity to tell us what you need from us. On average, the CSI takes about 40-60 minutes to complete.

I did not receive the personalized link to complete the College Student Inventory…

First, search through all of the folders in your email including the inbox and spam folders. If you are sure that you did not receive it, email ahall7@harding.edu and we will resend the email.

When can I check-in to the dorm?

The dorms will be available to check-in between 3 pm and 9 pm the day before Stampede begins, and between 9 am and 3 pm the day of Stampede. If for some reason you must arrive late, contact the phone number posted on the door of Harbin Hall (male) or Sears Hall (female).

Can I room with a specific person during Stampede?

Yes, but we do not assign roommates beforehand. If you have a specific roommate request for Stampede, you must check-in to your dorm at the same time as the student you would like to room with.

Is there a dress code for Stampede?

Yes. While there is no specific dress requirement for Stampede, but everyone 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. Please keep in mind that the average Arkansas temperatures in August are in the mid 80’s with high humidity, so plan accordingly.

What is the difference between Stampede and Impact? Why do I need to attend both?

Stampede is an informative program designed to be sure students are adequately prepared for classes and campus life. Impact is the recreational part– meeting new friends, settling into dorms, getting acquainted with roommates and sharing fun experiences together before school begins.

Do parents need to attend Stampede?

We love having parents and are therefore encouraged to attend Stampede. There is a tentative parent schedule located on our website at harding.edu/events/stampede. Parents should register for Stampede upon arrival to campus.

How do I edit my registration form?

If you have incorrect information on the Stampede registration form, please email stampede@harding.edu with the corrected information.

Am I required to attend?

ALL undergraduate first time in college and transfer students are required to attend Stampede. However, if you already have a Bachelor’s degree or are not attending the Searcy campus you will not be required to attend Stampede.

How do I switch Stampede sessions?

First, please choose the Stampede you will be attending carefully. Stampede sessions will cap at 400 students and you will not be able to switch into a closed session. If you would like to switch Stampede sessions, simply email stampede@harding.edu with your request and we will switch it for you.

What is the difference between Stampede I,II and III?

All Stampede sessions are identical in content. Schedules may change a little between Stampede sessions, but will generally stay the same.

Stampede I:

  • June 14-15
  • Equal opportunity to register for classes
  • Option to stay in dorm during stay

Stampede II

  • July 12-13
  • Equal opportunity to register for classes
  • Option to stay in dorm during stay

Stampede III

  • August 15-16
  • Equal opportunity to register for classes
  • Move into fall dorm

What if a session is closed or I wish to switch sessions?

Please choose the Stampede session you will be attending carefully. If you would like to switch Stampede sessions, email stampede@harding.edu with your request and the reason you need to switch. We will put you on a waiting list. We cannot guarantee your acceptance into a closed Stampede session.