Honors Symposium is a two-week academic program on the Searcy campus designed to challenge, encourage, and uplift high school students who are now in their junior year (students graduating in the class of 2019).
Honors Symposium is a life-changing journey where students from all across the nation come together for the purpose of growing spiritually and academically. This is accomplished by daily engagement with our finest university professors and mentoring with some of our top university student counselors. Students learn about the world in which we live and how each of us fits into the world as Christians. This goal is achieved through stimulating academic classes and fun activities designed to develop group bonding and sharing. We intend to enrich the spirit and expand the mind of each student participant in Honors Symposium.
Three hours of university credit are awarded to all who successfully complete the program. This credit is transferable to the college or university of the participant's choice. The course content is designed to appeal to students of both the humanities and the sciences. At Harding, Symposium credit may be applied to one of the following courses:
English 201 or 202
History 101, 102, 110 or 111
In previous years, students from more than 40 states and six foreign countries have attended the Summer Academic Institute.
Honors Symposium will offer four sessions in 2018 with each session capped at 50 students.
Session A: June 22 - July 6
Session B: June 29 - July 13
Session C: July 6 - July 20
Session D : July 13 - July 27
Requirements for admission into Honors Symposium
1. Junior standing with completion of 12 solid units
2. Minimum composite score of ACT 21 or SAT 1060 (ERW+M)
3. Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale)
4. Completed application
Items needed for a complete application (all items required prior to being placed in a session)
1. Online application (below)
2. Recent photograph of yourself
3. High School transcript (minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale)
4. Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor outlining your academic capability, and current leadership roles
5. Official ACT or SAT test scores submitted by testing agency directly to Harding (minimum requirement is composite ACT 21 or SAT 1060 ERW+M)
6. Immunization record showing receipt of 2 MMR vaccinations (State law requirement)
7. $250 deposit* (check or credit card)
*Deposit is applied toward the total cost of $795.00. Students not accepted to the program will be refunded the deposit. Accepted students whose summer plans change for any reason by March 1, 2018 will be refunded the deposit. A change of plans after March 1 (other than medical) will forfeit the deposit.
You may submit by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Harding University - Summer Academic Institute, Box 10782, Searcy, AR 72149.
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-Final payments are due Friday, June 1st
-If paying by credit card (Discover, MasterCard or Visa) please call 501-279-5272 during normal business hours
-If paying by check please make it payable to Harding University and mail it to the address below
Summer Academic Institute
Searcy, AR 72149-5615
Flying to Honors Symposium? Download the required Flight arrangements (pdf).
Registration will be held from 2-4:00 PM on Friday in the lobby of the American Heritage Center on the Harding University campus. The GPS address is 915 E Market Ave, Searcy AR. There will be directional signs to assist you once on campus. We look forward to seeing you on your arrival day in the Heritage lobby. Registration Map
Check out a highlight video of our annual summer program.
Application (opening September 15, 2017)
Submit a Letter of Recommendation
Information for Guardian/Student
Course Information (enrolled students)
All items listed here will be included in the pre-session mailing mid-May.
- Items will be posted as we near session start dates.
The first day consists of registration, a casual reception and orientation by the counselors.
The schedule of activities typically begin around 9 or 10 AM each day. Your day will include lectures, discussion groups, interactive classes on a variety of topics relating to the central theme and much more. Evenings are filled with fun activities to give you an opportunity to relax and socialize.
Saturdays are full days as well with relaxed time constraints, and Sundays include worship time together.
The Summer Academic Institute sessions conclude after breakfast on your closing Friday. Students must depart campus by 10:00 AM.
All in all you are about to embark on a magnificent learning experience, which will allow you development in many areas.