Harding University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$21,000
4.95% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$19,454
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
3.14%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
55.1%
2,201 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
4,617
83.9% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
71.5%
761 Graduates

About

Harding University is a higher education institution located in White County, AR. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Harding University were Accounting (61 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (51 degrees), and Elementary Education & Teaching (50 degrees).

In 2020, 1,320 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Harding University. 58.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,081 degrees), 20.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (53 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Harding University is $21,000, which is $−1,530 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Harding University is $21,000, which is $−1,530 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,454.

In 2020, 85% of undergraduate students attending Harding University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 50% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$21,000
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Harding University was $21,000. The cost of tuition at Harding University is $−1,530 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$19,454
2020 Value
0.633%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Harding University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,454. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Harding University grew by 0.633%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,170
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Harding University was of $7,170 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 2.37% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

85%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
50%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

85% of undergraduate students at Harding University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.19% with respect to 2019, when 84% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.14%
2018 Default Rate
41
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Harding University was 3.14%, which represents 41 out of the 1305 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Harding University received 2,201 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 20% annual growth. Out of those 2,201 applicants, 1,212 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 55.1% acceptance rate.

There were 4,617 students enrolled at Harding University in 2020, and 31% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Harding University has an overall enrollment yield of 61.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

55.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
1,212
Accepted Out of 2,201

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Harding University was 55.1% (1,212 admissions from 2,201 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 61.3%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 20%, while admissions grew by 7.73%.

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SAT Scores

31%
Submission Percentage
233
Scores Submitted

31% of enrolled first-time students at Harding University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Harding University has a total enrollment of 4,617 students. The full-time enrollment at Harding University is 3,874 students and the part-time enrollment is 743. This means that 83.9% of students enrolled at Harding University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Harding University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 79.4% White, 5.87% Black or African American, 3.7% Hispanic or Latino, 3.05% Two or More Races, 1.62% Asian, 0.368% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.108% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Harding University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.7%), followed by White Male (34.6%) and Black or African American Male (2.61%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (53.6%), followed by White Male (24.5%) and Black or African American Female (3.79%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

83.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Harding University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,617 students. The full-time enrollment at Harding University is 3,874 and the part-time enrollment is 743. This means that 83.9% of students enrolled at Harding University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Harding University was 87%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Harding University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,667
  2. Black or African American
    271
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    171

The enrolled student population at Harding University is 79.4% White, 5.87% Black or African American, 3.7% Hispanic or Latino, 3.05% Two or More Races, 1.62% Asian, 0.368% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.108% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 234 more women than men received degrees from Harding University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Harding University is white (1,081 degrees awarded). There were 20.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (53 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Harding University is Accounting (61 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (51 degrees) and Elementary Education & Teaching (50 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Harding University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Theology (58 degrees awarded), Education (282 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Harding University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,774,541 people), Secondary school teachers (406,367 people), Education administrators (281,493 people), Other managers (203,673 people), and Special education teachers (160,934 people).

The most specialized majors at Harding University are Theology (58 degrees awarded), Education (282 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees), Language & Linguistics (14 degrees), and Communications (43 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Harding University are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, Physicians, Sales engineers, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Harding University are Theology (58 degrees awarded), Education (282 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees), Language & Linguistics (14 degrees), and Communications (43 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Harding University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,873,357 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (367,444 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (211,765 people), Religious organizations (155,736 people), and Computer Systems Design (134,063 people).

The most specialized majors at Harding University are Theology (58 degrees awarded), Education (282 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees), Language & Linguistics (14 degrees), and Communications (43 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Harding University.
Most Common
  1. 61 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 51 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 50 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Harding University was Accounting with 61 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

543
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
777
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 543 degrees were awarded to men at Harding University, which is 0.699 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (777).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 40 degrees were awarded to men at Harding University in Accounting, which is 1.9 times more than the 21 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 62 degrees were awarded to women at Harding University in Elementary Education & Teaching, which is 20.7 times more than the 3 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

46%
100% Completion Time
67%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 46% of students graduating from Harding University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 67% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 68% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Harding University is Male and Asian (75% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,081 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    53 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    33 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Harding University is white (1,081 degrees awarded). There were 20.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (53 degrees).

0.227% of degree recipients (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    647 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    434 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    28 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Harding University is white female (647 degrees awarded). There were 1.49 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (434 degrees).

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Operations

Harding University has an endowment valued at nearly $166M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $15.7M (9.45%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Harding University had a total salary expenditure of $121M. Harding University employs 111 Associate professors, 94 Assistant professors, and 63 Professors. Most academics at Harding University are Male Associate professors (70), Male Professors(54), and Female Assistant professors (48).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Harding University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 126 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 99 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 64 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$166M
2020 Endowment
8.85%
growth from 2019

Harding University has an endowment valued at about $166M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Harding University grew 8.85% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $127M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $3.01M - Federal
  2. $32.9k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Harding University received $3.01M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $32.9k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$52.9M
2020 Salaries
0.802%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Harding University paid a median of $52.9M in salaries, which represents 43.8% of their overall expenditure ($121M) and a 0.802% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.107% growth from 2018 and a 2.05% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$21.8M
Instructional Salaries
303
Number of Employees

In 2020, Harding University paid a total of $21.8M to 303 employees working as instructors, which represents 41.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
111 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
126 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Harding University were Associate professor with 111 employees; Assistant professor with 94 employees; and Assistant professor with 63 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Harding University were Office and Administrative Support with 126 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 99 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 64 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Harding University was Male Associate professor with 70 employees, Male Professor with 54 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 48 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Harding University.

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