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Be careful if u are an international student

Jan 03 2014Business - Management and Administration
Be careful if u are an international student and u want to attend this university because they will kick u out for the holidays including for the one week Thanksgiving break and it may be difficult to get some accommodation, u may go to your roommate place but It may not be easy to feel comfortable in someone else house, u may even end up going to someone's home who is totally ignorant about other cultures.U will also need to plan for a car as there are no buses in Searcy.
1st Year Male -- Class 2016
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: D-

I really like Harding

Oct 08 2013Math
I really like Harding. I am Baptist and I have yet to be persecuted for my beliefs. Chapel is great! As long as you have a yearning for God's Word you will love Chapel. All of the classes I am enrolled in are challenging and I am still learning my way around campus. Overall it is a great school. Most of the people are nice but of course every school has that group of people that are rich and snooty. One thing I don't like about Harding is all the PDA. Like for real it is RIDICULOUS!
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
University Resource Use: A+, Surrounding City: B-

Well I came into Harding thinking I would

May 01 2013Business - Management and Administration
Well I came into Harding thinking I would love it. I visited a few times and had very good experiences. I had alot of friends here and this place seemed like a very inviting, warm, friendly environment. Then I get here. One of the first "events" that happened here that threw me off guard is a group of my friends here went to a movie. Apparently the movie had "cuss" words in it cause immediately after the movie finished one of the guys said "wow, the language in that movie was horrible. My father told me that in some parts of the world people actually talk like that." kinda funny if you ask me. Most of the students here are nice and friendly but something is a little off about them. A good portion of them were extremely sheltered growing up and it really shows..ill just leave it at that. There are a few hardcore bible thumpers that will drive you crazy. Most the students and the teachers share a very narrow minded, conservative view. There are a few normal people here and there. I can count them on one hand.. so the campus..lets talk about the campus. IT SUCKS. compared to a "real" university..its laughable to be quite honest. Its extremely small and is flat out hideous. Parking is a NIGHTMARE and the dorms are practically a jail cell, which is very ironic, and fitting... considering the time I spent as the school I felt like I was on 24 hour lock-down. Every other week the RA and dorm mom come in and check your room and bathrooms to make sure you dont have anything bad/inaprobriate in your room, as well as if its clean. They can fine you for pretty much anything. The rules here are absoutly RIDICULOUS! no shorts to class. Curfew At 12?! No girls in guys dorm, no guys in the girls dorm. The funniest rule to me is signing out. When you decide to go home for the weekend, or go somewhere for the weekend you have to sign out. Signing out consist of putting your name, where your going, who your going to see, why you are going to see them. how long your going to be there. Phone numbers, addresses. I got fined 25$ because I didn't put my friends full name and phone number. There are many other unbelievable rules at this place that would blow your mind. The main thing to do at this school is pledge to a social club. A social club is pretty much a pretend fraternity and sorority minus the fun part. They go to these things called functions that are "events" /dates, that of course don't consist of dancing or anything like that. That is apparently the thing to do here. To join one of these "social clubs" you sign up and go to their club meetings/hangouts. And then they give you a bid. There is no hazing involved. That would be a 75$ fine as well as having to go talk to the dean. My friend silly stringed someone joining his club and the victim of this "Silly Stringing" told the dorm mom and my friend got fined 75$ yep. Harding for you right there. The location of Harding is pretty much Hell on earth. Searcy Arkansas. There is absolutely, positively , 100%, NOTHING to do here. Its extremely isolated (for a reason) will drive you insane. The most entertaining thing to do here is go to Walmart and look at the locals. The weather here Is just miserable. It rains here close to 3 times a week, the sky is a hazy dusty muck, and it rains dirt too, your vehicle will never be clean. The campus floods everywhere. Its extremely frustrating walking to class in ankle deep puddles everywhere. It dosent even snow right here. It snows sand size pieces of ice. The food at Harding will come close to killing you. Its absolutly discusting on a good day and flat out $h*t on a bad day. I Spent more time on the toliet than I did in the cafe. The classes at Harding are extremely limited and extremely easy. My high school was far more challenging than this school. The main class, and most important class you take here is bible. Which is everyday, which consist of a teacher cramming a narrow-minded, extremely conservative viewpoint of the bible down your throat. If thats not bad enough.. you have to go to chapel everyday which is forced "fake" worship where you get to listen to another Conservative bible thumper cram more things down your throat as adults pace the back walkway making sure your awake and not listening to music. Its very easy to lose your faith here when it gets old hearing people how to live your life. If you want to go to a school where you want to be in an isolated place to study the bible with very few distraction then this is the place for you! If you want to have fun, or be able to enjoy yourself then this is not the place for you! After one horrible year here im so relieved to transfer from this prison. Harding is really good at fooling and manipulating you to come here to pay for an overpriced education that wont help you in the "real world" which apparently no one from Harding dare venture out into. If your looking into attending Harding I strongly urge you not to come here. I beg you not to come here. I promise you wont regret it. Look into other colleges and take your time in the process. Don't waste a year of your life like I did. I hope this helped. Make sure you read the other reviews and good luck to you, I wish you a bright and incredible future!
1st Year Male -- Class 2017
Perceived Campus Safety: A-, Education Quality: F
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