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| 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! |
|May 01 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2017 |
| I transferred to Harding and have had a wonderful experience. |
Academics: Generally speaking I have found that they have done a great job, but that really just depends on the department. I spend my time in the Psychology department and I absolutely love all of my professors. All of them want to be on a first name bases with their students, encourage students to come to their office to get to know them, are active in the school, and some will invite their smaller classes over to their houses for dinner. I really could not have asked for a better group of faculty members.
Social life: Yes, it's a private Christian university. Yes the people that give the school money get to choose what building they want it to go too and have some say in the rules. But, it honestly isn't a big deal. Anyone with a brain can figure out how to get around most of the rules if they want to. You will not find a huge party scene at this school, but to say that there aren't people who party and do everything the school doesn't want them to do and never get caught is just naive and obtuse. Anyone who says they haven't found people who they can get along with and that all students at Harding are strict "fire and brimstone" Church of Christ kids have clearly not met a very large sect of the campus that disagrees. On the other hand, if you are expecting to talk about how hungover you are on a Wednesday or participate in a campus wide 4/20, this isn't the place for you. Honestly, no matter what university you go to, there will be peers and faculty you get along with and don't get along with. You will always find people complaining about the Internet, food, administration, and financial aid. My advice, go visit all of your prospective schools and choose the one that you had a moderate-good experience with, that gives you great future opportunities, and lets you leave with the least debt possible. Everything else is really just up to you.
|Apr 25 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| I went to this school because it was the cheapest Missions (w/French) degree in Arkansas. It certainly challenged me and grew me. I am not nor was I ever CoC, but the difference in opinion certainly shaped my thought on the Bible. I enjoyed going to a university that actually did shelter me while I learned. I did not want to go to a 2nd public high school for college with all the partying and stupidity. I decided not to go with the social clubs and found many independently minded students who I loved being with. The rules can be weird at times, but it worked for me.|
I met my best friends here, including my wife. There are students from all over the world here. The Missions program is good, but not excellent. Professor Monte Cox is really the best professor for missions, but other professors read lectures. The HUT campus is a great place for real world missions training as well. However, I felt as though the ideas were outdated to a certain extent with respect to current missiology.I am currently studying the online IB MBA with Harding to complement my philosophical-type degree with something practical. Harding's business school is very good though. The classes are very challenging. My wife has a business degree from Harding, and she makes way more than I do. I am always amazed at how much she knows about business.
|Mar 13 2013|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |