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| If you are looking for a college that is about critical thinking, reexamining traditional assumptions, and tackling old questions in fresh ways, then Harding is probably not for you. It is a traditional Church of Christ school, it often reflects the conservative southern culture it is a part of, and it strongly supports the ideology of the Republican party. The school is generally not conducive to an inquiring, questioning, doubting, or skeptical attitude, especially in religious matters.|
That does not mean that Harding has nothing good to offer academically. The science program seems to be good, and the science professors seem to be conversant with their subject material and recent information. Harding seems interested in continuing to build and expand their science program. Another good department, I have heard, is the IT department. But student research opportunities are not plentiful, especially outside the sciences.
If you are looking for a school where you can be free to express yourself and be free to have fun in the way you envision having fun, Harding is also not the place for you. It prohibits pornography, sex, drugs, alcohol, dancing, going to clubs, homosexuality and bisexuality, and other activities. These and other activities can be ground for immediate suspension or expulsion from the university. It also frowns upon liberal and different religious perspectives.
If you are looking for a campus with a big social experience, Harding is also not the place, regardless of their marketing techniques to suck students into the Harding bubble. If you are not in a social club, you will probably be lonely or at least find it hard to make friends. Students can be unfriendly and distant -- sometimes simply crude -- and they tend to form cliques. Many students come from quite wealthy homes. There is not much to do in Searcy. To do anything worthwhile or fun, you really have to go to Little Rock.
If you are looking for a college where you can grow spiritually, I am not sure that Harding is the best place. Spirituality at Harding -- such as chapel, Bible class, weekly devotionals, church services, and service projects -- is mainly a fa?ade. Many students and administrators lead lives that are inconsistent with the Christian values they profess. This really hurt my faith and spirituality, and I have talked to numerous other students who have spoken similarly. Since I have left Harding, I have not been to church. Harding talks like other schools are a cesspool of iniquity, but I have met many students and heard of many students who behave just as badly as students at public universities and private, non-Christian universities.If you are looking to grow spiritually and intellectually in an atmosphere that still lets you struggle and question and be imperfect, look at private Catholic schools like Notre Dame, Boston College, Fordham, or College of the Holy Cross. For your first couple years, I might even suggest attending a community college, to get gen eds out of the way for a much cheaper price. Or if you feel that you are strong enough spiritually (or you have no interest in Christian faith, religion, or spirituality), just go to a small public or private school that lets you do what you want to do.
|May 28 2010|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| The IT at Harding sucks. The internet is slow and they block tons of websites and searches.|
There are no academic advisors, only professors who don't really know what they're talking about when it comes to graduation requirements. Some are better than others though.
Girls dorms are usually better than guys dorms, except for freshman dorms, where guys are better than the girls.
There isn't much to do on campus, not much to do in searcy, and all the good stuff takes place at houses off campus or outside white county where you can actually drink.
The rules are crazy. No smoking or drinking or sex or drugs. No real parties are allowed. But peeps break the rules all the time. If you know the right people, you know a lot of rules get broken and a lot of crazy things go down. Daily chapel, mandatory Bible classes. Being gay isn't allowed, but plenty of dudes and chicks fool around with the same sex. Happens all the time in the dorms late at night.
The administration is a bunch of hypocrites and so is a lot of the student body. Students can be friendly or just jerks, depends. Get involved in a social club, that's for sure. The campus is pretty much republican central, though democrats and libertarians are making themselves more heard on campus.The academics are mediocre. Some programs are better than others. I've had a few good teachers, then bad teachers who don't have the first clue how to teach. Find another school if you want to be independent and think for yourself and find your own way.
|May 28 2010|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2011 |