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| 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 |
| It is a Christian school, so keep that in mind. Chapel can be frustrating, but it isn't so bad. Occasionally I felt like I was being force-fed CoC theology (which is funny because I am CoC) and that was a little uncomfortable. Overall it's a good school. I enjoyed the campus, but there isn't much to do in Searcy unless you're a real outdoorsy type. |
|Jun 04 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| 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 |