have already been some very good abstract reviews, so here
are some more specific examples:
feature of Harding is the faculty's warm interest in their
student's personal lives. I would be surprised to find a
university where you can become close friends with your professors.
You attend church with them, go to their parties,
watch their children, are invited to call them after hours
and even to drop by unexpectedly.
the institution treats people like dirt, and has no respect
for people's time. Chapel attendance is required daily at
9 am, Bible class is required every semester (you pay
3 hours tuition for this while music major's core courses
are worth only 1 - 2 hours), and there is
a broad list of behaviors that will get you kicked
out. As a brief example of the types of
rules implemented here, hair and shorts (pants) length is regulated
in the student handbook, and enforced daily by administrators.
Drinking any amount of alcohol at any time at any
place will get you expelled. The dean will also
insist that you leave school if you are a male
with a pierced ear and refuse to remove your earring.
Most people here would call themselves conservative, yet
the belief-system is far too stodgy for the true sense
of the world. If you want to see what
conservative America might have looked like during the red scare,
then this is the place. My experience has been
a paradox of professors challenging people to rise to new
ideas and to change the world on an individual level
while being repressed and assimilated into a collective on an
In a final ironic twist, the
founder of the school James A. Harding who was known
for his challenging ideas, refusing to give in to political
and religious pressures, and sported a thick beard probably would
not have gotten on well here.