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Harding University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC Faculty AccessibilityB
Useful SchoolworkC+ Excess CompetitionB-
Academic SuccessC- Creativity/ InnovationC-
Individual ValueC University Resource UseD
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB- FriendlinessB-
Campus MaintenanceB- Social LifeD+
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsB
SafetyB+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Violent, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Arrogant, Condescending, Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

Male
SAT1200
Quite Bright
Lowest Rating
Surrounding City
F
Highest Rating
Safety
B+
He cares more about University Resource Use than the average student.
Date: May 28 2010
Major: Religion/Religious (This Major's Salary over time)
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.

   
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responseYes you are quite bright and a better stage play then they told you!
Good review. I shared a student would really have to louwse up big time to get expelled from Harding. There were some bona fide hot women in Searcy when I was a student there. Thanmks for the good comment.
commentI support your rights to fee speech and sharing a review. Some students at "Catholic" universities sometimes have attachment problems and are put in place bty their own classmates and alumnae. Had great public speaking and critical thinking teachers in high school, those components and skills aren't lacking at Harding or in Searcy. Some of my best fact finding, science or literature, happended at my Harding Years. I hope you have a better experience in the future. Sharing with you every student has great expectations and a manner in which a opinion, soroity, fraternity or belief should be lived or shared.
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