Harding University at Searcy is the largest of the 11 AICU member institutions with almost 7,000 students representing more than 50 nations.
Building on the qualities that have marked the school since its founding, Harding was recognized in October 2002 as the first Campus of Character by the International Association of Character Cities, an association of the Character Training Institute in Oklahoma City. This unique designation followed the passage of a resolution by the university’s board of trustees declaring that Harding would do everything possible to promote character on campus and beyond.
Harding is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It began as a senior college in 1924 when two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College at Morrilton and Harper College in Kansas, merged their facilities and assets to become Harding College. The school began on Arkansas Christian’s 40-acre campus just north of Morrilton. In 1934, the Harding board bought the campus of a defunct Methodist school in Searcy, Galloway Women’s College. Harding College reopened in Searcy in the fall of 1934 with 461 students, elementary school through college. The school’s name was changed to Harding University in August 1979.