Harding University reported a 7% increase in enrollment for the incoming freshman class this fall, which boasts an average high school grade point average of 3.83.
The school’s total enrollment for the fall semester is 4,608, representing students from 48 states and 58 foreign nations while surpassing its goal of 1,000 new students.
The incoming class also includes 19 National Merit Scholars, more than tripling the total from the year prior and elevating the university’s national ranking.
“As we enter our Centennial year, the value proposition of a Harding education is extremely competitive,” said President Dr. Mike Williams. “We are proud to welcome each student and pleased to enroll this extraordinary freshman class.”
Harding University reports it surpassed goals for both undergraduate retention rates and graduation rates, exceeding a retention rate goal of nearly 87% and a graduation rate goal of 71%.
The school began operations in 1924, meaning this will be its centennial incoming class.
“While we celebrate 100 years of Harding, we also look forward to a bold future,” added Williams.