Universities and Technical Schools
Harding University is a private Christian institution of higher education committed to encouraging lives of excellence through faith-filled living and learning. It began as a senior college in 1924, when two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College, merged their facilities and assets, adopted the new name of Harding College, and located on the campus of Arkansas Christian in Morrilton, Arkansas. In 1934, Harding was moved to its present site in Searcy.
The university has ten colleges: Allied Health, Arts and Humanities, Bible and Ministry, Business Administration, Education, Nursing, Pharmacy, Sciences, Honors College and University College. Undergraduate degrees are offered in more than 100 academic majors; 14 preprofessional programs; and more than 50 graduate and professional programs, including master's, specialist and doctoral degrees.
Harding's international studies program has overseas locations in Australia, Chile, England, Greece, Italy and Zambia. The program is so successful that nearly 30 percent of each graduating class spends a semester abroad. The university's student body consists of students from across the U.S. and more than 50 countries.
Harding has served the community, nation and world for more than 95 years and earns national recognition annually for its dedication to top-quality academics in a Christian environment. The University is ranked as a top value school by Money Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Princeton Review and by College Factual. The University was also ranked No. 2 Best Colleges in Arkansas by Intelligent in 2021 and No. 1 Best Value College in Arkansas by SmartAsset.
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE SEARCY CAMPUS
ASU-Beebe Searcy Campus programs focus on career and technical education in a variety of high-demand, high wage careers across the workforce. These programs offer students options in tiered progression of completion levels. These include a short program Certificate of Proficiency to obtain basic skills or certification, to a one year Technical Certificate for an industry licensure, or the full two year degree Association of Applied Science in General Technology degree. The ASU- Beebe Searcy Campus offers training in programs such as: Automotive Technology, Computerized Machining Technology, Diesel Technology, EMT/Paramedic, Health Information Assistant, Heating- Ventilation and AC, Industrial Technology, Marine Outboard Motor Service Technician, Power Sports Technology, Practical Nursing and Welding. ASU- Beebe Searcy Campus also offers general education courses that lead toward and Associate degree. Courses are conveniently offered on a rotating basis of day and evenings each semester.
The Regional Career Center at the ASU- Beebe Searcy Campus offers career-focused programs to high school students which provides hands-on training opportunities in job skill areas including: Automotive Repair, Allied Health and Medical Professionals, Computerized Machining Technology, Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC), Power Sports Technology, Marine Outboard Motor Service and Welding Technology. Many high school students receive concurrent credit- meaning simultaneous college and high school credit for these programs.
ASU-Beebe Searcy Campus also offers Adult Education classes for students seeking a General Educational Development (GED) diploma, and fulfills our commitment to life-long learning with a series of non-credit community Education courses for personal development including: computer software training, painting programs, digital photography, first-aid, outdoor education programs and specialized industry certifications.
ASU-Beebe Searcy Campus
1800 East Moore Ave. Searcy, AR 72143
Student Population: 500
OTHER UNIVERSITIES & SCHOOLS
There are also many other higher education opportunities within driving distance to Searcy. The University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Lyon College in Batesville and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway are all located within a 50 mile radius of Searcy.
For over 25 years, Searcy Beauty College has been helping their graduates achieve rewarding careers in the arts and sciences of Cosmetology and Nail Technology using unique and advanced techniques.
Searcy Beauty College
1004 South Main. Searcy, AR 72143