Huntingdon Selected as a “Best Southeastern” College
Montgomery, Ala.—The Princeton Review has once again selected Huntingdon College as one of the best colleges in the Southeast. Huntingdon is one of 8 colleges and universities in Alabama and among 133 institutions in the 12 Southeastern states to garner the recognition in The Princeton Review's “Best in the Southeast” section of its Web site feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted August 2, 2010, on princetonreview.com.
For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues—from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food—and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on the site. One Huntingdon student characterized the school as having a “great family atmosphere, where most people know each other, professors engage the students, and everyone is encouraged in their individuality.” A freshman stated, “The professors are phenomenal. They genuinely take an interest in their students and expect and hope for the best in their students.” A Huntingdon senior wrote, “Most teachers are more than happy to help if they can, and [they] offer out even their personal phone numbers. I’m very pleased, and maybe even spoiled, by the outstanding treatment by faculty and administration.”
“The most valuable aspect of this ranking is that it includes student opinion and comments,” said Huntingdon President J. Cameron West. “Since our internal motto is, ‘the success of every student is the focus of everything we do,’ this measure of their satisfaction is more meaningful to us than other measures. Certainly, the students’ comments indicate their satisfaction with the Huntingdon experience, which is the outcome for which we strive every day.”
Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president for publishing, “We’re pleased to recommend Huntingdon College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisers whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”
Grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, Huntingdon is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College offers The Huntingdon Plan, components of which include a laptop computer provided for each full-time student, theirs to keep at graduation; travel-study, internships, and service learning opportunities; an environment of small classes and personal attention to students’ needs; and a broad-based liberal arts curriculum that prepares students to enter multiple career paths. Placement rates into graduate and professional schools well exceed national averages.