US News ranks Huntingdon in top tier of regional colleges
Montgomery, Ala.—U.S. News and World Report ranks Huntingdon College in the top tier of regional colleges in its latest edition of the annual college ranking guide, which will be released to newstands September 20 and is available online today. Huntingdon is ranked #21 among the 73 first-tier colleges in the South. There are 119 colleges in the overall South region list.
This is the first year the college has been ranked in the regional classification of the guide, according to College spokesperson Su Ofe. "The rankings are grouped by Carnegie Classification," said Ofe. "This year the College's classification changed from national liberal arts college to regional college, which we believe more accurately describes who we are. Colleges in the regional rankings focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience, offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts, and draw their students heavily from within the region. That description fits Huntingdon perfectly."
"We are very pleased with our placement among the top 20% of Southern regional colleges, and among the top 15% of all regionally ranked colleges in the nation," said Huntingdon President J. Cameron West. "We have made great strides in the past nine years, doubling the overall enrollment since 2002, increasing the size of the faculty by more than 40%, and adding 13 academic programs and 7 NCAA-Division III athletic programs. At the same time, we have committed to only very small increases in tuition for new students each year, and these students keep the same tuition rate for their four years of enrollment with our Levelized Tuition plan. The plan allows us to keep an excellent, top-ranked private education affordable for families. In fact, the out-of-pocket expense for most Huntingdon families is actually less than they would spend if the student were to attend Auburn University or the University of Alabama."
Recently, Huntingdon announced the Huntingdon Tomorrow campaign, a seven-year $16.5 million campaign focused on building academic and athletic programs, facilities, and enrollment.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Huntingdon is ranked among the Princeton Review's Best Colleges, Region by Region, and is listed on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.