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Huntingdon named a Best Value college; climbs in U.S. News ranking

September 13, 2016

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Su Ofe
(334) 833-4515; news@hawks.huntingdon.edu

Huntingdon named a “Best Value” college; climbs in U.S. News ranking Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College has been named among the top ten Regional Colleges in the South designated as “Best Value” colleges by U.S. News and World Report, and has climbed to the #10 spot in the top tier of Regional Colleges—South rankings in the magazine’s 2017 Best Colleges edition, released today. Huntingdon was ranked at #21 in the top tier of regional colleges in the South in the 2016 edition.

According to the magazine, the Best Value ranking is calculated based on a combination of the colleges’ academic quality, U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2015–2016 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The magazine states, “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools in or near the top half of their U.S. News ranking categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among the colleges that perform well academically.” Huntingdon is listed at #10 in the South among regional colleges, with 74 percent of students receiving grants based on need.

“We are particularly pleased to have been recognized as a ‘best value’ college,” said Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West. “We believe in keeping the Huntingdon college experience as affordable as possible, which is why we are the only southern regional college to offer fixed tuition: tuition does not increase during four consecutive years of full-time enrollment in the traditional day program.This year we included the annual cost of information resources, including the cost of any required books, in student fees for new full-time students entering the traditional day program. Doing so reduces significantly the annual cost to students and guarantees that every student has the resources needed to succeed.”

For the southern regional college ranking, Huntingdon is tied at #10 in the top tier with Belmont Abbey College (N.C.) and with the University of South Carolina-Upstate. U.S. News describes a regional college as having a focus on the undergraduate experience and offering a broad range of programs in liberal arts and in other fields. Student populations are drawn predominantly from in-state or nearby states.

“We are thrilled that Huntingdon has achieved recognition in keeping with the College’s trajectory,” said West. “While our student population has steadily increased during the past 14 years—Huntingdon was named among the fastest-growing colleges in America by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2014—our focus has been on improvement of the total undergraduate experience for each student—academically, spiritually, and in student life. We place tremendous importance on helping each student find her or his vocational calling, at the same time building real-world skills along with classroom knowledge in keeping with our motto, ‘Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service.'”

“The U.S. News ranking reflects Huntingdon’s push to be among the best colleges that serve undergraduate students in the country,” said Huntingdon College Provost Chad Eggleston. “What the rankings can’t reflect is the importance of the student-faculty connections built at Huntingdon, where classes are small and all classes are taught by faculty, rather than by graduate assistants. Because we know our students well, we can recommend them for employment or graduate or professional school placement, and we can advise them on academic success and on internship, research, travel-study, capstone projects, and other choices that inform and support their professional pathways and build their resumes.”

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. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college recognized among “The Fastest Growing Colleges in America”  by The Chronicle of Higher Education; among the top regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and by the Princeton Review; among “Colleges that Contribute to the Public Good,” by Washington Monthly; and on the Presidential Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Huntingdon campus, a Tree Campus USA, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Suellen (Su) Ofe
Associate Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
Huntingdon College
1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 833-4515; Cell (334) 324-6591