August 8, 2017
Huntingdon named to two select U.S. News “Short Lists”
Montgomery, Ala.—In articles recently published by U.S. News and World Report, Huntingdon College was listed among “The Short List: 10 Colleges Where Studying Abroad is Common” and among “The Short List: 10 Colleges that Often Lead to Graduate School.” The articles were based on data collected for the publishing of the 2016 U.S. News “Best Colleges” edition. The 2017 U.S. News “Best Colleges” edition, published in September 2016, ranked Huntingdon among the top ten Regional Colleges in the South and among the top ten Best Buys among Regional Colleges. Short List articles, according to the magazine, are “a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas.”
The graduate school Short List, published July 25, notes Huntingdon among ten schools whose percentages of graduates declaring graduate or professional school as their next step far exceed the national average of 25.1 percent. Eighty-seven percent of Huntingdon’s 2015 graduates said they planned to continue their education at the next level within a year of graduating, tied for second on the list.
The study abroad Short List, published June 25, states that many college students view studying abroad as the “opportunity of a lifetime.” Among the 341 ranked colleges who reported the proportion of 2015 graduates who studied abroad, the average was 22 percent. Huntingdon reported that 79 percent of its 2015 graduates had studied abroad. In all, 1,226 ranked colleges reported that they offered study abroad options for students. Huntingdon has offered travel/study options for students as part of the Huntingdon Plan since 1998. Experiences are provided for seniors with most costs included in regular tuition and fees. During the 2014–2015 academic year, students could choose travel-study in London, Scotland, Hawaii, and Paris. During the coming year, seniors may choose Scotland, New Zealand, or Hawaii.
“Helping students identify and follow their vocational pathways and enlightening students about their responsibilities as global citizens are among the educational priorities at Huntingdon College,” said Huntingdon President J. Cameron West. “These are aspects of the undergraduate experience that we view as essential, not only for our graduates’ future success, but also for the good of the communities and the world in which they will live.”
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 10 regional colleges and top 10 best regional values by U.S. News and World Report; among the top tier of regional colleges by the Princeton Review; among “Colleges that Contribute to the Public Good,” by Washington Monthly; and on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Huntingdon campus, a Tree Campus USA, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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