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Huntingdon Recognized for Undergraduate Teaching and Named a Best Value by U.S. News and World Report
Montgomery, Ala.—The 2021 annual College Guide issue of U.S. News and World Report, released today, names Huntingdon College among the top five regional colleges focused on excellence in undergraduate teaching; among the top 10 Best Values in Regional Colleges—South, and among the top 15 colleges in the region.
Huntingdon is the only Alabama college to be listed among the top 10 Best Values, the methodology for which considers the College’s overall academic quality score in the Best Colleges ranking relative to the average discount price paid by full-time undergraduates after receiving need-based grants. The calculation also considers the percentage of full-time undergraduates receiving need-based scholarships or grants and the average discount from the school’s total cost for full-time undergraduates. To be included in the list, colleges and universities had to report sufficient financial aid data to U.S. News in spring and summer 2020, and had to rank among the top half of U.S. News’ overall rankings of colleges and universities.
In recognizing colleges for undergraduate teaching, U.S. News surveyed college presidents, deans, and directors of admission to nominate colleges where faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner. Huntingdon is the only college in Alabama to make the list and sits at number four in the online-exclusive story.
“Huntingdon has focused on the undergraduate student for 167 years,” said Huntingdon President J. Cameron West. “Helping traditional students learn what they are called to do and educating them to follow that calling are central to Huntingdon’s mission.”
“These rankings confirm that Huntingdon is a great destination for students who want exceptional instruction delivered by a faculty deeply committed to quality teaching. Our students find great value in the combination of academic excellence and co-curricular engagement, which are hallmarks of the Huntingdon experience,” said West.
Huntingdon College provides a laptop computer, books and information resources, and a senior-year travel/study opportunity as part of the Huntingdon Plan for traditional undergraduate students. The core curriculum focuses on exploration of vocational calling and critical thinking and includes a newly introduced institution-wide Race and Justice Initiative. Huntingdon is a coeducational residential liberal arts college of the United Methodist Church.