Huntington, Ind.— US News and World Report has again ranked Huntington College among the best comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. The magazine’s 2004 guide to “America’s Best Colleges” marks the ninth consecutive year that the Midwestern Christian college has been listed among the best in its class.
To rank schools, US News first organizes colleges and universities by category, and then ranks them within each group. Rankings are based on a wide range of criteria, including academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. In addition to Huntington College, other Indiana schools that ranked in the top tier of their categories include the University of Notre Dame, DePauw University, St. Mary’s College, Taylor University, Franklin College, Valparaiso University, Butler University, University of Indianapolis and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Listed again this year among the top-tier comprehensive colleges in a twelve-state region, Huntington College has consistently fared well in the annual US News & World Report rankings. All of the magazine's college guidebooks published since 1996 have listed Huntington College in the top tier.
"The academic reputation of Huntington College continues to be strengthened," said Norris Friesen, vice president and dean of the College. "Huntington College is distinguished by its dedicated faculty who are committed not only to excellent teaching but also to mentoring and challenging students to think Christianly."
Over 80 percent of Huntington College faculty hold the Ph.D or another terminal degree, one of the highest percentages among America’s Christian colleges. Huntington College boasts over 60 academic concentrations, including a new Digital Film Studies major to be launched this fall by the Communication Department, and a new master’s degree in counseling offered by the Graduate School of Christian Ministries. In addition, an expanded selection of associate’s and bachelor’s degree courses are now offered by HC's EXCEL Program on the Huntington campus and in Fort Wayne.
It has been a year of accolades for Huntington College. In January, the school was listed among the Great Colleges for the Real World for the third consecutive year. The guidebook praised Huntington’s shorter-than-average time to graduation, opportunities for study abroad and available programs for working adults.
Enrollment at HC increased 76 percent between 1993 and 2002. Student inquiries regarding Huntington’s programs in pre-med, computer science and related disciplines has increased sharply since the opening of the award-winning, 91,000-square-foot Science Hall in September 2002. Huntington's Science Hall is the largest building on campus and features state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for natural science, mathematics and computer science.
All the US News rankings will appear on the magazine’s web site (www.usnews.com) on Friday, August 22. College-bound students can use the site to search for colleges according to their own interests, fill out interactive worksheets and search for scholarship and financial aid information. Excerpts from the college rankings will be published in the September 1 issue (on newsstands August 25) of the weekly news magazine. The full rankings will be published in the annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook, available in libraries and bookstores on August 25.
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