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Engaging, Evangelical Liberal Arts Degrees at HU

Huntington University appears in our ranking of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest.

Ranked the U.S. News & World Report’s 23rd best Midwest value, Huntington University has a 13:1 student-faculty ratio for delivering three associate, 67 bachelor’s, and 11 graduate programs, including 12 entirely online, each 15-week semester with 80 percent retention.

For example, the Social Work BS reports $47,980 median pay after a 128-credit, CSWE-accredited curriculum in Indiana or online with 600-hour internships, such as Amnesty International or Parkview Hospital, for licensure. Since 2015, the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies has offered a 128-credit Animal Production BS with Hoosier Grown internships, National Ag Week events, and Feed a Farmer outreach. Chaired by Dr. Lance Clark, the Film Studies BA uses the cutting-edge Martin Center for Digital Media Arts in Becker Hall for a 128-credit degree with a Los Angeles Semester included.

Dedicated to Romans 12:6, the 32-credit TESOL Education MEd starts online cohorts of 15-25 on Blackboard each August for endorsement courses like Intercultural Communication plus field-based research.

Other options include the Marketing BS, Not-for-Profit Leadership BS, English Literature BA, Music BA, Theatre Technology BA, Global Youth Ministry MA, and Counseling MA.

About Huntington University

Huntington University originated on September 21, 1897, when Bishop Milton Wright gave the dedication prayer to open Central College in front of 1,200 people. The Church of the United Brethren in Christ Board of Education had planned its establishment since August 1896. In 1900, it admitted the first African American woman, Lucy Wilberforce, from Sierra Leone. Three years later, a Japanese immigrant named Matajeiro Umeeda finished its first master’s degree. During World War I, tuition was purposely kept low at $20 per semester. In 1917, it was renamed Huntington College for its Fort Wayne Metro location.

By 1953, Loew-Alumni Library was erected at its 160-acre campus on Lake Sno-Tip. On June 26, 1961, Huntington celebrated initial regional accreditation. Admitted to the Associated Colleges of Indiana in 1971, it wasn’t given university status until 2005. The Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service founded in 1991 continued generating over 11,000 charity hours yearly.

Endowed for $20.11 million, Huntington University now serves 1,259 Foresters from Huntington to Peoria and online. Forbes designated HU America’s 355th best private school and 177th top liberal arts college. On Niche, Huntington landed 78th for religious studies, 162nd for teaching majors, and 260th for small classes.

Huntington University Accreditation Details

On August 18, 2014, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA) Institutional Actions Council notified Huntington University that the Level V accreditation was successfully reaffirmed through Spring 2024 under its 13th president, Dr. Sherilyn R. Emberton, who received the ACAD Meritorious Service Award. Based 154 miles northwest via Route 30 in Chicago, this gigantic 19-state Great Lakes Region accreditor is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and Illinois Board of Higher Education. The Academic Affairs Office also featured the following degree accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • Association of Christian Schools International

Huntington University Application Requirements

Starting at Huntington University is considered “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s though 709 of the 789 Fall 2017 applicants were okayed for high 90 percent acceptance. Regular admission assumes completion of at least 11 prerequisite college-prep units. First-year Foresters can substitute the GED for high school diplomas if scored over 2250 total. Freshmen must hold a minimum 2.3 GPA or rank in the upper half of their classes. Participating in NAIA athletics needs a “C” average or higher. Only adults age 25+ are free from the 18 ACT or 860 SAT test requirement. The BSN Program chooses upperclassmen with 58 or more credits and 3.0 GPAs. Graduate School entrants obviously need a four-year bachelor’s from accredited colleges. The Pastoral Leadership MA requires nine prerequisite credits in Biblical Studies plus Church recommendations. Institute for Leadership & Counseling cohorts have at least 3.0 GPAs and 300 GRE General Test marks. The OTD Program requests 50+ observational hours atop eight prerequisites like Medical Terminology.

Huntington University has adopted a rolling admission policy for students to apply through August 1st for Fall, December 1st for Spring, and April 1st for Summer. Note the $150 deposit is only refundable until May 1st. Campus financial aid decisions are usually made by March 10th. Further, some competitive programs still have their own deadlines. For instance, the BSN Program seeks packets by March 31st annually. Check dates before submitting the Office of Admissions form online with the $20 ($30 if graduate) fee. Mail sealed official transcripts to 2303 College Avenue in Huntington, IN 46750. Select school code 1304 for electronic testing reports. Attach supplemental items like the writing sample, 1-3 recommendation forms, life experience summary, teaching certification, RN license, personal statement, and immunization verification. Please inquire more at (260) 359-4000 or admissions@huntington.edu.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Huntington University billed full-time undergrad tuition of $12,656 per semester or $25,312 annually. Studying part-time incurred $762 per credit. Summer and J-Term sessions cost $379 per credit. Bachelor’s majors paid the $254 activity fee, $180 technology fee, $385 student teaching fee, and $385 PRIME Internship fee each term. Living at the Indiana campus’ dorms like Roush Hall added $8,668 for yearly room and board. HU budged $1,000 for books and $2,396 for other supplies. Annual undergrad study equaled about $38,222 on-site and $33,708 at home. Arizona students spent $390 per credit or $12,200 each year. Online adult programs charged $375 per credit with a $100 tech fee. Graduate tuition ranged from $400 to $605 per credit. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy had block tuition of $38,973.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Financial Aid Office at First Floor Becker Hall gets 87 percent of full-time HU Foresters hiking toward median $15,909 assistance for $13.82 million combined. University funds include the Faculty Scholarship, Trustee Grant, Merillat Grant, Transfer Distinction Scholarship, Honors Scholarship, Music Performance Award, Church Service Grant, Alumni Grant, United Brethren International Leadership Scholarship, Athletic Scholarship, and Digital Media Arts Performance Award. The Horizon Leadership Program gifts $5,000 to minority students with minimum 3.0 GPAs who apply before February 1st. Since 1994, the Huntington County Community Foundation has offered programs, including the Paul Souder Scholarship, Frank Pyle Scholarship, and Laymon Scholarship, of $450 to $5,000. File FAFSA forms coded 001803 for federal aid like the Pell Grant and Stafford Loan. Hoosiers also pursue the Lilly Endowment Scholarship, 21st Century Scholarship, Frank O’Bannon Grant, Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship, and more.

Get to know this accredited, nonprofit CCCU member in Indiana better at the Huntington University website.