Calling its founding “divine providence”, Huntington University was established in 1897 due to the collaboration of the Huntington Land Association and the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. With the HLA’s land donation seen as the answer to their prayers, the church in Huntington, Indiana founded what was then called the Central College, which would eventually come to its current name by 2005.
Offering over 70 different majors of study, resulting in Master, Bachelor, and Associate degrees, Huntington provides its primarily undergrad student body of roughly 1100 a Christ-centered liberal arts education at extremely affordable price. They also provide solid pre-professional programs in law and medicine, with graduates from these programs having an “exceptionally high acceptance rate to graduation schools”. It has been called “one of the fastest growing universities in Indiana” by the Independent Colleges and is located on a lakeside 160 acre campus close to Fort Wayne (with all the internship and research opportunities inherent in Indiana’s 2nd largest city).
Popular majors trend towards Business, Education, and Music, each taught by professors who largely have terminal degrees in their field (80%, the highest of any evangelical school in Indiana) and utilize a 13:1 faculty student ratio. Semesters follow a schedule of a fall/spring 15 week term, with a 3 week intensive January term between (often used for internships, research, or studying abroad).
There are a variety of distance learning paths to follow at Huntington, both for undergrads looking to take another couple extra classes for graduation and for those pursuing their degree at all levels whether it’s Associate or Master’s. Huntington offers “programs…designed to fit into the busy schedule of working students” with a number of courses offered every semester that allow students to learn from their home, both through hybrid classes (with occasional in class work) and completely online, accredited courses that require no campus visits.
Online Master’s degrees are offered for employed professionals looking to expand their base of knowledge and command a higher rate of pay through hybrid courses which combine internet based courses with on campus, face to face work. Currently there is a Master of Education (designed for Indiana teachers looking for “licensure, renewal, and recertification) and an M.A. in Youth Ministry Leadership (a 42 credit hour program that requires about three 12 week classes combined with inclass mentoring and project work), both affordably priced and made to fit the busy life of the employed adult.
Speaking of the working adult, Huntington’s EXCEL program for adult learners offers two online Associate degrees (in Christian Ministry and Organizational Management) and three Bachelor of Science programs (Business Management, Human Resource Management, and Not For Profit Leadership) that can be complete online, with you setting the class times and schedules for work. Though these programs require no traditional campus learning, the online courses provide 24/365 support services (both academic and technical) and are delivered in an accelerated format. The EXCEL program also offers accelerated adult degrees in more traditional evening formats, meeting one night a week with another two degrees offered in addition to the ones offered online. Online and traditional general education credits can be earned as well, through the Gateway program, which can be used towards a current degree or are accredited for transfer at a later date.
“With the conviction that all truth is God’s truth, the university exists to carry out the mission of Christ in higher education”. This educational vision is at the heart of Huntington, a university with a mission of showing the relationship between the academic discipline of the student and “God’s revelation in Jesus Christ”.