Huntingdon College

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Huntingdon College
Huntingdon College Emblem
Motto Enter to Grow in Wisdom, Go Forth to Apply Wisdom in Service.
Established 1854
Type Private college
Religious affiliation United Methodist Church
President J. Cameron West
Academic staff 58
Students 1107
Location Montgomery, Alabama, United States
32°21′00″N 86°17′06″W / 32.350°N 86.285°W / 32.350; -86.285Coordinates: 32°21′00″N 86°17′06″W / 32.350°N 86.285°W / 32.350; -86.285
Campus Suburban Neighborhood
Athletics 16 Varsity Teams,
NCAA Division III
Mascot Hawk

Huntingdon College Campus Historic District
Huntingdon College Flowers Hall.JPG
Flowers Memorial Hall was built in 1909[2]
Area 58 acres (23 ha)
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival, Tudor Revival
NRHP Reference # 00000138[1]
Added to NRHP February 24, 2000

Huntingdon College, founded in 1854, is a coeducational liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, United States.


Woman's College of Alabama in 1918

Huntingdon College was chartered on February 2, 1854, as "Tuskegee Female College" by the Alabama State Legislature and Governor John A. Winston. The first president was Andrew Adgate Lipscomb, a contemporary of Charles Dickens and Harriet Beecher Stowe who was one of the most respected scholars of his time. Dr. Lipscomb laid the foundation of the college as a teaching college rather than a research institution.

In 1872 the name was changed to "Alabama Conference Female College" as the college came under the auspices of the United Methodist Church. As the college and the South struggled to rebuild following the Civil War, it became clear to college leaders that growth and stability were dependent upon relocation to a more populous city—and they chose the state's capital. A 58-acre (235,000 m²) parcel of land on what was then the outskirts of town and is now the beautiful Old Cloverdale neighborhood of Montgomery was selected in 1908. The design for the landscape of the campus was provided by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., who had also planned the Biltmore Estate. The college, renamed once again to "Woman's College of Alabama," moved all of its furniture, lab chemicals, and records into Hamner Hall in Montgomery August 24, 1909, but the building burned to the ground that night, destroying the records of the college's first 50 years and all of its belongings. As the students and President William Martin moved to Sullins College in Virginia for that school year, construction commenced on the college's first building, John Jefferson Flowers Memorial Hall. Completed in 1910 and designed by Harvard architect H. Langford Warren, Flowers Hall was designed to emulate the collegiate Gothic architecture of Oxford and Cambridge, England, and of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and set the tone for the pervasive architectural style of campus buildings henceforth.

The college admitted its first male students in the aftermath of World War I, graduating the first male student in 1934. Realizing that the name Woman's College of Alabama no longer fit its student body, the college's final name change came in 1935 when Huntingdon College was adopted in honor of Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, a notable supporter of John Wesley and of Methodism.

Huntingdon today offers 22 academic majors and 14 NCAA-III intercollegiate athletic teams. Since 2004, enrollment has grown by 58% in the traditional day program and 90% overall, through the establishment of the burgeoning Adult Degree Completion Program, now offered in 10 locations across the state. The core curriculum features ACT: The Art of Critical Thinking, beginning with PACT: Practicing the Art of Critical Thinking, is the first semester of enrollment and continuing with critical-thinking-intensive courses throughout the curriculum. An Honors Program, Departmental Honors, Senior Capstone experiences, the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment, and the Center for Career and Vocation are central to academic life at Huntingdon. Long-standing strengths in the pre-medical sciences and pre-law have led to successful graduate placement into professional, medical and law schools, and seminaries. In 2010, the College continued a 14-year tradition of 100% placement among candidates who wished to enter pharmacy schools.


Huntingdon's campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Huntingdon College Campus Historic District.[1] The district contains thirteen contributing buildings, built in the Gothic Revival and Tudor Revival styles, and one site.[3] The district was placed on the NRHP on February 24, 2000.[1]


Houghton Memorial Library

Huntingdon College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Huntingdon’s athletic training program is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Athletic Training Educatione (CAATE). The teacher certification program is accredited by the Alabama State Department of Education. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

The College is listed as an approved institution by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.


Huntingdon College is ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the Southeast and is also ranked as a "Best Value" by the Princeton Review. The College is listed on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Student organizations[edit]

There are eight Greek organizations on campus, four for women and four for men. There are no fraternity or sorority houses for residential purposes, but each organization has a chapter room located on campus. Women's sororities include Alpha Omicron Pi (chapter established 1975), Chi Omega (chapter established 1976), Alpha Kappa Alpha (chapter established 1999), and Phi Mu (chapter established 2008). The first men's fraternity was established in 1977 with a chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and was followed in 1981 by a chapter of Kappa Sigma. Recently, two more men's fraternities were added to Huntingdon's campus: Kappa Alpha Psi, spring 2008, and Sigma Nu, fall 2008.

Other organizations focus on political interests, including College Republicans and College Democrats. Service organizations include the Women's Center and the only collegiate chapter of the Exchange Club in the country, while other organizations, such as the Natural Sciences Club and Business Club, have an academic interest as their foundation. Other groups include the Outdoor Recreation Club and the International Students Association.

The Student Government Association can trace its beginnings to 1912 and consists of an executive cabinet, a President's Council, a Student Senate, and a Judicial Board, which considers infringements of the College's Honor Code.

Campus publications are student-run and include The Prelude (literary magazine), Bells and Pomegranates (yearbook), and The Gargoyle (newspaper).


Huntingdon College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Hawks are a member of the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Starting in the 2014-15 year, Huntingdon will field a wrestling team, which would be the only NCAA program in Alabama.[4]


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Leura Garrett Canary 1978 US Attorney [citation needed]
Joe Durant 1987 Professional Golfer [citation needed]
Elizabeth A. Hight 1977 Rear Admiral, Upper Half [citation needed]
Harper Lee attended one year Author [citation needed]
Jeff Sessions 1969 US Senator for Alabama [citation needed]
Kathryn Tucker Windham 1939 Author/storyteller/photographer/radio personality [5]


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Huntingdon College Walking Tour: John Jefferson Flowers Memorial Hall". Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  3. ^ Entzweiler, Susan M.; Trina Binkley (August 1999). "Huntingdon College Campus Historic District". National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. National Park Service. Archived from the original on March 15, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014.  See also: "Accompanying photos". Archived from the original on March 15, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ Huntingdon College (AL) Announces New NCAA Division III Wrestling Program for 2014-15 Season
  5. ^ "Alabama Academy of Honor: Kathryn Tucker Windham". State of Alabama. March 15, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 

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