Huntington University (United States)
|Motto||The truth will make you free|
|Religious affiliation||Church of the United Brethren in Christ|
|President||G. Blair Dowden|
|Location||Huntington, Indiana, United States
|Former names||Central College, Huntington College|
|Colors||Forest green and black|
|Athletics||National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics|
|Affiliations||Council for Christian Colleges & Universities|
The institution opened as "Central College" in 1897. The name changed to "Huntington College" in 1917. Huntington gained accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1961, and the institution adopted its current name in 2005.
The Loew Botanical Garden and Arboretum was established in 1935. Parts of the original arboretum were flooded in the 1960s to create Lake Sno-Tip. The botanical garden at one time included a specimen of every plant growing in Huntington County, Indiana. The Arboretum and botanical garden are no longer actively cultivated. The school herbarium, founded in 1903, includes approximately 10,000 specimens. Most were collected from Huntington County and the Upper Wabash Valley Basin between 1905 and 1950.
Thornhill Nature Preserve is a 77-acre (310,000 m2) nature preserve that provides outdoor educational opportunities through the Reiff Nature Center, ropes course, and various community events.
The Merillat Centre for the Arts is a fine arts center that includes the Robert E. Wilson Gallery, as well as the Huntington University departments of art, music, communication, digital media, and theatre.
There are seven dorms on Huntington's campus. They are Wright, Hardy, Roush, Baker, Miller, Meadows and Livingston Halls. Students can also live in Forester Village, an upper class-man apartment complex.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies Huntington University as a principally undergraduate institution. Huntington University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in approximately 70 academic concentrations.
In 2010, the U.S.News & World Report annual collegiate rankings has listed Huntington University as 6th among the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest region. In 2009, Forbes ranked it 97th of America's Best Colleges.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Crossroads League, formerly known as the Mid-Central College Conference (MCCC). The Foresters also compete as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
In 2004, controversy ensued when Huntington dismissed John E. Sanders, professor of religion and philosophy, following constituent disputes over Sanders' views on open theism and inclusivism. Sanders was placed on a one-year full-salary sabbatical, at the end of which his contract was terminated. Some students and faculty protested under the banner of academic freedom.
- Bylaws of Huntington University, Section 1.2.2, in "Manual of Operations" 2009 Edition, p. 126
- Entry for "Huntington College" (sic), List of Institutions, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- "America's Best Colleges". Forbes.com.
- NAIA Membership List
- Mid-Central Conference Membership List
- Official web site: Huntington University athletics