Huntington named a 'great school at a great price'

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2008-08-25
Huntington, Ind.—In addition to being ranked No. 7 among the Midwest’s “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” by U.S.News & World Report, Huntington University also has been named No. 5 among the best values in baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest.

The “Great Schools, Great Price” ranking is based on the percentage of students receiving need-based grants, the average cost of tuition after receiving those grants and the average discount from the total cost.

Additionally for 2009, U.S.News included Huntington on its list of top schools with students representing the greatest economic diversity.

“This is Huntington University’s second consecutive year on the ‘Great Schools, Great Price’ list as a result of intentional strategies on our campus,” said Jeff Berggren, vice president of enrollment management and marketing. “One is to continue to increase the academic value that comes from a Huntington education, and the second is to try to moderate the cost incurred by all of our students.”

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In January, the Huntington University Board of Trustees approved a 4.5 percent increase for full-time traditional undergraduate tuition and fees in 2008-2009, making the tuition and fees rate $20,300 annually. Across the United States, the average tuition and fees at four-year private institutions in 2007-2008 is $23,712, representing a 6.3 percent increase of more than $1,400 over 2006-2007, according to College Board’s 2007-2008 Annual Survey of Colleges.

“The cost component has been a result of working hard as a campus to keep recent tuition increases below the average for other colleges and universities, impacting the sticker price while also offering increased financial aid to positively affect the net price that students actually pay to attend Huntington,” Berggren said.

Approximately 90 percent of Huntington University students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans or work-study assistance.

“I hope that Huntington’s listing as both a top 10 ‘Best Baccalaureate College’ and a top five ‘Great School at a Great Price’ will result in more families seeking a high quality, Christ-centered education considering us as part of their college selection process. The fact we also have been recognized with recent high rankings from Forbes and the Princeton Review only should add to the value perception of Huntington University,” Berggren said.

Taylor University was ranked third in the “Great Schools, Great Price” category, followed by Franklin College at No. 6.

Classes began for Huntington University students today.

All U.S.News rankings appear on the magazine’s Web site (www.USNews.com). College-bound students can use the site to search for colleges and universities according to their own interests, fill out interactive worksheets and search for scholarship and financial aid information. The America’s Best Colleges newsstand book and the weekly edition of U.S.News & World Report magazine (containing many of the rankings) both went on sale Friday.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  
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