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Huntington University (United States)

Huntington University
Motto The truth will make you free
Established 1897
Type Private
Religious affiliation Church of the United Brethren in Christ
President Dr. Sherilyn Emberton
Students 1,262
Location Huntington, Indiana, United States
Campus Rural
Former names Central College, Huntington College
Colors Forest green and black
Athletics National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Nickname Foresters
Affiliations Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Huntington University is an institution of higher education in Huntington, Indiana, United States, that is affiliated with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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.


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 campus comprises 160 acres with grassy areas, trees and Lake Sno-Tip.

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.


Huntington University has a "strong historic and ongoing relationship with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ,"[1] an evangelical denomination headquartered in Huntington, Indiana.


Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations, including thriving programs in film, animation, exercise science and social work. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list.


The Huntington University Foresters compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics[2] (NAIA), primarily competing in the Crossroads League,[3] formerly known as the Mid-Central College Conference (MCC). 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.[4]

Student Life

Huntington University students have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities and service opportunities throughout the year. The Friesen Center for Volunteer Service provides students with a range of service projects and programs, including local blood drives and short-term mission experiences. Students may also run for office on Student Senate and represent their classmates. Student senate "serves as a liaison between students and faculty/staff/administration, and addresses issues that pertain to the student body."[5]

Huntington University's Student Activities Board, more commonly known as SAB, is a student-led organization responsible for planning and facilitating student events. The board plans and hosts more than a dozen annual events at Huntington University, including hoedowns, mud volleyball, laser tag, movies and concerts. SAB also facilitates Olympiad, a popular 4-day event composed of various athletic games and challenges.

There are nearly 30 other student organizations available to students at Huntington University, from academic groups and honors societies to interest groups and clubs.

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website


  1. ^ Bylaws of Huntington University, Section 1.2.2, in "Manual of Operations" 2009 Edition, p. 126
  2. ^ NAIA Membership List
  3. ^ Mid-Central Conference Membership List
  4. ^ Official web site: Huntington University athletics
  5. ^ [1]
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