Huntington University has announced that 1,321 students are enrolled for the fall 2017 semester, the fourth consecutive year of enrollment growth. This marks the largest enrollment in the university’s 120-year history.
There are 913 traditional undergraduate students at Huntington’s main campus, 87 undergraduate students at its Peoria, Arizona, location, 79 adult students enrolled in professional programs, and 242 graduate students. The overall total comes in at 1,321, an increase of 21 students from 2016. The total for new student enrollment stands at 266, a 9 percent increase from the previous year.
Also enrolled at HU are 131 ethnic minorities from the U.S., comprising 12 percent of the student population. An additional 47 international students represent 24 countries from around the world.
One of HU’s transfer students is Madison Glinz. She just started the nursing program at Huntington University in February. Glinz wasn’t happy with her current college and decided to search for another that would meet her needs.
Glinz’s sister attended HU and graduated in 2016 with a degree in music. Her sister was in musicals, started a dance group on campus, “she was a very prominent figure on campus,” Glinz said.
When she decided to look for schools she thought “eh, not Huntington.”
“Growing up around my sister, going to the same high school, doing the same things,” Glinz said. “Everyone knew me as Haley’s little sister and not as myself.”
When she was looking for colleges she thought it would be a brand-new start and no one would know her as “Haley’s little sister.”
Glinz said she had only seen the performance side of HU, not the academic side.
“I saw a different side of it and I always knew I wanted a community the way my sister did in college when I went to college,” Glinz said. “But I just looked in the wrong place because the community here is unique to Huntington.”
Glinz said she thinks HU is a “great” school and the focus on the individual student is “tremendous.” She stated the academics are rigorous, but there’s always resources to be able to accomplish the work.
“I never feel like I’m so alone or I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Glinz said. “I might feel really anxious and stressed out, but I have everything I need to accomplish things and I have an amazing committee of people who are there back my decisions.”
Jonathan Kane is a film production major and said he chose HU because “very few Christian colleges have a robust film program.”
“Huntington actually has one of the best,” Kane said. “It was very convenient that it wasc close to my hometown.”
Kane said another thing that “sold” him on the college was the sense of community, like being part of a family.
Kane is a senior who is about to head to Los Angeles, Calif., next February to complete his degree. HU has a bridge program to a school in L.A., where he’ll finish his classes and do an internship in spring. He’ll come back to HU in May to graduate.
“We are excited and thankful for another year of growing enrollment. It creates energy at our sites in Huntington, Fort Wayne and Arizona. With the addition of new students comes new perspectives that help each of us better understand the world and how we can make positive contributions,” said Daniel Solms, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Marketing. “As our community grows, our mission expands, developing men and women in Christ, scholarship and service.”
With the launch of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies in 2015, there are now 39 declared agriculture majors. Huntington University’s Doctorate of Occupational Therapy is another strong area to note with 100 doctoral candidates studying this year.