Huntingdon College
Huntingdon College, founded in 1854, is a coeducational liberal arts college in Montgomery, Alabama, United States. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the college is best known for its religion and history departments.

History
Huntingdon College was chartered on February 2, 1854, as " Tuskegee Female College" by the Alabama State Legislature and Governor John A. Winston. In 1872 the name was changed to "Alabama Conference Female College" as it was now under the auspices of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. A decision was made in the late 19th century to move the campus to a larger city. The college, renamed the "Woman's College of Alabama" relocated in 1910 to a 58 acre (235,000 m²) parcel in the Cloverdale section of Montgomery. A campus plan was commissioned from the Olmsted Brothers and several new buildings were constructed to complement the "collegiate Gothic" style of the main college building, Flowers Memorial Hall. The college admitted its first male student in 1934 and changed its name the next year to Huntingdon College in honor of Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, a notable supporter of Methodism.

Accreditation
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 on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). 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 recently fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Huntingdon College recently went through a period of accreditation probation, having been notified by SACS that they were not meeting the standards for their type of college. The probation came on an emergency review, not as a result of the standard ten-year review process. Huntingdon College was on accreditation probation for two academic years, from 2005-2007 thereby being taken off probation in January 2007. Since then, Huntingdon has taken in more tuition-paying students (expanding in sports sciences and business administration), plus more major donations, and is recovering financially. With a closer relationship to the United Methodist church, it has received more scholarships and more students from the church community. It has been sending a number of graduates to elite postgraduate schools of divinity or religion. It has longstanding strengths in the pre-medical sciences (e.g., biochemistry) and the pre-law subjects (such as political science and history). Many graduates enter law schools and medical-related schools.

Rankings
Huntingdon is ranked a second-tier school by U.S. News and World Report. 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.

Student organizations
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 came on campus in the Spring of 2008, and Sigma Nu came on campus in the Fall of 2008. Other organizations focus on political interests, including College Republicans and College Democrats. Service organizations include the Women's Center and Circle K International, 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. Campus publications are student-run and include The Prelude (literary magazine), Bells and Pomegranates (yearbook), and The Gargoyle (newspaper).

The "Red Lady"
Huntingdon College is the home of the " Red Lady," alleged to be the ghost of a female student from the early twentieth century who committed suicide inside her room in Pratt Hall. This story is told in Huntingdon alumnus Kathryn Tucker Windham's 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey .

Alumni

Trivia
  • Huntingdon can be seen in the Tim Burton movie Big Fish where the campus is used to portray Auburn University.
  • Men's Golf Team was NAIA National Champions in 1985,'86,'87,'88,'92, and '94. Joe Durant (Class of 1987) currently plays on the PGA Tour.
  • The Annual Oracle Hunt is Huntingdon's only real, sustained tradition. It is a complex scavenger hunt with many quirks which is open to Juniors and Seniors and organized by Seniors who participated the previous year. The goal is to find the "oracle" that has been passed down and hidden in the same location since the 1950s.
  • Huntingdon is also the Alma Mater of Richard Riley, formerly of Slick Rick's Five Dollar Flicks Inc.


Name Known for Relationship to Huntingdon College Elizabeth A. Hight Rear Admiral, Upper Half BA 1977 Leura Garrett Canary US Attorney BA 1978 Harper Lee author attended briefly Jeff Sessions US Senator for Alabama BA 1969 Kathryn Tucker Windham author/storyteller/photographer/radio personality BA 1939 Joe Durant Golfer - PGA Tour BA 1987