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Huntingdon College named among fastest growing colleges in U.S.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A recent publication has named Huntingdon College as one of the country's fastest-growing colleges.

The publication is The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2014 list of Fastest Growing Colleges in America, which was released on Monday.

Huntingdon was ranked number 12 on the list among private four-year institutions across the United States.

The publication recognizes growth in colleges from 2002 to 2012. Huntingdon's overall enrollment jumped 88 percent, from 594 in2002 to 1118 in 2012. That jump includes students in traditional day and evening programs.

According to President J. Cameron West, there are a number of reasons for the growth in enrollment including realignment with the College's historic mission as a college of the United Methodist Church, NCAA-Division III athletic programs, growth in academic programs, and expansion of evening programs.

"A great deal of our student growth can be attributed to word-of-mouth recruitment," West said. "Students, who are happy here, then tell their friends and their brothers and sisters and cousins."

One of the biggest growths in enrollment is among students from Alabama. West credits this to the expansion of scholarships and financial assistance programs.

West also credits the growth to the expansion of the college's evening degree completion program. The Evening Bachelor's Degree grew from 28 students in fall 2002 to 253 in fall of 2012.

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