Houghton College

Campus Description

Since 1883, Houghton College has integrated high-quality academic instruction in the liberal arts and sciences with the Christian faith, empowering its graduates for national and global impact. Houghton is selective in admission, attracting students from 33 countries and 33 states. Houghton’s alumni serve in every state and in 66 countries around the world in all areas of society, most notably in medicine, law and education. Houghton’s curriculum offers 70 areas of study coupled with support organizations such as  the Vocational Opportunities and Career Advising (VOCA) office and the Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA). Over one-third of all graduates pursue graduate or professional school with exceptional graduate placement in medical and law school. Numerous study abroad opportunities are available through full-semester and short-term programs in the United Kingdom, Tanzania, and Eastern Europe as well as short-term programs throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, and other opportunities through travel-abroad networks. Honors at Houghton offers highly-qualified first-year students the opportunity to participate in an innovative honors experience during their first few semesters as well as participate in hands-on learning through travelling abroad at the end of their first year. Science Honors provides qualified first-year students with an interdisciplinary, hands-on project that addresses real-world situations. Houghton is located on a 1,300 acre campus in western New York and enrolls 1,059 students, the majority of whom are full-time and residential. The campus includes a 386-acre equestrian center as well as numerous trails for hiking and biking in the fall and spring and cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter. Houghton’s distinctive architecture incorporates fieldstone throughout and combines neoclassic and modern architecture with state-of-the-art technology and facilities. Recent improvements include renovation of the campus center, a $4 million dollar upgrade of classroom and lab space in the sciences, and a $26 million dollar field house and athletic complex.

One Willard Ave., Houghton, NY 14744

Toll-free 800.777.2556 or 585.567.9353

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Degrees Offered

Associate (AA), Bachelor's (BA, BFA, BS, BMus), Master's (MA, MMus)


Varsity Sports: Women's: basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball. Men's: baseball, basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor).Intramural Sports: Women's: basketball, indoor & outdoor soccer, volleyball. Men's: basketball, flag football, indoor & outdoor soccer, volleyball. Coed: kickball, softball, volleyball, water polo.Club Sports: Co-ed: paddle sports, swimming, ultimate frisbee.

Clubs and Activities

Allegany County Outreach, Artist Guild, Black Heritage Club, The Drawing Board, Encore Theater Club, Equestrian Society, Foam in the Liberal Arts (FILA) Nerf Club, Gadfly Society, Global Christian Fellowship, Gospel Choir, Health Professionals Club, Imitators of Christ, Jive 101 Swing Club, Journey's End Tutoring, Kairos (formerly the International Student Association), The Lanthorn, Mercy Seat, National Association for Music Education, Paddle Sports, Psychology Club, Salvation Army Student Fellowship, Sigma Zeta, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Society for Human Resources Management, Student Government Association, Youth for Christ

Featured Programs

New Data Science initiatives including the Center for Data Science Analytics and Data Science Major; New Music Industry Major; New Sport, Recreation & Wellness Major; Equestrian studies program; Center for Faith, Justice and Global Engagement; Honors at Houghton with three offerings: Science Honors, East Meets West, Honors in London; Numerous study-abroad programs are offered through Houghton: Europe, Africa, South America, and the Middle East

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 1,014 (Full-time: 354 men, 636 women; Part-time: 10 men, 14 women)
Graduate (Matriculated): 20 (Full-time: 6 men, 3 women; Part-time: 4 men, 7 women)
61% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
27% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 500 – 630
SAT math range: 490 – 620
ACT range: 21 – 29
89.9% have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
10.1% have a high school GPA of 2.0 to less than 3.0

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American2.6%3.3%
% Asian2.5%0.0%
% Hispanic / Latino1.6%3.3%
% White, Non-Hispanic77.8%70.0%
% American Indian / Alaskan Native0.2%0.0%
% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander0.1%0.0%
% International / Nonresident Alien10.6%13.3%
% Two or more races4.0%0.0%
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity0.6%10.0%

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$29,458 per year, or $1,230 per credit. A $200 fee is an annual Health Center and Counseling fee; one-time $100 orientation fee for incoming students.
Tuition Only:
Room & Board:
Room Only:

Admission/Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines (Same for Freshmen and Transfers): fall- rolling, November 6 fee waiver, December 4 priority for honors and top scholarship; spring- rolling, January 15

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines (Same for Freshmen and Transfers):
March 1 priority

Application Requirements

Freshmen: HS transcript; SAT or ACT; recommendation; personal statement.
Transfers: College transcripts along with SAT/ACT scores in some cases; personal statement optional.
Average Financial Aid Package:
Average Non-Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Aid:
Types of Non-Need Aid Awarded:
Academics; Music performance; Art performance; ROTC; Wesleyan; Canadian