Houghton College provides "God-centered liberal arts and some science" to students who want "a challenge both academically and spiritually." Although Houghton has "a strong academic record," students feel the focus is more on religion than studying: "Houghton is a place where the students are learning to live life as a community of Christians whose sole purpose is to glorify Jesus Christ," says one student. Houghton is about "learning with God in mind," and students who are looking for "a great Christian atmosphere" will enjoy it here.

Overview

Applicants
807
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average HS GPA
3.53

GPA Breakdown

36%
Over 3.75
32%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 630
SAT Math
490 - 605
ACT Composite
21 - 28

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Class Rank
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Overall

Houghton College provides "God-centered liberal arts and some science" to students who want "a challenge both academically and spiritually." Although Houghton has "a strong academic record," students feel the focus is more on religion than studying: "Houghton is a place where the students are learning to live life as a community of Christians whose sole purpose is to glorify Jesus Christ," says one student. Houghton is about "learning with God in mind," and students who are looking for "a great Christian atmosphere" will enjoy it here. "Houghton is a close-knit community" "set aside by God for all peoples." Many students were born into the Houghton family, having siblings, parents, or grandparents who attended. The small size also means "smaller class sizes that make it much easier to receive more one on one between student and teacher." "A majority of the professors start out classes with prayer and encourage us to be the best we can for God, not for the world," says one writing major. Professors have "high expectations" and "are wonderful at making even the boring subjects interesting (for the most part) and love to help students both in and out of class." Although students were happy with the professors, they were not as happy with the administration and feel it "should listen more to what the professors and students suggest." "I have recently been disappointed in a few of the decisions made by the administration, even when the student body was overwhelmingly in opposition," explains one English student. "I would like to see more action taken as a result of professor and student preferences, instead of in spite of them."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11.5:1
Total Faculty
128
with Terminal Degree
85

75
Men
53
Women
5
Minority
2
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
89%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Paula Butterfield, PhD
voted one of Am. top 25 Most Visionary Superintendents

Diane Komp, MD
Prof. oncology/hematology Yale U.

Carolyn Paine Miller
Exec. Summer Inst. Linguistics Wycliffe Translator

Richard Mouw, PhD
Prominent Theologian and Author

Robert Orr, MD
Director of Ethics, U. Vermont Med. Sch.

John Lyon
President and CEO of World Hope International

Deborah Birx, MD
Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,979

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,296

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,738

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,588

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,026

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$27,578
Required Fees
$150
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,000
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students at Houghton are "90 percent white protestant" and "moderate-to-conservative" politically. In this monolithic student body, "the minority really do make up a minor part of the school body's population." "Everyone is religious," and "most of us come from evangelical backgrounds," although "everyone does anything they can to make others feel like they belong." "They could add a little more diversity in opinions and focus more on being real rather than focusing on presenting a particular image," one student bemoans. "The typical student here is of average college age and wears more conservative styles of clothing." Although students who aren't of a conservative, Christian mindset will likely feel stifled here, the school "accepts everyone of any Christian denomination" as long as they are willing to "abide by the Wesleyan rules."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,081
Out of State

International
Foreign Countries Represented
31

Demographics

64% female
36% male
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

Since Houghton is located in a very secluded area of New York State, there is quite literally NOTHING to do around town, and students have to "make our own fun" out in "the middle of nowhere." "And make our own fun; we do!" one student declares. "There are movie showings, game nights, themed parties (such as superhero parties, Pop-Tart parties, ‘Scene It' parties, and ‘Paradise Island' nights). We like to ski and/or sled, since we get a lot of snow." This small religious school has "a dry-campus, which is comforting" for students seeking that. "Campus activities board (CAB) normally has something to do most days, and though there is not much to do around the town, students are always busy." Students do feel the administration does not "listen to students." And the food in the cafeteria is at best "so-so." "As far as social life goes, there isn't much around, but your social life is what you make it," explains one student. "If you think you need a movie theater and a mall to have fun, Houghton isn't for you."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
87%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
84
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
73

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
34
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
12

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

32% participate in intramural sports
22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Highlanders)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Highlanders)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. Bonaventure University

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
4

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo and Apple.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Andrew Oden
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admission Houghton College
PO Box 128
Houghton, NY 14744

Phone
800 - 777-2556

Email
admission@houghton.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campus Center
Wesley Chapel
Nielsen Physical Education Center
Center for the Arts
Chamberlain Center
Many of these buildings are multiple use and include things such as a coffee shop, art gallery, recital hall, exercise and dining facilities.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Letchworth State Park
Niagara Falls
Moss Lake Nature Sanctuary
Holiday Valley Ski Resort
Swain Ski Resort
Buffalo and Rochester are within 60-70 miles, offering museums, fine arts events, etc. Many natural attractions available in and around Houghton.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
800 - 777-2556

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@houghton.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle provided by Houghton to and from the Buffalo/Niagara International Airport and the Rochester International Airport as well as train and bus stops.

Driving Instructions to Campus
15 miles north of Interstate 86 on Route 19, 15 miles south of Letchworth State Park on Route 19.

Local Accommodations
The Inn at Houghton Creek, Houghton, NY Community Housing, Houghton, NY Schilke House Guest Rooms, Houghton, NY The Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Caneadea, NY Lakeview Bed and Breakfast, Caneadea, NY Oramel Inn, Oramel, NY
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Key Stats

807
Applicants
1,081
Size
91%
Acceptance Rate
1110
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists