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Academics

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."

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

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."

Overview

Applicants
821
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average HS GPA
3.48

GPA Breakdown

35%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Class Rank
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12.1:1
Total Faculty
129
with Terminal Degree
83

77
Men
52
Women
2
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Equestrian/Equine Studies.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Environmental Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Education, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • Health Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Nursing Studies.
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies.
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Art.
  • Music.
  • Writing.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.
  • Natural Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.
  • Philosophy, Other.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics, Other.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.
  • Psychology, Other.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Development Economics and International Development.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Bible/Biblical Studies.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling.
  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies.
  • Religious Education.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other.
  • Theology/Theological Studies.
  • Youth Ministry.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Music, Other.
  • Stringed Instruments.
  • Voice and Opera.


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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

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 each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,026

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$31,040
Required Fees
$500
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

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,018
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,032
Foreign Countries Represented
31

Demographics

3.52%
Asian
3.91%
African-American
1.86%
Hispanic
72.80%
Caucasian
2.45%
Unknown
10.47%
International

62% female
38% male
35% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
75%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
79%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

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

34% participate in intramural sports
23% 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

Sustainability

76/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo and Apple.

Campus Visits 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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