Houghton, New York
Houghton College provides an experiential and transformative learning experience within a close-knit, highly-relational Christian community. Named one of the safest college campuses in the country, Houghton enrolls 1000+ diverse and deeply curious students from 39 states, 31 countries, and 30 different Christian denominations. Located in rural Western NY, Houghton’s scenic location fosters deep reflection, close connections with people and with nature; and is an ideal environment for focusing on what truly matters.
With over 40 majors and programs and a newly designed general education curriculum, a Houghton education prepares students to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As a Christian learning community in the Wesleyan tradition, Houghton equips students to lead and labor as scholar-servants in a changing world.
Get to know Houghton College
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Equestrian Center
- Ministry Resources
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Peer Mentors
Houghton’s recently updated and innovative general education curriculum was designed around the college’s mission statement: to provide an academically challenging, Christ-centered education in the liberal arts and sciences to students from diverse traditions and economic backgrounds, equipping them to lead and labor as scholar-servants in a changing world.
Students’ overall experience in college is a blend of general education courses and more specialized training in their majors. Houghton’s general education curriculum requires:
- Christ-centered education: foundational coursework and ongoing exploration in Biblical and Theological studies.
- Academic rigor: core courses in mathematics, the natural sciences, and the humanities as well as an exploration in the social sciences and the arts.
- Equipping to lead and labor as scholar-servants: training in how to work together in a learning community and preparation for lifelong wellness.
- Preparation to engage a changing world: courses and experiences that teach skills for cross-cultural interaction and understanding.
SUMMER RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Houghton College is well known for providing quality education in science and math. The Summer Research Institute brings together motivated physics, chemistry, biology, math, and computer science students into a more intense research environment. The Institute allows students to interact with faculty in a much more collaborative sense than a typical classroom setting.
OFF CAMPUS STUDIES
50% of Houghton students experience real-world learning by studying off campus before they graduate. With so many options available, here is just a small sampling of some of Houghton’s most recent offerings:
- Live in Rwanda, Africa, for a semester, learning about community development and reconciliation in the wake of the 1993 genocide.
- Experience Thailand for a semester in Southeast Asia to learn about social justice issues like human trafficking.
- See the beautiful wildlife and diverse cultures of Tanzania for a semester while learning about the history, anthropology, and environment of the region.
- Take a 3-week mayterm class abroad in Central America, South America, or Europe.
- Spend a semester in Alaska studying ecosystems, global climate change, land management of natural resources, and wilderness recreation
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 12%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 3%
White, non-Hispanic: 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
CENTER FOR FAITH, JUSTICE, AND GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
The Center for Faith, Justice, and Global Engagement is the face of Houghton’s longstanding commitment to address social and economic needs, both locally and globally. The Center’s annual symposium provides a forum for students to interact with world-renowned speakers, all of whom travel to Houghton to introduce different perspectives around a single, core issue. Together, students and speakers use their areas of expertise to collaborate and discuss such issues as hunger and extreme poverty, human trafficking, and climate change.
For over 20 years, Houghton has offered truly innovative and immersive honors programs for top students. These honors experiences are all co-taught, very intense, and complemented by significant experiential components. Houghton’s idea is to take entering students with a lot of ability and curiosity and give them a radically developmental experience—an experience that provides challenges that are only initially beyond them.
London Honors Program: Students accepted into London Honors spend the spring semester of their first year abroad in London reading great texts, studying art and architecture, and interacting with a city that draws from every corner of the globe.
East Meets West Honors: East Meets West Honors traces the roots of the deep cultural divide between the Islamic and Orthodox East and the Protestant and Catholic West. During the program, students explore the eastern Mediterranean and the Balkan Peninsula, a notable area in which these cultures meet and mix.
Science Honors: In Science Honors, students begin their college careers with an integrated, hands-on research experience, focusing on a pressing, real-world problem.
WRITING ENRICHED COURSES
All Houghton, students receive writing instruction through a set of foundational coursework in college-level writing as well as in other designated courses that require at least 20 pages of writing (including shorter papers that collectively add up to 20 pages). Since writing is essential in so many vocations, all students, no matter their majors, have at least three opportunities to receive writing feedback so that they may learn to improve their composition skills.
SPIRITUAL LIFE ON CAMPUS
Houghton students remain refreshed and motivated, uninhibited by the rigorous challenges that come with college. Routine is reinforced by the invigorating rhythms of Christian community.
With grounding, campus-wide chapel services, as well as welcoming prayer services throughout the week, Houghton integrates faith, academics, and community. Spiritual formation is ingrained in the everyday Houghton lifestyle, connecting every interaction to God’s presence.
While much of the college’s Christian rhythms are supported by Houghton’s faculty, spiritual growth is ultimately driven by the active contributions of the students themselves. Students are welcome and encouraged to participate in chapel, lead devotionals, and travel all throughout the world in missionary groups. Other opportunities to nurse Houghton’s spiritual health include the student-led “Mercy Seat” worship service every weeknight and the student-leader “Deacons Program.”
THE KERR-PEGULA ATHLETIC COMPLEX
The Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex, opened in October 2014, includes baseball and softball stadiums, a multisport field, and a fieldhouse with indoor track and tennis courts. Initial funding for the complex was provided by Terry and Kim (Kerr ’91) Pegula, owners of the Buffalo Sabres professional hockey team and the Buffalo Bills professional football team.
Since 1967, the Houghton College Highlanders have had a proud tradition of excellence in intercollegiate athletics. As a member of the NCAA Division III, Houghton competes in the Empire 8 Conference and offers 18 intercollegiate teams:
- Basketball (M/W)
- Soccer (M/W)
- Indoor Track and Field (M/W)
- Outdoor Track and Field (M/W)
- Tennis (M/W)
- Lacrosse (M/W)
- Cross Country (M/W)
- Baseball (M)
- Softball (W)
- Field Hockey (W)
- Volleyball (W)
The Houghton College mascot is a rampant lion, and school colors are purple and gold
Campus housing options.
Apartments for married students
Apartments for single students
VOCATION AND CAREER
A Houghton education is about preparing graduates for the fast-paced and ever-changing world of work. Work is not thought primarily in terms of “career,” but of “calling.” Houghton’s Vocational Opportunities and Career Advising (VOCA) Center provides the resources and guidance that students need to integrate God’s calling with their individual interests and goals. With the help of everything from alumni networking to career assessment, every student is able to find the way they may best serve in this changing world.
More than just a career services office, the VOCA Center provides a unique approach to vocational and career planning by engaging with students throughout their first year of college, walking them through individually customized and comprehensive career development plans that are available beyond graduation. Students benefit from trained mentors and counselors who help them answer important questions like:
- “How am I uniquely designed?”
- “What am I deeply passionate about?”
- “What is my purpose here on earth?”
Once they have identified career areas of interest, VOCA connects them with job shadow and internship opportunities. Students are prepared for their next step after graduation by learning how to network, write resumes, conduct job searches, and effectively market themselves in interviews.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA
Standardized test scores | Religious affiliation/commitment
Class rank | Application Essay
Recommendation(s) | Character/personal qualities
Interview | Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability
First generation | Alumni/ae relation | Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work | Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
SAT Critical Reading
25th Percentile: 480 | 75th Percentile: 630
25th Percentile: 483 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 28
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 27
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $8,754