Houghton, founded in 1883, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 1,300-acre campus is located in Houghton, 65 miles southeast of Buffalo.

Website: www.houghton.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,043
Undergraduate
Students
(62.6%) 653 Women
(37.4%) 390 Men
16
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
75% of 1,074 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.25
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
24 average
21-28 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$41,776
Tuition and Fees
$32,488
Room and Board
$9,288
Average Percent of Need Met
61%
Average Freshman Award
$21,632
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$32,861
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
67
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 28% of classes
10-19 students: 41% of classes
20-29 students: 15% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Houghton Population
1,693
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Buffalo, Rochester
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
89% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III, National Christian College Athletic Association
Mascot
 
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.2% Asian
3.7% Black/African-American
1.2% Hispanic/Latino
5.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
83.5% White
2.9% Unknown
International Students
12.1% from 44 countries
First-Year Students Returning
86.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
63.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
55%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
30.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   3
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies   1
History   3
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Recommended Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for placement
ACT: Used for placement

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
One Willard Avenue
City, State, Zip
Houghton, NY 14744
Phone
(585) 567-9353
Fax
(585) 567-9522
E-mail
admission@houghton.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$40
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 4 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
75% of 1,074 applicants were admitted
Women
76% of 691 applicants were admitted
Men
75% of 383 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
296 (37%) of 810 admitted students enrolled
Women
169 (32%) of 522 admitted students enrolled
Men
127 (44%) of 288 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.25
3.75 and Above
28%
3.50 - 3.74
28%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
10%
2.00 - 2.49
5%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
24 average
21-28 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
12%
Score of 24 - 29
50%
Score of 18 - 23
28%
Score of 12 - 17
11%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 27%
Top quarter: 51%
Top half: 83%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
2%
Class President
0%
Student Government Officer
0%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$41,776
Tuition and Fees
$32,488
Room and Board
$9,288
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002734
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
232 (92.4%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
218 (88.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
218 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
24 (21.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
61%
Average Award
$21,632
Need-Based Gift
Received by 216 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $20,676
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 159 (83.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,029
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 190 (19.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
31 (15.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $18,387

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
819 (86.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
771 (94.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
771 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
85 (16.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
58%
Average Award
$20,371
Need-Based Gift
Received by 761 (99.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $19,479
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 576 (85.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,852
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 605 (13.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
150 (19.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $17,956

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
65%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$32,861
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
13.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, English, International Studies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Creative Writing, Music, Performing Arts
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership, Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Adult Students, Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Relatives of Clergy, Religious Affiliation, Siblings of Current Students, Veterans, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,008
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Brass Instruments
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Biology
  • Equestrian/Equine Studies
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Development
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Natural Sciences
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling
  • Percussion Instruments
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
  • Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religious Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Theology/Theological Studies
  • Voice and Opera
  • Woodwind Instruments
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Education, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
67
Part-Time Faculty
57
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
55%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 28% of classes
10-19 students: 41% of classes
20-29 students: 15% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 32% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 50% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 18% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
520,013
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
30
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Houghton Population
1,693
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Buffalo, Rochester
Campus Size
1,300 acres

Weather

Temperature
17 average low in January, 75.3 average high in September
Rain
169 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
60 mile(s) from campus in Buffalo
Nearest Train Station
70 mile(s) from campus in Rochester

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing
Students in College Housing
89% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
10%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
Emergency phone number rings directly to cell phone carried by officer on duty 24/7, automatic fire alarms throughout campus

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III, National Christian College Athletic Association
Mascot
 
School Colors
Purple and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
baseball, basketball, football, racquetball, soccer, table tennis, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, student newspaper, global christian fellowship, student government association, mercy seat, allegany county outreach, kairos (formerly intercultural student association)
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,043
Women
653 (62.6%)
Men
390 (37.4%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
998
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.2% Asian
3.7% Black/African-American
1.2% Hispanic/Latino
5.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
83.5% White
2.9% Unknown
International Students.
12.1% from 44 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
16

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
86.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
63.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
70%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
71.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
55%
Average Starting Salary
55%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
30.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 2%
Law 2%
Theology 13%
Arts and Sciences 48%
Medicine 13%
Veterinary Medicine 2%
Education 14%

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