Houghton College

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1 Willard Avenue

Houghton, NY 14744

Phone: (585) 567-9200
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U.S. News Rankings

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#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Houghton College is a private institution that was founded in 1883. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,147, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,300 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Houghton College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 141. Its tuition and fees are $27,728 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Since 1883, Houghton College has integrated high-quality academic instruction in the arts and sciences with the Christian faith, empowering its graduates for national and global impact. Houghton is selective in admission, attracting students from 32 countries and 37 states. Houghton's alumni serve in every state and in 66 countries around the world in all arenas of society, most notably in medicine, law and education. Houghton's curriculum offers 70 areas of study. Nearly 35 percent of all graduates attend graduate or professional school upon graduation. Numerous study abroad programs are available, including Houghton's own offerings in Tanzania, Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Houghton Honors Programs offer highly qualified students opportunities to study overseas during their first year. The Science Honors Program offers first-year students a solution-driven, interdisciplinary curriculum that addresses real-world problems. Houghton is located on a 1,300 acre campus in western New York and enrolls 1,100 full-time students, who are mostly residential. The campus includes a 386-acre equestrian center as well as cross-country and downhill ski trails. Houghton's campus combines classic-style architecture with state-of-the-art technology and facilities.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1883
Religious affiliation The Wesleyan Church
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $37,500,578


When applying to Houghton College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Houghton College is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.4 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Houghton College is 12:1, and the school has 67.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Houghton College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; English Language and Literature/Letters; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.3 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 58%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 23%
Education 13%
English Language and Literature/Letters 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%

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Student Life

Houghton College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,147, with a gender distribution of 33.9 percent male students and 66.1 percent female students. At this school, 87 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 13 percent of students live off campus. Houghton College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,165
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Houghton College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Houghton College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Houghton College, 49 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Houghton College.

Students who have cars on campus 49%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Houghton College, 80.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,494.

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Tuition and fees $27,728 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,012 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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