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Houghton College

Houghton, NY 4-Year Private

About Houghton College

Houghton College is a private, religous school located in the rural setting of Houghton, NY, less than an hour from Buffalo, Rochester.

Founded in 1883, Houghton College currently enrolls around 1,059 students a year, including 1,043 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2017, the total market value of the school endowment was $46,414,117. The school spends $11,958 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Admissions Facts About Houghton College

Acceptance rate: 75%

Average GPA: 3.25

Mean ACT score: 24

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

What's the acceptance rate at Houghton College in 2017?

Houghton College is a moderately difficult school to get accepted to. Houghton College accepts around 75 percent of applicants each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at Houghton College is 3.25 out of 4.0. The mean ACT scores is 24.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Houghton College a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

About 86 percent of students who start at Houghton College return the next year. Out of the 254 students who started at Houghton College as first-time freshman, 161 graduate within four years.

Around 71 percent of students who started at Houghton College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 55 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $47,693 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Houghton College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Houghton College a good school for YOU?

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College Info

One Willard Avenue Houghton, NY 14744

Campus Setting: Rural

Houghton College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Houghton College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Houghton College is Continuous processing.

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Houghton College ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

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28 and Above


21 to 28


21 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Houghton College is 24. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Houghton College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Houghton College SAT Scores


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Houghton College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Houghton College is like? There are approximately 1,059 students enrolled at Houghton College, including 1,043 undergraduate students and 16 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 66% percent are from NY and 34% percent of students are from other states.


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