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Houghton University

Houghton, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate75%
Acceptance Rate75%

About Houghton College

Houghton College Overview

Houghton College is a private, religious school in the rural setting of Houghton, New York. Houghton College was founded in 1883 and enrolls 870 undergrads and no graduate students. Houghton College provides housing for up to 1,126 students. The majority of students live on campus. On the weekends, about 70% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Houghton College!

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Houghton College's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Houghton College students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Houghton College does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Houghton College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Houghton College on the Student Life page.

2022 Houghton College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 75%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.2
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 83%
Tuition $15,900
Percent of Need Met 42%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $12,010

Is Houghton College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how selective a college is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer idea of what Houghton College offers and if the college might be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Houghton College

It is moderately difficult to get into Houghton College. The acceptance rate at Houghton College is 75%. Out of 1,074 applications received in 2022, 810 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Houghton College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 86% of students who start at Houghton College return the next year. 71% of Houghton College undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Houghton College Grads

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

Check with Houghton College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Houghton College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Houghton College's endowment was $46.4 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $11,958 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Houghton College

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Houghton College meets 42% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Houghton College full-time are awarded $12,010 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $50,305 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Houghton College.

Based on this information, how does Houghton College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Houghton College a good school for you?

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Where is Houghton College Located?

Houghton College is located in the rural setting of Houghton, New York, less than an hour from Buffalo and Rochester.

If you would like to see Houghton College for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 86 to Houghton, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Buffalo-Niagara International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Houghton College and Houghton are like without leaving home.

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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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Houghton College ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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28 and Above


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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 870 students enrolled at Houghton College. 93% 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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