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Colleges / Houghton University

Houghton University

Houghton, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate75%

Houghton University Admissions

Houghton University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Houghton University is 75%. Out of 1,074 applications received in 2023, 810 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Houghton University, the application fee is $40.

Houghton University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Houghton University's admissions stats.

Houghton University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.2
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 27%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 83%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 38.1%
Waitlist No

Houghton University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Houghton University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Considering Applying Early to Houghton University?

Houghton University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Houghton University Admissions

Transferring to Houghton University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Houghton University

Houghton University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Houghton University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Houghton University

What does Houghton University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Houghton University for more information on admission factors.

Houghton University Application Requirements

To apply to Houghton University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Houghton University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Houghton University?

Students admitted to Houghton University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.2.

Out of all students that were admitted, 60% submitted a class rank. At Houghton University 27% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 51% were in the top 25% and 83% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Houghton University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Houghton University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Houghton University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 83% of Houghton University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 38.1% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be most competitive at Houghton University, you should strive to earn between 21 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Houghton University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Houghton University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

More Information on Transferring to Houghton University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Houghton University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Houghton University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Houghton University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Houghton University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Houghton University.

Does Houghton University accept transfer credits?

✅ Houghton University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Houghton University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

Does Houghton University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Houghton University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Houghton University?

❌ No, Houghton University is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to send your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Houghton University's acceptance rate?

✅ Houghton University's acceptance rate is 75%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Houghton University?

❌ Houghton University does not offer early decision.

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Houghton University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Houghton University? Houghton University is a somewhat selective institution. The Houghton University acceptance rate is 75%. This means that the institution accepts 75 out of every 100 applicants.


Houghton University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

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

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

Houghton University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Houghton University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Houghton University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.25. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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