Transfer Admission Information

Transfer Student Admission

Transfer students are welcome at Houghton with preference given to individuals who present a grade-point average of 3.00 or higher. Transfer students are expected to reside initially in college housing unless they are students commuting from home.

Transfer students must submit an official transcript from all colleges attended in addition to a high school transcript and Christian character recommendation. SAT or ACT scores are generally not required for transfers.

Transfer Credit Guidelines

  • Transfers must complete at least 30 hours at Houghton and earn at least 50 percent of their major hours here.
  • Transfer credits are accepted from institutions that are regionally accredited and listed by the U.S. Office of Education in its current Education Directory, Colleges and Universities.
  • A maximum of 32 hours of approved advanced placement (AP), CLEP, DSST, and Highter Level International Baccalaureate (IB) will transfer to Houghton.
  • Up to 67 credit hours may be transferred for appropriate courses completed with a grade of C- or above from a regionally-accredited community college or a Bible college accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).
  • The Academic Records Office, in consultation with relevant department chairs, will assess all transfer credits. Except as noted below, credit to meet Houghton requirements is granted on a course-by-course basis when it is reasonably clear that the course being transferred would, if taken at Houghton College, fulfill Houghton College requirements.
  • Only grades received at Houghton are used to figure the Houghton College grade point average; accepted hours earned elsewhere, however, will be posted to the Houghton transcript.
  • At least 62 credit hours must be taken at Houghton to be eligible for graduation Latin honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude).

Transfer Students with a Full Year of College Credit

For students who have at least a full year of successful college experience as demonstrated by at least 25 transferable semester credit hours earned following high school graduation, a course-by-course assessment will still be done. However, if the year was spent in normal pursuit of a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution, courses of a general education nature taken in a discipline will count for a Houghton Integrative Studies requirement in that discipline even if the equivalent course taken at Houghton College would not so count. (E.g., courses in World Literature or World Civilization would meet Houghton’s requirements for Culture: Literature, or Culture: History.)

Junior Transfers from Four-Year Baccalaureate Institutions

For students who have been enrolled in a baccalaureate degree and have successfully completed 60 or more semester hours of transferable credits, special considerations apply in meeting Houghton’s Integrative Studies requirements.

  1. Students who have earned at least 40 transferable hours from a single baccalaureate institution may complete either Houghton’s foreign language requirement or the foreign language requirement of the institution where the majority of transferable hours have been earned.
  2. Students who have earned at least 45 transferable hours in at least seven of the following 10 areas - writing, literature, communication, foreign language, social science, philosophy, fine arts, history, math, and science - need only take Biblical Literature or, if eligible, a 200 level Bible course (excluding BIBL 251 and BIBL 261) and Introduction to Christianity to complete their Integrative Studies requirements.

Transfer Agreements with Community Colleges

Houghton College has established formal transfer articulation agreements with community colleges across New York State. These agreements allow graduates who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree to transfer directly to Houghton with junior class standing. In most cases, such students are able to complete their Houghton degree in 2 years of full-time study.

Houghton College has also established a 2+2 degree partnership with Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. Students who are admitted to the 2+2 dual-admission plan at MCC and meet specified requirements can be accepted to Houghton and assured of successful credit transfer and completion of their Houghton degree in 2 more years (in most cases). The following majors can be completed in the 2+2 program: adolescence education, art, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication, English, history, inclusive childhood education, mathematics, physical/health education, psychology and recreation.