College Profile 

Facts

  • Year founded: 1883 
  • Sponsored by: The Wesleyan Church
  • Athletic Mascot: Highlander
  • Colors: Purple and Gold

Our Students 

  • Total enrollment: 1,078
    • Undergraduate: 1,048
    • Graduate: 30
  • Undergraduate residential student represent-
    • 31 states
    • 39 countries
    • 30 Christian denominations
  • Undergraduate first-year student profile (entering fall 2015)
    • 1660 average SAT (1113 on Critical Reading and Math sections)
    • 25 average ACT
    • 3.52 average high school GPA
  • Graduation and retention rates
    • 65.7% four-year graduation rate*
    • 75.6% six-year graduation rate*
    • 86.5% retention rate+

    *Graduation rate: the percentage of students who begin as first-year students and graduate in either four or six years. The national average for six-year graduation rates is 59%; the national average for private colleges is 65%.

    +Retention rate: the percentage of first-year students who return for their second year. The national average is 80%; the national average for private colleges is 81%.

    Accreditation 

    Houghton College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Regents of the University of the State of New York and is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104; phone: 267-284-5000) is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

    The National Association of Schools of Music is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

    The Houghton College Teacher Education Program (HCTEP), which is designed to equip teachers for transformative learning and service, is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of 10 years from September 30, 2011 to September 30, 2021. This accreditation certifies that the Houghton College Teacher Education Program has provided evidence that it adheres to TEAC's quality principles. TEAC is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

    Equal Opportunity

    Houghton College admits students of any race, color, gender and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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