A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

About Houghton

Mission

Houghton College provides an academically challenging, Christ-centered education in the liberal arts and sciences to students from diverse traditions and economic backgrounds and equips them to lead and labor as scholar-servants in a changing world.

 

Facts

  • Year founded: 1883
  • Sponsored by: The Wesleyan Church
  • Athletic Mascot: Highlander
  • Colors: Purple & Gold
  • 1,100 students representing 40 states and Canadian provinces and 25 foreign countries

Faculty 

  • 136 overall faculty, 82 full-time
  • 84% of full-time faculty have terminal degrees (most advanced degrees in their fields)
  • Student to faculty ratio of 11:1

Degrees Offered

  • Associate of Arts (AA)
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Master of Arts in Music (MA)
  • Master of Music (MMus)

Our Students

  • 1,000
  • 41 states
  • 31 countries
  • 30 Christian denominations
  • 1637 average SAT (1100 on Critical Reading and Math sections)
  • 24 average ACT
  • 3.53 average high school GPA
  • 50% study off-campus
  • 87.6% retention rate (from first year to second)

Our Alumni

  • More than 22,000
  • 50 states
  • 66 foreign countries
  • Ages: 21-103!
  • 30% immediately pursue graduate studies (with many more to follow)

Accreditation

Houghton College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 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 - 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).

 

National recognition

  • America's Top Colleges 2013 –Forbes
  • First tier national liberal arts college –US News & World Report
  • Best College in the Northeast –Princeton Review
  • Top Green College - Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition

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Equal Opportunity

Houghton College admits students of any race, color, gender, 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, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.