Application Instructions and Documents

In order to have your application for admission reviewed by the Admission Committee, the following items must be submitted. 

First-year students

  1. Application
  2. Personal Statement
  3. High school transcript
  4. Recommendation
  5. SAT/ACT/CLT (recommended, see our testing policy)

If you have completed courses through a college or university, please send official college transcripts sent to Houghton.


Transfer students

  1. Application
  2. Personal Statement
  3. High school transcript*
  4. College transcript
  5. Recommendation
  6. SAT/ACT/CLT (optional)

*If you are a transfer student and have already earned a college degree (BA, BS, AA, AS) you are not required to submit a high school transcript. All other transfers are required to send an official high school transcript.


Music majors

In addition to submitting the required documents for first-year of transfer students listed above, music majors must submit the following, as well:


International Students

Citizens of countries other than the United States and Canada have some special application instructions.

Applying instructions for International Students..


Returning Students

If you previously applied to Houghton or if you previously attended Houghton and withdrew, you must complete the re-application. A college transcript will also be required if you have attended another college since your last application to Houghton.

Re-Apply Online


Part-time Students

If you wish to apply as a part-time student or to take a Mayterm or Summer course, you must fill out our Special Student Application


Community Covenant

As part of your application to Houghton College, you will be asked to abide by a Community Covenant regarding behavior and conduct while at Houghton.

View the Community Covenant »