Application Instructions

In order to have your application for admission reviewed by the Admission Committee, the following items must be submitted.  You can complete the application online or download and print the required documents.

High school transcript

SAT/ACT score

Recommendation

College transcript

First-year
students

Required

Optional*

Required

*

Transfer
students

**Required in some cases

Optional

Required

Required

Canadian
students

Required

Optional*

Required

*

International
students

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

Music
majors

Undergraduate music majors must complete the undergraduate School of Music application, in addition to the Houghton College application for admission. An audition is also required.

Important Notes

*If you are a first-year student and have completed courses through a college or university, you should have official transcripts sent to Houghton.

**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.

Testing Policy

As of January 2017, Houghton College is now test-optional. Houghton operates with a holistic admission review process. Through research and reflection, we found that standardized test scores may not always be the best representation for each and every applicant's fit for Houghton College. In fact, at Houghton College and elsewhere, an applicant's high school GPA has been shown to be a stronger predictor of subsequent college GPA than standardized test scores alone. As such, we now allow students the freedom to choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores. Note that many students should still plan to submit test scores for full consideration for top scholarships and Honors at Houghton, among other factors.

View the full testing policy.

For those choosing to submit test scores, Houghton will accept either SAT or ACT scores.  If multiple scores are sent, we will re-calculate your score using the highest sub-scores.  When looking at the SAT, your critical reading and math scores will be used primarily.

SAT code: 2299
Request your score to be sent directly from The College Board

ACT code: 2766
Request your ACT score to be sent directly from the ACT website 

Returning Students and Part-time 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. You can submit a paper re-application or re-apply online.

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.

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