A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

International Student Application Process

Application requirements for international students (citizens of countries other than the United States and Canada) are outlined below:

Step 1: Pre-Application

International students must complete and submit the pre-application form and financial affidavit and be approved by the Admission Committee before completing the application for admission.

  • The pre-application form helps us to get to know you by asking questions about your background, spiritual life and secondary school experience.
  • The financial affidavit indicates where your financial support will come from to fund your studies at Houghton. Your support may come from your own personal funds or those of a family member or sponsor. Since Houghton has limited funds to offer international students, we expect you to cover all yearly expenses.
  • The Fall 2013 semester pre-application deadline is March 15, 2013.

Download the pre-application and financial affidavit here (PDF format).

Step 2: Wait for notification

If your pre-application and financial affidavit suggest that you would be a good candidate for admission to Houghton College, you will receive notification from the Office of Admission, at which time you may proceed to the full application as instructed below.

Step 3: Complete application for admission

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

  1. A completed application for admission (apply online or print the application)
  2. An official high school transcript
  3. A completed recommendation form
  4. Scores from either the SAT-I or ACT.  (only required for students whose first language is English )
    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 web site
  5.  A $40.00 non-refundable application fee (waived if you apply before Friday, November 2, 2012)
  6. English Proficiency Requirement/TOEFL (non-English speaking students only)

Students from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered by the Educational Testing Service, or the SAT-I. Students with a paper-based TOEFL score of 550 or higher, computer-based score of 213 or higher, or an Internet-based score of 80 or higher may be offered admission, providing all other factors are acceptable. Houghton's TOEFL code is 2299. An acceptable Verbal score on the SAT-I will also fulfill the college's English proficiency requirement.