A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Student Organizations on Campus

Take your pick from more than 25 official campus clubs and organizations!

ACO (Allegany County Outreach)

Allegany County Outreach (ACO) is an organization that provides students with the opportunity to engage in community outreach through connecting with the children of Allegany County and their families. Students are paired up with one local child and are given the chance to mentor him or her throughout the school year. This includes participating in group outings and events, and helping with school work.

Artist Guild

The Artist Guild was established to help give both art majors and non-art majors the opportunity to enjoy art outside the classroom. This club explores the art of the masters through trips to galleries in places like New York City, and encourages the Houghton community to enjoy student art around campus. The Artist Guild sponsors art shows and also displays student art work in the coffee shop on Houghton’s campus.

Black Heritage Club

Heritage Club takes pride in highlighting the diversity of the Houghton campus. They work with the Intercultural Student Association to sponsor the International Banquet that is held every year. They also work with the Student Life Office to plan programming for celebrations like Black History Month.

CAB (Campus Activities Board)

Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student organization that plans campus-wide activities that are both fun and community building. From hoedowns, to Halloween parties, to movies in the chapel and rallies at sporting events - CAB plans them all. Students can volunteer to help with just one event or, if they want to be more involved, they can apply for year-long positions as CAB staff.

Caffeinated Creative Studio

Caffeinated Creative Studio is a student run organization of designers under the office of Student Programs, founded in 2013. The organization is for communication and design students who want to expand knowledge, develop portfolios, network and share ideas – ultimately gaining experience outside of the classroom. Like us on Facebook to learn more.

Climbing Club

The Climbing Club allows students with a love of climbing, or students who are interested in learning how to climb, the opportunity to learn about and participate in an activity they enjoy. The Nielsen Physical Education Center is equipped with both a climbing wall and cave that Climbing Club members can use to better their climbing abilities. Climbing Club also takes kayaking and rafting trips to the area surrounding Houghton, as well as to places such as Rattle Snake Point in Canada and “The Gunks” in New Paltz, New York. Other events include climbing competitions, bouldering and climbing. Gear for climbers is provided by the Climbing Club.


Encore is a newly formed student club that specializes in drama, specifically one-act plays. This club was created in order to give students an outlet for their theatrical talents and their love of drama by putting on productions each semester.

Equestrian Society

The Equestrian Society allows for equestrian majors and non-equestrian majors to spend time cultivating their knowledge and love of horses. Housed at the Houghton College Equestrian Center, this club welcomes new riders and experienced equestrians.

Environmental Club

The Environmental Club introduces to and engages the Houghton community in simple changes in behavior and habits in an effort to improve Houghton’s “green factor.” They have been involved in activities like placing recycling bins around campus and making the campus aware of its energy use and waste.

FILA (Foam in the Liberal Arts)

Foam in the Liberal Arts is a diverse collection of students who join together in fellowship and camaraderie for weekly Nerf wars at the Chamberlain Center. Along with a variety of game styles, members team up and battle each other with equipment from Nerf and its affiliated companies. With plenty of extra equipment, newcomers can easily join the action. This club is a great icebreaker and medium for meeting those who one may not typically encounter, and is a great way to stay occupied on Saturday nights.

Gadfly Society

The Gadfly Society is a club that allows philosophy majors as well as those interested in philosophy to come together and share their interest. This club often sponsors forums and viewings of movies with follow-up discussions that are pertinent to the campus climate.

GCF (Global Christian Fellowship)

Global Christian Fellowship reminds the Houghton students to look not only to those directly around them, but globally as well. GCF coordinates weekly prayer topics that focus on one campus issue and one global issue and that are prayed for by the campus community daily. GCF also holds weekly meetings to promote global awareness and action, hosting missionaries as well as students who have a global outlook.

Gospel Choir

Gospel Choir is a student-directed choir, open to all members of the college community. No auditions are required! This choir uses the gospel genre to minister to students on campus as well as churches in the surrounding area.

Imitators of Christ

Imitators of Christ gives students the opportunity to dig deeper into their Christian faith alongside faculty, staff and other non-student community members. Together, the small groups formed through this club choose topics related to the Christian faith to delve into throughout the year.

ISA (Intercultural Student Association)

Intercultural Student Association (ISA) works to enrich the lives of those on Houghton’s campus through the celebration of diversity. ISA, along with Heritage Club, sponsors an annual International Banquet. Each year this banquet focuses on a different part of the world, allowing for Houghton residents to get a small taste of different cultures.

Mercy Seat

Mercy Seat is a student-led worship group that holds praise and worship services every week night of the school year. Mercy Seat provides a worshipful, reverent atmosphere for students through prayer and worship.

Paddle Sports

Paddle Sports is a fun-loving, adventure-some crew, who engage in the excitement of the water. Through practices held in the college swimming pool, they learn skills such as how to roll kayaks, perform wet exits, handle water rescues, and perfect paddling techniques. This club takes local trips and also enjoys water sports, such as white water rafting, kayaking and sailing.

Physical Education Club

Psychology Club

The Psychology Club gives students the opportunity to dialogue with other students who are interested in studies related to the field of psychology. They often sponsor forums which allow students to look more deeply into issues of psychology as well as looking at how the Christian faith relates to psychology.

Gold Bar Club/ROTC (Army Reserve Officer Training Corps)

The Gold Bar Club provides students with the opportunity to participate in activities that encourage discipline and commitment. This club meets together for early morning work-out sessions, color guard rehearsals, and trips to Saint Bonaventure University, where members can connect with other reservists. This club also gives students the opportunity to participate in ROTC (the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps), if they desire. Students do not have to be members of ROTC in order to participate in the Gold Bar Club.

SASF (Salvation Army Student Fellowship)

The Salvation Army Student Fellowship (SASF) allows students to be involved with the Salvation Army and its mission. By sponsoring a Salvation Army store in the basement of the Reinhold Campus Center every semester, SASF members have the chance to help further the charge of the Salvation Army.

Shakespeare Players

Shakespeare Players is a student organization that puts on a student-directed and produced Shakespeare play every semester. Students, faculty and community members alike can be involved in these productions.

SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management)

Houghton's student chapter of SHRM opens opportunity for students, regardless of major or discipline, to discover opportunities to help people thrive in any organization. Participating in SHRM helps you better understand and develop leadership skills. SHRM members explore issues relevant to any workplace/profession such as effective management practices, employee motivation, violence in the workplace, and sexual harassment. Activities include special topic speakers, attending professional dinners in Buffalo, providing career services to fellow students, and networking with HR professionals.

Sociology Club

Sociology Club, formed for those interested in the field of sociology, allows a place for students to dialogue about local and global sociological issues. This club sponsors field trips and campus viewings of movies related to people and culture and collaborates with the Psychology Club to invite and sponsor speakers to address issues pertinent to both fields of study.

Spanish Club

This club allows for those who have an interest in the Spanish culture and its language to learn more from each other and faculty about the culture that they love.

Student Government Association (SGA)

Student Government Association (SGA) gives students the chance to be more involved in policy making, procedural structure and decision making on the Houghton Campus. Members of SGA give students a voice on committees around campus as well as voicing the concerns of fellow classmates on campus.

TOTT (Teachers of Today and Tomorrow)

Teachers of Today and Tomorrow (TOTT) gives inclusive childhood education majors as well as and secondary education majors the chance to connect with each other, as well as with those who are already in the professional field of education. This club sponsors activities like mock interviews and discussions of current topics in the field of education.

Theological Society

The Theological Society provides opportunity for faith-themed dialogue. They invite faculty members from the theology department as well as outside guests to foster a community of open discussion of issues pertinent to the Christian faith.

Youth for Christ

Houghton students, working with the Youth for Christ chapter in Belfast, are able to meet and mentor children in Allegany County through weekly meetings and trips to the local public schools. Youth for Christ allows local children to get to know positive role models, while Houghton students, likewise, are provided with opportunities to learn and grow through working with these children.

Young Life

Houghton students work with the Young Life group in Springville to make a difference in the lives of youth. Through weekly meetings as well as a Young Life conference, students have the opportunity to minister to youth who need someone to care about them.