Author: Megan Fisher
Date: October 24, 2017
Categories: Academics|Admission|Financial Aid|Student Life

The Wall Street Journal/ Times Higher Education 2018 College Ranking has listed Houghton College as 274th among higher education institutions across the nation.

Of the 117 Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) full-member schools, Houghton was ranked third among the 63 colleges that made the list of more than 1,000 higher education institutions. Additionally, Houghton also ranked as second among 11 schools included from the 21-college Western New York Consortium of Higher Education. This report includes small private schools as well as large public colleges and prestigious Ivy League institutions.

“It is a privilege to be included on a list that seeks to recognize the range of excellence within American higher education,” remarks Houghton College President Shirley A. Mullen. “We are pleased, for the sake of our students, when others affirm the exceptional value of a Houghton education.” 

The WSJ/THE ranking was compiled from data pertaining to four major areas: resources, engagement, outcomes, and environment. Resources includes information on an institution’s ability to provide facilities, tuition, and support needed for student success. Engagement focuses on student ability to interact with other students and faculty, opportunities for critical thinking, and recommendations. Outcomes looks at graduation rates, ability to repay student debt, and academic reputations of colleges, while the environment section surveys the proportion of international students on campus, student diversity, and diversity of the faculty.

Report data was sourced from the U.S. Department of Education, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Times Higher Education’s U.S. Student Survey. The survey data was gathered from a sampling of current U.S. students and aimed to answer questions that matter to students and parents pertaining to campus life, quality and value of education, and long-term investment.

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