Author: Evan Szymanski
Date: April 29, 2016
Date: April 29, 2016
Categories: Academics|Campus Life|Community|Impact|Spiritual Life

Houghton College has been listed as The Best Christian College in New York by On April 27, they released their ranking of The Best Christian Colleges in (Almost) Every State, which ranks colleges and universities based on “weighted importance to overall affordability (based on location), student/faculty ratio and range of courses and degree programs offered.”

Houghton was also named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as one of the top 100 best value liberal arts colleges for 2016. Colleges on the best values list are chosen based on quality and affordability.

Dedicated to affordable education, Houghton has moved up in the rankings on the Best Values List since 2015, placing 87 as a best value among liberal arts colleges and 201 for best value out of all colleges and universities around the country. Last year, Houghton placed 89 among liberal arts colleges and 234 among colleges and universities in the nation.

These prestigious rankings are just two of many that Houghton has received within the last year. Houghton was recently listed as one of the top rural colleges in the US and the number one school in New York State and seventh best in the nation in Value for Your Money

When ranking schools, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance bases their evaluation on quality measures, including graduation rate, retention rate and student-to-faculty ratio. The rankings are also based on cost factors, including tuition, financial aid and student debt after graduation. 

Committed to college access, Houghton began offering a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to all incoming students during the 2014–2015 school year. Now in its third year of providing the LRAP, Houghton continues to offer the program to qualified incoming students. The LRAP is designed to assist with a student’s loans after graduation when he or she earns less than $38,000 per year. 

The average Houghton student graduates after 4.1 years, 33 percent less time than the majority of students in colleges around the United States, allowing students to graduate with less college debt.