What does Community Look Like at Houghton College?


Houghton College is a distinctively residential community. Most students, faculty, and staff live, learn, work, and worship within close proximity to the hamlet of Houghton. The residence life experience is a significant and integral aspect of the educational process. Living in the residences, together with classroom, chapel, co-curricular activities, and general campus interaction, provides an immediate setting for students to examine new or different perspectives, ideas, and attitudes. 

The responsibility of the staff in each residence hall is to help create an environment most conducive to the educational, spiritual, social, physical, and emotional development of its resident students. Each hall's resident director (RD) oversees and coordinates student activities, conduct, and living conditions. The RD is assisted by resident assistants (RA) that live on each wing or floor and serves as a peer leader and guide for each living unit. The Residence Life staff also collaborates with the Campus Activities Board (CAB) to provide additional hall-wide programming throughout the year.

While residence hall staff members strive to provide the best living environment possible for our students, student growth and development depends ultimately on the individual's willingness to accept responsibility and participate in the residence hall community. Houghton emphasizes three kinds of respect each individual needs to hold in a creative balance with each other to promote a thriving community - respecting yourself, respecting others, and respecting your surroundings.  Through the efforts of students and staff, the college's goal of integrating faith, learning, and living can become a reality in individual lives.