Equipping Students for Lifelong Success

Nearly 1,000 diverse and deeply curious students – from 39 states, 22 countries, and 30 Christian denominations – call us home. Since 1883, Houghton has been educating men and women in the liberal arts and sciences, focused on preparing students to serve God fully and faithfully in the 21st century.

Houghton College Mission

Houghton College provides an academically challenging, Christ-centered education in the liberal arts and sciences to students from diverse traditions and economic backgrounds and equips them to lead and labor as scholar-servants in a changing world.

Nationally Recognized

  • Best Regional College in the Northeast—The Princeton Review, 2022
  • Top 15 “Best National” Liberal Arts Colleges in New York—U.S. News & World Report, 2022
  • #1 Christian College among Top Performers on Social Mobility of National Liberal Arts Colleges*—U.S. News & World Report, 2022
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*Compared to members of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities

Why Houghton?

Houghton College equips students for lifelong success as courageous servant leaders through a personalized education designed to accelerate their God-given potential. This is a place where close-knit, highly relational Christian community meets transformative learning experiences. Our small size and nationally recognized academics give you a top-notch Christian education, while our stellar alumni placement rate indicates how prepared our students are for the next step in their careers.

Discover Houghton Graduates' Lifelong Success

Total Enrollment

871 Undergraduate | 33 Graduate


Houghton, NY | Buffalo | Online


Founded in 1883 | Sponsored by The Wesleyan Church

Degrees Offered

Associate of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Business Administration
Master of Arts in Music
Master of Music
Master of Science in Education
Master of Business Administration

Houghton, NY Student Profile

1162 Average SAT
25 average ACT
3.5 average high school GPA

Graduation Rates

58.1% four-year graduation rate*
65.7% six-year graduation rate*
88.1% retention rate+
*Graduation rate: the percentage of students who begin as first-year students and graduate in either four or six years. The national average for six-year graduation rates is 59%; the national average for private colleges is 65%.
+Retention rate: the percentage of first-year students who return for their second year. The national average is 80%; the national average for private colleges is 81%.
Aerial photo of Houghton campus in the fall

How it All Began

God is always surprising our world by starting large things in small places. Houghton College is one of those small places where, for more than 130 years, God has been doing very large things.

Houghton History


Houghton College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Regents of the University of the State of New York and is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104; phone: 267-284-5000) is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The National Association of Schools of Music is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Houghton College Teacher Education Program (HCTEP), which is designed to equip teachers for transformative learning and service, is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of 10 years from September 30, 2011 to September 30, 2021. This accreditation certifies that the Houghton College Teacher Education Program has provided evidence that it adheres to TEAC’s quality principles. TEAC is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Equal Opportunity

Houghton College admits students of any race, color, gender and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.