Excellence for the Glory of God

Houghton University is a Christ-centered liberal arts and science university, providing an academically challenging educational experience through an orthodox Christian worldview.

This is a place where close-knit, highly relational Christian community meets transformative learning experiences. A fearless community that boldly declares their faith, living it out loud and on purpose.

What We Believe

Why Houghton University?

Since 1883, Houghton University has been providing an academically challenging, Christ-centered education in the liberal arts and sciences to students from diverse traditions and economic backgrounds. Houghton remains focused on preparing and equipping students to serve God fully and faithfully in and labor as scholar-servants in a changing world.

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 the key facts

Key Facts


Degrees and programs offered including Associate, Bachelor and Graduate level


More than 800 diverse and deeply curious students – from 40 states, 20 countries – call us home.


Christian denominations represented at Houghton, enriching and deepening the faith community.


Distinct and flexible ways to pursue your degree, in-person at our Houghton, NY or 100% online.


Founded and established under the direction and mission of the Wesleyan Church. 140 years of educating fearless scholar-servants.

Total Enrollment

775 Undergraduate*

37 Graduate*

*Fall 2023

Student Profile

3.6 average high school GPA*

*Fall 2023, Undergraduate, Houghton, NY

Graduation Rates

61.5% four-year graduation rate*
64.7% six-year graduation rate*
77.2% retention rate+

*Graduation rate: the percentage of students who begin as first-year students and graduate in either four or six years from Houghton’s residential campus. The national average for six-year graduation rates is 59%; the national average for private colleges is 65%. Four year graduation rate as of 2019. Six year graduation rate as of 2017.
+2022 Retention rate: the percentage of first-year residential students who return for their second year. The national average is 80%; the national average for private colleges is 81%.

Nationally Recognized

#1 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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A Message From Our President

President Lewis speaking at Commencement

… I believe God is calling Christian colleges to lead in producing Christ-centered servant-scholars and servant-leaders from diverse backgrounds, who are well-prepared in their respective fields and disciplines and well-equipped for interdisciplinary thinking and problem-solving.

– President Wayne Lewis

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Mission Statement

Houghton University 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.


Houghton University  is incorporated under the authority of the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). Select programs also carry professional accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation and the National Association of Schools of Music.

Why does accreditation matter?

Equal Opportunity

Houghton University admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate based on sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, or handicap in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan options, and athletic or other school-administered programs.