Houghton University 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.

Discover the Key Facts

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.

What We Believe

Key Facts


Degrees and programs offered including Associate, Bachelor and Graduate level


Nearly 1,000 diverse and deeply curious students – from 41 states, 19 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. 139 years of educating fearless scholar-servants.

Total Enrollment

815 Undergraduate*

28 Graduate*

*Fall 2022

Student Profile

1162 Average SAT*
25 average ACT*
3.5 average high school GPA*

*Undergraduate, Houghton, NY

Graduation Rates

58.1% four-year graduation rate*
65.7% six-year graduation rate*
88.1% retention rate+

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

*Compared to members of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities
*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%.
Historic aerial black and white shot of Houghton College.

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, 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.