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Welcome to Houghton College

Nearly 1,000 diverse and deeply curious students – from 39 states, 31 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.

Why Houghton?

College Profile

Learn about Houghton College's mission, our students, accreditation and general facts.

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National Recognition

From best value, to the safest campus, to academic reputation, there are rankings lists for everything these days when it comes to colleges and universities.

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President's Office

Hear from Houghton College president Shirley Mullen, and learn about her leadership teams, monthly reflections, chapel talks and more.

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Outcomes of a Houghton Education

We not only prepare you for a job after you graduate – we lay the groundwork for an amazing rest of your life.

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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.

Houghton has been named a Best College for the Money

Money Magazine 2018

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.

Our History
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President Shirley Mullen

Featured Testimonial

[Willard J. Houghton] believed that, through education and the power of the Gospel, the world could be changed. It is that conviction and that imagination that have been the hallmarks of Houghton since its founding.”

Shirley A. Mullen '76 President

Who We Are

Houghton 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.

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