Testing Policy

At Houghton College, we recognize that students are more than just a test score. This is why we employ a holistic application review process which entails reading each admission file in its entirety.

Through research and reflection, we found that standardized test scores may not always be the best representation for each and every applicant’s fit for Houghton College. As such, we now allow students the freedom to choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores. Note that many students should still plan to submit test scores for full consideration for top scholarships and Honors at Houghton, among other factors.

We have further expanded our test options to now include the Classic Learning Test (CLT), an innovative new college entrance exam.

According to fairtest.org, half of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation are test optional. Houghton is proud to join the list of schools that allow students to decide whether or not to include test scores in their admission file.

Applicants for admission are required to submit a standardized test score if:

  • They wish to be considered for Honors at Houghton
  • They wish to be considered for a merit-based scholarship above the Director’s level
  • They are an international applicant (TOEFL or IELTS in lieu of SAT/ACT, exception for Canadian applicants who currently are not required to submit a standardized test score)
  • They are applying for consideration for the LECOM medical school or University of Buffalo Pharmacy programs.

Other important notes about Houghton’s test optional policy

  • Individual departments will reserve the ability to require test scores as related to individual accreditation policies for those areas/programs (e.g. education department) and/or entrance criteria for the program (e.g. engineering program).
  • The Admission Committee will continue to reserve the right, through the deferral process, to request additional information from applicants who fall below expected academic markers. This includes the possibility of requesting, but not limited to: test scores, mid-year report, and/or an admission interview.