Most transfer students say that the small classes, close-knit campus, and Christ-centered atmosphere helped them make a smooth transition to Houghton life. Houghton is a place where you can easily find your niche.
Frequently Asked Questions
Houghton defines a transfer student as anyone who has completed at least one full-time semester of college work after graduating from high school.
- Community colleges = 55%
- State colleges/universities = 15%
- Private colleges = 25%
- Bible colleges = 5%
- Intercultural studies
SAT or ACT scores are not required from transfer students who have taken at least a semester of full-time appropriate college coursework.
In order to graduate from Houghton College you must meet the following requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Houghton.
- Complete at least 50 percent of your major requirements at Houghton.
- Complete a minimum of 124 credit hours (128 for B.Mus. degree)
- Previous college course work must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
- Transfer credit will be given for appropriate courses completed in which a grade of C- or above has been earned.
- Houghton will accept up to 67 credit hours from two-year colleges in which a grade of C- or higher has been earned.
- In the case of a Bible college, accreditation by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) is necessary.
If you receive an A.A. (Associate in Arts) or an A.S. (Associate in Sciences) degree from an accredited community college or junior college, you may enter Houghton as a junior with general education requirements considered complete, except for Biblical Literature and Introduction to Christianity.
Official signed transfer articulation agreements exist with most community colleges in New York State.
Degree audit sheets outline exact degree requirements for each major at Houghton. Students considering transferring to Houghton can make use of these sheets in a variety of ways:
- They can assist you in evaluating how your course work will fit into the Houghton curriculum.
- For students entering a community college with intent to transfer to Houghton for completion of a bachelor’s degree, the degree audit sheet will be a valuable document for use with your community college transfer counselor.
When you apply for admission, you will be given a degree audit sheet showing you how previous college course work will be credited toward a particular major. This is a concise way for you to see what will transfer and what courses need to be completed for a degree at Houghton. If you would like a degree audit completed before you apply, please contact our Transfer Admission Counselor.
- 0-27 transferable hours = Freshman
- 28-59 transferable hours = Sophomore
- 60-89 transferable hours = Junior
- 90+ transferable hours = Senior
Houghton will grant credit for higher-level IB subjects passed with a 5 or higher.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Houghton accepts the following CLEP subjects:
|Subject Test||Exam Grade||# of Credits||Houghton Equivalent|
|American Government||63||3||Social Science (General Education)|
|American Literature||52||3||American Lit|
|Analyzing and Interpreting Literature||58||3||General elective credit|
|Business Law (Introductory)||56||3||Business Law|
|Chemistry||65||6||Chemistry with lab (non-major)|
|College Algebra||62||3||Elective credit|
|College Mathematics||62||6||Elective credit|
|Educational Psychology (Introduction to )||62||3||Educational Psychology|
|English Literature||62||3||English Lit|
|Financial Accounting||64||3||Financial Accounting|
|French||57||3||Beginning French I|
|French||63||6||Beginning French II|
|German||54||3||Beginning German I|
|German||58||6||Beginning German II|
|History of the United States I||60||3||Elective credit|
|History of the United States II||59||3||Elective credit|
|Human Growth and Development||57||3||Elective credit|
|Information Systems||65||3||Elective credit|
|Macroeconomics (Principles of)||63||3||Macroeconomics|
|Management (Principles of)||62||3||Elective credit|
|Marketing (Principles of)||64||3||Principles of Marketing|
|Microeconomics (Principles of)||63||3||Microeconomics|
|Psychology (Introductory)||54||3||Introduction to Psychology|
|Sociology (Introductory)||55||3||Principles of Sociology|
|Spanish||53||3||Beginning Spanish I|
|Spanish||55||6||Beginning Spanish II|
|Western Civilization I||54||3||Western Civ I|
|Western Civilization II||53||3||Western Civ II|