Clubs & Organizations

Allegany County Outreach

Allegany County Outreach connects with the children and youth of Allegany County. They provide meaningful engagement opportunities​ ​and​ ​find​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​help​ youth ​have​ ​fun​ ​in​ ​the community.

Black Heritage Club

Black Heritage Club enriches​ ​the​ ​campus​ ​through​ ​providing​ ​events​ ​to​ ​celebrate​ ​the diversity of culture​ ​represented​ ​on​ ​campus. While it primarily serves black students on campus, it is open to anyone.

Campus Activities Board

Campus Activities Board (CAB) organizes most of the large student events on our campus. Getting involved with CAB is a great way to see how Houghton operates behind the scenes and have a hand in creating the great events that happen on campus all year long.

Catholics on Campus

The Catholics on Campus are an organization focused on students of the Catholic faith and topics surrounding Catholicism. They host trips to various churches and lead a coffee house discussion about Catholicism.

College Republicans

The College Republicans ​seek​ ​to​ ​promote​ ​the​ ​philosophy of​ ​republican​ ​principles as well as ​intellectual​ ​diversity. They​ ​encourage​ ​students​ ​to​ ​challenge​ ​themselves ​and​ ​to​ ​have​ hard​ ​conversations.​

Girl Looking at Her Horse

Equestrian Society

The​ ​Equestrian Society is a club for all students interested in equestrian activities. The club hosts open houses and camp fires at the equestrian center. Club members also participate in monthly dinners and other activities to build community with everyone involved.

Foam in the Liberal Arts

Foam in the Liberal Arts is the​ ​official​ ​Nerf​ ​club​ ​at​ ​Houghton​ ​College.​ ​With​ ​over​ ​40​ ​nerf​ ​blasters,​ ​1000​ Nerf projectiles,​ ​and an​ ​entire​ ​academic​ ​building​ ​to​ ​play​ ​in,​ ​nobody​ ​is​ ​left​ ​disappointed.​ ​No blaster?​ ​No​ ​problem!​ They ​have​ ​many​ ​to​ ​spare!

Gadfly​ ​Society​ ​(Philosophy​ ​club)

The​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Gadfly​ ​Society​ ​is​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​forum​ ​for​ ​voluntary​ ​extracurricular​ ​endeavors​ ​of interest​ ​to​ ​philosophy​ ​majors,​ ​minors,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​philosophically-minded​ ​person,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​promote awareness​ ​of​ ​the​ ​relevance​ ​of​ ​philosophical​ ​perspectives​ ​to​ ​practical​ ​issues.

Global​ ​Christian​ ​Fellowship

Global​ ​Christian​ ​Fellowship​ ​reminds​ ​Houghton​ ​students​ ​to​ ​look​ ​not​ ​only​ ​to​ ​those​ ​directly around​ ​them,​ ​but​ ​globally​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​GCF​ ​coordinates​ ​weekly​ ​prayer​ ​topics​ ​that​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​one campus​ ​issue​ ​and​ ​one​ ​global​ ​issue​ ​and​ ​that​ ​are​ ​prayed​ ​for​ ​by​ ​the​ ​campus​ ​community​ ​daily.​ ​GCF also​ ​holds​ ​weekly​ ​meetings​ ​to​ ​promote​ ​global​ ​awareness​ ​and​ ​action,​ ​hosting​ ​missionaries​ ​as well​ ​as​ ​students​ ​who​ ​have​ ​a​ ​global​ ​outlook.

Gospel Choir

The​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​the​ Gospel Choir ​is​ ​to​ ​express​ ​our​ ​Christian​ ​heritage​ ​through​ ​multi-cultural​ ​fellowship, celebrating​ ​the​ ​richness​ ​of​ ​African​ ​American​ ​culture​ ​through​ ​gospel​ ​music.​ ​Our​ ​purpose​ ​is​ ​not geared​ ​toward​ ​entertainment ​but​ toward​ ​exposing​ ​the​ ​student​ ​body,​ ​faculty,​ ​and​ ​staff​ ​to​ ​a​ ​type​ ​of worship​ ​and​ ​praise​ ​that​ ​is​ ​relevant​ ​to​ ​all​ ​cultures.

Health Professionals Club

Health Professionals Club is for students ​interested​ ​in​ ​pursuing​ ​a​ ​career​ ​in​ ​medicine​ ​or​ ​in​ ​the​ ​health​ ​industry. It helps to​ ​prepare members for a career in ​that​ ​field​.

Students Drumming

Highlander​ ​Drumline​

The​ ​Highlander​ ​Drumline​ ​provides​ ​entertainment​ ​at​ ​various​ ​events​ ​on​ ​campus,​ ​including​ ​athletic events,​ ​concerts,​ ​homecoming​ ​festivities,​ ​and​ ​much​ ​more.

Hispanic​ ​Heritage​ ​Club​

The​ ​Hispanic​ ​Heritage​ ​Club​ ​seeks​ ​to​ ​honor​ ​the​ ​hispanic​ ​culture​ ​with​ ​primary​ ​attention​ ​given​ ​to​ ​persons​ ​of​ ​Hispanic​ ​background​ ​and​ ​with​ ​secondary​ ​attention​ ​given​ ​to​ ​persons interested​ ​in​ ​learning​ ​more​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Hispanic​ ​culture.​ ​Events​ ​are​ ​intended​ ​for​ ​those​ ​of​ ​Hispanic heritage​ ​to​ ​embrace​ ​their​ ​culture​ ​without​ ​feeling​ ​the​ ​pressure​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​and​ ​for​ ​those​ ​interested in​ ​Hispanic​ ​culture​ ​to​ ​immerse​ ​themselves​ ​in​ ​an​ ​authentic​ ​Hispanic​ ​context.​ ​Events​ ​include parties​ ​with​ ​Latino​ ​music​ ​and​ ​typical​ ​food​ ​from​ ​Latin​ ​America​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​visits​ ​to​ ​Hispanic churches.

Houghton Ballroom & Swing

The Ballroom and Swing Club offers Houghton​ ​students the opportunity to gather​ ​together​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​different​ ​styles​ of ​choreography​ ​and ​dance,​ appreciating​ ​the​ ​art​ ​of self-expression​ ​and​ ​movement. Going​ ​dancing​ ​with​ ​friends​ ​for​ ​a​ ​night​ ​has​ ​never​ ​been​ ​so​ ​convenient​ ​and​ ​fun!​

students kickboxing

Houghton Martial Arts

The Houghton Martial Arts Club focuses on practicing​ ​Taekwondo​ ​and​ ​Muay​ ​Thai​ ​style​ ​kickboxing.​ ​All​ ​skill​ ​levels​ ​are​ ​welcome!​ ​Conditioning​ ​and​ ​stretching​ ​are​ ​a​ ​large​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​curriculum​ ​as​ ​well​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​us​ ​fit​ ​and​ ​to​ ​improve our​ ​techniques.​

International​ ​Student​ ​Association

The International Student Association​ ​serves​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​students​ ​from​ ​all​ ​over​ ​the​ ​world. It works to build meaningful relationships and community between students from all of the different cultures represented at Houghton.

Journey's​ ​End​ ​Tutoring

Journey’s​ ​End​ ​Tutoring​ ​(JET) works​ ​in​ ​conjunction​ ​with​ ​Journey’s​ ​End​ ​Refugee​ ​Services​ ​and​ ​seeks​ ​to build​ ​relationships​ ​through​ ​teaching​ ​English.​ ​Houghton​ ​Students​ ​travel​ ​to​ ​Buffalo​ ​in​ ​groups​ ​with other​ ​Houghton​ ​Students​ ​several​ ​Saturdays​ ​each​ ​semester​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​refugee​ ​families​ ​in​ ​their homes.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​club​ ​to​ ​join​ ​if​ ​you​ ​are​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​teaching,​ ​culture,​ ​or​ ​service.


The Lanthorn is a publication that provides a platform for sharing​ ​the​ ​creative​ ​voices​ ​of​ ​students​ ​in​ ​the​ ​form​ ​of​ ​poetry,​ ​fiction,​ ​and​ ​art​ ​work.

Lanthorn Website

Lending​ ​Paws​ ​Campaign​

The​ ​Lending​ ​Paws​ ​Campaign​ ​is​ ​a​ ​gathering​ ​a​ ​students​ ​dedicated​ ​to​ ​serving​ ​companion​ ​animals. Members​ ​band​ ​together​ ​and​ ​travel​ ​to​ ​local​ ​animal​ ​shelters​ ​Saturday​ ​mornings​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​lend their​ ​assistance.​ ​There,​ ​they​ ​will​ ​do​ ​everything​ ​from​ ​walking​ ​dogs,​ ​doing​ ​laundry,​ ​cleaning kennels,​ ​socializing​ ​with​ ​cats,​ ​and​ ​more.​ ​The​ ​members​ ​of​ ​this​ ​club​ ​value​ ​service,​ ​animal​ ​welfare, and​ ​the​ ​shear​ ​delight​ ​of​ ​our​ ​furry​ ​friends.


Lifeway ​meets​ ​every​ ​Tuesday​ ​night​ ​to​ ​lead​ ​a​ ​youth​ ​group​ ​in​ ​Belfast,​ ​NY​.

Minorities in Agriculture, National Resources and Related Sciences

Minorities in Agriculture, National Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) promotes​ ​initiatives​ ​which​ ​foster​ ​inclusion​ ​and​ ​advancement​ ​of​ ​members​ ​of​ ​ethnic/cultural groups​ ​that​ ​are​ ​underrepresented​ ​in​ ​agricultural​ ​and​ ​natural​ ​resource​ ​sciences.​ ​The​ ​group​ ​also provides​ ​career​ ​and​ ​professional​ ​development​ ​in​ ​these​ ​fields.

Mercy Seat

Mercy​ ​Seat​ ​is​ ​a​ ​student-led​ ​worship​ ​group​ ​that​ ​holds​ ​praise​ ​and​ ​worship​ ​services​ ​every​ ​week night​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school​ ​year.​ ​Mercy​ ​Seat​ ​provides​ ​a​ ​worshipful,​ ​reverent​ ​atmosphere​ ​for​ ​students through​ ​prayer​ ​and​ ​worship.

People Canoeing on a River

Paddle Sports

Paddle​ ​Sports​ ​is​ ​a​ ​club​ ​that​ ​enjoys​ ​the​ ​outdoors,​ ​and​ ​specializes​ ​in​ ​teaching​ ​students​ ​how​ ​to Kayak,​ ​Canoe,​ ​and​ ​Sail.​ They ​have​ ​a​ ​Christ-centered​ ​leadership​ ​that​ ​promotes​ ​togetherness​ ​and growth​ ​through​ ​mostly​ ​kayaking,​ ​and​ ​generally​ ​being​ ​in​ ​the​ ​water.

Psychology​ ​Club

Psychology​ ​club​ ​seeks​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​space​ ​for​ ​students​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​psychology,​ ​provide​ ​learning experiences​ ​and​ ​service​ ​opportunities,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​students​ ​to​ ​view​ ​psychology​ ​with​ ​a Christian​ ​perspective.

Radiance Club

We​ ​are​ ​a​ ​”fandom”​ ​club​ ​dedicated​ ​to​ discussing ​TV ​shows,​ ​books,​ ​games,​ ​or​ ​movie​s.​ ​Trips​ ​to​ ​Conventions​ ​and​ ​to​ ​theaters​ ​in Buffalo​ ​are​ ​only​ ​a​ ​couple​ ​of​ ​the​ ​great​ ​things​ ​you​ ​can​ ​expect​ ​from​ ​us!

Salvation Army Student Fellowship

The​ ​Salvation Army Student Fellowship (SASF)​ connects with ​the​ ​Salvation​ ​Army​ ​in​ ​Wellsville​ in ​planning​ ​out​ ​major​ ​events,​ ​going​ ​to​ ​weekly services,​ and ​helping​ ​out​ ​with​ ​Tuesday​ ​and​ ​Wednesday​ ​children’s​ ​ministries. They also go​ ​on​ ​a​ ​Missions Trip​ ​during​ ​February​ ​Break.

Society​ ​of​ ​Human​ ​Resources​ ​Management

The Society​ ​of​ ​Human​ ​Resources​ ​Management (SHRM) club operates as ​student​ ​chapter​ ​of​ ​the​ ​professional​ organization.​ ​It​ ​is focused​ on ​HR​ ​professionals​, but ​is​ open to ​anyone interested​ ​in​ ​business.

Sigma​ ​Zeta​

Sigma​ ​Zeta​ ​(ΣΖ)​ ​is​ ​a​ ​national​ ​honor​ ​society​ ​founded​ ​in​ ​1925​ ​to​ ​recognize​ ​undergraduate excellence​ ​in​ ​the​ ​natural​ ​sciences,​ ​computer​ ​science,​ ​and​ ​mathematics.​ ​The​ ​society’s​ ​purpose​ ​is to​ ​encourage​ ​and​ ​foster​ ​the​ ​attainment​ ​of​ ​knowledge​ ​in​ ​the​ ​natural​ ​and​ ​computer​ ​sciences​ ​and mathematics.

People Cross Country Skiing

Ski Club

Ski ​Club​ is ​for​ anyone​ ​who​ ​enjoys​ ​snow​ ​sports. It provides opportunities​ ​to​ ​fellowship​ ​and​ ​hit​ ​the​ ​slopes.

Student Government Association

Student Government Association (SGA​) ​is​ ​a​ ​group​ ​of​ ​student​ ​leaders​ ​separated​ ​into​ ​separate​ ​cabinets​ ​including​ ​the​ ​executive cabinet​ ​which​ ​works​ ​as​ ​a​ ​liaison​ ​between​ ​administration​ ​and​ ​the​ ​student​ ​body​ ​and​ ​glass​ ​cabinets which​ ​work​ ​to​ ​lead​ ​their​ ​class​ ​and​ ​also​ ​be​ ​a​ ​liaison.

The Houghton Star

The Houghton Star is a student​ ​lead​ organization ​that​ ​produces​ ​weekly​ ​issues​ ​of our student newspaper. Our mission is to​ ​preserve​ ​and promote​ the ​values​ ​of​ ​dialogue,​ ​transparency,​ ​and​ ​integrity​ ​through​ ​reporting and to​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​a​ ​medium for​ ​student​ ​expression​ ​and​ ​publishing​ ​campus​ ​and​ ​local​ ​news.

Yearbook (Boulder)

The Yearbook Club leads​ ​publication​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Boulder. They​ ​desire​ ​to​ ​be​ ​efficient,​ ​make​ ​an​ ​even better​ ​yearbook,​ ​and​ ​include​ ​everything​ ​possible.