Houghton College & Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Preparing students for a life as large as God’s calling is the heart of Houghton College. Today we want to expand on the Houghton Promise, which already guarantees students a high-quality education that puts God first and prepares them for an ever-changing world. We are planning to welcome you to campus and are working with the Governor in Albany to make that possible. We are at the same time preparing for all eventualities, and will keep you informed regularly on the college’s plans for the fall.

In this moment when there are so many uncertainties in life and in the world, Houghton College is assuring our students, returning and new, of the certainties they can count on from the college:

  1. Personal Attention
    Houghton will continue the trademark commitment to meet students where they are, to welcome them into the large family of Houghton community and alumni connections, and to support them in their journey through college. This is more important than ever.
  2. Progress Toward Graduation
    We will work creatively to keep COVID-19 from disrupting a student’s path to graduation. Houghton will offer its hallmark, high-quality instruction in the fall semester, whether on the residential campus or online. For those of you who prefer to remain at home to begin or continue your coursework, you will receive the same high-quality instruction and faculty care.
  3. Proactive Concern for Your Health and Wellness
    Houghton will take all appropriate precautions to maintain the health and safety of our residential community. Plans are already being put in place with protocols and protections that will guide our life together in this moment when we must look out more than ever for each other.
  4. Protection of your Financial Investment
    Houghton will provide you with your full financial aid package for the fall semester. Room and Board will only be charged for the time that you are in residence on campus. If a residential student believes that he or she should return home during the fall semester as a result of COVID-19 safety or health concerns, the student is free to do so after consultation with the Student Health Center and will receive a prorated reimbursement of room and board.
  5. Participation in a Supportive and Thriving Community
    Houghton is organized for the sole purpose of promoting your growth into wholeness—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and vocationally—on campus or off. This community is what Houghton students treasure almost more than anything else. We are committed to helping you become the person God has made you to be and to matching your gifts to a place of service and impact larger than you ever imagined through customized academic and co-curricular planning.



We invite you to view a video message from President Shirley Mullen about the calling on Houghton College students, alumni and friends. This is what we were made for!

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