Houghton College’s Response to COVID-19

Houghton continues to act in consultation with county and state health officials and takes into consideration the infection rate, testing capabilities, and other societal issues as we prepare our campus to welcome students for in-person learning this year.

We will continue to share the best information available to students, families, and community members below.

Latest COVID-19 DataDownload the Fall Restart Plan


Houghton College strongly encourages all students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated. Vaccination will not be required except for those in off-campus academic programs. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90-days can follow guidance below for vaccinated individuals.



In accordance with CDC guidelines, because Allegany and Erie Counties are designated as areas of substantial community transmission of COVID-19 by the CDC, masks must be worn by all individuals regardless of vaccination status inside campus buildings. Masks are not required in one’s private office or residence hall room.

COVID-19 Data – Fall 2021

Last updated: 10/20/2021

Houghton, NY

New Positive Cases

Active Recovered
2 6

0.022% Positive cases as percentage of total student, staff, and faculty population

Individuals in Isolation

On-Campus Off-Campus
2 1

Individuals in Quarantine

On-Campus Off-Campus
1 1

Buffalo, NY

New Positive Cases

Active Recovered
0 1

What does this mean for…?

These new procedures will inspire many questions. As we await final guidance from New York State, Houghton will continue to provide the best information available concerning those treasured aspects of the Houghton Experience that are impacted by the COVID-19 virus.


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