More than just an adventure trip!

The Highlander Wilderness Adventure program is an academic off-campus studies course available only to incoming freshman and transfer students.

This program is intended to be a catalyst for the Highlander process - a process of growth, challenge, and discipleship which finds its beginning long before the program itself and is expected to continue for a lifetime.

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Build Community

Forge friendships at the start of your Houghton experience.

Grow Your Potential

This unique program will stretch you physically, socially and spiritually.

Embrace the Outdoors

Problem-solve, reflect, and enjoy being a part of a group, all while living and trekking in the outdoors.
View of a lake during Highlander Wilderness Adventure.

Highlander Wilderness Adventure

August 19 – 29, 2024 | Cost: $795

Traditional 10-day program for all incoming first-year and transfer students. Earn two credit hours when you participate.

  • The program runs during the last two weeks of August; just prior to the beginning of the first day of Fall classes.
  • Program activities include: initiatives on the ropes course, backpacking, canoeing, a solo experience and a 5-mile “marathon.”
  • $50 refundable deposit and application (non-refundable after July 31)
  • The remaining balance will be added to your fall semester bill and may be paid as part of the Tuition Payment System rather than a one-time payment.
*Your Highlander Adventure registration will not be complete until you have paid your $300 deposit to secure your enrollment at Houghton University. Registration is limited to a first come first serve basis
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No Experience Necessary

This program is designed for the average student, but at the same time, the most experienced outdoor adventurer should find it challenging and rewarding.

Student Testimonials

Hear about the Highlander Wilderness Adventure

Director, Laura Alexeichik Thayer ’01 talks about the Highlander Wilderness Adventure on an episode of “Bursting the Bubble”, the podcast of Houghton University.

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Are you interested in how it all began?

The Highlander Wilderness Adventure program focuses on experiential learning for growth, challenge, and discipleship in an outdoor setting.

Explore Program History & Background