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Transfer Students

Your Graduation Is on Schedule

Experience excellent preparation for your future career at a Christ-centered university in New York state. Houghton University offers you a straightforward path to graduation with academic experience you’re already familiar with alongside some surprising advantages.

Inviting, Christ-centered Community

Be welcomed into this home-away-from-home where you can connect personally with your classmates and professors inside and out of the classroom.

Every Credit Counts

Most—if not all—courses will apply to your degree at Houghton if you earned a grade of C- or better.

Seamless Transition

A dedicated admission counselor that you can call, text or email will walk with you every step of the way.

How Does Houghton Compare?

As a transfer student, you’re already familiar with the in’s and out’s of college life. When you come to Houghton, you’ll build on your previous educational experiences and be delighted by some surprising new opportunities.

You’ll build on:

  • Past hands-on and classroom learning to continue to prepare for a career within your chosen major with personalized attention in classes that average 15 students.
  • Your existing credits approved to fulfill general education and major requirements as you stay on track to a timely graduation.
  • Campus life experiences with a vibrant and welcoming residential community where over 80% of students living on campus in residence hall and townhouse living options.

You’ll find new:

  • Inviting, Christ-centered community.
  • Savings—as much as $15,000/year at Houghton for some students—thanks to generous financial aid for transfer students and our recent tuition reset.
  • Adventures on Houghton’s beautiful 1,300 acre campus, offering convenient access to metropolitan Buffalo and Rochester and one of America’s most spectacular state parks in your backyard.
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A Confident Path to Graduation

You must complete at least 124 credit hours (128 for B.Mus. degree) in transfer credits and coursework at Houghton to graduate. A minimum of 30 credit hours and at least 50% of your major must be taken at Houghton.

  • If you have completed coursework at another accredited college or university, most if not all courses will apply to your degree at Houghton as long as you earned a grade of C- or better.
  • 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 associate 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 and Theological Studies (9 credit hours) and Transitions (1 credit hour).

Official signed transfer articulation agreements exist with most community colleges in New York State.

What Will My Class Standing Be?

Any student who has enrolled at another university as a full-time student or has completed at least 12 credits since graduating from high school is considered a transfer student at Houghton. Once you enroll at Houghton, you’ll be considered a:

  • Freshman if you transfer 0-27 credits
  • Sophomore if you transfer 28-59 credits
  • Junior if you transfer 60-89 credits
  • Senior if you transfer 90+ credits
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Experience Houghton for Yourself

Schedule your visit today. If you need assistance making a visit to Houghton possible, please let us know, email or  call 1.800.777.2556. We would be happy to talk with you about reimbursement for travel-related expenses up to $300.

Schedule Your Visit Today
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Meet Your Counselor

Pedro Moscoso
Transfer Admission Counselor

Call: 585.567.9354 

Ready for next steps?

Apply to Houghton

Complete the simple online form and submit your transcripts. It’s that easy! You can apply to start at Houghton in the fall or spring semester.

Apply Today

Add Houghton to Your FAFSA

Get your financial aid award by updating your FAFSA using the steps below.

  • Log in at – Apply now for FAFSA
  • Use your FSA ID and password to log in
  • Continue through the Student demographics section until the checkmark is green
  • Section 2 – School selection. Click the search by federal school code tab and input 002734
  • Click search – then click the box in front of Houghton University
  • Click continue
  • Select your housing plan
  • Everything else should remain the same from the previously filed FAFSA
  • Click sign and update FAFSA box and submit

Request a Transfer Credit Evaluation

Once you have been accepted to Houghton University, you can request a transfer credit evaluation. Contact your admission counselor to get started.