New Students

New Students

Welcome to Houghton!

We're so glad you've chosen Houghton as the place to accelerate your God-given potential. There are a few important tasks to check off before you are ready. Please take a moment to review the following checklist. Each of these items are to be completed prior to your arrival to campus.

1) PICK...your housing preference and schedule

Confirm Your Enrollment

Step 1A

Return your confirmation of enrollment form and submit your enrollment deposit of $300 (response requested within four weeks of receiving your financial aid package)

Confirm Your Enrollment

Submit Enrollment Profile & Housing Preference

Step 1B

Submit your Enrollment Profile & Housing Preference form to indicate if you would like to request campus housing, plan to commute, or plan to pursue Houghton at Home.

Submit Enrollment Profile & Housing Preference

Select Your First Semester Courses

Step 1C

Once you have declared your course preferences, our Registrar’s Office will put together a course schedule for you based on your stated preferences.

Select Courses
Once you submit your Course Preference Form, watch for an email that contains your schedule. If you have questions, contact your advisor or the Registrar.

2) PREPARE...your finances and health forms

Access Your Houghton Email Account

Step 2A

Access your new student email account and check it regularly to receive notifications from Houghton College.

Email Setup

Apply for Federal Aid

Step 2B

If you are a U.S. citizen, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and be sure to list Houghton' school code (002734).

Complete Your FAFSA

Take Action on Health Insurance

Step 2C

Review health insurance information and opt out of health insurance (if applicable) as soon as you receive your first semester course schedule.

Opt Out of Houghton Health Insurance

Submit Your Health Forms

Step 2D

Fall Semester

Deadline: August 1

Spring Semester

Deadline: December 31

Review Houghton's COVID-19 plans if you haven't done so already.

Access Health Forms

Submit Final High School and/or College Transcripts

Step 2E

Fall Semester

Deadline: August 1

Spring Semester

Deadline: December 31

Submit Transcript

3) PAY...your bill

Review Financial Aid Checklist and Billing Information

Step 3A

Fall Semester

Deadline: August 6

Spring Semester

Deadline: December 15

Review our process for financial validation and prepare your financial aid strategy.

Financial Aid Information

4) PACK...your vehicle

Sure. It will all fit! Get all your stuff together and head to the campus. We can’t wait to see you! Don’t forget to print a copy of that “You’re all set!” email. You’re also welcome to pull it up on your phone. Either way, we’ll need to see it. Once everything is complete, you’ll receive your own purple Houghton hammock!

Manage Your Technology Needs

Step 4B

Review our technology requirements to see our suggestions and recommendations.

Technology Information

What to Bring to Houghton

Step 4A

Remember to bring the essentials, but also check this list for the items you might want to discuss with your roommate or bring for fun!

Houghton's Recommended Packing List

Enrollment Timeline

Key milestones and when you can expect to hear from Houghton about different steps in the enrollment process.

August 10

Receive and Pay Your Spring Bill
Pay your bill by the deadline so you can focus your attention on planning to arrive in Houghton!

August 24

If you are an international student or student athlete, connect with your enrollment advisor and/or coach for additional information.

August 29

First Day of Classes
Your Houghton adventure begins!

Highlander Wilderness Adventure

Fall Semester Only

Have an adventure of a lifetime by participating in one of Houghton's signature programs.

Learn more

Residence Life and Housing

Find out more about residence life.

Residence Life and Housing


Get information about registering for courses, general education and major requirements and important dates.


Student Health Services

Review health insurance information and opt out of health insurance (if applicable.)

Student Health Services