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

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Confirm your enrollment

Return 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
2

Submit Enrollment Profile & Housing Preference

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
3

Select your first semester courses

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

1

Access your Houghton email account

Access your new student email account and check it regularly to receive notifications from Houghton College
Email setup
2

Apply for Federal Aid

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
3

Take action on health insurance

Review health insurance information and opt out of health insurance (if applicable) towards the end of June or soon as you receive your fall course schedule.
Opt Out of HC Health Insurance
4

Submit your health forms

- Fall Semester Deadline: August 1 - Spring Semester Deadline: December 31 (also - review Houghton's fall COVID-19 plans if you haven't done so already)
Access health forms
5

Submit final high school and/or college transcripts

- Fall Semester Deadline: August 1 - Spring Semester Deadline: December 31
Submit Transcript

3) PAY...your bill

Hard deadline: August 6

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Review financial aid checklist and billing information

Review our process for financial validation and prepare your financial aid strategy. Your bill for the fall semester will be due in early August.
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!

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Manage your technology needs

Review our technology requirements to see our suggestions and recommendations.
Technology Information

Enrollment Timeline

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

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May 1 (or soon after acceptance) - Confirm Enrollment

Confirm your enrollment and submit your enrollment deposit - before May 1 or soon after acceptance!
2

May 1 - Course Schedule

Students who confirmed enrollment by priority deadlines receive course schedules before or soon after May 1. All others on a rolling basis as you submit your Course Preference Form.
3

June 1 - Receive Notification of Housing Selection

If you have submitted your Housing Preference form (see above), you'll be notified your housing selection and roommate assignment.
4

Early July - Receive your Fall Bill

You will receive your Fall bill in early July - pay it by the deadline in early August so you can focus your attention on planning to arrive in Houghton!
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Wednesday, August 25 - New Student Arrival and Move-In

If you are an international student or student athlete, connect with your enrollment advisor and/or coach for additional information.
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Monday, August 30 - First Day of Classes

Highlander Wilderness Adventure

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

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Residence Life and Housing

Find out more about residence life.

Residence Life and Housing

Registrar

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

Registrar

Student Health Services

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

Student Health Services