Testing Policy

Testing Policy

Note on COVID-19 and Testing Disruptions

Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, Houghton will increase the flexibility of the test-optional policy to ensure all students have the opportunity to best inform the admission committee of their ability to thrive at Houghton College.

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At Houghton College, every application for admission is read in its entirety.

For some, standardized test scores may not always be the best representation of their fit for Houghton College. You may therefore choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores, including the SAT, ACT, or Classic Learning Test (CLT).

You should submit test scores if:

  • You wish to be considered for Honors at Houghton. Invitations to Honors are not limited to students who submit test scores, but scores will bolster your application.
  • English is not your first language. Please submit a test of English proficiency.
  • You intend to apply for the LECOM medical school or University of Buffalo Pharmacy programs.

The Admission Committee will continue to reserve the right, through the waitlist process, to request additional information from applicants who fall below expected academic markers. This includes the possibility of requesting, but not limited to: test scores, mid-year report, and/or an admission interview.

Individual departments will reserve the ability to require test scores as related to individual accreditation policies for those areas/programs (e.g. education department) and/or entrance criteria for the program (e.g. engineering program).