International Students, MKs and TCKS

How do I Apply to Houghton?

Applying to attend school in the United States can be a complicated process. That's why we have laid out your entire journey to becoming a Houghton student to make your process as straightforward as possible. Follow this roadmap to successfully complete your application to Houghton University.

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Request a WES or InCred Evaluation (New Students Only)

You will receive a reminder to request a InCred or WES evaluation within 24 to 48 hours after you submit your application. An admissions decision cannot be made until this requirement is satisfied. See Step 4 below.

Demonstrate Language Proficiency

If you attended a High School where English was the language of instruction for at least two years, you do not need to further demonstrate language proficiency. If you are transferring from a college or university in the US and received a ‘C’ or better in English Composition, this requirement may also be waived.

If you did not attend a High School where English was the language of instruction for at least two years, you must submit ONE of the following to satisfy the language proficiency requirement:

  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 80 (internet), or 213 (computer)
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or better
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of 1000 or better
  • ACT combined score of 20 or better

How to Send Your Scores

You may send your official scores to Houghton directly from your school counselor or order a copy to be sent officially from the College Board or the TOEFL/IELTS website. Scores will also be accepted if they are listed by their school counselor on their official school transcript. Houghton's institution code is:

  • SAT: 2299
  • ACT: 2766

An admission decision cannot be made without proof of language proficiency or exemption.

Submit Official Documents

All official transcripts should be sent. All international applicants must submit a credential evaluation report for high school and university transcripts that will translate your grades into US equivalencies. There is a fee for this process that can generally range from $85 to $250 (if you have transfer credit).

We highly recommend you use either InCred or WES for your credential evaluation. If you are planning on using another provider, they must be endorsed by either the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Download Transcript Request Form

What Evaluation Should You Order?

  1. Document by document evaluation - students with only a high school transcript
  2. Course by course evaluation - students with a high school transcript AND advanced-level work; advanced-level work could include A-levels, CXC's, CAPE exams, etc.
  3. Course by course evaluation - students with college/university work completed outside of the United States.

Receive an Admission Decision

Once all of your documents have been received, your application will be reviewed and an admission decision made within 1 to 2 weeks. Decisions are communicated through email using the address provided on the application.

Apply for Financial Aid

Submit an affidavit of financial support and supporting materials to the Student Financial Services Office. Once your affidavit has been reviewed, you will receive a financial aid award letter. The award letter will be emailed to the address provided on the application. Your Enrollment Advisor will follow up to answer any questions that you may have.

Download Affidavit Form

What Happens Next?

Now that you have been accepted to Houghton University and received your financial aid award, it's time to prepare to begin your journey to campus.

Confirm Your Enrollment

Confirm your enrollment and submit your deposit to Houghton. You may pay online if you have a U.S. bank account or via Flywire.

If not provided already, send a copy of your passport to your Enrollment Advisor.
Confirm Your Enrollment

Request an I-20

If all of your documentation is in order, after reviewing your application for admission, affidavit of support, and supportive financial documentation alongside your passport, your Enrollment Advisor will request an I-20.

An I-20 will be issued and sent via email. A hard copy can also be sent via FedEx upon request.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Embassy

Schedule an F-1 visa interview with the U.S. embassy or consulate. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early.

An F-1 student visa for the USA can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date. You will only be able to enter the U.S. with an F-1 visa 30 days before your start date.

Check the Wait Times At Your Nearest Embassy


Prior to your appointment, you will need to pay a $350 SEVIS fee. This is a fee charged by the U.S. government and is in no way associated with the university.

  1. Log onto the SEVIS website.
  2. You will be prompted to enter Houghton's school code number: BUF214F00070000
  3. You will also be prompted to enter your SEVIS ID number. This can be found in the upper left section of your I-20 and begins with the letter “N”.

It is crucial that you are connected to a printer so that you can print a copy of the receipt.

Watch This Helpful Explainer Video

This fee is valid for one year from the date you pay it. If you are not able to secure a VISA within one year of payment, you will, unfortunately, need to pay the fee a second time. While the process may vary by country, you will generally be required to complete a non-refundable VISA application fee. You will need to bring this completed form to your VISA interview.

Attend Embassy Appointment

The F-1 VISA interview will determine whether you are qualified to receive an F-1 student VISA for the USA. If you have prepared the appropriate documents and meet all of the F-1 VISA requirements, your VISA will be approved at the discretion of the consular officer.

What To Bring To Your Interview

The following documents are (generally) required for your F-1 VISA interview:

  1. A valid passport
  2. The Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
  3. The application fee payment receipt
  4. A passport photo
  5. Original Form I-20, signed
  6. Acceptance letter
  7. Financial Aid Award Letter
  8. Receipt from the SEVIS fee
  9. Copies of the bank statements you provided for the I-20.

Additional documents may be requested to prove your eligibility for the F-1 student VISA, including academic transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates. Test scores such as the TOEFL, IELTS or SAT may also be requested, as well as proof of your intent to depart the U.S. after your program is complete. It is a good idea to check in with your embassy/consulate to see if more documents are required.

You may be required to pay a VISA issuance fee. Digital fingerprint scans may be taken for records. Also, your passport may be taken so that they can add your VISA. If so, you will be informed when you can get it back by pick-up or in the mail.

Keep in mind that visa issuance is not guaranteed. You should never make final travel plans until your VISA is approved. If your VISA is denied, you will be given a reason based on the section of law which applies to your ineligibility.

Book Travel to the United States

Once you have obtained your VISA, your are free to book your flight arrangements.

Pay Your Bill

You must pay your bill in full prior to travel or by the payment due date, whichever comes first. Payment plans are available for international students, but only if you have a U.S. bank account. Check with your financial institution to see if they have a sister institution in the United States.

Welcome to Houghton

Congratulations on completing the journey to Houghton. You are now ready to transition to life as a Houghton student. Interconnect, the International Connection Program, is specifically designed to help international and third culture students successfully navigate the transition from life overseas to life at Houghton.

Learn About Interconnect