All bonus year applicants must be in good standing with the following college offices:
- Academic Support and Accessibility Services: Applicants must not be on academic probation.
- Student Financial Services: Applicants must have a history of on-time payments and bill must be current at time of application.
- Student Life: Applicants who have significant conduct violations in their student file may be ineligible for participation in the bonus year. Applicants who have received sanctions of disciplinary or chapel probation more than once or have been suspended during their time at Houghton are prohibited from participation.
- Vocation and Calling: Applicants must have taken demonstrated steps to pursue employment and/or graduate school.