Apply to Houghton College
Applicants wishing to be considered for the Houghton Honors Program must complete the Houghton College admission process. Upon admission to Houghton, selected students will be invited to interview for admission to the program on the basis of their academic profile. The 2020-2021 interview process will be virtual and will be a two-day experience consisting of an interview, an evaluated activity, information sessions on our programs, and opportunities to interact with and ask questions of the Director of each program and recent honors students.Start Your Houghton College Application
Receive an Invitation
The Office of Admission will begin the formal invitation process to interview for the program, beginning in September and continuing through early February. Decisions regarding admission to the program will be made on a rolling basis, within three weeks of completion of your interview.
Cost of Honors
The basic cost of participation includes Houghton tuition plus program fees. The cost is only incrementally more than a typical semester in Houghton. Financial aid can be used for the Honors Program.
James S. Luckey Full Tuition Award
Two James S. Luckey Full Tuition Awards are offered every year. Selection for these awards stems from Houghton’s Honors Interview process, as recipients are selected out of the pool of Honors candidates.
Honors Interview Weekend
First, you must apply for admission to Houghton and be accepted. If you qualify, based on your academic profile, you will then be invited to register for a Virtual Honors at Houghton Interview Weekend. You need to submit a registration form for one of the weekends. Further communication will be sent to you after you are registered.
The 2020-2021 Interview Weekends are:
- Friday – Saturday, November 13-14, 2020
- Friday – Saturday, December 4-5, 2020
- Friday – Saturday, January 22-23, 2021
- Friday – Saturday, February 5-6, 2021
Viewed Ahead of Time
Information Session for Honors at Houghton* (for Students & Parents/Guardians)
*The link to this session will be emailed to you the week of your interview.
7:00 PM | Q & A with Director of Honors Program & Former Honors Students (for Students & Parents/Guardians)
7:45 | Honors Evaluated Activity (for Students only)
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | One Hour Honors Interview* (for Students only)
*Your specific interview time and link to this session will be emailed to you the week of your interview.
You will need to attend the event on Friday night (7:00 PM-9:00 PM Eastern Time). Additionally, a one hour interview will be scheduled for you on Saturday between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM (Eastern Time). You will receive an email the week of your interview that will list your specific interview time on Saturday, the links for the event, and other information about the Interview Weekend.
Below is a time zone chart for the start time on Friday night, depending on where you live:
|Time Zone||Event Will Start At...|
|Eastern Time||7:00 PM|
|Central Time||6:00 PM|
|Mountain Time||5:00 PM|
|Pacific Time||4:00 PM|
|Alaska Time||3:00 PM|
Please also make sure you note what time your Saturday interview starts in your time zone:
|Time Zone||Event Will Start At...||Event Will Start At...||Event Will Start At...||Event Will Start At...|
|Eastern Time||9:00 AM||10:00 AM||11:00 AM||1:00 PM|
|Central Time||8:00 AM||9:00 AM||10:00 AM||12:00 PM|
|Mountain Time||7:00 AM||8:00 AM||9:00 AM||11:00 AM|
|Pacific Time||6:00 AM||7:00 AM||8:00 AM||10:00 AM|
|Alaska Time||5:00 AM||6:00 AM||7:00 AM||9:00 AM|
Parents and guardians are invited to view the “Information Session for Honors at Houghton” presentation that will be emailed to you the week of your Interview Weekend.
Additionally, they are invited to attend and participate in the “Q&A with the Director of Honors” on Friday night at 7:00 PM (Eastern Time).
Technology: It is required that you attend the event via Zoom on a computer, not your phone. If you do not have access to a computer, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, you will need a stable internet connection, a webcam with microphone capabilities, and access to email.
Science Honors students may also need the ability to scan or take a picture of written work you will complete (either on your phone, a digital camera, or scanner), so that you can submit a copy of your written work to Houghton.
London Honors students will also need access to a word processing program on a computer.
If you have never used Zoom before, we encourage you to download it ahead of time.
You can download and install Zoom on this link: http://zoom.us/download.
Choose the 'Zoom Client for Meetings'.
When you log on for the event, we ask that you enter your first and last name so we know who you are!
You will be muted upon entry for the Friday night event, but you will have a chance to unmute yourself to ask questions!
As you prepare for your interview weekend, please make sure you have the following ready:
- Stable internet connection
- Webcam and microphone capabilities
- Access to email
- A quiet room, with minimal distractions
- Science Honors candidates only: Paper, pencil, and calculator
- Science Honors candidates only: Ability to scan or take a picture of written work you will complete, so that you can submit your written work to Houghton
- London Honors candidates only: Access to a word processing program on a computer
Additionally, to prepare you should:
- Review any materials you submitted as part of your Honors application as your interviewers may ask you about them
- Watch the Information Session for Honors at Houghton that will be sent to you the week of your interview
Since cameras will be on for this entire event, we recommend that your dress code is business casual. Please avoid jeans, t-shirts, and hoodies.
For males: a button-down shirt, polo, or sweater is acceptable, as well as khakis or dress pants. A button-down shirt and tie is recommended for your interview on Saturday.
For females: a blouse, sweater, dress pants, skirt, or dress is acceptable.
Since cameras will be on for this entire event, we recommend that you have a simple background behind you. You can use a virtual background for this event, if you choose, although it is not required.
Please email email@example.com or contact your Enrollment Advisor with your questions! We are happy to answer any and all questions.