Four Houghton students standing together in front of the Wesley Chapel.

Student Life

It's All About Community

For a school with just under 1,000 students, Houghton’s student body is surprisingly diverse—and that is what makes our community life so special. Play an intercollegiate sport. Run for student government. Write for the campus newspaper. Perform in a music ensemble. Volunteer in the community. Explore Houghton's 1,300+ acres. With so much to experience, you are bound to find something you love.

Experience Houghton

Students sitting together and laughing

Houghton is a place where there is so much potential for growth, both in faith and friendship. I have made wonderful Christian friends who have encouraged me, helped me, and prayed for me. Houghton has become my second home.

Angelica Tennant '18

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Arts, Culture & Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

Our 1,300-acre campus is yours to explore! This stunning outdoor setting makes it easy to find a place to pray, think, study or play. Hike the trails in the Houghton Forest, grab friends for a game of disc golf, or splash in the creek that runs through campus. Camp out in our lean-tos or learn how to ski or snowboard. Try horseback riding and our EPIC ropes course, build a campfire and roast marshmallows, or kayak, canoe or whitewater raft down the Genesee River.

Just a short drive away, experience the gorgeous waterfalls and hiking trails at Letchworth State Park, "The Grand Canyon of the East."


As a Houghton Highlander, you can let your competitive side out to play one of our 16 NCAA D-III sports. Or perhaps intramural or club sports are more your style. Enjoy world class facilities, like the Kerr-Pegula Field House which provides a competition-quality, eight-lane 200-meter indoor track, competition tennis courts, and state of the art fitness and weight training equipment.

Close by at the Nielsen Physical Education Center you'll find an additional fitness center, indoor track, pool, courts and a rock climbing wall.

Arts & Culture

Interested in art? Take an art class or enjoy one of the exhibits at the Ortlip Art Gallery. If music interests you, perform in one of our 11 ensembles. Attend a concert or recital sponsored by the Greatbatch School of Music. Sing or play in one of our praise and worship teams.

Whether as a participant or an attendee, you can appreciate musical theatre and drama at Houghton. Our Lyric Theatre provides opportunities each semester.

Local Houghton

Caneadea and the hamlet of Houghton, NY are part of the Genesee Valley Trail Towns; historic, distinct, communities along the Genesee Valley. In addition to the local waterfalls, rivers and lakes, like Rushford Lake and the Moss Lake Preserve, catch a Genesee Rapids Baseball game, or take a short walk from campus to enjoy a cup of coffee at Cōppa Cō. This local business features a gallery space with local and student art, hand-thrown pottery made on-site, and fair-trade, organic coffee served by our alumnus baristas.

Living On Campus

Most students, faculty, and staff live, learn, work, and worship within close proximity to the hamlet of Houghton.

Such an intentional residential experience is a significant and integral part of the educational process. Living in the residences, together with classroom, chapel, and student activities, provides an immediate setting for you to examine new or different perspectives, ideas, and attitudes.

Simply put, time spent with others on campus will provide memories that endure for a lifetime.

Gillette Hall


With decades of history, thousands of Highlander women have called Gillette home.
Lambein Hall


Offers a scenic, peaceful view of Houghton Creek.


Signature events like Highlander Games, Harvest Feast, and Rothenyuhler.
Digital illustration of Houghton's townhouses.


Apartment-style living for upper class students.
More Details About Residence Life & Housing
Houghton students performing music on stage during SPOT.

Activities For All Interests

Enjoy a variety of events in the community of fellow Christ followers.

Explore The Houghton Hub Events Listing

Student Leadership

Interested in getting involved? Pursue a leadership position on the Campus Activities Board, with Residence Life, Student Council, Transitions teams, or as a trip leader for Highlander Wilderness Adventures.

Get Involved Next Year!