Houghton College

Houghton College

Houghton College, originally established as the Houghton Seminary in 1883, was granted a provisional college charter in 1923, followed by a permanent charter in 1927. The main campus of the college is situated on 1,300 acres of land in Houghton, New York. Classes are also offered in the 40-acre Adirondack Park Campus, and the West Seneca Campus.

Houghton College offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The college has the Greatbatch School of Music through which graduate programs in music are offered.

The sports teams of Houghton College, nicknamed the Highlanders, are members of the American Mideast Conference, and the NAIA. The Highlanders compete in sports such as basketball, cross country, field hockey, volleyball, track, and soccer.

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Contacting Houghton College

Houghton College
1 Willard Ave
Houghton , NY 14744
General Phone: (585) 567-9200

Houghton College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management109business management, accounting
Liberal Arts64minority and gender studies, French language, Spanish language, English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, international relations, political science, sociology, ...
Education and Teaching59elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, social studies teaching
Science45biology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling20psychology
Music19music, music performance, music theory and composition, conducting, piano, voice, various music studies
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy, religion, theology and religious vocations
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy14parks and recreation studies, health and physical education
Fine Arts8fine arts studies
Media5communication studies
Computer Science and Engineering5computer and info science, information technology

Number of programs and degrees for Houghton College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree35533
Associate's degree72
Master's degree87

Houghton College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Houghton College had a total enrollment of 1,382 students (1,377 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 35%
Women 65%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 99%
Graduate 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 88%
Black 3%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 36%
20-21 38%
22-24 8%
25-29 3%
30-34 2%
35-39 3%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York56%
(International Students)5%
New Jersey4%
New Hampshire1%

Houghton College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %

Houghton College Room and Board (2007)

Houghton College offers campus housing for 1,066 of its 1,377 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Houghton, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Houghton College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520650
SAT Math510620
SAT Writing500640
ACT Verbal2230
ACT Math2128
ACT Composite2329

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT88%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT36%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Houghton College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,990
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,990
Room and board $ 6,930
Room charge $ 3,710
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,220
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,200

Financial Aid:
Houghton College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 273400)

Houghton College Faculty

Houghton College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year38$62,6645$63,104
Associate professoracademic year17$51,6886$53,194
Assistant professoracademic year11$43,04917$40,420
All faculty totalacademic year66$56,56728$47,208

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Houghton College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball American Mideast Conference
Track American Mideast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports133750

Houghton College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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