Located in Houghton (Allegany County), this private, Christian, liberal arts college began in 1883 as a seminary (high school) under the Wesleyan Methodist Connection. Coeducational from its founding, Houghton operated as a secondary school for its first 15 years.
Houghton College ranks in the top 5% of colleges nationwide and first among western New York colleges listed, according to the second-annual ranking of America's Best Colleges, compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP).
Inclusion in the rankings indicates that the institution meets a certain level of quality, since only the top 15% of institutions are ranked.
Houghton College provides an academically challenging, Christ-centered education in the liberal arts and sciences to students from diverse traditions and economic backgrounds and equips them to lead and labor as scholar-servants in a changing world.
1,200 students representing 40 states and Canadian provinces and 25 foreign countries.
- 130 faculty members, 94 full-time
- 80% of faculty hold doctoral degrees
- Student/faculty ratio 12:1
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Music (BMus), Master of Arts in Music (MA), Master of Music (MMus)
Houghton College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Regents of the University of the State of New York, and is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Houghton College admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.