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Christian Life Profile

Houghton challenges students to academic excellence—in the context of a relevant Christian community—and empowers them to enrich the world.

As one of a select number of Christian colleges to receive widespread national recognition, Houghton is a clear choice for students desiring an academically rigorous Christ-centered college.

Of all member institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Houghton College is one of a few ranked in the national liberal arts category by U.S.News & World Report. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Houghton on its list of “best values among liberal arts colleges” that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. The Princeton Review names Houghton a “Best College in the Northeast” and also lists Houghton in their Green College Guide.

Are you up for a challenge?
Houghton offers more than 70 areas of study—meaning you can choose to study anything from applied physics to writing. No matter what major you select (or double major, or major and minor), we’ll ask you to look deeply, consider carefully, and question diligently.

With a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, it’s no surprise that your professors serve a critical role—as teachers, mentors, role models, and guides. Involved and engaged, they’ll help you tackle matters academic and spiritual. Did we mention that 88% hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field?

What’s different at Houghton?
Looking for opportunities beyond a traditional classroom setting? Over 50% of our students study off campus in places as diverse as Australia, Croatia, Israel, Morocco, Tanzania, and Thailand. Work side by side with faculty in our Summer Research Institute, participate in development work in Sierra Leone, or challenge yourself in our interdisciplinary honors program.

Our top-notch facilities will support and enhance your education. Master the art of digital video in our media commons. Conduct research in our recently updated science center. Strategize stock purchases in our state-of-the-art business investment center. Study and enjoy the environment throughout our 1,300-acre wooded campus.

Let your competitive side out with our expanding slate of NCAA Division III athletic teams. Take your pick from more than 30 official campus clubs and organizations like the Artists’ Guild, Climbing Club, Encore Theatre Group, or Global Christian Fellowship.

What do you want to become?
At Houghton we believe that it’s our job to do more than develop the next generation of bright minds and industrious professionals. We develop thoughtful, generous, responsible human beings. People with open minds, deep faith, and compassionate hearts. People who will make an impact on the world.

So, what’s in your future?
What impact is God calling you to make? We invite you to come to Houghton and find out!