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Houghton College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Houghton College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Houghton College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Houghton College was awarded 12 badges in the 2021 rankings.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Houghton as #375 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Houghton held the #532 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Houghton is also ranked #39 out of 132 schools in New York.

See all of the rankings for Houghton College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Houghton?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 91%, Houghton has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 76% of students accepted to Houghton submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 670. Math scores were between 520 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Houghton College  ( 540 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Houghton College  ( 520 to 650 )
Houghton received ACT scores from 39% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Houghton College  ( 22 to 29 )

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Houghton College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Houghton, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Houghton College is 54%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  54 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Houghton College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 80% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Houghton College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Houghton for first-time, full-time students is 66%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  66 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Houghton

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,030 undergraduates at Houghton with 971 being full-time and 59 being part-time.

Houghton Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Houghton is 62.91 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  62.91 out of 100
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How Much Does Houghton College Cost?

The overall average net price of Houghton is $23,170. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Houghton

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$24,162 $17,749 $23,378 $23,789 $24,792

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Houghton, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Houghton, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $8,402 a year. That adds up to $33,608 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Houghton is 2.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Houghton Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Houghton make about $37,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 6% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Houghton College make the most money.

Location of Houghton College

Located in Houghton, New York, Houghton College is a private not-for-profit institution. The rural area surrounding the school is great for students who prefer living in a country setting.

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Location of Houghton College

Contact details for Houghton are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Willard Ave, Houghton, NY 14744
Phone: 585-567-9200

Houghton College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 39 majors graduated from Houghton College. Of these students, 296 received undergraduate degrees and 6 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 47 NA
General Biology 26 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 25 NA
General Psychology 21 NA
Area Studies 18 NA
Communication & Media Studies 17 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 13 NA
Music 10 NA
General English Literature 9 NA
Theological & Ministerial Studies 9 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Houghton College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Houghton

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 62 students took at least one online class at Houghton College. This is a decrease from the 81 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 62 62
2016-2017 81 43
2015-2016 29 28
2014-2015 18 18
2013-2014 10 10

Learn more about online learning at Houghton College.

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