Houghton College is proud of the educational platform they have developed over the years that has evolved with the times while keeping Christ at the center focus. Offering a well rounded liberal arts and science education to students of all religious backgrounds, Houghton College strives to provide students with the knowledge, leadership skills and professional qualities needed to help them survive in life after graduation. The faculty and staff at the College remain just as dedicated to creating a supportive community for the students. With over 80 full-time staff members, over 120 faculty members, 80% of which have advanced degrees in their individual fields – students can rest assured that they are being educated by faculty and staff who have been in both the students position as well as the professional world.
The student body at Houghton College represents over 35 states and 30 countries. This type of global influence brings students together into one close-knit community that encourages diversity, acceptance and global unity. It is this type of unique atmosphere that introduces students to the world they are to face after graduation, enabling them with the skills needed to adapt and excel efficiently.
Houghton College originally started in 1883 as the Wesleyan Methodist Connection seminary high school. Although the school has always been a coeducational facility, Houghton College remained a secondary school until 1898. Nearly a year later, the first college courses were offered at the school and just three years later, Houghton College awarded the first diploma. The authority figures at Houghton College have evolved with the changing times. Although the initial principals of the school were pastors from the Wesleyan Methodist parish, by 1908 the College named its first academically qualified president named Jams S. Luckey. This enhanced the value and curriculum of the school tremendously until his death in 1937.
In 1937, Houghton College received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.
By 1972, Stephen W. Paine has increased enrollment dramatically for the school. His intentions to amplify the education experience for students included expanding the campus with new buildings, implementing a more diverse and challenging curriculum as well as focusing on increasing the faculty which held advanced degrees in their subject areas. This enabled students to obtain a more in depth education in a more collegiate surrounding. With these steps, the foundation of Houghton College became stronger and more viable for attending students.
Life on campus can be overwhelming for students as there is always something to get involved with – from live events and performances to the large variety of clubs and student run organizations. Students are encouraged to get involved with their peers, community and participate in the campus activities in order to establish life altering skills and leadership qualities that will enhance their life tremendously in many facets. Students that attend Houghton College exemplify the true meaning of community and Christian fellowship, helping each other to succeed is just as important as individual growth.
There are over 100+ things to do on campus that students actively take advantage of. The majority of students looks forward to participating in Homecoming week, which is filled with activities, events and of course – school spirit. Many students also showcase their talents and skills in the annual talent show that is held on campus each year. Whether students are looking for an entertaining activity to escape from the pressures of the classroom or events and groups that will help them prepare for their future professions, students can find the guidance and support they need from the faculty and fellow students, right on campus. Since the campus grounds are located just outside of New York City, many students join together for weekend or day trips into the city for shopping, shows or sightseeing adventures.
First year students can take advantage of the housing facilities designated just for them on campus, designed to help them get to know their classmates and faculty members while adjusting to college life. Members of the residential life staff also reside each residence hall, apartment building and townhouse complex for on-site assistance when needed. Houghton College provides students with all the essentials such as laundry facilities, dinning services and of course, the popular campus bookstore where students can obtain their semester books, supplies and a wide selection of clothing apparel to showcase their school spirit.
What is the college experience without financial aid options? Houghton College offers students a strong dedication and attention to their funding needs by providing year-round hours for the Financial Aid Office. Faculty and staff members assist students in every facet of the financial aid process from researching options to filling out the applications and obtaining the funding that is best suited for their needs. Houghton College accepts multiple forms of financial aid and encourages students to apply for simultaneous funding to ensure they obtain as much as possible to alleviate the stress of paying for school.
Academic and athletic scholarships are awarded to students each year that may range from $1,000 to a full tuition ride. While not all students may qualify for scholarships, the College also awards students with merit and need based funding that can help them through the year. Many students take advantage of the work study program that is available on campus as well. Financial aid staff is available to help students find positions both on and off campus that may even tie into their course curriculum – giving them a solid way to apply their studies hand-on in their daily employment.