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Houghton College


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.

In 1899 a few college classes were offered; the college department's first diploma was awarded in 1901. 


  • At Houghton, you’ll get a tailor-made, one-of-a-kind Christian educational experience that supports YOUR individual interests, dreams and goals.
  • We not only prepare you for a job after you graduate – we lay the groundwork for an amazing rest of your life. 


More than just a career services office, the VOCA Center provides a unique approach to vocational and career planning by engaging with students throughout their first year of college, walking them through individually customized and comprehensive career development plans that are available beyond graduation. 

Library services

GRACE (Gathering Resources and Citations Electronically), is the Willard J. Houghton Library's catalog. You can access library resources via GRACE (Library Catalog) or WorldCat. (For WorldCat, remember to check the box "Items in my library")

Through the Power Search, you can search for books, eBooks, media (DVD, VHS, etc.) by selecting the format from the Type dropdown button.

Campus life

Houghton College is a distinctively residential community. Most students, faculty, and staff live, learn, work, and worship within close proximity to the hamlet of Houghton.

Sports facilities

As a Houghton Highlander, you can let your competitive side out to play one of our 18 NCAA D-III sports.Or perhaps intramural or club sports are more your style. And naturally, all of our teams need fans - the louder, the better.

In terms of recreation, you name it and you can find it here: hiking, camping, skiing, swimming, canoeing, and even a ropes course in the Houghton Forest. We're also about 15 minutes away from Letchworth State Park, with gorgeous waterfalls and hiking trails.

Student clubs

  • Campus Activities Board

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) organizes many of the all-student events on campus. 

  • Student Government Association

The purpose of SGA is to contribute to the academic, social, physical, and spiritual growth and development of the student body of Houghton College.

Houghton’s clubs have always played a major role in the life of students. It is continually one of the most significant methods of connecting students to the Houghton community and there are over 30 active clubs completely run by students !

Houghton College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Regents of the University of the State of New York and is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104; phone: 267-284-5000) is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The National Association of Schools of Music is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 

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