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Estd 1883Established Year

Houghton College Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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Houghton College is a Christian liberal arts college offering courses in the field of Art, Bible, Chemistry, Communication, Data Science, Engineering and Music. The college has a total enrollment of 1,078 students out of which 1,048 are undergraduates and 30 are graduates.

  • The applicants can apply through The Common Application or The Houghton Application.
  • Students apply for Music programs have to submit an audition.
  • ACT/SAT are not mandatory for admission,
  • Applicant has to submit the recommendation form with the application.
  • Supplement documents should be submitted accordingly.


Application PortalCommon Application/Houghton Application
Application Fee$40.00 (non-refundable)
Mode of PaymentCredit Card, Cheque, Money Order
Average SAT Score1660
Average ACT Score25
Average GPA Score3.52
Four-year graduation rate65.7%
Six-year graduation rate75.6%
Retention rate86.5%
Institutional CodeACT - 2766
SAT/TOEFL - 2299 
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall/Spring
InterviewRequired for admission in the professional program

Houghton College Admission Deadlines

Some of the common deadlines for admission to various UG and PG programs are as follows:

Priority Admission & Fee waiverOct 15, 2019
Priority I (first round of financial aid awards)Dec 15, 2019
Priority II (second round of financial aid awards)Jan 15, 2020
General Admission/RollingMarch 1, 2020

Houghton College International Admissions

International applicants have to fulfil some additional requirements. The application requirements are given below:

Admission requirements

  • Official high school or college transcripts.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Financial Affidavit.
  • Proof of English proficiency

English Proficiency Test Score Requirements

The minimum requirements for English proficiency are listed below:

TestMinimum Scores

Visa Process for International Students:

The procedure for getting the student visa to study at Houghton is given below. The students should follow these instructions carefully.

  • The students need to submit the enrollment deposit. The deadline for this is May 1.
  • The Houghton College DSO creates, prints, sign and mails the applicant’s I-20 via Federal Express.
  • After receiving the mail read it and review it carefully to check that the details match the passport.
  • Then pay I-901 fee which is $200 fee and is charged by the US government.
  • Get an appointment at any US embassy abroad to interview for the visa. For the interview, the applicant gets the US passport visa, which helps in entering the US as an F-1 student.
  • When getting through the immigration the students need to have the passport and Houghton college acceptance letter in hand for the checking.

Houghton College Undergraduate Admissions

Houghton College offers many undergraduate programs for the applicants. The admission process for the undergraduate is almost the same.

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Recommendation form
  • ACT/SAT/CLT (optional)
  • The SAT, ACT, and CLT scorecards needed to be submitted.

Houghton College Graduate Admissions

The university offers graduate programs in Business, Education and Music. The requirements for graduate programs are given below -

CourseApplication PortalApplication DeadlineAcademic Requirements
Business Administrationadmission.houghton.eduPriority Deadline: Aug 1Professional statement, Professional recommendation letter, Resume,Transcripts, One Academic reference, Work Experience
Master of Music in Conductingadmission.houghton.eduCommon deadlinesBachelor of Music degree required Submit a video recording of his/her conducting via YouTube link
Education – Master of Science (Literacy)Houghton ApplicationFall: Aug 1
Spring: Nov 1
Professional statement, Standardized test scores of GRE and edTPA, Resume, Two letters of recommendation
Music CompositionHoughton ApplicationCommon deadlinesMinimum 128 semester hours required for graduation Must have 30 hours at Houghton

A student will be eligible to receive an admission decision upon completing an application for admission. First-year applicants are eligible for an admission decision after completing their junior year of high school and submitting a transcript showing grades up to that point. An admission decision will be provided upon completion of the application file. All students are required to submit the application, a personal statement, a recommendation and transcripts. The SAT, ACT and CLT may be submitted or may be waived.

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