Houghton College: Narrative Description

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One Willard Ave.
Houghton, NY 14744
Tel: (585)567-9200
Free: 800-777-2556
Admissions: (585)567-9353
Fax: (585)567-9522
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.houghton.edu/


Independent Wesleyan, 4-year, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1883. Setting: 1,300-acre rural campus with easy access to Buffalo and Rochester. Endowment: $31.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $19,290. Educational spending 2003-04: $8255 per student. Total enrollment: 1,480. Faculty: 101 (83 full-time, 18 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,219 applied, 76% were admitted. 28% from top 10% of their high school class, 59% from top quarter, 90% from top half. 5 National Merit Scholars, 21 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,391 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 77 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 41 states and territories, 21 other countries, 38% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 10% 25 or older, 82% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at members of the Western New York Consortium and the Christian College Consortium. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, interview, pastoral recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to Evangelical Christians and members of the Wesleyan Church.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $24,980 includes full-time tuition ($18,660) and college room and board ($6320). College room only: $3160. Full-time tuition varies according to course load, program, and reciprocity agreements. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $780 per hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: One Thing, Allegany County Outreach, World Mission Fellowship, Campus Activities Board, International Student Organization. Major annual events: SPOT, Midnight Breakfast, International Student banquet. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, phone connection to security patrols. 1,059 college housing spaces available; 999 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Willard J. Houghton Library plus 1 other with 242,866 books, 39,550 microform titles, 4,110 serials, 2,918 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $868,879. 50 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Houghton is a small rural community in southwestern New York, just south of Letchworth State Park. Nearby state park makes available good fishing, hunting, and skiing in season. The college also has its own ski slopes with rope-tow, an initiatives rope course, an equestrian riding program and miles of cross-country ski trails.

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