Houghton College

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Houghton College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Houghton, NY, a predominately rural area. Houghton College has only around 1000 enrolled students, which allows them to offer higher teacher to student ratios.

The majority of students getting into this school had an SAT score between 1060 - 1320, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 21 - 28. We were able to estimate the Houghton College average GPA (3.13 - 3.52) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. This school has an acceptance rate of 81 percent with 28 percent of applicants deciding to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at houghton.edu.

Overall Houghton College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Houghton College was reported as 80.7% in Fall 2020 with over 1,010 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 21 - 28
  • Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into Houghton College?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Houghton College is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Houghton College has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 77.7%
  • 2017-2018: 91.4%
  • 2018-2019: 95.1%
  • 2019-2020: 80.7%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 80.4%

How Does Houghton College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Houghton College is forty-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Hilbert College92.6%
Villa Maria College74.4%
Elmira College80.1%
Wells College83.2%
Cazenovia College93.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Houghton College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading540 - 660
Math520 - 660
Total Score1060 - 1320
ACT®Score Range
English20 - 28
Math19 - 27
Composite Score21 - 28
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