One Willard Ave.
P.O. Box 128
Houghton, NY 14744
Phone: (585) 567-9200; Fax: (585) 567-9572

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Shirley A. Mullen, President
Enrollment (Headcount): 1040 Undergraduate; 16 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: Religious- Wesleyan Church
2015 Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges - Arts & Sciences Focus
Approved Credential Levels: Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: First Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY; Houghton College Buffalo, Buffalo, NY; Houghton College Utica, Utica, NY; The Chapel at CrossPoint, Getzville, NY
Other Instructional Sites: Alaska Bible College in Glenallen, Palmer, AK; Houghton in Tanzania, PO Box 394, Iringa, Tanzania, Tanzania
Status: Member since 1935
Last Reaffirmed: June 25, 2015

Most Recent Commission Action:
August 28, 2017: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include provisionally the additional locations at (1) Houghton College Buffalo, Hope House, 660 Smith Street, Buffalo, NY 14210; and (2) Houghton College Utica, 7 Rutger Park, Utica, NY 13501-3000 within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations at one of these locations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. Operations at the additional locations must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 25, 2015: To reaffirm accreditation and request a progress report, due October 1, 2016, documenting evidence of (1) an assessment of the governing board focusing on well-defined roles, boundaries, structures, duties, responsibilities and best practices (Standard 4); and (2) educational offerings, delivered through distance education and at other locations, that are consistent with mission, provide appropriate support, and meet standards for quality, rigor, and effectiveness comparable to those of other instructional offerings (Standard 13). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
January 4, 2016: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Associate in Applied Science Degree in Christian Ministries and the online Associate in Arts Degree in Liberal Arts within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of June 25, 2015 for a progress report due October 1, 2016. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
November 17, 2016: To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023 - 2024

Date Printed: March 19, 2018


Branch Campus - A branch campus is a domestic or international location of an institution that is geographically apart, independent of the primary/main campus. The branch campus is considered independent of the main campus if it is permanent in nature; offers courses in educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential; has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory organization; and has its own budgetary and hiring authority. (34 CFR §600.2)

Additional Location - An additional location is a domestic or international location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the primary/main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of the requirements of an educational program. (34 CFR §602.22) ANYA ("Approved but Not Yet Active") indicates that the location is included within the scope of accreditation but has not yet begun to offer courses. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have begun at this location. ANYC ("Approved but Not Yet Closed") indicates that the institution has requested that the location be officially closed through the substantive change process. The location is currently included within the scope of accreditation but the institution will be stopping all operations at this location in the near future. The institution should inform the Commission (via email at of the date that operations cease. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have stopped at this location and the location is no longer listed on the SAS.

Other Instructional Sites - MSCHE defines an other instructional site as any off-campus site, other than those meeting the definition of a branch campus or an additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit. Sites designated as an other instructional site do not require substantive change approval. However, substantive change approval is required to reclassify an other instructional site to or from a branch campus or additional location.

Distance Education Programs - Fully Approved, Approved (one program approved) or Not Approved indicates whether or not the institution has been approved to offer diploma/certificate/degree programs via distance education (programs for which students could meet 50% or more of the requirements of the program by taking distance education courses). Per the Commission's Substantive Change policy, Commission approval of the first two Distance Education programs is required to be "Fully Approved." If only one program is approved by the Commission, the specific name of the program will be listed in parentheses after "Approved."

Commission actions are explained in the policy Accreditation Actions.