Friday, September 9, 2016

Houghton Enrolls Largest New Student Class in Five Years

Class of 2020

Houghton College is once again pleased to announce an increase in new student enrollment. This year, the college welcomes an incoming class of 307 first-year and transfer students, the largest new student class in five years. Houghton’s commitment to serve both first-year and transfer students has paid off as this year’s enrollment saw growth among both populations.  New transfer student enrollment grew 22 percent compared with the previous year.
Houghton’s new students are drawn from across the globe, hailing from 26 U.S. states and 17 countries. American-born minority students also make up 15 percent of the newcomers, making the class of 2020 the most ethnically diverse  on record.
These new students represent the continuation of a long legacy, as nearly 10% of the incoming class come from alumni families.
This year, Houghton welcomes a class of high achievers. Participants in Houghton’s distinctive first-year honors programs make up over one fifth of the class while a third of the class is slated to participate in intercollegiate athletics. The college’s rigorous academic programs drew the interest of top students from across the country, a fact reflected in the largest number of Merit Finalists, Semi-Finalists, and Commended students to attend the college in over five years.
In addition to enrollment growth in Houghton’s residential student population, Houghton College Buffalo, an Associate of Arts degree program on the West side of Buffalo, welcomed the largest incoming class since its creation in 2014. The program, which caters specifically to immigrant and refugee students, increased enrollment  by 66 percent from 33 last year to 55 this fall.
Ryan Spear, Houghton’s Director of Admission, is thrilled with the size and diversity of the college’s newest students. “We are excited to be welcoming another strong class to Houghton College, representing the third straight year of growth in our first-year student class,” he said. “We look forward to what is in store for this phenomenal group of new students as Houghton continues in its mission to prepare scholar-servants for the 21st century.”