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Houghton Academy provides its boarding students with opportunities for growth and independence in a structured environment. Students from across America and around the world have attended Houghton Academy and have learned life skills that provide the foundation for success at university and beyond.



Houghton Academy seeks young people capable of studying in a rigorous, college-preparatory environment.  All students must be willing to live and work in a Christian atmosphere. Students of other faiths are welcomed.

Admission is based on completion of the application, references, and prior satisfactory performance in school (transcripts are required).

Houghton Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, creed, or national origin in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid program, athletic or other school administered programs.

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Houghton Academy was founded on the principle that a quality education should be affordable to everyone.


Step 1: Submit An Application

Complete an application in one of two ways:

1. Quick Online Application  (This will take you 15-20 minutes)

2. Paper Version:  


  • Mail to: Houghton Academy Admissions Office:  9790 Thayer Street, Houghton, NY 14744


  • Fax to: 585-567-8048

Step 1: Submit An Application

Step 2: Submit Your Updated Transcipt

  • Submit your most recent transcript or informal record of all of high school classes taken and currently enrolled in.

  • Please send these documents to:

Step 3: Schedule and Complete An Online Interview 

Once the application and all supporting materials have been received, a Zoom, Skype or WeChat Online Interview will be scheduled for the student by the Boarding Program Coordinator.

The Boarding Program Coordinator will email the students with availability for interview dates and times. The interview lasts about 60 minutes. 

The interview is a one-on-one interview between the student and Houghton Academy's Boarding Director. Parents may ask questions at the end of the interview. 

No preparation is required by the student. 

Step 4: Receive Admissions Result

You will receive the admission decision within 2 days of your interview. 

If accepted, you will receive:

1.  An official acceptance letter 

2.  The enrollment contract 

3.  A request for any other additional documents our Admission Office needs 

Step 5: Sign Enrollment Contract and Make Payment

The student's family will have 10 calendar days to accept or reject the admission offer. This will be communicated by returning the signed enrollment contract and making the required deposit.

The timeline will be shorter for students accepted after May 31.

Step 6: Obtain Your F-1 Visa & Notify HA

  • International students will receive an I-20 and will need to contact the appropriate US Embassy or Consulate to schedule an interview for an F-1 student visa.

  • Notify Houghton Academy upon receiving your F-1 visa.

Step 7: Make Final Payment

Any remaining payment and records are due according to the terms of your enrollment contract. Failure to make full payment within this period may result in cancellation of the student’s I-20.

Step 8: Submit Travel Details

The student’s family should purchase flights to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, NY (BUF), and let Houghton Academy know of the student’s travel plans. 

Step 9: Begin School at Houghton Academy


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