Houghton College was recently ranked as one of Forbes Magazine’s 650 Top Colleges for 2017.

Houghton was included on the liberal arts universities list, was among the 394 private colleges and ranked as one of the top 195 institutions in the Northeast. The college was also on the most “grateful grads” list of 200 schools, a unique measurement that measures alumni financial support of the institution.

“It is an honor to once again be recognized externally what our students and graduates have experienced for generations – Houghton’s commitment to academic rigor within a vibrant, Christ-centered community,” said Ryan Spear, director of admission at Houghton. “We know that today’s students want to invest in an education of high value while also living among those who will build them up and we are confident that at Houghton, they will.”

Houghton was one of 31 Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) member schools included, and one of four of the 21 Western New York Consortium of Higher Education members to make the list.

Forbes measured metrics covering post-graduate success (graduate salaries), debt (average debt load per student and default rates), student experience (professor and student life ratings), graduation rate and academic success (nationally recognized academic accomplishments and doctoral studies). Data was sourced mainly from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, Payscale, Niche and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System to create its list.