University of Houston

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About University of Houston

The University of Houston (UH), located in the city of Houston, TX, was founded in 1927. It joined the University of Houston System in 1977, becoming one of nine institutions in the system. UH is the largest university in the system and offers almost 300 degree programs.

UH is a public research university and has more than 40 research centers. Examples of research centers include the Institute for Improved Oil Recovery and the Institute for Health Care Marketing. Among major research universities in the United States, the UH student population is ranked as the second most ethnically diverse, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2010, with students representing almost 140 different countries.

The University of Houston has historically received numerous recognitions by various organizations, such as the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. In 2012, UH was listed as one of the nation's best colleges in the Princeton Review's, 'The Best 377 Colleges, 2013 Edition.'


As part of the University of Houston System, UH offers students access to all nine of the system's libraries, some of which include a music library, an optometry library and an architecture and art library. In addition, students can easily transfer credits between the system's universities.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is the largest college on the UH campus, with 16 schools and departments. In addition, the C.T. Bauer College of Business, with the university's current most popular master's degree programs, is nationally ranked in the top five percent for published research.

UH is home to the longest running distance education program in Texas, offering online courses and classes through its main campus, as well as three community colleges. There are several bachelor's and graduate degree programs that can be completed partially or completely online through UH's distance education program, including degrees in communication, education, and psychology.


The general application process for prospective undergraduate students requires the submission of an online application with a $50 application fee. As part of the application process, prospective students will also need to submit a high school transcript and SAT or ACT test scores. Additionally, students attending UH for the first time, and who choose to live on campus, must show proof of a meningitis vaccination.

Applicants seeking admission to the fall and summer semesters must apply by April 1 for regular admission and by December 1 for priority admission; applications for the spring semester are due by November 1. Students must decide to register by June 1 for the fall and summer semesters and by December 1 for the spring semester.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs vary by state residency and degree program. In 2011-2012, incoming freshman that were Texas-state residents paid tuition and fees estimated at $7,513. For incoming freshman that were not residents of Texas, tuition and fees were approximately $15,025. Other costs to consider include additional course fees, books, supplies, transportation, and housing.

In 2010, 80% of students at the University of Houston received some form of financial aid. Types of financial aid available include grants, scholarships, and student loans. In addition, UH offers four payment plan options and several types of fee exemptions for qualifying students.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body In fall 2011: 31,764 undergraduates and 8,056 graduate students**
Student Housing Seven residential communities housing approximately 6,000 students*
Schools and Programs 12 colleges offering approximately 120 undergraduate programs, 139 graduate programs, 54 doctoral programs and three professional programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010 - 2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology (413)
Master's: Business administration and management (413)
Doctorates: Law (315)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 15% in four years
46% in six years**
Admission Rate 63% in fall 2011**
Entering Class Size 3,637 in fall 2010***
First-Year Retention Rates 81% (full-time students)
66% (part-time students)**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT Composite scores: 21 - 26 in fall 2011***
Undergraduate Application Due Date November 1 for spring
April 1 for fall (regular decision)*
Decision Notification Date Must register by December 1 for spring 2013 and by June 1 for fall 2013*
Undergraduate Tuition (2012) $186.51-$273.41 per credit hour for in-state students
$499.51-$583.41 per credit hour for out-of-state residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010: federal grants (43%), other federal grants (29%), state and local grants/scholarships (38%), institutional grants/scholarships (34%), federal student loans (41%), other student loans (6%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Houston, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of Houston, Office of Admissions, Welcome Center, 4400 University Drive, Houston, TX 77204-2023
  • Phone: (713) 743-1010
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