University of Houston

212 E. Cullen Building, Houston, TX

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The University of Houston is a leading public research university located in Houston, Texas - the nation's fourth largest city. It has nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that include both online and on campus courses.

The university is situated on a 667-acre campus in the center of the downtown area of Houston.  The campus is very green, with open spaces of manicured lawns and landscaped parks highlighted with many fountains and sculptures.

Research is a major interest and highlight at the University of Houston, with the faculty and students in every department conducting research through its 40 research centers.

The University of Houston (UH) is part of the University of Houston System (UHS), which is a group of six public institutions of higher learning (four universities and two teaching centers) in the Houston area.  They share common goals and are governed by a Board of Regents.


The University of Houston was founded in 1927, but didn't officially take the name "University of Houston" until 1934.  It moved to its permanent campus in 1939, and became a state institution in 1963.  In 1977, the school joined the University of Houston System.


The University's academic calendar follows the semester system, with fall and spring semesters as well as a summer session.

The University of Houston offers 120 majors and minors at the undergraduate level and 139 degree-focuses at the master's level.  It offers 54 doctoral programs and three professional degree programs. Additionally, the university offers online courses through its Distance Education program.  There are also noncredit courses available through the university's Continuing Education program.

Undergraduates can also choose from several pre-professional programs that lead to careers in medicine, law, pharmacy, veterinary science and accounting, as well as programs in teacher certification.  UH students can also participate in special programs such as a five-year dual-degree program, ROTC, Study Abroad, Honors College or the Undergraduate Scholars at UH program.  There are also Certificate Programs in areas such as Paralegal, Entrepreneurship or Sales Excellence, among others.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Houston is comprised of 12 academic colleges.  Each major and graduate program operates from within one of the 12 colleges.  Additionally, there is an interdisciplinary Honors College that provides courses and opportunities to students from all majors and departments.

The colleges at UH are:

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture

C.T. Bauer College of Business

College of Education

Cullen College of Engineering

Honors College

Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

UH Law Center

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

College of Optometry

College of Pharmacy

Graduate College of Social Work

College of Technology

Student Life

The University of Houston has a very active and lively student population with more than 400 student organizations and 16 intercollegiate sports teams.  Thousands of students live on campus in residence halls, apartments and townhouses.

Fraternities and Sororities

There is a Center for Leadership and Fraternity & Sorority Life at UH that helps students develop into ethical, purposeful leaders.  Its leadership development programs teach students to get involved and use self-awareness and critical thinking for growth.

The core values of the Greek community at UH are:

Collaboration, Personal Growth, Community Growth, Brotherhood and Sisterhood, Philanthropy and Services, Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility


In 1947 the University of Houston adopted the cougar as its mascot, which is nicknamed "Shasta."


Cougar athletics is big at the University of Houston.  The UH Department of Intercollegiate Athletics challenges student-athletes to achieve their highest academic, athletic and personal aspirations.

At UH there are cougar teams for men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track & field, and women's basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Satellite Campuses

The universities within the University of Houston System are the University of Houston (UH), UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown and UH-Victoria.  The Teaching Centers are UHS at Sugar Land and UHS at Cinco Ranch.  The University of Houston also offers programs through facilities at the Texas Medical Center.

Community Life

UH students can participate in one of the 600 UHS community initiatives available that allow students to become involved in local causes such as helping with local education and housing efforts, or assisting local government.  The UH Contact Center can provide information on all services and events.

The city of Houston is popular for many reasons, including its lively, bustling energy.  It is referred to as "the energy capital of the world."  The more than 19 Fortune 500 companies and large medical center located in the city provide ample opportunity for UH students and graduates to find internships and work.

Many Houston residents enjoy the full calendar of arts and entertainment the city offers year round.  There are performances from the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera and Houston Symphony, and plenty of art exhibits in Houston's Museum District.  Plenty of award-winning restaurants and the Jazz and Blues Clubs add to the busy Houston nightlife.

Houston offers many outdoor activities including more than 150 golf courses, the Houston Zoo and hiking at the Armand Bayou Nature Center.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the students University of Houston accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

University of Houston has a total student population of about 43,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 10% enrolling as graduate students and 82% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,100. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $50 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State: $7,800-$9,400
    • Out-of-State: $20,000-$23,480
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $330-$390 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $820-$980 per credit unit
  • Some programs may have tuition rates locked at the first year rate for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid86%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships77%$9,732
Receiving Student Loans38%$6,618

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, University of Houston may offer services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

University of Houston has an overall graduation rate which is around 48%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years16%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years10%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Optometry (O.D.) Program (more info)
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Houston is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (372)
  • Basketball (372)
  • Track and Field (372)
  • Football (372)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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