Students Say

With more than 120 undergraduate majors and minors, a 667-acre campus, and 39,000 students, the University of Houston is a world-class research institution and fixture in Texas education. The school “provides some of the greatest opportunities in the world” at an affordable price and urges its students to achieve as much as they can “while living in a real-world environment.”

Overview

Applicants
17,328
Acceptance Rate
63%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
April 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

With more than 120 undergraduate majors and minors, a 667-acre campus, and 39,000 students, the University of Houston is a world-class research institution and fixture in Texas education. The school “provides some of the greatest opportunities in the world” at an affordable price and urges its students to achieve as much as they can “while living in a real-world environment.” The school has been on the rise in recent years and “is attracting many more bright students to the university” as it begins to toughen up admission standards.
Professors here are “always prepared and make lecture interesting” through “effective teaching strategies” that “provide eye opening real-life information” to what can be “a motley group of students coming together to pursue higher education.” Though there are a few who receive low marks, most “take into consideration the needs of students and many post lectures and notes online.” Even in the larger classes, professors make and keep their office hours, so “if you are willing to work hard, you do have the tools available to learn the material.” TAs are especially helpful, and “the tutoring services are very accessible and widely used.”
Careers are a main focus of Cougars, and there is a wide range of majors and many interdisciplinary systems for students looking to specify their education, and there are also “many ties to local business and industry,” including the chemical and space industries, and the medical center. “The flexibility of my degree plan cannot be found in any other school,” says a student. Red tape is the main grumble for UH students, with the financial aid office drawing the most ire, and many students also “have difficulty fixing problems regarding registration and enrollment for classes.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
2,018
with Terminal Degree
1,501

1,232
Men
786
Women
517
Minority
74
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
18%
Graduate in 5 years
39%
Graduate in 6 years
48%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture
  • Architecture and Related Services, Other
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Interior Architecture

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Vision Science/Physiological Optics

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Corporate Communications
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Human Resources Development
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Health Communication
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Health Occupations Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Surveying Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Rhetoric and Composition

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Human Nutrition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • American Sign Language
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical, Hospital, and Managed Care Pharmacy (MS, PhD)
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Health and Wellness, General
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MS, PhD)
  • Optometry
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs (MS, PhD)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law (LL.M., M.S., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
  • Health Law (LL.M., M.J., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law and Legal Studies (LL.M., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)
  • Tax Law/Taxation (LL.M, J.S.D./S.J.D.)

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Developmental and Child Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology, General
  • School Psychology
  • Social Psychology

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Bernard Harris
First African-American astronaut to walk in space

Carl Lewis
Nine-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field

David Williams
President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation

Clyde Drexler
Ten-time NBA All-star

Hakeem Olajuwon
Twelve-time NBA All-star

Jim Parsons
Emmy-winning actor

Tilman J. Fertitta
Chairman of the Board of Regent at UH

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

“Opportunities are bountiful @ UH.” In the “nationally recognized” College of Business, students feel ready for the job market. They believe that UH prepares them “for a long term successful life in the career of their choosing.” Professors at UH have an “amazing” amount of experience and “push their students to do their absolute best.” “Not ONLY do they teach you about your subject, they show you how it applies to your career and how to make yourself a better person.” “There are a number of student organizations that people participate in to show their enthusiasm for their chosen profession which also helps them find gainful employment doing what they love.” Students take advantage of internships in Houston as well as opportunities with the major corporations that have “close ties to the University.” According to the website Payscale.com, the average salary for recent graduates is $49,500.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
18%
Graduate in 5 years
39%
Graduate in 6 years
48%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$49,500

Median Mid-Career Salary
$85,200

Alumni with High Job Meaning
53%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
88

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
May 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

In-state tuition is around $9,564 per year; for out-of-state students, the cost is $23,424. Room and board will come to $9,278; required fees, $954; books and supplies, $1,200. Nearly 50 percent of students borrow in some way to pay for school, and those that do can envision a cumulative indebtedness of $18,244.

Bang For Your Buck

Students tell us that the school’s financial aid packages are “considerably higher than other institutions,” and are instrumental in “helping bright kids from low-middle-income households build an optimistic future.” Also, “tuition rates are quite low compared to its competitors.” These and other accolades from students (and parents!) are quite common. “Such a great value.” “Amazingly affordable.” “A quality education that will be long-lasting and nationally recognized.” Described as “amazing,” “generous,” and “substantial” by students, there are an abundance of scholarships available at Houston. “I got an all-expenses paid scholarship for being a National Merit Scholar!” The Tier One Scholarship program offers a distinguished, high-profile award intended to attract highly qualified students. Awarded to first-time-in-college freshmen, it covers tuition and mandatory fees for up to five years of undergraduate study. Selection is based on merit and consideration of a students need for financial assistance. Tier One Scholars also receive stipends for undergraduate research and for study abroad programs.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,369

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,089

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,429

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$18,453

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,100

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,564
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$23,424
Required Fees
$954
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,200
Transportation for Commuters
$2,800

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

University of Houston “is the epitome of the grand melting pot.” This remarkably “ethnically and culturally diverse” student body loves the variety that the university offers and the ensuing “acceptance on all levels.” “One can come and grow socially, politically, and intellectually,” says a student. One commonality is the “dedicated spirit” of all Cougars, helped in part of their devotion to UH sports, and “a typical student supports our athletic teams by wearing our red.” Many take part in some sort of extracurricular club, but mostly, “everyone is trying to pass their classes and set themselves on the best track to get a job after school.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
32,915
Out of State
2%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
105

Demographics

49% female
51% male
2% are out of state
73% are full time
27% are part time

Overview

Students Say

A very large percentage of the student body lives at home, so “the campus grows much more quiet in the evenings and on weekends,” and stores and restaurants close earlier than normal. However, UH “is in the middle of a transition from being a commuter campus to a residential campus” and has announced plans to build two more dorms in the next few years and to require freshmen to live on campus. Even for those who travel home at night, “the recreational facility and other organizations are a way to meet friendly people.” Flyers for events “can be found everywhere on campus,” which is “great for networking purposes or if you just need a break from studying.”
Football is understandably huge, but be warned: “If you don’t come early enough to the football game, forget about it.” Basically, “unless you are supremely shy, there are countless opportunities to make friends and fit in.” “We also can’t leave out the tiny fact that we are in Houston,” says a proud local. There are plenty of fun places “to eat, party, hang out, and exercise, and it’s all within a fifteen-minute radius.” As one student sums up, “If you feel there’s nothing you could do here…you, my friend, are wrong.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
19%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
50%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Cheryl Amoruso

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
WAIS-R; WJ; or a neuropsychological evaluation: within 3 years

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
565
Number of Honor Societies
35

Number of Social Sororities
22
Number of Religious Organizations
54

3% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cougars)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Cougars)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rice University
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

“Sustainable” might not be the first word you think of to describe a university in Texas, that is, unless you’re talking about the University of Houston. UH takes environmentalist Paul Hawken’s injunction seriously “to leave the world better than you found it.” UH’s efforts to become a sustainable community begin with promoting environmental literacy and sustainable behavior on campus, and coordination for sustainability research and campus operational progress. UH has committed to using AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) in developing sustainable strategies. Initiatives launched to date include the grand opening of the new Burdette Keeland Jr. Design Exploration Center, which boasts the only sloped, green roof in the city. The roof is designed to reduce flooding, clean the air, conserve energy, and reduce the heat island effect of urban buildings. The Keeland Center project was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from Keep Houston Beautiful. UH’s Campus Sustainability Task Force worked with the student-run Environmental Club to create the Cougar Campus Community Garden, which provides fresh produce for a local food pantry as well as opportunities for experiential learning. In fact, the Office of Sustainability in collaboration with the Task Force actively pursues opportunities for faculty and staff to research campus sustainability issues. UH Dining Services worked with its service provider to introduce trayless dining, and is also committed to the Green Thread program, through which it has implemented reusable to-go containers and recycled napkins, for example. UH aims to exceed minimum recycling requirements set forth by the state, and is taking part in the national RecycleMania competition to encourage recycling awareness and participation.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
44%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
29

Average Number of PC's per Lab
50

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, Gateway, HP educational pricing available.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tierra Walters
Program Coordinator, Welcome Center

Address
Welcome Center
4400 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204

Phone
832-842-9073

Email
vc@uh.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
Student Center Satellite
Blaffer Gallery
Center for Student Involvement

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Galleria
Uptown Park
Downtown Houston
Galveston
Museum District

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Saturday
M-T, 8-7; W-F 8-5, S 11-1
832-842-9073

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday - Friday 10am & 3pm ; Saturday 11am
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airport Shuttle Buses, Taxis, City Buses.
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Key Stats

17,328
Applicants
32,915
Size
63%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists