University of Houston campus


Acceptance Rate

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


April 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • 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

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.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

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, the average salary for recent graduates is $49,500.

Colleges that Create Futures

Hands-on Coursework

For students looking to get exemplary educations in the highly practical, immediately useful realms of finance, marketing, taxation, and more, the Bauer College of Business is a fantastic choice. For nearly a decade, it has dominated the top slots on our ranking list of the nation’s best entrepreneurial programs. It seems the students overwhelmingly agree with this assessment: “The University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business is all about innovation, entrepreneurship, a go-getter attitude, and moving the world forward,” said one enthusiastic supply-chain management student. “The College of Business is nationally recognized, has significant alumni, and career placement and opportunities seem endless,” offered a management information systems major. One marketing student declared, “I believe we have the #1 business school in the world”—clearly already putting those marketing chops to good use!
So what’s so buzzworthy about Bauer? For starters, its Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship helps students develop and implement business plans with tailored coursework, industry-specific roundtables, weekly Lunch and Learns with expert businesspeople, coaching for mock negotiations, and business plan competitions, to name a few. MBA and master’s students can also get firsthand experience with capital via the Cougar Investment Fund, where they team up to manage a $10 million equity mutual fund. Meanwhile, the award-winning Program for Excellence in Selling gives students the opportunity to make sales presentations, sell sponsorships, and attend the PES career fair—where they can mingle with scouts from more than 100 companies. There are also tons of leadership opportunities at Bauer. For instance, students can apply to the prestigious Ted Bauer Leadership Certificate Program—a year-long endeavor that grooms the next generation of bright young things in business—and the LeaderShape Institute, which seeks to create business leaders with a focus on ethical solutions.
A supportive and responsive faculty cap off the experience. Dr. Richard Scamell, the associate dean of Student Affairs, told us, “I like to think of Bauer faculty and staff as ‘builders’ who make an effort to encourage students, who believe in them, and who build them up.” And associate professor, Dr. Norm Johnson agreed when he described the relationship between faculty and students at Bauer: “It is characterized by a high level of support. This support often comes in the form of faculty members working with students as they prepare for local and regional competitions. Faculty members also act as mentors to students who are engaged in research.”
Undergraduate Research

Talk with any student for five minutes, and they’ll proudly tell you of UH’s coveted Tier One public research school ranking—and share with you how research has tremendously shaped their educations. “The research opportunities afforded to me as an undergraduate have been incredible. I’ve published multiple papers as a first author and a textbook chapter—all of which have helped me to not only grow as a scientist but also get into my dream graduate school,” a physics/mathematics student said. A biology major added, “At UH, I not only prepared for medical school by taking challenging classes and labs, but [I] also had many opportunities to do research.” Sample opportunities in the recent past include working on an interface that allows the brain to control a prosthetic hand, exploring cell-phone sensors in early earthquake detection, and developing the next generation of high-efficiency rechargeable batteries.
These wonderful, career-launching experiences begin in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Identifying itself as a “clearing house for mentored research opportunities,” this program pairs students up with faculty members to collaborate on large-scale original scholarship. Students are usually entrusted with one component of the project, which means they really get their feet wet—and get some good resume or grad-school application cred, too! Of students who engaged in research at UH, a staggering 97 percent reported to the school that it upped their game when it came time to find jobs or pursue higher learning. Opportunities are great, but what about the funding many students need to be able to participate? UH has that covered, too, with the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship—which provides support for a semester-long study with a faculty mentor—and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a ten-week, full-time program that allows students to dig into a topic of their choosing with a faculty adviser.
The university is also set on providing multifaceted, integrated educational experiences for its students—crucial for today’s job market, in which skills and ideas collide to make successful careers. To this end, the school has created six “clusters” to promote the cross-pollination of ideas. There’s the Arts and Human Enrichment cluster, which explores different cultures and histories through visual art, music, dance, literature, and media. Students interested in hacking human health (for the better!) can study within the Bio-Med Sciences & Engineering cluster, while those who gravitate toward fostering cultural sensitivity and economic development through social work and education can select the Community Advancement & Education track. The Energy & Natural Resources cluster allows students to focus on environmental issues and alternative energy and the Nano-Materials students get to geek out on the material sciences (very hot right now!). Finally, the Complex Systems/Space Exploration cluster aims for the stars—quite literally—by working on artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, neuron scattering, and advanced materials for use in space. “There’s a wide range of majors and many interdisciplinary systems, and many ties to local business and industry,” a computer science major shared with us. “There is [actually] a space architecture program in the College of Architecture, building on the synergy with NASA.” Impressive!
Faculty Mentors

Many noted scholars have made the University of Houston their home, including three-time Pulitzer Prize–winner Edward Albee, who penned the eye-opening play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”; physicist Paul Chu, whose groundbreaking work in conductive materials garnered him a National Medal of Science; and Jody Williams, an activist awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in clearing the world of landmines. Despite the school’s large size, the student to professor ratio is a healthy 22:1, with 56 percent of all classes containing fewer than thirty students. Plus, professors work hard to make students feel welcome. Dr. Scamell told us that how that over his forty-three years at the University of Houston he had worked with many faculty members across the University who conduct themselves both in and out of class in such a way that students with whom they work feel that they are important to them as persons and not solely faces in a crowd. And Dr. Bott added, “For [a] university of this size and research level, involvement [between] the faculty [and] the student body is much closer to what you’d expect for a small liberal arts school.” There’s also Profs with Pride—a 300-strong faculty group that helps students know what’s going on all over campus, be it lectures, concerts, plays, or athletic events.
As for student reviews of the faculty, the results are in—and they’re highly positive. “I have been very impressed with the quality of the professors and the material presented … in the courses,” said a computer science student. “The professors I have had have generally been excellent teachers, very understandable in class . . . and have very open door policies for helping students.” A vocal performance major echoed the sentiment: “It’s really quite remarkable to be involved with such a talented pool of teachers as well as students. The expectations—as well as the work on the part of the teachers—is really quite high.”


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
May 1

Required Forms


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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


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

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.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

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

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.”

Special Needs Admissions

Cheryl Amoruso

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

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

Documentation Requred for ADHD

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

3% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cougars)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Cougars)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
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


“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

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell, Gateway, HP educational pricing available.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Tierra Walters
Program Coordinator, Welcome Center

Welcome Center
4400 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204



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
Uptown Park
Downtown Houston
Museum District

Campus Tours

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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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