See what students say:

Academics

Those who attend the University of Houston tap into a wealth of resources: a long list of majors, plentiful student organizations, and an extensive alumni network. The “diversity of programs” brings with it “a lot of super hands-on programs,” and in that, “the university provides many different ways to get ahead.” This is evidenced by the “high job placement” students cite. To that benefit, there are “plenty of opportunities to volunteer within the college” and to get your foot in the door— the school is near the epicenter of a number of different fields, including healthcare, oil and gas, and many Fortune 500 companies. With all of that, one student says, “It really seems my future is cared for and cultivated here.”

That cultivation wouldn’t be possible without the instructors at UH. However, students admit that professors can be “a mixed bag” in terms of their teaching efficacy. Don’t let that worry you too much, though—there are “some real hidden gems at this school” and most of the faculty “put effort into teaching the student on the fundamentals of the course.” That’s often done with “fun and engaging class projects, such as a Shark Tank simulation,” “discussion-based exams,” or TED Talks. They’re also fairly accessible outside of class: “Making appointments with advisors is not very difficult,” says one student. And given that it’s a Tier One research university, there are opportunities for “nearly one-on-one researching” with faculty.

Student Body

The University is “extremely diverse both racially and culturally.” As one student explains: “No two students sitting next to each other are the same.” This diversity “makes for an environment that is collectively considerate about the circumstances of others.” Even better, students are “approachable and just overall easy to talk to on campus” and “amazing with school spirit,” particularly during athletic events. And while “many commute from home” and don’t necessarily stick around to show that school spirit, “if you choose to get involved, you will meet some interesting and exciting people.”

Campus Life

This is a “very organized and … active student body,” the sort of place where you’ll find that students “go to the rec [center] to work out before or after classes.” Everyone is “very social”—between classes, “there are always clusters of people, and the school does a good job of providing a lot of group space” for collaboration. However, if you need some time to yourself, the campus also has plenty of “individual spaces when you need” them. Those attending campus events will find they “always have games [and] free food,” which is great for the students who also “enjoy walking around campus and trying out the different food trucks” when there aren’t events going on. Student organizations are also “very involved on campus … and try to help students do better or to provide opportunities for [growth].” Even with all of the options presented to them, for the most part “people are very focused on their studies.” And since so many people here commute, “most students try to pack all their classes into two days,” tending to “fill their day on campus with classes and studying/socializing in public places,” such as the “really beautiful fountains and park-like areas around campus that are great for relaxing when it’s warm out.”

Overview

Applicants
22,461
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average HS GPA
3.75

GPA Breakdown

65%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — June 7


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
2,450
with Terminal Degree
1,896

1,477
Men
973
Women
647
Minority
92
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
30%
Graduate in 5 years
52%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.
  • Environmental Design/Architecture.
  • Interior Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.

  • 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, Materials, and Supply Chain 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 and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.
  • Health Communication.
  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • 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.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Computer Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Engineering Technology, General.
  • Engineering/Industrial Management.
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

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

  • 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 PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical, Hospital, and Managed Care Pharmacy.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing.
  • Health and Wellness, General.
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
  • Nursing Administration.
  • Nursing Education.
  • Optometry.
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design.
  • Pharmacoeconomics/Pharmaceutical Economics.
  • Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law.
  • Health Law.
  • Intellectual Property Law.
  • International Law and Legal Studies.
  • Law.
  • Tax Law/Taxation.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • 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.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • 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 and Product 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

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

Elizabeth Warren
American Politician

Jim Nantz
Award-winning sportscaster

Brene Brown
American Research Professor

Jim Parsons
Emmy-winning actor

Tilman J. Fertitta
Owner, NBA Houston Rockets

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
30%
Graduate in 5 years
52%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

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:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$55,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$100,900

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$103,800

Percent High Job Meaning
50%

Percent STEM
24%


Students Say

“Opportunities are bountiful at UH.” In the “nationally recognized” Bauer 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 $53,100.

The University of Houston is 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. Finally, the Complex Systems/Space Exploration cluster aims for the stars—quite literally—by working on artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, neutron 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."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,402

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,551

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,154

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
47%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,018

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,587

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$10,274
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$25,934
Required Fees
$1,002
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,338

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,317
Transportation for Commuters
$2,280

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,368
Comprehensive Fee

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


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
38,348
Foreign Countries Represented
100

Demographics

22.28%
Asian
9.89%
African-American
35.73%
Hispanic
22.72%
Caucasian
1.84%
Unknown
3.96%
International

50% female
50% male
2% are out of state
73% are full time
27% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
17%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
44%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Center for Students with Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Cheryl Amoruso

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Assessment must be within the last 36 months. It should include 1. Diagnosis 2. IQ Battery 3. Achievement Testing 4. Information Processing 5. Diagnostic Interview 6. Accommodation recommendations.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Assessment must be within the last 36 months. It should include 1. Diagnostic Information 2. Clinical Assessment 3. Treatment 4. Functional limitations 5. Accommodation Recommendations.

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
430
Number of Honor Societies
27

Number of Social Sororities
23
Number of Religious Organizations
56

4% 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.

89/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
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 March, 2019.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Gateway, HP educational pricing available.

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Visit Coordinator
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
Midtown
Galleria
Downtown Houston
Galveston
Museum District

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Saturday
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
832-842-9073

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday - Friday 10am & 2pm ; Saturday at 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. http://www.fly2houston.com/


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