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School Overview

The University of Houston (UH) is not only one of the top schools in Texas, it’s one of the top schools in the nation. The University of Houston offers students a large selection of undergraduate degree programs, exceptional graduate programs, world-renowned and award-winning professors, a well develop career placement services center and cutting edge research opportunities.

With nearly 40,000 graduate, undergraduate and continuing education students, University of Houston is one of the largest universities in the nation and offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate programs which can be completed on campus or via distance learning. Some of the schools most reputable programs including Business, Fine Arts, Electrical Engineering, and Performing Arts. Whatever your academic or career aspirations, University of Houston is going to have a program for you.

One of the university’s most noteworthy attributes is it’s award winning faculty. University of Houston faculty and professors have been awarded the Noble Pease Prize, the Tony, the Pulitzer Price and the National Medal of Science. You won’t find a more qualified faculty at any other university in the nation.

University of Houston also prides itself on the quality, depth and breadth of research it performs each year. With nearly 40 research centers, University of Houston is one of the top research institutions in the nation. For nearly two decades UH has been ranked as top research institution.

Another benefit of attending UH is that you’ll be living in Houston. Houston is a large city with a thriving economy and home to thousands of businesses. Students have the opportunity to find local internships and job positions with some of the top companies in the nation.

In addition to an exceptional academic experience, students also benefit from a rich student life. UH offers students the opportunity to join over 400 unique student organizations as well as a large variety of intercollegiate athletic teams.

University of Houston also provides students with a variety of financial aid options. Financial aid is offered through loan programs, grants, scholarships and departmental fellowships.

General Information

Admission Office
122 E. Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-2023
(713) 743-1010
Fax: (713) 743-9633

Contact: Djuana Young
Director of Admissions
Main Address
212 East Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-2023
(713) 743-1000

Total undergrads: 28,800
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,797
Degree-seeking undergrads: 27,602
Graduate enrollment: 5,484

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Out-of-state application fee: $75

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 79%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 79%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Recommended
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 14,320
Percent Admitted: 63%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 41%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 480 (25th Percentile)
  • 590 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 520 (25th Percentile)
  • 630 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 21 (25th Percentile)
  • 26 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 20 (25th Percentile)
  • 26 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 22 (25th Percentile)
  • 27 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $6,084 $6,658 $6,921 $7,342 +6.08%
Books and Supplies $1,100 $1,100 $1,100 $1,100 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,651 $6,935 $7,164 $7,300 +1.90%
Other $4,274 $4,324 $3,874 $4,171 +7.67%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,964 $9,234 $9,234 $9,636 +4.35%
Other $5,472 $5,572 $5,122 $5,421 +5.84%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $18,109 $19,017 $19,059 $19,913 +4.48%
In-state Off Campus $21,620 $22,564 $22,377 $23,499 +5.01%
In-state with Family $7,184 $7,758 $8,021 $8,442 +5.25%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,687 77%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,622 75% $17,120,835 $6,530
• Federal grants 1,223 35% $5,455,787 $4,461
• Pell grants 1,223 35% $4,529,052 $3,703
• Other federal grants 689 20% $926,735 $1,345
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,133 33% $5,613,129 $4,954
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,506 43% $6,051,919 $4,019
Student loan financial aid 1,657 48% $8,568,099 $5,171
• Federal student loans 1,646 47% $7,808,131 $4,744
• Other student loans 86 2% $759,968 $8,837

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4753 1684 757
Architecture and Related Services 105 21
Architecture 77 17
Architecture and Related Services, Other 4
Environmental Design/architecture 28
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 286 7 11
Biochemistry 55 2 4
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 228 5 7
Biotechnology 3
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1404 662 14
Accounting 332 157 3
Business Administration and Management 418 2
Business/corporate Communications 44
Finance 278 24 4
Hotel/motel Administration/management 238 21
Human Resources Development 16
International Business/trade/commerce 1
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 6
Management Information Systems 77 4
Marketing/marketing Management 184 1
Operations Management and Supervision 94 18 1
Organizational Behavior Studies 109
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations 48
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 288 14
Health Communication 1 1
Journalism 77 5
Public Relations/image Management 133 8
Radio and Television 67
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 10
Computing and Information Sciences 91 92 5
Computer and Information Sciences 22 82 5
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance 10
Computer Systems Analysis/analyst 60
Information Science/studies 9
Education 202 28
Art Teacher Education 2
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 2
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 33
Curriculum and Instruction 5 18
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 10
Education/teaching Of The Gifted and Talented 1
Educational Leadership and Administration 34 10
Educational/instructional Technology 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 8
Foreign Language Teacher Education 5
Health Occupations Teacher Education 6
Health Teacher Education 6
Higher Education/higher Education Administration 6
Mathematics Teacher Education 7
Music Teacher Education 6
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 18
Reading Teacher Education 6
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 13
Secondary Education and Teaching 7
Social Studies Teacher Education 9
Special Education and Teaching 12
Engineering 221 185 37
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering 1
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 14 3
Chemical Engineering 28 9 14
Civil Engineering 40 24 1
Computer Engineering 8
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 34 54 14
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 7
Industrial Engineering 26 50 2
Materials Engineering 1 1
Mechanical Engineering 71 18 5
Petroleum Engineering 18
Engineering Technology 185 4
Computer Engineering Technology/technician 47 4
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 59
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 30
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology/technician 45
Surveying Technology/surveying 4
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 141 23 8
Creative Writing 60 8 6
English Language and Literature 81 9 2
Rhetoric and Composition 6
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 67 4 3
Chinese Language and Literature 5
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
French Language and Literature 10
German Language and Literature 1
Italian Language and Literature 3
Linguistics 12
Spanish Language and Literature 34 4 3
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 109 47 237
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 20 30
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 2
Health and Wellness 87
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 5
Optometry 100
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 2
Pharmacy 130
Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs 17
History 108 10 10
History 108 9 10
Public/applied History 1
Human Services 140 7
Public Administration 3
Social Work 137 7
Legal and Law Studies 47 296
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law 7
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law 9
Health Law 6
International Business, Trade, and Tax Law 9
Law 296
Tax Law/taxation 16
Mathematics and Statistics 42 23 12
Applied Mathematics 8
Mathematics 42 15 12
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 242
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 242
Natural Resources and Conservation 6
Environmental Science 6
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 186 2 2
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 120 2 2
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 66
Physical Sciences 94 51 34
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 1
Chemistry 42 4 15
Geology and Earth Science 33 23 4
Geophysics and Seismology 11 9 2
Physics 8 14 13
Psychology 387 26 38
Clinical Psychology 9
Counseling Psychology 10
Developmental and Child Psychology 1
Educational Psychology 7 5
Industrial and organizational Psychology 5
Psychology 387 19
School Psychology 3
Social Psychology 5
Social Sciences 382 47 10
Anthropology 38 7
Economics 130 23 4
Political Science and Government 162 9 6
Sociology 52 8
Visual and Performing Arts 222 71 5
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 31
Art/art Studies 17
Conducting 1
Dance 4
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 29 29
Graphic Design 21 1
Industrial and Product Design 7
Intermedia/multimedia 3
Music Pedagogy 2
Music Performance 17 28 4
Music Theory and Composition 2 1
Music 34
Painting 29 3
Photography 17 1
Sculpture 14 3
Work and Family Studies 187 6
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 72 6
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies 80
Human Development and Family Studies 35
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
Environmental Design B
Interior Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

German Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Ceramics B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biophysics B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Communications B
Business Statistics B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Finance/Banking B
Financial Services Marketing B
Human Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Merchandising B
Operations Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B
Personal/Financial Services Marketing B
Sales and Distribution B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Systems Analysis B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Health Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B


Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Engineering Technology B
Civil Engineering/Technology B
Construction/Building Technologies B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Engineering/Industrial Management B
Industrial Technology B
Manufacturing Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – Business B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Italian B
Latin B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Kinesiotherapy B
Nuclear Medical Technology B
Opticianry/Opthalmic Dispensing Services B
Prepharmacy B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Houston Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(713) 743-1000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:212 E. Cullen Building, Houston, TX 77204-2018
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:43,774
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):48%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:29,107 (66% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$9,519
Out-of-state Tuition:$21,711
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:88%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$8,963

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Houston Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Houston.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services31
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences333
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1281
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs83
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services421
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields41
English Language and Literature/Letters232
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences33
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics811
Health Professions and Related Programs374
Legal Professions and Studies5
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics221
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies21
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies221
Philosophy and Religious Studies21
Physical Sciences455
Public Administration and Social Service Professions21
Social Sciences452
Visual and Performing Arts1172
Grand total908543

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Houston.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Grand total10

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Houston and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,52988%
Grant or scholarship aid3,21180%$8,963
Student loan aid1,48237%$6,181

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid20,03458%$7,042
Federal student loans13,84240%$6,870

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Houston. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Houston students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants19,8609,43410,426
Percent admitted100%61%56%
Percent admitted who enrolled22%25%21%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Houston Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment43,774
Undergraduate enrollment35,995
Graduate enrollment7,779

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Houston Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics (Department of Health and Human Performance)
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics (Department of Health and Human Performance)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
    • Optometry (OPT) - Professional degree programs
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (English Language Language and Culture Center)
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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