University of Houston Guide
The Ivy Scholars guide to the University of Houston’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Location: Houston, Texas
Mascot: Shasta the Cougar
Type: Public Research Institution
Population: 46,000 (37,700 undergrads)
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About the University of Houston
Year Founded: 1927
4 Year Graduation Rate: 38%
Gender Distribution: 51% male, 49% female
Acceptance Rate: 62%
Residency: 91% in state, 1% out of state, 8% international
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US News Rankings:
- #27 Top Performers on Social Mobility
- #83 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
- #92 Top Public Schools
- #133 Best Value Schools
- #185 National Universities
- #74 Top Public Universities per Niche
- #96 Best Value Colleges per Forbes
- #104 Public Colleges per Forbes
- #149 Research Universities per Forbes
- #306 Top Colleges per Forbes
- #364 National Universities per The Times of Higher Education
UH Admissions Information
- Priority: November 1st
- Deadline: May 31st
- Transfer Deadline: June 25th
- P: Rolling
- D: Rolling
- Transfer: Rolling
- P: 62%
- D: 62%
- Transfer: 91%
Average Applicant Pool: 20,800
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 12,700
Average Number Enrolled: 5,000
Application Systems: Common App, Apply Texas
Average GPA: 3.73 weighted
Subject Test Requirements: No Subject Tests are required, but they can be used for course credit.
Demonstrated Interest: UHouston does not consider demonstrated interest.
Recommendation Letter Policies: No letters are required for standard admissions.
UH Essay Prompts for 2021: No essays are required for general admissions.
- Students meeting the following criteria will be automatically admitted. The majority of students are admitted automatically.
- Top 10% of class
- Top 25% + SAT (CR+M) of at least 1000 or ACT of at least 21 (if you apply before December 1)
- Top 50% + SAT of at least 1100 and ACT of at least 24 (if you apply before December 1)
Other students will be subject to individual review. Students who are rejected can appeal this decision by submitting an essay (Personal statement or Apply Texas prompt A) and a letter of recommendation.
- Students intending to major in architecture must be admitted to the university before being considered for admission to the architecture program. A portfolio submission is recommended, but not required.
- Students applying for the College of Arts must be admitted to the university before being considered for program specific admission, at which point a portfolio or audition, and a statement of intent are required.
- The College of Business has higher individual admissions requirements for guaranteed admissions. Students who do not meet these are subject to individual review.
- Top 20% of class, SAT 1270+ or ACT 27+, OR Top 50% of class, SAT 1310+ or ACT 28+
- The College of Engineering also has higher requirements for admissions.
- Top 25% of class, 1270 SAT (630 writing) or 26 ACT (24 writing); top 26-50% of class 1320 SAT (630 writing) or 28 ACT (24 writing); 51-75th percentile 1400 SAT (630 writing) or 30 ACT (24 writing); all else 1420 SAT (630 writing) or 31 ACT (24 writing).
The College of Nursing only accepts currently enrolled UHouston students who meet their prerequisites.
University of Houston Academics
- Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design
- Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
- C. T. Bauer College of Business
- College of Education
- Cullen College of Engineering
- Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
- College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
- College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- College of Nursing
- College of Technology
- All students are required to complete the 42 hour Texas core curriculum consisting of: Communication (6 hours), Mathematics (3 hours), Life & Physical Sciences (6 hours), Language, Philosophy, & Culture (3 hours), Creative Arts (3 hours), American History (6 hours), Government/Political Science (6 hours), Social & behavioral Sciences (3 hours), Mathematics/Reasoning (3 Hours), Writing in the Disciplines (3 hours)
- Complete Core Requirments
- Majors Offered
- Option to double major
- Popular majors include Psychology, Business Administration & Management, Accounting, Health & Physical Education, Finance
AP Credit Policies:
- UHouston awards credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5 on most AP exams, and scores of 6 or 7 on IB exams.
- Comprehensive AP Credit Information
- The Honors College offers high-achieving students additional classes, special housing, and increased faculty mentorship. The program requires a separate application, which consists of a 3-5 page literary analysis. All honors programs applications are reviewed holistically.
- Bauer Honors combines a liberal arts program from the honors college with a business degree.
- Departmental Honors (contact individual departments for more information)
- Graduation Honors (based on cumulative GPA)
- Academic Honors Societies
- The Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards (OURMA) connects students with research opportunities.
- The College of Business offers 7 different majors, and several certificate programs.
- Business minors are open to majors and non-majors alike.
- While there is no pre-med major, the Medicine and Society minor offers insight into various healthcare professions.
- Pre-Health Advising
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Student Life at the University of Houston
School Motto: In time
Mission and Values:
- Mission: The mission of the University of Houston is to offer nationally competitive and internationally recognized opportunities for learning, discovery and engagement to a diverse population of students in a real-world setting. The University of Houston offers a full range of degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and professional levels and pursues a broad agenda of research and creative activities. As a knowledge resource to the public, the university builds partnerships with other educational institutions, community organizations, government agencies, and the private sector to serve the region and impact the world.
- Additional Information
The school has several dormitories on campus, including dedicated housing for freshmen, sophomores, and upperclassmen. Most students, however, live off-campus (either at home in Houston or nearby apartments). The Honors College has its own dedicated housing.
- 44% of freshmen live on campus
- 15% of undergraduates live on campus at any given time
Campus & Surrounding Area:
- Located just Southeast of downtown Houston, the campus is roughly divided into five sectors, bisected by Cullen Boulevard. Inner Campus is the center sector, surrounded by the Arts, Professional, Wheeler, and Stadium sectors. The campus has numerous green spaces and art installations.
- Local points of interest include the Cullen Performance Hall, the Blaffer Art Museum, the Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting, and is just a few blocks from Texas Southern University.
- Commuter alternatives exist for students who don’t want to drive to campus. There is also a shuttle, which runs around campus and into parts of Houston.
- Parking Information
- Cougar Red Friday – Students are encouraged to wear red on Fridays to show their school spirit.
- Frontier Fiesta – UH’s oldest tradition is a yearly festival in the Spring with performances, food, and other celebrations on campus.
- Cougar First Impressions – The first two days of the Fall term feature events, booths, and activities set up around campus to welcome new and returning students.
- The Cougar Paw – A hand signal used by students and alumni to greet each other and cheer on the football team.
- Organization Database
- Sample Organizations (CoogTV, Bellaire Street Investments, Honors Dodgeball Society)
- D1 Athletics – American Athletic Conference (Good Football and Women’s Basketball)
- Intramural Sports
- Club Sports
- Main Rival: Rice University
5% of the student body is involved in UH’s Greek Life, which includes social, service, and academic organizations.
Yearly Cost of Attendance:
- Total: $22,679/$37,949
- Tuition and Fees: $11,569/$26,839
- Room & Board: $9,750
- Personal Expenses: $1,360
- Costs may vary by college and year.
- Students wishing to qualify for aid should submit their applications by the priority date. Aid will be awarded after that date until funds run out. Grants are awarded based on demonstrated need, as are work-study positions on campus. Funding for these are limited.
- Additional Financial Aid & Student Loan Information
Scholarships are merit based, and are awarded by the university, individual departments, and the honors program. Funds are limited, and students should submit their applications before the priority deadline for the greatest possible consideration.
- UH’s mascot is a live cougar named Shasta VI who lives at the Houston Zoo. Their first live cougar mascot was adopted in 1947, when fraternity members purchased a one in Mexico and brought her back to campus. From 1989 to 2012, there was no live mascot.
- UH’s first classes were held at San Jacinto High School.
- The first educational television station in the nation, KUHT, was established on campus in 1953.
- Notable alumni include Elizabeth Warren and actor Jim Parsons. Lil Wayne attended the school briefly, but dropped out.
- 33 UH students have competed in the Olympics.