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University of Houston Overview

University of Houston is a public institution located in Houston, Texas. Houston is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is University of Houston Known For?

7,631 Undergraduate Awards
$28,068 Avg Cost After Aid
61% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at UH is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at UH is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 82% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UH with a bachelor's degree make about $51,600 a year. That's 26% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of Houston Rankings

UH holds the #25 spot on the Best Colleges in Texas ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UH has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#39 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#89 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UH.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Surveying Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Computer Systems Analysis Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Arts & Media Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Geological & Earth Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Physical Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UH has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Music College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Hospitality Management College Factual
#26 Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts College Factual
#46 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#65 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#77 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual

Where Is University of Houston?

Location of University of Houston

Contact details for UH are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 212 E. Cullen Building, Houston, TX 77204-2018
Phone: 713-743-1000
Website: www.uh.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/universityofhouston
Twitter: http://twitter.com/UHouston

How Do I Get Into UH?

You can apply to UH online at: www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX?s_logon_msg=Y

Admission Requirements for UH

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UH?

61% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
84% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 61%, UH does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 64%, and the acceptance rate for women is 59%.

Average Test Scores

About 84% of students accepted to UH submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 640. Math scores were between 550 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Houston  ( 560 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Houston  ( 550 to 640 )
200
800
UH received ACT scores from 42% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 27. Math scores were between 22 and 27. Composite scores were between 23 and 27.

ACT English Scores for University of Houston  ( 21 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Houston  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Houston  ( 23 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Houston?

$28,068 Net Price
39% Take Out Loans
3.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UH is $28,068. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UH, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $6,369 a year. That adds up to $25,476 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UH is 3.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Houston Undergraduate Student Diversity

28,368 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 38,597 undergraduate students at UH, with 28,368 being full-time and 10,229 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UH

There are also 7,551 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,368 full-time undergraduates at UH, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UH

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Houston students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UH Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6,688
Black or African American 2,993
Hispanic or Latino 9,524
White 6,162
International Students 1,333
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,668

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at University of Houston. At this time, 36 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 137 countries are represented at UH. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at University of Houston

1,646 Took All Classes Online
18,259 Took At Least One Class Online
9.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 18,259 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UH has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 35th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UH

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Houston was 9.8%. This is the #1,347 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UH regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UH majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 1%
Civil Engineering 31%
Construction Engineering Technology 31%
Curriculum & Instruction 42%
Education 12%
Engineering Technologies 16%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 0%
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 16%
Health Professions 1%
Mathematics 10%
Mathematics & Statistics 6%
Mechanical Engineering 12%
Public Administration & Social Service 3%
Social Work 2%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UH ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UH.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Human Sciences Business Services #1
Mathematics #19
Civil Engineering #20
Mathematics & Statistics #29
Social Work #38
Engineering #65
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #75
Curriculum & Instruction #75
Special Education #103
Public Administration & Social Service #118
Educational Administration #152
Education #367
Business Administration & Management #448

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Houston Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Psychology 584 24 0 608
Business Administration & Management 352 216 0 568
Accounting 308 192 0 500
Finance & Financial Management 408 36 0 444
Health & Physical Education 337 21 3 361
General Biology 334 1 8 343
Computer Information Systems 233 63 13 309
Hospitality Management 265 36 7 308
Mechanical Engineering 212 73 10 295
Marketing 247 14 0 261
Law 0 0 251 251
Management Information Systems 232 1 0 233
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 220 0 0 220
Economics 163 50 4 217
Petroleum Engineering 157 31 7 195
Health Sciences & Services 190 0 0 190
Political Science & Government 175 5 9 189
Construction Engineering Technology 156 19 0 175
General Sales & Marketing 171 0 0 171
Social Work 0 164 6 170
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 168 0 0 168
Public Relations & Advertising 143 9 0 152
Human Resource Management 120 26 0 146
Electrical Engineering 75 59 11 145
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 7 138 145
Computer Systems Analysis 144 0 0 144
Mathematics 96 24 15 135
Geological & Earth Sciences 64 52 15 131
Industrial Engineering 41 75 5 121
General English Literature 111 5 1 117
Fine & Studio Arts 93 21 0 114
Civil Engineering 71 32 9 112
Chemical Engineering 77 16 13 106
Music 65 29 11 105
Optometry 0 0 101 101
Nursing 85 13 0 98
Curriculum & Instruction 0 90 7 97
Communication Sciences 65 31 0 96
General Architecture 65 30 0 95
Educational Administration 0 61 25 86
Computer Engineering Technology 86 0 0 86
History 76 4 6 86
Mechanical Engineering Technology 84 0 0 84
Human Development & Family Studies 84 0 0 84
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 75 2 5 82
Human Sciences Business Services 66 15 0 81
Computer Software & Applications 76 0 0 76
Biotechnology 75 0 0 75
Liberal Arts General Studies 73 0 0 73
Chemistry 43 4 22 69
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 64 0 0 64
Biomedical Engineering 34 16 13 63
Journalism 62 0 0 62
Communication & Media Studies 48 9 0 57
Design & Applied Arts 45 7 0 52
Legal Research 0 50 0 50
Sociology 45 5 0 50
Information Technology 0 48 0 48
Anthropology 41 3 0 44
Business/Corporate Communications 41 0 0 41
Drama & Theater Arts 19 22 0 41
Physics 22 2 16 40
Romance Languages 28 3 4 35
Applied Mathematics 21 14 0 35
Computer Engineering 33 0 0 33
General Engineering Technology 0 32 0 32
Student Counseling 0 31 0 31
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 31 31
Philosophy 20 9 0 29
Electronics Engineering Technology 28 0 0 28
Systems Engineering 0 28 0 28
General Business/Commerce 0 0 20 20
Writing Studies 4 5 9 18
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 17 0 17
Natural Resources Conservation 17 0 0 17
Entrepreneurial Studies 16 0 0 16
Materials Engineering 0 4 11 15
Public Policy 0 14 0 14
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 12 0 12
Allied Health Professions 0 12 0 12
Dance 12 0 0 12
Interior Architecture 11 0 0 11
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11 0 0 11
Environmental Engineering 0 5 5 10
American Sign Language 9 0 0 9
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 9 0 0 9
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 4 4 8
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 8 8
Arts & Media Management 0 8 0 8
East Asian Languages 7 0 0 7
Environmental Design 6 0 0 6
Surveying Engineering 0 4 2 6
Statistics 0 6 0 6
Information Science 5 0 0 5
Ethnic Studies 5 0 0 5
Special Education 0 4 0 4
Public Administration 0 4 0 4
Religious Studies 3 0 0 3
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 3 3
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 7,631 1,929 828 10,388

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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