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University of Houston Overview

University of Houston is a public institution located in Houston, Texas. The city atmosphere of Houston makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is University of Houston Known For?

27,159 Full-Time Undergraduates
$16,161 Avg Cost After Aid
61% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at U of H 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 degree offered at U of H is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 82% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from U of H makes roughly $51,600 a year. This is 26% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

University of Houston Rankings

College Factual ranked U of H as #360 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. Out of the 85 colleges in Texas, it is ranked at #11.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that U of H has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for U of H

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 137
Best Colleges for International Students 161
Best Colleges for the Money 183
Best Colleges for Diversity 234
Best Colleges 360
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 422

Where Is University of Houston?

Location of University of Houston

Contact details for U of H 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 U of H?

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

Admission Requirements for U of H

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 U of H?

61% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
84% Submit SAT Scores
U of H has an acceptance rate of 61%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

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 U of H 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
U of H 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?

$16,161 Net Price
39% Take Out Loans
3.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of U of H is $16,161. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for U of H

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,955 $13,754 $15,990 $21,421 $22,493

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 U of H, 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 U of H 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

27,159 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 37,215 undergraduate students at U of H, with 27,159 being full-time and 10,056 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  U of H

There are also 8,149 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 27,159 full-time undergraduates at U of H, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  U of H

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of U of H Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6,362
Black or African American 2,784
Hispanic or Latino 8,754
White 6,474
International Students 1,333
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,452

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 U of H. 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 U of H 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 U of H

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 U of H regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of U of H 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 U of H 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 U of H.

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, University of Houston awarded 15,262 undergraduate degrees and 5,514 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 308 192 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 0 17 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 12 0
American Sign Language 0 9 0 0
Anthropology 0 41 3 0
Applied Mathematics 0 21 14 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 8 0
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 0 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 75 2 5
Biomedical Engineering 0 34 16 13
Biotechnology 0 75 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 352 216 0
Business/Corporate Communications 0 41 0 0
Chemical Engineering 0 77 16 13
Chemistry 0 43 4 22
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 8
Civil Engineering 0 71 32 9
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 31
Communication & Media Studies 0 48 9 0
Communication Sciences 0 65 31 0
Computer Engineering 0 33 0 0
Computer Engineering Technology 0 86 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 233 63 13
Computer Software & Applications 0 76 0 0
Computer Systems Analysis 0 144 0 0
Construction Engineering Technology 0 156 19 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 90 7
Dance 0 12 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 45 7 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 19 22 0
East Asian Languages 0 7 0 0
Economics 0 163 50 4
Educational Administration 0 0 61 25
Electrical Engineering 0 75 59 11
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 28 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 16 0 0
Environmental Design 0 6 0 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 5 5
Ethnic Studies 0 5 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 11 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 408 36 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 93 21 0
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 168 0 0
General Architecture 0 65 30 0
General Biology 0 334 1 8
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 20
General Engineering Technology 0 0 32 0
General English Literature 0 111 5 1
General Psychology 0 584 24 0
General Sales & Marketing 0 171 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 64 52 15
Health & Physical Education 0 337 21 3
Health Sciences & Services 0 190 0 0
History 0 76 4 6
Hospitality Management 0 265 36 7
Human Development & Family Studies 0 84 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 120 26 0
Human Sciences Business Services 0 66 15 0
Industrial Engineering 0 41 75 5
Information Science 0 5 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 48 0
Interior Architecture 0 11 0 0
Journalism 0 62 0 0
Law 0 0 0 251
Legal Research 0 0 50 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 73 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 9 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 232 1 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 12 0
Marketing 0 247 14 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 4 11
Mathematics 0 96 24 15
Mechanical Engineering 0 212 73 10
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 84 0 0
Music 0 65 29 11
Natural Resources Conservation 0 17 0 0
Nursing 0 85 13 0
Optometry 0 0 0 101
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 220 0 0
Petroleum Engineering 0 157 31 7
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 7 138
Philosophy 0 20 9 0
Physics 0 22 2 16
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 4 4
Political Science & Government 0 175 5 9
Public Administration 0 0 4 0
Public Policy 0 0 14 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 143 9 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 64 0 0
Religious Studies 0 3 0 0
Romance Languages 0 28 3 4
Social Work 0 0 164 6
Sociology 0 45 5 0
Special Education 0 0 4 0
Statistics 0 0 6 0
Student Counseling 0 0 31 0
Surveying Engineering 0 0 4 2
Systems Engineering 0 0 28 0
Writing Studies 0 4 5 9
Total 0 15,262 3,858 1,656

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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