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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?

8,072 Undergraduate Awards
$28,193 Avg Cost After Aid
63% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UH.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 83% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UH bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $51,600 a year. That's about 26% more than their peers at other schools.

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University of Houston Rankings

UH holds the #16 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.

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 Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value History Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Computer Systems Analysis Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Management Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Other Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Geological & Earth Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#156 Best Business Administration & Management Master’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
#12 Best Electronics Engineering Technology Schools College Factual
#24 Best Management Information Systems Schools College Factual
#32 Best Hospitality Management Schools College Factual
#76 Best General Psychology Schools College Factual
#119 Best Psychology Schools College Factual
#196 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is University of Houston?

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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 required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UH?

63% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
87% Submit SAT Scores
UH has an acceptance rate of 63%, 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 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 64%, and the acceptance rate for women is 62%.

Average Test Scores

About 87% 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 650. Math scores were between 560 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Houston  ( 560 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Houston  ( 560 to 660 )
200
800
UH received ACT scores from 33% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 28. Math scores were between 22 and 27. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for University of Houston  ( 21 to 28 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Houston  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Houston  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Houston?

$28,193 Net Price
37% Take Out Loans
5.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UH is $28,193. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UH, approximately 37% of students took out student loans averaging $6,505 a year. That adds up to $26,020 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UH is 5.3%. 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

28,966 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 39,165 undergraduate students at UH, with 28,966 being full-time and 10,199 being part-time.

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There are also 7,925 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,966 full-time undergraduates at UH, 48% are male and 52% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7,086
Black or African American 3,009
Hispanic or Latino 9,931
White 6,114
International Students 1,291
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,535

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

39,797 Took All Classes Online
45,197 Took At Least One Class Online
579.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 45,197 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of UH

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of Houston was $8,759 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $20,519. The following table shows how UH is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Mechanical Engineering #1 #4
Human Sciences Business Services #1 #1
Petroleum Engineering #4 #4
Construction Engineering Technology #12 #7
Engineering #13 #19
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #16 #19
Hospitality Management #20 #17
Mathematics & Statistics #22 #19
Mathematics #22 #19
Civil Engineering #25 #19
Electrical Engineering #31 #12
Social Work #43 #43
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #61 #81
Engineering Technologies #75 #70

Online Affordability Rankings of UH Rankings

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of Houston was $9,457 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $21,673. The following table shows how UH is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #1 #7
Hospitality Management #4 #5
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #7 #13

Online Growth Rankings of UH

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Houston was 579.3%. This is the #156 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly 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
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 9%
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 2%
Hospitality Management 1%

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

Major Growth Rate Rank
Hospitality Management #1
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #4
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #5
Business, Management & Marketing #76

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 566 32 0 598
Business Administration & Management 391 186 0 577
Accounting 337 153 0 490
Health & Physical Education 439 11 8 458
General Biology 346 17 15 378
Computer Information Systems 292 71 15 378
Finance & Financial Management 369 8 0 377
Hospitality Management 257 52 3 312
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 304 0 0 304
Mechanical Engineering 220 47 9 276
Marketing 241 26 0 267
Law 0 0 254 254
Management Information Systems 249 1 0 250
Social Work 0 229 3 232
Construction Engineering Technology 209 18 0 227
Political Science & Government 211 6 5 222
Economics 166 44 5 215
Health Sciences & Services 214 0 0 214
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 168 3 0 171
General Sales & Marketing 170 0 0 170
Public Relations & Advertising 154 14 0 168
Computer Systems Analysis 164 0 0 164
Electrical Engineering 91 38 24 153
General English Literature 143 5 5 153
Human Resource Management 116 31 0 147
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 6 126 132
Mathematics 111 7 12 130
Human Development & Family Studies 119 0 0 119
History 102 7 7 116
Fine & Studio Arts 94 20 0 114
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 104 1 6 111
Curriculum & Instruction 0 101 9 110
Chemical Engineering 81 8 19 108
Mechanical Engineering Technology 102 0 0 102
Music 66 29 7 102
Communication Sciences 58 42 0 100
Industrial Engineering 38 55 6 99
Geological & Earth Sciences 50 30 18 98
Optometry 0 0 95 95
Educational Administration 0 48 46 94
Civil Engineering 62 27 5 94
Petroleum Engineering 61 24 6 91
Nursing 73 6 0 79
Human Sciences Business Services 60 17 0 77
General Architecture 73 1 0 74
Biotechnology 74 0 0 74
Computer Software & Applications 69 0 0 69
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 62 0 0 62
Computer Engineering Technology 62 0 0 62
Journalism 61 0 0 61
Biomedical Engineering 43 3 13 59
Liberal Arts General Studies 58 0 0 58
Chemistry 31 7 19 57
Sociology 51 6 0 57
Romance Languages 41 2 11 54
Communication & Media Studies 45 8 0 53
Drama & Theater Arts 28 25 0 53
Student Counseling 0 50 0 50
Anthropology 45 5 0 50
Electronics Engineering Technology 45 0 0 45
Physics 30 2 11 43
Business/Corporate Communications 42 0 0 42
Applied Mathematics 8 32 0 40
Design & Applied Arts 31 6 0 37
Computer Engineering 30 0 0 30
Legal Research 0 30 0 30
Entrepreneurial Studies 29 0 0 29
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 27 0 27
Information Technology 0 24 0 24
Philosophy 20 4 0 24
Statistics 0 23 0 23
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 20 0 20
Systems Engineering 0 20 0 20
Materials Engineering 0 8 11 19
Natural Resources Conservation 18 0 0 18
Dance 18 0 0 18
General Engineering Technology 0 15 0 15
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 15 15
Special Education 0 14 0 14
Allied Health Professions 0 14 0 14
Interior Architecture 12 0 0 12
Public Policy 0 12 0 12
General Business/Commerce 0 0 11 11
Arts & Media Management 0 11 0 11
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 10 0 0 10
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 9 0 9
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 9 0 0 9
Religious Studies 9 0 0 9
Public Administration 0 9 0 9
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 6 2 8
Environmental Engineering 0 7 1 8
American Sign Language 8 0 0 8
Writing Studies 0 5 2 7
Environmental Design 5 0 0 5
Ethnic Studies 5 0 0 5
Surveying Engineering 0 3 1 4
Information Science 0 3 0 3
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 3 3
East Asian Languages 2 0 0 2
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 2 2
TOTAL 8,072 1,831 810 10,713

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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