University of Houston

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4800 Calhoun Road

Houston, TX 77204

Phone: (713) 743-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Apr. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Houston is a public institution that was founded in 1927. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,639, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 594 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Houston's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 190. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,272 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,892 (2013-14).

The University of Houston is situated in one of the largest cities in the country, which puts students in an ideal location to find internships and research opportunities. The campus is located in downtown Houston, and freshmen are not required to live on campus. Each year, students turn the campus into a town called Fiesta City in time for the Frontier Fiesta, a string of concerts, talent shows, cook-offs and more. There are more than 400 student organizations to check out, including fraternities and sororities. The UH Cougars compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference and are well known for football and basketball.

With more than 40 centers, the University of Houston is devoted to research and community initiatives. There are a wide variety of graduate programs, including the University of Houston Law Center, which is well known for health care law and intellectual property law, as well as for its part-time law program. There is also the C.T. Bauer College of Business and the Cullen College of Engineering, among other graduate schools. Actors and brothers Randy and Dennis Quaid, country singer Kenny Rogers and Olympic track star Carl Lewis attended the University of Houston.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier-One public
research university recognized throughout the world as a leader in energy
research, law, business and environmental education. UH serves the
globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast region by providing world-class
faculty, experiential learning, strategic industry partnerships and state
-of-the-art facilities such as the interdisciplinary Energy Research Park and
the Nanofabrication Facility. Located in America's fourth-largest city, UH is
the most ethnically diverse metropolitan research university in the United
States, serving more than 40,700 students in one of the most culturally
diverse regions in the country.

In addition to preparing its students to succeed in today's global economy, UH is a catalyst within its own community - changing lives through health, education and outreach projects that help build a future for children in Houston, in Texas and around the world.

Other distinctive merits of UH include a strong student experience, a historic Division I athletics program, top-level arts programs and an internationally recognized faculty that includes a Nobel Laureate, National Medal of Science winners, Pulitzer and Tony awards winners and members of prestigious National Academies.

The Princeton Review has chosen UH for inclusion in its guidebooks of the nation's best colleges and the nation's best value colleges for undergraduates. Nestled on a tree-lined, UH campus is just minutes from Houston's bustling theater and museum districts, the University of Houston is home to world-class
teaching, revolutionary research and nationally recognized students - all
working together to create a globally competitive educational environment.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1927
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $577,698,252


When applying to University of Houston, it's important to note the application deadline is April 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at University of Houston is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 56.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 56.2%
Application deadline April 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Houston is 22:1, and the school has 32.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Houston include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology; Social Sciences; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 22:1
4-year graduation rate 16%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 29%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Psychology 7%
Social Sciences 7%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%

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Student Life

University of Houston has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,639, with a gender distribution of 50.6 percent male students and 49.4 percent female students. At this school, 16 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 84 percent of students live off campus. University of Houston is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 40,747
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Houston offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Houston also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Houston, 69 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Houston.

Students who have cars on campus 69%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Houston, 61.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,266.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $10,272 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,892 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,912 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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