University of Houston in Houston

Houston, TX

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University of Houston offers 647-degree programs and 21 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 63%. The most popular test is SAT - 86% of students submitted it in comparison to 37% of students who submitted ACT. 50.8% are women, and 49.2% are men. 11% percents of international students. University of Houston is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at University of Houston is 13028$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $15305 and $23033 per year. 48% of full-time University of Houston students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $48,900, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The University of Houston is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, University of Houston students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$9,421
$30,001 - $48,000$10,501
$48,001 - $75,000$14,489
$75,001 - $110,000$18,819

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5848

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


18710 of University of Houston undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 57 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes University of Houston number 4 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Texas.

Students at University of Houston awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition guaranteed plan

Tuition payment plan

Tuition guarantee is a program which guarantees to entering first-time students that tuition will not increase for the years they are enrolled. These guarantees are generally time-bound for four or five years.

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in University of Houston.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


University of Houston graduation rate is below the national average.

48% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to University of Houston completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

4 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

University of Houston acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 7%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 68%, so University of Houston acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 5% only.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The University of Houston full-time retention rate is 86% and part-time retention rate is 64%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking University of Houston students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1050 - 1250

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 510 - 610
Math: 540 - 640
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking University of Houston students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
23 - 28

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 21 - 28
Math: 23 - 28
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at University of Houston is 21:1, that means that for every 21 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In University of Houston the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at University of Houston and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Texas.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Central Campus

The campus located by 4800 Calhoun address in Houston, Texas.


Central Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of University of Houston with 0.29% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Central Campus are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

University of Houston offers 647 programs in total: 271 are for Bachelor's degree, 238 - for Master's degree, and 129 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is the highest number of programs in comparison with other 83 universities in Harris county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree , Master's degree and Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs offered.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 21 distance learning programs that are provided in the University of Houston: 12 are for Master's degree and 9 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Texas state average data to help you compare.


University of Houston provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 27742 students with 832271 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 5149 with 123576 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 1763 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for University of Houston

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Tuition is high. They are stingy with scholarships if you are not in the honors program. Parking is a complete joke everyday yet they charge up to $500 for a pass (pay that much if you want a higher chance of obtaining a parking spot). Location is dangerous and frequent car break-ins, theft, and other crimes happen. Room and board is high as well for crappy rooms you have to share with 2 or more other people. Hard to get professors who are actually worth your tuition. Forced to take classes that don’t even obtain to your degree. Just another way of getting money out of you. This college is a scam. Save your coin and go to ANY other UH branch or college in Texas.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Located near the heart of Houston, this public, tier one research university offers over 300 degrees and programs and award-winning faculty.UH's diversity is beautiful. You'll probably hear at least 3 different languages being spoken at once. Their security team does an excellent job at assuring the students' safety at ALL TIMES.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I don't know if they even still publish them, but for years and years, UH was in the top-5 in 'Best Values' when The Princeton Review ranked universities and their diplomas based on their dollar value and real-world usefulness.It fits. In my opinion, (class of 2013, Creative Writing major + Honors College), if one is intentional and focused about one's courseload and professors, one can get a world-class education here. One could also goof off and aimlessly drift through a nondescript, not-special education. I did a fair amount of both in my seven years (!) as an undergraduate (and working full-time).With the caveat that (imo) UH is what you make of it, you can definitely make 5 stars' worth, and there is very little you can do at other unis that you cannot do at U of H.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I recently did a campus tour today and I would say it's pretty good. Yes the area may not seem safe, but overall the quality, the attentiveness of the staff, and genuine feel of the campus is enough to win my heart a little bit over. I really feel that the faculty and staff care about their students' needs and concerns. I sat down with the Bauer's Business counselor and he took the time to really explain what each of the programs were about and what was the general curriculum; it definitely broadened my perspective of what type of school this is and what it could offer. Overall, I enjoyed the experience. Although I'm not fully decided to go to UH, I'm more leaning towards the school because it has an excellent honors program-top ten in the nation for public schools- and decent courses and professors. Now, we will see in the following months, UT Austin or UH?

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

This school is a joke. The only thing they care about is money, and not your education. I went to this school for about a year, because that’s all I could stand for. First of all, the teachers and staff care little about you. Every time I would call any of the offices to get some answers, I would be on the phone for hours. I would go through 3 or 4 different people because they would keep transferring me to someone else. Most of the time I would not even get my questions answered.Almost every teacher I had, had a thick accent and I could not understand them. All the classes were huge and sometimes I couldn’t even hear the Professor. Because of the huge class size I feel like the quality of education I was receiving was very poor. One class I had was being taught by a teacher assistant, she looked like a child and could not speak proper English.If you are a commuter, which most are. The traffic is always horrible and parking is a nightmare. If you are debating between this school and one closer to home, please do your self a favor and pick the one closer to you. I made that mistake already. The only way to guarantee your self a parking spot is to buy a $450-$500 garage pass.The location of this school is dangerous. Reports of robberies and car break-ins on campus happened often during my one year, some were even at gunpoint. I was scared to walk to and from my car. The roads around the school are littered with potholes and trash, watch out when you are driving around campus.Overall this school is not worth the time and money that I was putting into it. The quality of education was poor and I felt like I was risking my safety every time I went to class. I now go to University of Houston Clear Lake and I am enjoying it immensely. If you are deciding between University of Houston and University of Houston Clear Lake I would highly recommend UHCL.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 212 E. Cullen Building


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +7137431000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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