University of Houston


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Texas


The University of Houston is a large public university located in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1927, U of H is today the flagship campus of the four campus University of Houston system. The university offers roughly 110 major and minor programs for undergraduates, and business is particularly popular. Many students take advantage of the University of Houston's urban location to engage in internships in the city. On the athletic front, the Houston Cougars compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA. Basketball, football and golf have all met with great success.

Most Popular Majors

Accounting, Biology, Finance, Hotel Management, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 36104
Total Grad Students: 5416
Undergraduate Students: 30688
Faculty: 1232

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 29:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 25:1

Percent Male: 50%
Percent Female: 50%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 15%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 46%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

East Cullen Suite 212
Houston Texas 77030


Main Email:

Main Phone: 713-743-1000

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Nghi Do
Coordinator of Transfer Admissions, Office of Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:
David Tran
Transfer Admission Counselor, Office of Admissions

International Admissions Contact:
Jessica Maldonado
Transfer Admission Counselor, Office of Admissions

Athletics Contact:
Dave Maggard
Director Of Athletics, Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Applicants who have completed between 15 and 29 semester hours of college-level credit must have a 2.50 or higher cumulative GPA. Applicants who have completed 30 or more semester hours of college credit must have a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Applicants who have completed college credit grades C - or better are accepted.

Credits (Min/Max):
To complete a bachelor's degree at UH, you are required to complete your last 30 hours of coursework at UH. A maximum of 66 credit hours will transfer from all 2-year schools to the University of Houston

Test Scores for Applying:
Transfer students with fewer than 15 college-level credit hours should submit official SAT or ACT scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
If you have been denied admission to the University of Houston, you have the right to appeal by completing an appeal form and submitting two letters of recommendation.

Essay(s) required:
If you have been denied admission to the University of Houston, you have the right to appeal by completing an appeal form and submitting a personal statement.

Application Fee:
There is a $50 application fee.

Other Requirements:
Admission will be granted to applicants who have earned an associate of science or associate of art degree from the last school attended as long as the school is a U.S. regionally accredited school.

Fall Deadline:

Spring Deadline:
December 1

Summer Deadline:
May 1

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 21 26
English 20 26
Math 22 27
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 480 590
Math 520 630

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 5177

Transfers Accepted: 4647

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 90%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 63%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 27%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2009


Books: 1200

Other Expenses: 3874

Room and Board: 8318

Tuition and Fees: 15025

Total Cost: 28417

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 7513

Total Cost – In-State: 20905

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Concerned about paying for your education at the University of Houston? Think of it as an investment in your future. We offer a wide range of scholarships, fellowships, and other financial aid to graduate students and undergraduates alike.

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Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6171

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 82%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 70%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 42%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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