University of Houston.

University of Houston

Houston, TX4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of Houston

The University of Houston (UH) is a public research university in Houston, Texas, and the main institution of the University of Houston System. Founded in 1927, UH is the third-largest university in Texas with over 46,000 students. Its campus spans 667 acres (2.70 km2) in southeast Houston, and was known as University of Houston–University Park from 1983 to 1991. The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".The university offers more than 282 degree programs through its 14 academic colleges on campus—including programs leading to professional degrees in architecture, law, optometry, and pharmacy. The institution conducts $150 million annually in research, and operates more than 40 research centers and institutes on campus. Interdisciplinary research includes superconductivity, space commercialization and exploration, biomedical sciences and engineering, energy and natural resources, and artificial intelligence. Awarding more than 9,000 degrees annually, UH's alumni base exceeds 260,000. The economic impact of the university contributes over $3 billion annually to the Texas economy, while generating about 24,000 jobs.The University of Houston hosts a variety of theatrical performances, concerts, lectures, and events. It has more than 400 student organizations and 17 intercollegiate sports teams. Annual UH events and traditions include The Cat's Back, Homecoming, and Frontier Fiesta. The university's varsity athletic teams, known as the Houston Cougars, are members of the American Athletic Conference and compete in the NCAA Division I in all sports. The football team regularly makes bowl game appearances, and the men's basketball team has made 21 appearances in the NCAA Division I Tournament—including five Final Four appearances. The men's golf team has won 16 national championships—the most in NCAA history.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 35,985 students
  • 0.15 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of Houston

Environmental Science
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Environmental Science, Biology, Business, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Management Information Systems, and Journalism.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

12,691 students out of 20,768 applicants were accepted into University of Houston. They had an average SAT score of 1202. 84% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 42% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of Houston was $22,066, while for in-state students it was $9,706. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $29,020.

The average financial aid at University of Houston is $8,286. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $13,780 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of Houston

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

56% of undergraduate students at University of Houston received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of Houston

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Houston was of $9,984 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300.

Diversity at University of Houston

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017