The Ivy Scholars guide to the University of Houston’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Location: Houston, Texas
Mascot: Shasta the Cougar
Type: Public Research Institution
Population: 46,000 (37,700 undergrads)
Year Founded: 1927
4 Year Graduation Rate: 38%
Gender Distribution: 51% male, 49% female
Acceptance Rate: 62%
Residency: 91% in state, 1% out of state, 8% international
US News Rankings:
Average Applicant Pool: 20,800
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 12,700
Average Number Enrolled: 5,000
Application Systems: Common App, Apply Texas
Average GPA: 3.73 weighted
Subject Test Requirements: No Subject Tests are required, but they can be used for course credit.
Demonstrated Interest: UHouston does not consider demonstrated interest.
Recommendation Letter Policies: No letters are required for standard admissions.
UH Essay Prompts for 2021: No essays are required for general admissions.
Other students will be subject to individual review. Students who are rejected can appeal this decision by submitting an essay (Personal statement or Apply Texas prompt A) and a letter of recommendation.
The College of Nursing only accepts currently enrolled UHouston students who meet their prerequisites.
AP Credit Policies:
Additional Specialty Programs:
School Motto: In time
Mission and Values:
The school has several dormitories on campus, including dedicated housing for freshmen, sophomores, and upperclassmen. Most students, however, live off-campus (either at home in Houston or nearby apartments). The Honors College has its own dedicated housing.
Campus & Surrounding Area:
5% of the student body is involved in UH’s Greek Life, which includes social, service, and academic organizations.
Yearly Cost of Attendance:
Scholarships are merit based, and are awarded by the university, individual departments, and the honors program. Funds are limited, and students should submit their applications before the priority deadline for the greatest possible consideration.