University Of Houston

University Of Houston

University of Houston, also referred to as "U of H" or UH, is a public co-educational research university located in Houston, Texas. The school was established in 1927. It offers admission to over 30,000 students each year. The university offers majors in business and management, liberal arts, law, science, mathematics, computer science and engineering, design, and fine arts. The university also offers online distance education courses.

The university sports teams are nicknamed the Cougars. The mascot of the team is Shasta the Cougar. The university has men's and women's teams for sports such as track and field, football, basketball, and baseball.

Eminent alumni of the university include track and field legend Carl Lewis and, creator of the MPAA film rating system, Jack Valenti. Notable faculties include three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee and 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams.

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Contacting University of Houston

University of Houston
212 E. Cullen Building
Houston , TX 77204-2018
General Phone: (713) 743-1000

University of Houston Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,746business management, logistics, operations management, accounting, business communications, finance, organizational behavior, human resources development, MIS, ...
Liberal Arts1,063Russian studies, German studies, linguistics, Chinese language, German language, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, Classical languages, ...
Therapy and Counseling451psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, child psychology, organizational psychology, social psychology, school psychology, educational psychology
Science445biology, biochemistry, biological and physical sciences, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, geology, geophysics, physics
Engineering432aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, ...
Law352law, banking and finance, energy and environmental law, health tax, international trade law, tax law
Family and Social Work346business and consumer science, food and nutrition, family studies, public administration, social work
Media292communication studies, journalism, radio and television, public relations
Education and Teaching270multilingual education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education administration, instructional media design, social foundations of education, special ed, gifted and talended education, school counseling, ...
Hospitality254hotel management
Medicine233optometry, pharmacy, pharmacy administration, pharmaceutical chemistry
Engineering Technician225electronics tech, industrial tech, mechanical engineering tech, construction engineering tech, surveying tech, computer engineering tech
Architecture and Planning181architecture, environmental design, interior architecture, architectural services
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy149health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science
Medical Support and Technology133health service and sciences, audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Computer Science and Engineering104computer and info science, information science, systems analyst, computer security, computer engineering
Music92music, music performance, music theory and composition, music pedagogy
Fine Arts71art history and criticism, painting, sculpture
Mathematics70mathematics, applied mathematics
Design28industrial design, graphic design
Religion and Philosophy23philosophy
Drama and Performing Arts21drama
Photography and Commercial Art17photography
Art Studies17art studies
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for University of Houston in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4,75980
Master's degree1,44887
Doctor's degree25941
First-professional degree5503

University of Houston Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of Houston had a total enrollment of 34,663 students (26,894 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 92%
Part-Time 8%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 15%
First Professional 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 38%
Black 13%
Hispanic 19%
Asian 19%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 20%
20-21 22%
22-24 24%
25-29 16%
30-34 6%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%

University of Houston Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 77 %
Part-Time 61 %

University of Houston Room and Board (2007)

University of Houston offers campus housing for 4,130 of its 26,894 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Houston, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

University of Houston Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450570
SAT Math490600
ACT Verbal1824
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT90%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT30%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

University of Houston Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,658
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,402
Room and board $ 6,935
Room charge $ 4,062
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,939
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 4,324

Financial Aid:
University of Houston participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 365200)

University of Houston Faculty

University of Houston has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track12883
Non-tenured and not on tenure track104114

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year19$153,7990*
Associate professorcalendar year12$104,1262*
Assistant professorcalendar year4$95,8975$82,884
Lecturercalendar year4$98,6482*
No academic rankcalendar year28$72,62327$74,166
All faculty totalcalendar year67$104,22936$76,028

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year303$119,54456$106,402
Associate professoracademic year173$79,81497$73,371
Assistant professoracademic year113$80,86675$71,660
Lectureracademic year24$57,25543$41,597
No academic rankacademic year64$56,83978$56,057
All faculty totalacademic year677$94,800349$70,519

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

University of Houston Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Conference USA
Basketball Conference USA
Baseball Conference USA
Track Conference USA

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports98796

University of Houston Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Architecture and Related Services, Other
Environmental Design/Architecture
Interior Architecture

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Corporate Communications
Finance, General
Human Resources Development
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Organizational Behavior Studies
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Graphic Design
Industrial Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering

Engineering Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law (LLM, JSD/SJD)
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law (LLM, MS, JSD/SJD)
Health Law (LLM, MJ, JSD/SJD)
International Business, Trade, and Tax Law (LLM, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Tax Law/Taxation (LLM, JSD/SJD)

Liberal Arts
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
German Studies
History, General
Italian Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MS, PhD)
Optometry (OD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Pharmacy Administration/Policy/Regulatory Affairs (MS, PhD)

Music Pedagogy
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology
Social Psychology

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checked Remedial classes for students
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