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When you choose Houston, you become a leader. One of the best assets of the University of Houston is the city that is its namesake. As a student, the city of Houston will be the backdrop to your social, cultural and educational experiences. After graduation, UH students continue to enjoy and give back to the city by becoming a part of the Houston workforce. In fact, 14% of Houstonians holding a bachelor’s degree are UH graduates! The University of Houston is a Tier One research university, as designated by the Carnegie Foundation. We’re on a mission to educate tomorrow’s leaders in a learning environment that offers over 39,000 students excellence in the classroom and hands-on leadership development in the community, across the nation and around the globe. Our approach works. The Princeton Review has named UH one of the best colleges in the nation for undergraduates. Our influence is global, as our more than 200,000 alumni share their knowledge in all corners of the world. You are now part of a diverse, multicultural student body benefitting from award-winning faculties, immersed in the arts and expanding your mind and opportunities on a vibrant campus. You are one of tomorrow’s leaders, because you choose Houston.


You choose Houston. What is your next great idea? You’ll discover it and more at 12 academic colleges offering 130

We help you share your great ideas with the world. As a public,

undergraduate majors and minors and 180 graduate study programs.

comprehensive research university, UH conducts world-class research through more than 40 research centers across every academic department.

The University of Houston’s dedication to academic excellence is embodied

We also prepare you for the global marketplace by offering a variety of

in our award-winning faculty. Having been honored with such accolades

study abroad programs. Students can earn credit toward their degree

as the Nobel Peace Prize, the National Medal of Science, the Pulitzer Prize

while experiencing new cultures in places such as Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin

and more, our highly decorated faculty are helping UH students reach their

America and the Middle East.

highest level of achievement.

Student Success

Degrees (undergraduate and graduate) granted by UH since 1927

National Merit Scholars at UH between 2001 and 2012

Alumni who are presidents, CEOs or heads of their own company

Number of Honors College students



more than 3,500





The internationally recognized

The College of Education is nationally recognized for its award-

Gerald D. Hines College of

winning programs, research and strategic solutions to educational

Architecture is dedicated

challenges at every level. We are shaping the next generation of

to the power of design to

You will find your path when you

shape lives. Students learn

academic colleges to nurture the

includes Texas’ first program in

evolve with the times, events and

and the world’s first graduate

choose Houston. UH offers 12

in studio-based curricula that

newest class of leaders. Our programs

industrial and product design

issues that impact Houston and

program in space architecture.

the world. We stay current with

By combining the advantages of a

small college with the resources and diversity of a large university, the

Honors College serves the needs

of our most gifted students through specialized guidance, academic

flexibility and personal instruction.

Regardless of their college or major, students have the opportunity

to enhance their studies in this challenging forum.

Located in Houston, one of the largest engineering-centered regions in the world, the Cullen College of Engineering is one of the most strategic places to earn an engineering degree and enter the areas of energy, nanotech, biomedical engineering and sustainability.

business breakthroughs to ensure our their communities.


workforce. We graduate leaders for industry and academia in the

educational, cultural, scientific and

graduates will lead in their careers and

leaders in teaching, administration, counseling and research.

Business The C.T. Bauer College of Business is ranked among the nation’s best business schools by The Princeton Review, 2011. In fact, the Entrepreneurship program is #1 in the country. Nearly 5,000 companies recruit Bauer graduates every year for a reason: We cultivate the world’s best business leaders.

Hotel & Restaurant Management Choose your hospitality career from anywhere in the world with a management degree from one of the top hospitality programs in the world, and one of the top three in the U.S. The Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management offers great facilities, a small student body and a strong sense of community.

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences The largest and most diverse of the 12 colleges at the University of Houston, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is home to 16 schools and departments that encompass the humanities, social sciences and creative and performing arts. Undergraduate majors cover the full range of human knowledge, from anthropology to sports administration.

Graduate Studies Law The Tier One Law Center is one of only eight public law schools with three or more nationally recognized programs. The Law Center combines merit, distinction and diversity in the nation’s fourth largest city, and offers the resources of one of the world’s largest legal markets.


Your journey begins when you choose Houston.

The College of Optometry is internationally recognized for its vision research and is home to the University Eye Center which serves 40,000 Houston area residents a year.

Natural Sciences & Mathematics


From alternative energy sources to geophysics to new

Innovative research and breakthrough

software, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

applications are the signature of

is a research powerhouse in the physical and biological

the College of Technology, where

sciences, computer science and mathematics.

students build the analytical and practical expertise needed to excel as leaders in diverse technology fields.

Pharmacy With the Texas Medical Center as a major partner, the College of Pharmacy offers students access to the finest research available and the opportunity to collaborate with Texas Medical Center institutions.

Social Work Critical thinking, partnered with vigorous research and ethical practice, develops leaders in social work. The Graduate College of Social Work is nationally recognized for educating professionals in those combined areas. The college’s two study paths are clinical practice and working with communities and organizations in MACRO practice.

ca m p u s l i f e

Campus Visits

The best way to learn about UH is to schedule a campus visit. Let our UH Ambassadors show you all our university has to offer. Tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10 am or 3 pm and Saturday at 11 am. Students and parents are also encouraged to attend Cougar Preview, UH’s official open house held every spring and fall, and Cougar Weekends, which offer an intimate, more in-depth campus experience. Register today at

Get active. Stay balanced. Achieve your best. Choose Houston. The University of Houston is a great place for students to achieve success through a balance of academic, social, physical, spiritual and professional opportunities.

Successful students are leaders. The University of Houston opens the door for students to develop leadership and citizenship skills through the Center

Campus Statistics

for Student Involvement and the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life. Organizations range in focus from campus traditions to students’ interests and hobbies to honors and academics. If you don’t find an organization that

Number of student organizations


fits your needs, we’ll help you start one. Number of fraternities and sororities


Successful students are engaged. The campus offers a variety of programs and events that encourage students to get involved and interact with diverse groups of people to create unique and memorable experiences. Student Housing & Residential Life provides living/learning communities that promote collaboration among students of common interests. Convenient public and intercampus transportation allows commuters to stay

On-campus jobs and internships posted annually by University Career Services

more than 2,200

Active sport clubs and intramural activities per semester

19 and 15

connected to UH. Successful students are healthy. The University of Houston supports

Campus ministries represented at the A.D. Bruce Religion Center


Intercollegiate sports teams


student safety, wellness and physical and mental health. The Department of Campus Recreation provides aquatics, intramural sports, fitness, open recreation, outdoor adventure and sport clubs to all of our students. The Health Center, UH Wellness and Counseling and Psychological Services offer on-campus services to ensure that you have access to the resources you need to succeed. For more information on how to get involved on campus, visit

Because you want Tier One quality of life, choose Houston. The Place

The Life

The University of Houston campus is located on 667 park-like acres, lush

Make the most of your college experience by living in the center of everything

public art collections outside of downtown Houston. We take our green

communal learning environment and an unmatched proximity to the best

with mature trees, gardens and lawns winding through one of the best

happening on campus. Every year, more than 6,000 students enjoy a safe,

commitment beyond the physical beauty of the campus. The Sustainability

Task Force and Office of Sustainability lead the effort to educate and promote

services UH offers.

green policies and practices throughout the campus, involving students,

Walk to football games or meet friends for a bite to eat at the University

us one of the most environmentally responsible universities in the nation.

study areas or work out your body in the Campus Recreation and Wellness

faculty and staff in preserving our resources. The Princeton Review named

Center. Exercise your mind in one of the MD Anderson Library’s 24-hour Center.

Step inside our buildings and you’ll discover world-class facilities, high-

tech laboratories and expansive libraries. More additions and renovations are underway and will contribute to our learning environment for the next generation.

Choose from seven different residential communities; choose your perfect place and nestle into life on campus.

The City

The People The University of Houston is the second most ethnically diverse campus in the United States, with students from 127 countries and from cities across the nation. Our scope of students and cultures not only distinguishes

Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, is known for its oil and gas industry, but there is so much more. A vibrant arts scene, from the symphony and live concerts to art museums and award-winning outdoor murals, swirls

throughout the city. Restaurants offer every cuisine imaginable. Best of all,

UH nationally, it enhances your campus experience.

this global business hub offers opportunities for internships and fieldwork in every area. Our students choose Houston.

Whether you’re an athlete, an artist, a young scientist or a


social media prodigy, you will meet others who share your dreams when you choose Houston.




19.6% 2.9%

.3% UH Student Diversity According to racial background of 2011 enrollment

African American

Native American



Asian/Pacific Islander

Multiracial or Unspecified


Life On Campus for First Year Students As a Tier One residential institution, a critical component is the ability and expectation for first

year students to live on campus. The residential experience fosters academic success, student growth and development, diversity and community. Expecting first year students to live on

campus ensures students have immediate access to exceptional resources while experiencing diversity and contributing to institutional excellence.

Housing Options Cougar Village I, Cougar Village II and Moody Towers are the perfect locations for our first year students to transition from high school into their college career. These three residence halls

provide residents with theme housing and other resources to help them adjust to an academic college environment. Cougar Village I and II residents will enjoy two-bedroom suites with a

shared bathroom and two residents sharing each bedroom. Moody Towers offers a traditional residence hall experience with shared bedrooms and a community bath on each floor.

Residential Life Students who live on campus at UH experience a Tier One caliber residential life program

where they build life-long relationships with peers; get connected with clubs, organizations and activities that are in line with their academic, career and personal interests and develop into

ethically-minded citizens who are better prepared to enter the working world upon graduation.

Student Housing & Residential Life has student and professional staff who live in the residence halls and are highly trained to challenge, support and foster student growth, development and

uh housing costs

success by leading the community with an ethic of care.

Faculty-in-Residence The Faculty-in-Residence program strengthens the connection between student residents’

cougar village I double

cougar village II double*

moody towers Double





Total with Lifestyle Meal Plan




academic and residential learning experience. The residence halls that house underclass

students have at least one faculty member living there as their primary resident. This is an

opportunity for students to get to know a faculty member outside of their classroom experience.

First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) The FYRE program is designed to maximize a student’s potential to achieve academic success

projected Rates are for the 2013-2014 academic year. single rooms are available.

while adjusting responsibly to interpersonal challenges presented by college life. FYRE will

present programs geared toward first year transition, study skills and college success. FYRE

will also host several social programs and mixers to assist first year students in getting to know each other and developing a UH social network on campus.

legacy Our History First founded in 1927, our school officially became the University of Houston in 1934. Two years later, the institution acquired the land for a

permanent campus, and by 1939 opened its first building. Since then, UH has developed a series of deep-rooted traditions that continue to thrive today.

Our Traditions


The Cougar Sign

Shasta is the official mascot of the Houston Cougars. Between 1947 and 1989, five live cougars served as mascots. Since Shasta V’s death in 1989, students have carried on the tradition. Shasta VI (2012–Present) is the first live mascot at the university since 1989. Shasta VI will make live appearances during UH events via web camera from the Houston Zoo.

Made by folding the ring finger of the right hand toward the palm and covering it with the thumb, the Cougar Sign dates back to 1953, when Shasta I lost a toe in a cage door on her way to a game. The opposing team mocked UH by imitating the cougar’s injury. After a staggering victory against the same team a few years later, the Cougars adopted that gesture as a symbol of school pride.

Scarlet Red and Albino White The colors of Sam Houston’s ancestor, Sir Hugh, serve as UH’s official colors. The red stands for courage and inner strength to face the unknown, while the white stands for the good of helping one’s fellow man.


Frontier Fiesta

Each year, students, faculty, staff and alumni pack Robertson Stadium and flow through the streets of campus for a weekend of football and festivities in celebration of the University of Houston’s Homecoming. At UH there is also a full week of activities preceding the actual homecoming weekend which includes pep rallies, homecoming court announcements and concerts, not to mention the tailgating, the homecoming parade and the live Cougars on game day.

Frontier Fiesta is an annual student-run, student-led festival hosted by UH, featuring concerts, carnival booths, multicultural events and cookoffs. After its debut in 1940, the national LIFE magazine dubbed it “The Greatest College Show on Earth.” It still is. Come for the fun of it and support scholarship and community.

Words of achievement in old and new languages fill the walls and windows as you build our legacy. Choose Houston.

Financial Aid Steps You are ready for the next step. Choose Houston. Costs of Education

Financial Aid

The greatest investments are those you make in yourself, especially when it comes to education. Your costs to attend the University of Houston depend on an array of factors, including state residency, program of study and number of semester hours you’re planning to take.

The University of Houston believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue an education. That’s why we offer a wide array of financial aid packages such as grants, loans and work-study programs to help students invest in their future.

Below are estimated resident and non-resident costs for full-time first-time-in-college students for the first academic year. Costs do not take any financial aid into account.

Resident Tuition & Fees Based on 15 credit hours per fall and spring semesters

Tuition and fees:

Room and board: Annual total:




Non-Resident Tuition & Fees Based on 15 credit hours per fall and spring semesters

Tuition and fees:


Annual total:


Room and board:


*Price reflects on-campus living costs. For more information about on-campus housing, visit

That said, funds are limited, and the financial aid process can take up to six weeks, so planning ahead is crucial. Learn more at undergraduate/how-apply. We know that the financial aid process can be confusing, but we’re here to help. For more information, or to set up a visit with a financial aid advisor, visit

Note: The following dates are for priority processing of financial aid.

Step 1 September - April Apply to UH.

Step 2 Apply for your federal pin.

Step 3 January 1 - April 1 Fill out FAFSA.

Step 4 Check your status for possible additional requirements.

Step 5 Accept your award after it is posted.

Scholarships Thanks to successful fundraising efforts, the University of Houston is proudly able to reward students who have excelled in high school with a variety of scholarships. Below are just a few of the scholarships UH offers. To learn more and to discover additional scholarship opportunities, visit

Scholarship UH Tier One Scholarship



Covers tuition, mandatory fees, research stipend, study abroad stipend and first two years of on-campus room and board

For students who have a minimum score of 1300 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT (29 ACT composite) and are graduating in the top 10 percent of their class. Highly competitive selection process; includes résumé and essay.

Renewable for four years*

National Merit Scholarship Academic Excellence Presidential Endowed Scholarship Cullen Leadership Scholarship State Exemption for Highest Ranking High School Graduate Valedictorian Scholarship Top 10% Scholarship

Covers tuition, mandatory fees, on-campus room and board and a $500 per semester book stipend Renewable for four years*

$2,500 - $8,500

Based on SAT or ACT scores & class rank Renewable for four years* Note: Amounts are subject to change.

$1,000 - $1,500

Renewable for four years*


Renewable for four years*

For students who are named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) during their senior year of high school. Students must name UH as their first choice institution in accordance with the rules and deadlines established by the NMSC to be eligible for the full scholarship. Learn more at For students who have a competitive academic profile—typically a score of 1200 or higher on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT (26 ACT composite) with a class rank in the top 20 percent. For academically talented students who have demonstrated leadership qualities. Scholarships are funded by donations, which may set various preferences or conditions specifying who can receive a scholarship from that fund. Academic qualifications are the same as the Academic Excellence Scholarship. For students who have demonstrated leadership potential through consistent involvement and leadership positions within organizations of interest. Academic qualifications are the same as the Academic Excellence Scholarship.

Deadlines Priority consideration will be given to applicants with completed admissions filed, by December 1. Qualified students will be invited to apply.

Deadlines are established by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants with completed admissions on file by December 1. Eligible students are reviewed and awarded automatically upon admission to UH. Qualified students will be invited to apply.

Qualified students will be invited to apply. State-issued Valedictorian Certificate must be submitted to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid before the start of the freshman semester.

Covers tuition for first year

For students who are named the highest ranking graduate in their high school and receive a state-issued certificate naming them as such


For students who are named valedictorian by their high school and receive a state-issued certificate naming them as such

State-issued Valedictorian Certificate must be submitted to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid before the start of the freshman semester.


For Texas residents graduating in the top 10 percent of their class and earning a Recommended or Distinguished Achievement High School Curriculum

Must have a completed FAFSA on file with the university by March 1 and have financial need

Renewable for four years*

Renewable for four years* Note: Awards will be contingent upon available state funding.

The amount and length of award may vary based on merit, financial need, continued academic performance and major. The availability of funds is limited, therefore students are strongly encouraged to complete the application process early. *Architecture majors are renewable for up to five years.

F R E S HM A N R E QUIR E ME NTS Admissions Criteria

The Honors College

state of texas uniform admission policy

To complete your Honors College application: • Check the Honors box on the ApplyTexas application. This is your Honors College application. • Email your academic essay sample to • Email your list of interests and activities to Honors uses the transcripts and test scores submitted with your UH application for admission decisions.

To be eligible for admission to any four-year public institution in Texas, all students must meet college readiness standards set forth by the state of Texas. For more information, visit

december i priority deadline* RANK IN CLASS


TOP 15%

no minimum

no minimum

TOP 25%



TOP 50%



all others or not ranked**

individual review


individual review

Special Major Requirements The following colleges and departments have special admissions requirements:

Admission to the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture is normally for study beginning in the fall semester. First, applicants must meet general university requirements in order to be considered. Applicants may also send a portfolio of supplementary information directly to the College of Architecture that may help influence admission to the college.


TOP 10%

no minimum

no minimum

all others or not ranked**

individual review

individual review


*Completed application, official high school transcript, official test scores and application fee must be received by the University of Houston by this date. **Individual review factors include: • First-generation college attendance • Socioeconomic background •E  xtent and rigor of high school curriculum • Special talents, abilities or awards earned • Family responsibilities • Leadership and extracurricular activities • Public service

• c. t. bauer college of business RANK IN CLASS



TOP 20%



TOP 50%



all others OR NOT RANKED*



*B  ased on individual review. Meeting these

requirements does not ensure automatic admission to the C. T. Bauer College of Business.

• theatre and dance



TOP 10%

no minimum

no minimum

TOP 25%



TOP 50%



all others or not ranked

individual review


individual review

• cullen college of engineering

• Gerald D. hines college of architecture

april i final deadline* RANK IN CLASS

• conrad n. hilton college of hotel and restaurant management



TOP 25%

1200 & 570

26 & 24

TOP 50%

1260 & 570

28 & 24

TOP 75%

1340 & 570

30 & 24

all others or not ranked

1370 & 570

31 & 24


In addition to applying to the University of Houston, all students applying for admission to the School of Theatre and Dance must audition.

international admissions The admissions criteria vary depending on whether a student is applying as an international freshman, transfer, post-baccalaureate or graduate student. In any event, students will need to provide adequate proof of English proficiency by submitting TOEFL scores of at least 550 (paper-based exam) or 79 (webbased exam). For more information about international requirements, visit

have questions?

Contact us at All mailed application fees, test scores and transcripts should be sent to: university of houston Office of Admissions Welcome Center

• moores school of music

In addition to applying to the University of Houston, all students applying for admission to the Moores School of Music must file an additional application to the college and audition.

• natural sciences & mathematics  Must have completed in high school the following courses of study*: Subject


Biology, chemistry or physics

2 or More

Algebra Geometry







4400 University Drive

Houston, TX 77204-2023

Once admitted

Application process

Before you apply

FRESHMAN STUDENT CHECKLIST 1 Schedule a campus visit or attend one of our special events for prospective students. Find out more at

2 Research available majors at

3  Check admissions requirements and deadlines. Speak with a freshman admissions counselor if you have further questions. Locate your counselor at

1 Apply to the UH Main campus online using the ApplyTexas application for admissions and scholarships at

2 Submit the application fee ($50 for domestic students; $75 for international students). 3 Submit official transcripts from high school and all colleges & universities attended. Electronic submission is preferred.

4 Submit SAT or ACT scores from the testing agency. 5 After applying, activate your myUH account and monitor your admission status.

1 If you haven’t already started the financial aid process, complete the FAFSA. The UH school code is 003652. Allow up to eight weeks for processing. View cost of attendance information.

2 Sign up for a mandatory New Student Orientation (NSO) session at 3 Explore housing and dining options at 4 Register for a parking permit at


gerald d. hines college of architecture

college of education


human development and family studies

industrial design Interior Architecture c. t. bauer college of business Pre-Business* Accounting Entrepreneurship Finance Management Management information systems marketing supply chain management

*All new students declare pre-business as their initial concentration. Once a student completes the required university core and business core classes, a student can declare a specific major in business.

health (Students enter as Pre-Health.) (Students enter as Pre-Health Development and Family Studies.)

Teaching and Learning/interdisciplinary studies (Students enter as Pre-Interdisciplinary Studies.)

cullen college of engineering

conrad n. hilton college of hotel and restaurant management

Chinese Studies (B.A.)

hotel and restaurant management


The Honors College Open to all undergraduate majors. law center

Communication (B.A.) Corporate Communication Health Communication Interpersonal Communication Journalism

biomedical engineering

college of liberal arts and social sciences*

Media Production

chemical engineering

American Sign Language Interpreting (B.A.)

civil engineering

Anthropology (B.A. or B.S.)

Public Relations

computer engineering

Art (B.A.)

electrical engineering

Art History (B.A.)

industrial engineering

Studio Art (B.F.A.)

mechanical engineering

Graphic Communications

Petroleum Engineering

Painting Photography/Digital Media Sculpture

Media Studies Communication Sciences & Disorders (B.A. or B.S.)

Dance (B.A.) Economics (B.A. or B.S.) English (B.A.) Creative Writing Linguistics Literature French (B.A.)

Your Path to Choosing Houston


Schedule a visit to the UH campus.


Check admissions requirements & deadlines.


Apply online using the ApplyTexas application.


Pay the $50 app. fee.


Submit your high school transcript & test scores.


Monitor status at myUH.


Complete FAFSA.


Attend New Student Orientation.

History (B.A.)

Theatre (B.F.A.)

Environmental Sciences

digital media

Human Nutrition and Foods (B.A.)



electrical power engineering technology

Italian Studies (B.A.)

Design and Technology


human resource development

Kinesiology (B.S.)

Playwriting and Dramaturgy

Mathematical Biology

mechanical engineering technology

Exercise Science

Stage Management


organizational leadership & supervision

Fitness and Sports

Theatre Education

Mathematics—Mathematical Finance Option

retailing & consumer science


supply chain & logistics technology

Physics—Geophysics Specialization


Science Center at Houston.

college of optometry


college of natural sciences and mathematics

college of pharmacy


Sports Administration Liberal Studies (B.A.) Music (B.A.) Music (B.M.) Applied Music Composition Elective Studies Music Theory Philosophy (B.A.) Political Science (B.A. or B.S.) Psychology (B.A. or B.S.) Sociology (B.A. or B.S.) Spanish (B.A.)

*CLASS majors may be eligible to participate in the Pre-Nursing Dual Degree Program in partnership with the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health

Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences



graduate college of social work


college of technology

Computer Science—Business Option


Computer Science—Science Option Computer Science—Software Design Option Earth Science

computer engineering technology computer information systems construction management

pre-medicine pre-nursing pre-optometry pre-physical therapy pre-veterinary medicine undecided

*UScholars provides advising for undecided and preprofessional undergraduate students. These areas are not majors.

office of admissions Welcome Center 4400 University Drive Houston, tx 77204-2023 713.743.1010 the university of houston is an eeo/aa institution.

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A special thanks to the University of Houston students and faculty who generously appeared in all campus photos.

Freshman Viewbook 2013  

Freshman Viewbook 2013