University of Houston Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

M.D. Anderson Library at the University of Houston
M.D. Anderson Library at the University of Houston. Katie Haugland / Flickr

University of Houston Admissions Overview:

The University of Houston is not a highly selective school. With an acceptance rate of 60 percent, the school generally admits students with grades and standardized test scores that are above average. Prospective students will need to submit scores from either the SAT or ACT as part of their application. The admissions process is holistic, and other factors such as extracurricular activities, honors, work experience, and community service can play a role in the admissions process. For more admissions requirements, and to check out important deadlines, be sure to visit the University of Houston's admissions website.

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Admissions Data (2016):

University of Houston Description:

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 about roughly 110 major and minor programs for undergraduates, and business is particularly popular. Academics are supported by a 21 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Many students take advantage of the University of Houston's urban location to engage in internships in the city. In 2016, the university was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. On the athletic front, the Houston Cougars compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference. Basketball, football and golf have all met with great success.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 43,774 (35,995 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 72% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,519 (in-state); $21,711 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,830
  • Other Expenses: $3,956
  • Total Cost: $24,605 (in-state); $36,797 (out-of-state)

University of Houston Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 88%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 80%
    • Loans: 37%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,963
    • Loans: $6,181

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 19%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 23%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 51%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Swimming, Softball, Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball, Tennis

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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