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IPEDS ID: 225511
OPE ID: 00365200
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University of Houston
212 E. Cullen Building, Houston, Texas 77204-2018
General information:  (713) 743-1000
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  40,747 (32,760 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  22 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2012Full timePart time
Total faculty1,351200
Research and public service9215
Total graduate assistants-2,002
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,100$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,300$8,318$8,753$8,9121.8%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,636$9,800$10,200$10,6003.9%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$19,913$20,905$21,997$22,4632.1%
Off Campus$23,499$23,635$24,994$25,7012.8%
Off Campus with Family$13,863$13,835$14,794$15,1012.1%
On Campus$27,353$28,417$30,421$30,9591.8%
Off Campus$30,939$31,147$33,418$34,1972.3%
Off Campus with Family$21,303$21,347$23,218$23,5971.6%
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  • The estimated price does not include room and board, books and supplies, &c. (where applicable) and is based on previous years' tuition and fees data. Tuition and fees may vary by program. Please contact this institution for detailed price information.
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$8,694
In-state fees$918
Out-of-state tuition$15,066
Out-of-state fees$918
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,90787%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,58677%$25,120,717$9,714
Federal grants1,38441%$6,680,670$4,827
Pell grants1,38341%$6,335,114$4,581
Other federal grants1835%$345,556$1,888
State/local government grant or scholarships1,38641%$5,749,233$4,148
Institutional grants or scholarships2,17365%$12,690,814$5,840
Student loan aid1,23137%$7,588,158$6,164
Federal student loans1,20336%$6,177,050$5,135
Other student loans1504%$1,411,108$9,407
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid118,91358%$127,836,780$6,759
Pell grants12,70739%$50,715,170$3,991
Federal student loans14,08543%$99,035,475$7,031
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$11,609$12,262$12,870
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$8,103$9,648$9,643
$30,001 – $48,000$9,192$10,620$10,648
$48,001 – $75,000$15,398$14,908$14,628
$75,001 – $110,000$18,435$17,816$18,641
$110,001 and more$18,753$19,275$19,526
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2012
Total enrollment40,747
Undergraduate enrollment32,760
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment4,264
Graduate enrollment7,987
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 72%
Part-time: 28%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 51%
Female: 49%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 21%
Black or African American: 12%
Hispanic/Latino: 28%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 30%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 79%
25 and over: 21%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 95%
Out-of-state: 2%
Foreign countries: 3%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2011.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 70%
Part-time: 30%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 2%
Enrolled in some distance education: 28%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 69%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 6%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 91%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants17,4078,0449,363
Percent admitted58%60%57%
Percent admitted who enrolled34%36%32%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading490610
SAT Math540640
ACT Composite2227
ACT English2027
ACT Math2327
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 83%
Part-time students: 75%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Returned in Fall 2012
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 41 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2012.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 48%
Transfer-out rate: 20%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 15%
6-year: 46%
8-year: 51%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 42%
Female: 53%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 46%
Asian: 61%
Black or African American: 35%
Hispanic/Latino: 41%
White: 47%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 71%
Non-resident alien: 59%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Architecture and Related Services, Other-1-
Environmental Design/Architecture18--
Category total11231-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General284310
Vision Science/Physiological Optics-05
Category total367422
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General100501-
Business/Commerce, General--6
Business/Corporate Communications55--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies28--
Finance, General22135-
Hospitality Administration/Management, General-54-
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management272--
Human Resources Development1636-
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management-15-
Management Information Systems, General142--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General152--
Operations Management and Supervision22941d-
Organizational Leadership43--
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General68--
Category total1,637860d6
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Health Communication43-
Mass Communication/Media Studies79-
Public Relations/Image Management12616-
Radio and Television73--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric15--
Category total34028-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General218311
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-17-
Computer Graphics16--
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst88--
Information Science/Studies9--
Category total13410011
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-36-
Curriculum and Instruction-80d26
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-1154
Health Occupations Teacher Education-2-
Health Teacher Education-5-
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-13d-
Music Teacher Education-1-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-7d-
Special Education and Teaching, General-6-
Category total-161d80
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering-3-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering2131
Chemical Engineering53209
Civil Engineering, General49194
Computer Engineering, General7--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering494716
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering-51
Industrial Engineering27165
Materials Engineering-01
Mechanical Engineering81317
Petroleum Engineering823-
Systems Engineering-0-
Category total29516744
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician39--
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician89--
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician28--
Engineering Technology, General-15-
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician82--
Surveying Technology/Surveying0--
Category total23815-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing4086
English Language and Literature, General84102
Rhetoric and Composition-2-
Category total124208
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences766d-
Human Development and Family Studies, General39--
Human Nutrition980-
Category total2136d-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
American Sign Language (ASL)4--
Chinese Language and Literature8--
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General2--
French Language and Literature8--
German Language and Literature1--
Italian Language and Literature0--
Spanish Language and Literature2896
Category total5996
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist0--
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General5036-
Health and Wellness, General140--
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry--2
Pharmaceutical Sciences0--
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design--6
Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs-135
Category total19049220
History, General108102
Category total108102
Legal Professions and Studies
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law-28-
Health Law-5-
Intellectual Property Law-11-
International Law and Legal Studies-11-
Tax Law/Taxation-10-
Category total-65272
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies38--
Category total38--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-15-
Mathematical Biology7--
Mathematics, General8325d8
Category total9040d8
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences0--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other293--
Category total293--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science12--
Category total12--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science16023
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management796-
Category total23983
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total2111-
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General-12
Chemistry, General50818
Geology/Earth Science, General42424
Geophysics and Seismology28476
Physics, General61010
Category total12610840
Clinical Psychology--17
Counseling Psychology--8
Developmental and Child Psychology--1
Educational Psychology-104
Industrial and Organizational Psychology--5
Psychology, General42526-
School Psychology--2
Social Psychology--3
Category total4253640
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-15-
Social Work-1664
Category total-1814
Social Sciences
Applied Economics-14-
Economics, General127388
Political Science and Government, General17799
Category total4077817
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation1910-
Art/Art Studies, General5611-
Dance, General11--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General1819-
Graphic Design20--
Industrial and Product Design13--
Music History, Literature, and Theory-1-
Music Pedagogy-2-
Music Performance, General252011
Music Theory and Composition-2-
Music, General56--
Category total2626513
Grand total5,7302,052796
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined10991
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges(!)7/1/1954 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs4/30/1949 -  Accredited
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools(!)7/1/1950 -  Accredited
American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
Optometry (OPT) - Professional degree programs6/11/1956 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs1/1/1959 -  Accredited
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs4/14/1987 -  Accredited
School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs6/3/2009 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SP) - Graduate degree programs5/15/1972 -  Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
English Language4/1/2005 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1958 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession131
Drug law violations342834
Liquor law violations312455
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations242325
Liquor law violations121726
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible262
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)001
Aggravated assault434
Motor vehicle theft142215
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible231
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)001
Aggravated assault112
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate9.7%8.8%
Number in default577523
Number in repayment5,9485,910
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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