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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:  40,914 (33,037 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 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty1,425225
Research and public service9210
Total graduate assistants-2,096
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 year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$8,318$8,753$8,912$9,2784.1%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,800$10,200$10,600$10,8001.9%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$20,905$21,997$22,463$23,0332.5%
Off Campus$23,635$24,994$25,701$26,1051.6%
Off Campus with Family$13,835$14,794$15,101$15,3051.4%
On Campus$28,417$30,421$30,959$34,12110.2%
Off Campus$31,147$33,418$34,197$37,1938.8%
Off Campus with Family$21,347$23,218$23,597$26,39311.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$8,262
In-state fees$954
Out-of-state tuition$16,578
Out-of-state fees$954
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee planX
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
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 aid12,74583%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,44474%$25,534,386$10,448
Federal grants1,32640%$6,013,244$4,535
Pell grants1,32640%$5,979,682$4,510
Other federal grants271%$33,562$1,243
State/local government grant or scholarships1,49045%$8,425,244$5,655
Institutional grants or scholarships1,68151%$11,095,898$6,601
Student loan aid1,15335%$7,069,194$6,131
Federal student loans1,12834%$5,800,878$5,143
Other student loans1284%$1,268,316$9,909
  • 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 aid118,58059%$133,863,851$7,205
Pell grants12,20538%$49,569,502$4,061
Federal student loans12,89841%$89,319,044$6,925
  • 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$12,262$12,870$12,618
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 Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$9,648$9,643$9,421
$30,001 – $48,000$10,620$10,648$10,501
$48,001 – $75,000$14,908$14,628$14,489
$75,001 – $110,000$17,816$18,641$18,819
$110,001 and more$19,275$19,526$19,936
  • 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 2014
Total enrollment40,914
Undergraduate enrollment33,037
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment4,672
Graduate enrollment7,877
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 73%
Part-time: 27%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 51%
Female: 49%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 22%
Black or African American: 11%
Hispanic/Latino: 31%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 28%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 5%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 81%
25 and over: 19%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 93%
Out-of-state: 3%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 5%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 73%
Part-time: 27%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 32%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 65%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 7%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 90%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants17,3288,2909,038
Percent admitted63%65%61%
Percent admitted who enrolled37%39%35%
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 2014 (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 Reading500610
SAT Math540640
ACT Composite2227
ACT English2127
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: 86%
Part-time students: 64%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
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, 43 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
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:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 16%
6-year: 46%
8-year: 52%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 18%
6-year: 48%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
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: 54%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 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: 9%
Asian: 56%
Black or African American: 36%
Hispanic/Latino: 46%
White: 49%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 76%
Non-resident alien: 64%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
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-2-
Environmental Design/Architecture13--
Category total8726-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General262510
Vision Science/Physiological Optics-12
Category total371714
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General126454-
Business/Commerce, General--10
Business/Corporate Communications44--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies35--
Finance, General28932-
Hospitality Administration/Management, General-43-
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management279--
Human Resources Development3754-
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management-19-
Management Information Systems, General185--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General186--
Operations Management and Supervision25957d-
Organizational Leadership60--
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General80--
Category total1,915819d10
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General9--
Health Communication91-
Mass Communication/Media Studies44-
Public Relations/Image Management1498-
Radio and Television72--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric23--
Category total40613-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General327518
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-14-
Computer Graphics25--
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst104--
Information Science/Studies16--
Category total1778918
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-54-
Curriculum and Instruction-100d19
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-3011
Health Occupations Teacher Education-2-
Health Teacher Education-5-
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-11d-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-4-
Special Education and Teaching, General-2d-
Category total-208d30
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering-2-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering1803
Chemical Engineering461510
Civil Engineering, General60194
Computer Engineering, General9--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering575015
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering-105
Industrial Engineering34213
Materials Engineering-32
Mechanical Engineering9131d5
Petroleum Engineering2934-
Surveying Engineering-1-
Systems Engineering-8-
Category total344194d47
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician39--
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician107--
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician22--
Engineering Technology, General-18-
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician79--
Category total24718-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing55174
English Language and Literature, General7584
Rhetoric and Composition-2-
Category total130278
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences724d-
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management-2-
Human Development and Family Studies, General62--
Human Nutrition1151-
Category total2497d-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
American Sign Language (ASL)4--
Chinese Language and Literature7--
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General3--
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General1--
French Language and Literature2--
German Language and Literature3--
Italian Language and Literature1--
Spanish Language and Literature3955
Category total6055
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist0--
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General5238-
Health and Wellness, General129--
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry--4
Pharmaceutical Sciences0--
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design--1
Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs-115
Category total18149206
History, General962010
Category total962010
Legal Professions and Studies
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law-25-
Health Law-5-
Intellectual Property Law-4-
International Law and Legal Studies-11-
Tax Law/Taxation-10-
Category total-55284
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies42--
Category total42--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-9-
Mathematical Biology18--
Mathematics, General9726d18
Category total11535d18
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences01-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other339--
Category total3391-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science13--
Category total13--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science18723
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management777-
Category total26493
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total1810-
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General-40
Chemistry, General501113
Geology/Earth Science, General42454
Geophysics and Seismology31387
Physics, General12711
Category total13510535
Clinical Psychology--9
Counseling Psychology--7
Developmental and Child Psychology--3
Educational Psychology-76
Industrial and Organizational Psychology--3
Psychology, General47817-
School Psychology--2
Social Psychology--4
Category total4782434
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-18-
Social Work-1648
Category total-1828
Social Sciences
Applied Economics-21-
Economics, General147379
Political Science and Government, General176108
Category total4368317
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation206-
Art/Art Studies, General6818-
Dance, General5--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General2831-
Graphic Design20--
Industrial and Product Design9--
Music Performance, General2021
Music Theory and Composition30-
Music, General50387
Category total269958
Grand total6,3722,081755
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 63
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 20
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 83
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 9
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $9,029
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $12,256
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $6,964
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $11,516
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined13985
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges(!)7/1/1954 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics4/1/1977 - 7/11/2014Accredited
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship7/1/1994 -  Accredited
Didactic Program in Dietetics(!)7/11/2014 -  Accredited
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
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs6/8/1994 -  Accredited
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs6/8/1994 -  Accredited
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs6/8/1994 -  Accredited
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs6/8/1994 -  Accredited
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs10/22/2010 -  Accredited
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs10/23/2011 -  Accredited
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs10/23/2011 -  Accredited
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs11/18/2014 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission 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 (SLP) - 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
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
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession310
Drug law violations283438
Liquor law violations245535
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations232522
Liquor law violations172613
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible6210
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)010
Aggravated assault346
Motor vehicle theft221523
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible318
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)010
Aggravated assault124
Motor vehicle theft000
  • A student used a cigarette lighter to set fire to the hardware of the front entrance door inside of his apartment.
  • (!) 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 Year201220112010
Default rate6.2%7.9%9.6%
Number in default469545574
Number in repayment7,4726,8825,945
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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