University of Houston System
As the region’s largest provider of comprehensive university services, from the baccalaureate to the doctorate, the University of Houston System plays an essential role in meeting the higher education needs of the Houston metropolitan area and Texas. The UH System serves more than 72,000 students, has an annual budget that exceeds $1.7 billion, and produces a $6 billion-plus economic impact on the Greater Houston area each year.
The UH System includes the University of Houston, UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown and UH-Victoria, and instructional sites in Katy, Northwest Houston, Pearland and Sugar Land. Also at University of Houston is Houston Public Media, home to KUHT-TV8, Houston’s PBS station and the nation’s first educational television station; KUHF-88.7, Houston’s National Public Radio station; and KUHF 88.7 HD-2, Houston’s digital classical music stream.
The largest university in Houston and the third largest in the state, UH is a nationally competitive doctoral degree-granting, comprehensive research university that is the flagship of the UH System. It has been recognized as a Tier One institution by the Carnegie Foundation for its high level of research activity.
Nestled on a 524-acre wildlife and nature preserve near the NASA Johnson Space Center, UHCL expanded from an upper-level and graduate institution into a full, four-year university in 2014, welcoming freshmen and sophomores to campus. In addition to 45 master’s degree programs, the university offers three doctoral degrees in the fields of education and psychology.
The second largest university in Houston and the most ethnically diverse university in the state, UHD is a four-year institution located in the central business district, providing valuable opportunities for student internships at major corporations. Founded in 1974, UHD annually ranks among the top institutions in the nation for graduating Hispanic and African-American students with bachelor's degrees.
Located in the Coastal Bend region, UHV is an undergraduate and master's university that enrolled its first freshman class in fall 2010. UHV offers 70 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, with concentrations in the arts and sciences, business administration, education and human development, along with one of the most dynamic online educational programs in the state.
Understanding the UH System Structure
- The UH System is comprised of four SEPARATE universities, each with its own budget: UH, UHCL, UHD, UHV
- Renu Khator has a dual role as chancellor of the UH System and president of UH. The UHS Board of Regents oversees all four universities.
- Students within the UH System do not take classes at other UHS universities unless they are co-enrolled in two separate universities.
- All four UHS universities operate additional locations where they offer their respective students classes taught by their respective faculty, as charted below. These are locations, they are not universities.
Instructional Sites Operated by UH
- University of Houston at Sugar Land
- University of Houston at Katy
Instructional Sites Operated by UHCL
- UHCL Pearland Campus
Instructional Sites Operated by UHD
- UHD Northwest
- UHD at Lone Star College-Kingwood
- UHD at Lone Star College-Woodlands
Instructional Sites Operated by UHV
- University of Houston-Victoria at Katy (UHV Katy)