University of Houston-Clear Lake

Established in 1974, the University of Houston-Clear Lake provides educational opportunities to students in the Houston-Galveston area and beyond, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Located adjacent to the NASA Johnson Space Center, UH-Clear Lake is situated in the heart of the area’s high-technology community.

In 2011, UHCL received Texas Legislature approval to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster. Originally established as an upper-level university, UHCL welcomed freshman and sophomore students for the first time in fall 2014.

Known as a student-centered, community-minded, partnership-oriented university, UHCL was recognized for its community engagement programs in 2015 by earning a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. In only its second year to be considered, UHCL moved up in the U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings having tied for 74th among the 2017 Best Regional Universities in the West. The university also gained recognition with its selection for The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2008 Community Engagement Classification in the combined Curricular Engagement Outreach and Partnerships category.

UHCL is committed to supporting the region’s various commercial, engineering, human services and trade sectors, especially in the computing, medical, petrochemical and aerospace industries. The university’s numerous institutes and centers help fulfill these needs and include the Environmental Institute of Houston, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Center for Educational Programs, Psychological Services Clinic and Center for Executive Education.

In addition to being recognized for its community service, UHCL’s distinctions include being listed as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. The Military Friendly Schools list features top colleges, universities and trade schools recognized for their dedicated efforts to ensure military students’ success. The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities designated UHCL as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, while The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine ranked UHCL among the Top 100 institutions for Hispanics based on number of degrees awarded. GetEducated.com named UHCL’s online MBA program as one of its top 20 best buys in The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Accredited Online MBAs for fall 2013. UHCL’s College of Education was named the sole recipient of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ 2009 Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. College Choice ranked UHCL’s Master of Arts in Human Resource Management online degree sixth among 40 universities throughout the country it its Best Online Human Resource Degrees.

President William A. Staples leads UHCL, which, in fall 2015, served more than 8,900 students and approximately 63,900 alumni.

Undergraduate Education

UHCL offers bachelor’s degrees in 42 fields of study through its four colleges, including the Colleges of Business, Education, Human Sciences and Humanities, and Science and Engineering. In spring 2017, UHCL will add the Bachelor of Science in Addictions Counseling, the only degree program of its kind available from a Texas public university, which will prepare graduates to become Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors in Texas.

Graduate Education and Research

With 48 master’s degree programs, including a Master of Arts in Behavioral Analysis, area professionals can strengthen their skills set and complement their undergraduate education at UHCL. In addition to traditional classes, UHCL offers master’s degree programs online in business administration, engineering management, finance, human resource management, instructional technology and software engineering. The university’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership prepares local educational leaders to become administrators, while the Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) addresses the needs of professionals in all levels of the education sector who seek to positively impact their institutions. In 2016, UHCL received approval for its third doctorate, a Doctor of Psychology in Health Service Psychology.

UHCL Pearland

UHCL Pearland (1200 Pearland Parkway, Pearland, TX 77581), a 30,659-square-foot facility that opened in 2010, had an enrollment of 682 students in Fall 2015. Along with high-quality academics, UHCL Pearland stays true to the mission of a community-minded, partnership-oriented university through participation in organizations such as the Pearland Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance.

Fact Sheet

William A. Staples
8,906 (fall 2015)
Degree Programs:
92 (FY 2015)
Annual Degrees Awarded:
2,608 (FY 2015)
$154.6 million (FY 2016)
Tuition & Fees:
$7,035 per year (undergraduate resident-average, 15 semester credit hours per semester).
Research Expenditures:
$1.579 million (FY 2016)
More than 510,000 volumes and 471 printed subscriptions, plus access to over 79,351  e-journals.
Physical Plant Value:
$134.6 million
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