University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake represents a dynamic force in education, offering a close-knit, academic community, enhanced by a global perspective, to students in the Houston-Galveston area and beyond since 1974. UH-Clear Lake has flourished in the midst of the upper Gulf Coast’s international petrochemical industry, Texas Medical Center and NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 73,000 alumni have pursued diverse opportunities and share distinguished records of achievement in the professional worlds of business, industry, education and health care. Led by President Ira K. Blake, the University continues to expand educational opportunities and build partnerships.

Students enjoy small class sizes while learning from highly qualified faculty, choosing from more than 80 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in UHCL’s four colleges including the Colleges of Business, Education, Human Sciences and Humanities, and Science and Engineering. Outside the classroom, UHCL’s approximately 9,100 students can participate in more than 100 student organizations, external internships and research opportunities. For four decades, the University filled a vital niche in higher education, specializing in junior and senior undergraduate and graduate-level programs. In 2014, UHCL added freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and welcomed its first freshman class.

UHCL opened two new buildings including the Recreation and Wellness Center and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Classroom Building in 2018. The on-campus residence hall opened at UHCL in fall 2019, while at UHCL at Pearland, a new Health Sciences and Classroom Building opened in spring 2019.

National accrediting agencies recognize UHCL programs in education, social work, the sciences and more. In addition, the University continues to strengthen its reputation, tying for 43rd among the 2020 Best Regional Universities West in the U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings as well as 18th among Top Public Schools Regional Universities West. In 2019, the University was recognized as 58th in Best Value Schools, and 31st in Best Colleges for Veterans in the Regional Universities West category. In 2010, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities designated UHCL as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

The University is committed to supporting the region’s various commercial, engineering, computing, health care, petrochemical and aerospace industries. UHCL’s numerous institutes and centers help fulfill these needs and include the Environmental Institute of Houston, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Institute for Human and Planetary Sustainability, Health and Human Performance Institute, Diplomacy Institute, Cybersecurity Institute, Center for Robotics Software, Center for Educational Programs, Psychological Services Clinic, and Center for Executive Education.

Undergraduate Education

UHCL offers bachelor’s degrees in 44 fields of study through its four colleges. In 2018, UHCL added the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering to answer the growing need for engineers in the aerospace, automotive, construction, healthcare technology, oil and gas, utilities, manufacturing, transportation, defense and petrochemical industries.

Graduate Education and Research

With 45 graduate programs and three doctoral programs, area professionals can strengthen their skills set and complement their undergraduate education at UHCL. In addition to face-to-face classes, UHCL offers master’s degree programs online in business administration, engineering management, finance, human resource management and more.

UHCL's three doctoral programs can help students build on their academic success. The 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. UHCL’s third doctoral degree, the Doctor of Psychology in Health Service Psychology, prepares students for careers as health professionals in clinical and school settings and combines a strong focus on academic research, clinical practice and evidence-based treatment.

UHCL at Pearland

The University’s Pearland location (1200 Pearland Parkway, Pearland, TX 77581) opened in 2010 to offer the growing community access to quality bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Undergraduates with more than 45 credit hours can complete their bachelor’s degrees in eight programs, while graduate students can receive their master’s degrees in six programs. UHCL’s RN-to-BSN program offers crucial training in health care issues, communication and leadership to mold graduates into future leaders. Since 2017, UHCL at Pearland has hosted Alvin Community College core classes, which are transferrable to UHCL. Since fall 2018, students in UHCL’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program have been able to take classes at UHCL at Pearland.

Along with high-quality academics, UHCL at 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.

UHCL at the Texas Medical Center

Students pursuing a degree from UHCL’s health care programs receive their education in the Texas Medical Center, one of the largest centers of health care delivery and research in the world. With a focus on business skills, finance, reimbursement and operations, UHCL’s degree programs are designed to prepare students to assume administrative responsibility in health care institutions in both the public and private sectors.

Fact Sheet

Ira K. Blake
9,144 (Fall 2020)
877 (2019)
522 (2019)
73,000 (Fall 2020)
Degree Programs:
92 (44 UGRD, 45 GRAD, 3 Doctoral for 2019)
Annual Degrees Awarded:
2,381 (2019)
$170,425,115 (FY 2019)
Tuition & Fees:
$9,174 per year (undergraduate resident-average, 15 semester credit hours per semester)
Research Expenditures:
$1,616,545 (2019-2020)
357,507 Number of Books (Titles), 493,995 Number of Volumes (Pieces), 350 Print subscriptions, 90,919 e-journals and 215 Research Databases (2019)
Physical Plant Value:
$99,590,620 (FY 2018)
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