University of Houston

Founded in 1927 and led by President Renu Khator, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in Houston and the third largest university in Texas. In 2018, UH enrolled 46,324 students in 261 undergraduate and graduate academic programs – both on campus and online. UH awards more than 10,000 degrees annually and has more than 285,000 alumni. The student body at UH ranks second in the nation among research universities for its ethnic diversity, with no majority race on campus, and is also very international in character, with students from more than 130 nations. With more than 430 student organizations and 17 intercollegiate sports teams, campus life at UH is vibrant and engaging. Within nine residential communities, UH houses approximately 6,200 students.

The University of Houston is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate, master's, professional and doctoral degrees. Classified as a Tier One institution by virtue of its Highest Research Activity ranking by the Carnegie Foundation, UH is also one of only 300 institutions nationwide to receive the Foundation's highest designation as a community-engaged university. The University's distinguished faculty members include a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Tony Award winners as well as 18 members of the National Academies of Science and Engineering. As a member of the Association of Research Libraries, UH is distinguished by the breadth and quality of its collections and services.

Undergraduate Education

The University of Houston has the most competitive admissions standards within the UH System. Beginning in fall 2011, only freshmen who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class received automatic admission to the University. The entering freshman class of 2018 was larger, more academically prepared (with an average 1217 SAT) and more diverse than ever before. Once admitted, undergraduates at UH choose from 108 majors and 132 minors housed in 14 academic colleges and schools and an interdisciplinary Honors College, which is a nationally recognized community of the university's most talented students. The University of Houston values undergraduate research as an important educational experience for students and as an essential skill for graduates seeking employment. UH facilitates opportunities for all undergraduates to participate in research through multiple avenues, including a senior honors thesis program, an undergraduate research scholarship program, a summer undergraduate research fellowship program and assistance in applying for nationally competitive scholarships. Almost half of the entering first-year class chose to participate in the new UHin4 program, which offers closely monitored academic and degree plan advising as well as a fixed rate tuition option.

Graduate Education

The University of Houston offers 104 master's degrees, 46 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs (in Law, Optometry and Pharmacy). Many of these programs are nationally recognized, with 10 of them ranked among the Top 50 in the country. In particular, the entrepreneurship program in the C.T. Bauer College of Business that has been ranked among the top three by Entrepreneur Magazine and the Princeton Review for nearly a decade. Additionally, the UH Law Center and the Graduate College of Social Work are consistently ranked in the top tier nationally.


With more than $177 million in research expenditures in FY 2018*, the University of Houston is home to five national research centers and 25 university research centers and institutes. In order to enable scholars to explore emerging research areas and work more effectively with industry, other research organizations and the community, the University has established four interdisciplinary research areas. These are powerful centers of creativity where teams of researchers from a wide range of disciplines collaborate across traditional boundaries to bring research knowledge to bear on issues of intellectual, scientific, social, economic, environmental and cultural importance.

UH research areas are:

  • Cyber and Physical Security
  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • Sustainable Communities and Infrastructure
  • Accessible Healthcare

These research areas were derived from the intersection of three streams. 

  • Interest of the UH faculty and research leaders, obtained through discussions with deans, heads and leading research faculty. Account was also taken on immediate faculty hiring plans through engagement with the Senior Vice President and Provost
  • Available and short-term attainable research infrastructure, including laboratories, computing capacity, shared facilities and major equipment, as well as short-term plans for the acquisition of additional research infrastructure, including the new College of Medicine.
  • Societal and global challenges, as documented in the national academies (NAE, NAE, NIH) reports, and other leading international academies and intellectual leadership. These were enriched with discussions on local, regional and statewide challenges that affect society and that have the potential to negatively impacting the quality of life of underserved sectors of our society.

The outcome thrusts are unique to UH, since the process of intersection cited above would lead to different results when applied in another university and community setting.  The UH institutional research thrusts represent the aspirations of our broad community to serve and enhance our society, and to maximize the impact of our research in service of the least fortunate amongst us.

*as reported to the National Science Foundation 

University of Houston at Sugar Land

The University's Sugar Land location (14000 University Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX 77479) serves about 2,200 students and offers a variety of classes that lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees from UH, including a Second Degree BSN program.

*as reported to the National Science Foundation

Fact Sheet

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Renu Khator
Degree Programs
Annual Degrees Awarded
Tuition & Fees
$5,246 per term (Fall/Spring) for undergraduate Fixed Tuition Rate
Research Expenditures
More than 3.2 million physical and digital volumes provide more than 28,000 students with information literacy instruction or instruction on library resources (number for FY18)
Physical Plant Value
$2.0 billion
*Data for 2018-19 are preliminary
Enrollment by Level
Enrollment by Ethnicity
Enrollment by Geographic Source