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The University of Houston (UH) is a public research institution located in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1927, it is part of the University of Houston System. The school is also the third largest university in the state.

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Overview of University of Houston–Clear Lake

Drawing strength from its diversity, the university seeks transform lives and communities through education, research, service, and innovation in a real world setting. University of Houston is dedicated to being an engine for discovery, conversation, and change, informing and leading local, state, national, and global partnerships. Core values include diversity, innovation, collaboration, and resilience.

The student population is 47,031, with 38,581 pursuing undergraduate degrees. The University of Houston employs 1,623 full and 404 part-time faculty members, the majority of whom provide instructional assistance. Approximately 100 professors, however, also conduct research and public service. The overall student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1, which is a little higher than the national average. The institution also maintains 2,102 graduate assistants. Of these, 1,317 provide instructional support, while 785 perform research-related work.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate -
Year Founded 1974

Student Enrollment

Total Students8,961


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,361
Female 3,851

Graduate Student

Male 1,045
Female 1,704

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Male 562
Female 840


Male 427
Female 605

Acceptance Rate74%

Male 76%
Female 72%

Enrollment 342

Male 162
Female 180
Application Fee $45
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses -
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The cost of attending the University of Houston varies depending residence statue, area of study, and the number of courses taken. New students may be eligible for four-year fixed tuition rates set by the institution. Rates do vary by college, however, and range from $5,617 to $7,596 per term for state residents. Non-residents pay more, with term charges between $13,237 and $15,216. It’s important to note that the architecture bachelor’s degree is a five-year degree plan and therefore not eligible for fixed rate tuition. For those attending part-time, per semester credit hour rates are also available but vary significantly depending on the subject selected.

Students must realize that college fees, course fees, and other various university fees are not included in the base tuition rates provided. These vary depending on the college attended but can be quite extensive. Other expenses include books, supplies, room, and board. The University of Houston does offer on-campus housing and meal plans. Rates are per term and per person, with room options ranging from $2,854 to $5,326. Meal plans are prices per semester and are available to commuters and students living on campus.

The University of Houston offers several different kinds of financial assistance, including scholarships for academic merit and loans based on financial need. Financial aid packages typically incorporate more than one type of aid. Those applying for assistance must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

During the 2020-2021 academic year, 85% of beginning students entering postsecondary education at the institution for the first time received some form of financial assistance. Most received some amount in grants and/or scholarships, but 29% still required student loans.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $9,215
Average Total Aid $10,984
Students Receiving Financial Aid 64%
Room & Board $10,218

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,310
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $20,746
  • Books and Supplies - $1,064
  • Room & Board - $10,218
  • Other - $8,394


The University of Houston offers a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs, as well as some continuing education classes. It has a good reputation for student success, teaching, research, and innovation. Those enrolled participate in rigorous coursework, hands-on opportunities, leadership positions, and global experiences that prepare them for work in the real world.

Students can choose from 276 different undergraduate and graduate programs in the following colleges:

  • Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design
  • Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts
  • C.T. Bauer College of Business
  • College of Education
  • Cullen College of Engineering
  • Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership
  • UH Law Center
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Graduate College of Social Work
  • College of Technology
  • Hobby School of Public Affairs

As of fall 2021, the University of Houston had first-year, undergraduate retention rate of 85% for full-time students and 58% for part-time students. Notably, the national average is 68% for all higher education institutions. This indicates that the mass majority of full-time students enrolled at the university were happy enough with their experiences to return the following year.

The overall graduation rate for first-time students who began their studies in 2015 was 62%. Graduation rates demonstrate how frequently students complete their degrees or certificate programs within 150% of standard time, which is approximately six years. Most students strive to graduate within four years, however, and approximately 38% of full-time, first-time students who began their studies in 2015 were able to complete requirements within this timeframe.

The University of Houston is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The institution is also a member of the Association of Texas Colleges and University, American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges, and National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

Student Population Total

Student Population 8,961

Evening Classes : No
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 355 Total Graduates / 24%
Accounting 112 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 75 Graduates
Business/Commerce, General 50 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 44 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 330 Total Graduates / 22%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 264 Graduates
Behavioral Sciences 66 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 124 Total Graduates / 8%
Psychology, General 124 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 94 Total Graduates / 6%
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 66 Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 20 Graduates
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 8 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 79 Total Graduates / 5%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 79 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 34%

Outcome & Salary

The University of Houston collects initial destinations of graduates via survey to each graduating cohort in order to capture career-related outcomes, as well as data on participation in co-curricular activities while enrolled. Unfortunately, employment data for 2020 is unavailable due to the disruption to the normal data collection process. Statistics for certain colleges from previous years can provide some insights, however. In May 2018, 42% of College of Architecture and Design and 19% of College of Liberal Arts and Social Science undergraduate students were employed full-time in their fields of study. Additionally, the CT Bauer College of Business reported the average salary for their graduates was $58,944 in 2021.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $50,700
College Grads Average Salary $71,410
College Grads Mid Career Salary $94,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $714,100
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,662,100
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $36,860
10 Year Projected ROI $677,240
20 Year Projected ROI $1,625,240
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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