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University of Houston

University of Houston

University of Houston

The University of Houston (abbreviated as UH) is a public Carnegie-designated Tier One research university located in Houston, Texas.  Founded in 1927, it is the flagship institution of the University of Houston System. UH is the third-largest university in Texas with an enrollment of 38,752 students.   The institution was known as University of Houston–University Park from 1983 to 1991.   The Princeton Review has named UH as one of America’s best colleges for undergraduates.


The University of Houston serves students in 12 academic colleges and in the interdisciplinary Honors College on a 667-acre (2.70 km2) campus in southeast Houston. UH offers nearly 320 degree programs: 120 bachelors, 139 masters, 54 research doctorates, and three professional doctorate degrees—law, optometry, and pharmacy.  Awarding more than 7,200 degrees annually, the university’s alumni base exceeds 250,000 and is the largest in the Houston area.  Known for its diverse student population, U.S. News & World Report ranks UH as the second-most ethnically diverse research university in the country.

The University of Houston conducts research in each academic department and operates more than 40 research centers and institutes on campus.  Interdisciplinary research conducted at UH includes superconductivity, space commercialization, biomedical engineering, economics, education, petroleum exploration, and virtual technology.
The university hosts a variety of theatrical performances, concerts, lectures, events, and intercollegiate athletic events. Its varsity athletic teams—known as the Houston Cougars—are members of Conference USA and compete in the NCAA’s Division I in all sports . The football team regularly makes bowl game appearances, and the men’s basketball team has made nineteen appearances in the NCAA Division I Tournament, including five Final Four appearances. The men’s golf team has won sixteen national championships, the second most of any NCAA golf program.


University of Houston Rankings in 2010

University of Houston Rankings in 2011

University of Houston Tuition and Fees


Resident Tuition & Fees (estimated annual cost based on 15 hours taken per semester in Fall and Spring)

Budget Category Estimated Cost
Tuition and Fees: $8,532
Room and Board: $7,886
Total: $16,418


Non-Resident Tuition & Fees (estimated annual cost based on 15 hours taken per semester in Fall and Spring)

Budget Category Estimated Cost
Tuition and Fees: $14,108
Room and Board: $7,886
Total: $21,994



Please Note: The tuition and/or fee charges below represent the maximum that will be charged for the 2010-2011 academic year (fiscal year 2011).  Final rates will be approved by the University of Houston System Board of Regents before fee bills are calculated for the fall semester.

Cost per Semester Credit Hour

College Masters/PS Resident Cost Masters/PS Non-Resident Cost Doctoral Resident Cost Doctoral Non-Resident
Architecture $306.88 $616.88 N/A N/A
Business $426.28 $736.28 $250.13 $560.13
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences* $250.13 $560.13 $250.13 $560.13
Education $250.13 $560.13 $250.13 $560.13
Engineering $305.13 $615.13 $305.13 $615.13
Hotel and Restaurant Management $290.13 $600.13 N/A N/A
Honors N/A N/A N/A N/A
Law $542.65 (LLM) $793.65 (LLM) N/A N/A
Law-Returning $637.21 $978.63 $782.13 $1,062.13
Law-New Student $738.77 $1,077.83 $871.58 $1,151.58
Natural Sciences & Mathematics $260.13 $570.13 $260.13 $570.13
Optometry $430.13 $740.13 $430.13 $740.13
Pharmacy $360.13 $670.13 $360.13 $670.13
PharmD $410.13 $720.13 $410.13 $720.13
Social Work $293.13 $603.13 $293.13 $603.13
Technology $270.13 $580.13 N/A N/A

Notes: PHD premium: $315 per semester credit hour. Graduate students who exceed 99 hours are required to pay this premium charge, in addition to their resident tuition charges, in order to offset the loss of state funding. This is in addition to any other tuition requirements. (Education Code 54.012).

*Certain Courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will require additional tuition due to the nature of the course and the requirement for special instruction. Those students taking courses in the following fields should add the additional tuition to each semester credit hour:

Cost per Semester Credit Hour

Course Additional Costs in CLASS per Semester Credit Hour
Art History $10
Art (Fine Arts) $15
Art (Design) $15
Communication $100
Communication Disorders $30
Creative Writing $15
Applied Music $50
Music Instruction $4.50
Theatre $15
Music $100


Schools and Colleges of University of Houston

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture

C.T. Bauer College of Business

College of Education

Cullen College of Engineering

Honors College

Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

UH Law Center

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

College of Optometry

College of Pharmacy

Graduate College of Social Work

College of Technology

University of Houston News

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