The University of Houston is a large, 4-year, public university. This coed institution is located in a very large city in an urban setting. It is close to downtown Houston, the Medical Center and Galveston Island.
The university was founded in 1927 and opened its first building on what is the present campus in 1939. It became a state institution in 1963 and joined the U of H System in 1977. In 2020, there were 38,597 undergrads working on their degrees at U of H. Roughly 98 percent of them are Texas natives and there is a 50/50 split male to female students. Mirroring the tremendous diversity in the City of Houston, the ethnic makeup of the student population is 22 percent White, 10 percent Black, 36 percent Latino, 23 percent Asian, 3 percent Two+, and 4 percent NR Alien.
Visual and Performing Arts are well represented on campus but there are also 547 clubs and organizations available to capture the imagination of students from all over the world. There are also 15 Division One, men’s and women’s sports teams to cheer for. Off campus, is the 4th most populous and the most diverse city in the US. There is seemingly an unlimited number of places to go, things to do and places to see that are only minutes from campus.
Business is by far the most popular major with more than 25 percent of the total undergraduate population. The diamond in the crown of the Business Department is the Wolff Center. It is again ranked number one in entrepreneurship by the Princeton Review. The other popular majors each attract less than 10 percent of students to their departments. Those other popular majors are Engineering, Psychology, Biology and Computer and Information Sciences. Students selected for attendance at U of H have SAT scores between 1140-1310 or 22-27 on the ACT exam. New students can expect a Cost of Attendance of about $27,000. The university is committed to meeting 61 percent of the financial need and the average financial aid package is $13, 468.
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