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University of Houston Data & Information Overview

1,743 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
63% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Houston Ranked?

#290 Best Colleges in Nation
#12 Best Colleges in TX
Astronautical Engineering Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Houston was awarded 1,743 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is astronautical engineering.

Overall Quality

UH is ranked #290 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UH held the #328 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UH is also ranked #12 out of 116 schools in Texas.

See all of the rankings for University of Houston.

Is It Hard to Get Into UH?

63% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
87% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

University of Houston has an acceptance rate of 63%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for UH.

Average Test Scores

About 87% of students accepted to UH submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 650. Math scores were between 560 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Houston  ( 560 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Houston  ( 560 to 660 )
UH received ACT scores from 33% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Houston  ( 22 to 28 )

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University of Houston Faculty

23 to 1 Student to Faculty
81% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At University of Houston, this rate is 23 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Houston is 81%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  81 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Houston

86% Freshmen Retention
30% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Houston has a freshmen retention rate of 86%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  86 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from UH have a four-year graduation rate of 30%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  30 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of Houston.

University of Houston Undergraduate Student Diversity

28,966 Full-Time Undergraduates
72.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
51.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 39,165 undergraduates at UH with 28,966 being full-time and 10,199 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Houston Cost?

$13,721 Net Price
37% Take Out Loans
$26,020 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UH is $13,721. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UH

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,533 $10,664 $13,382 $19,533 $21,028

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UH, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UH, approximately 37% of students took out student loans averaging $6,505 a year. That adds up to $26,020 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UH is 4.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UH Graduates Make?

$56,763 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UH with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $56,763 in their early years. This is good news for future UH graduates since it is 34% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at University of Houston make the most money.

Location of University of Houston

Texas State
28,966 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
University of Houston is a public institution situated in Houston, Texas. Houston is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for UH are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 212 E. Cullen Building, Houston, TX 77204-2018
Phone: 713-743-1000

University of Houston Majors

100 Majors With Completions
8,844 Undergraduate Degrees
2,654 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 100 majors graduated from University of Houston. Of these students, 8,844 received undergraduate degrees and 2,654 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 776 $31,245
Business Administration & Management 493 $49,877
Health & Physical Education 458 $29,345
Finance & Financial Management 442 $45,390
General Biology 413 $25,573
Computer Information Systems 358 $63,082
Accounting 333 $47,454
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 307 $49,029
Marketing 284 $46,988
Management Information Systems 282 $57,394

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Houston along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UH

96% Take At Least One Class Online
85% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 45,197 students took at least one online class at University of Houston. This is an increase from the 19,836 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 45,197 39,797
2018-2019 19,836 1,666
2017-2018 18,259 1,646
2016-2017 16,558 1,539
2015-2016 14,667 1,281

Learn more about online learning at University of Houston.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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