Located in Houston, Texas, the University of Houston is a public research university and the flagship institution within the University of Houston system. Established in 1927, in 1934 the institution became the University of Houston, acquiring land for its permanent campus in 1936. Three years later in 1939 the University’s first building opened and in 1963 the University became a state institution. In 1977 the University of Houston joined the newly created University of Houston System and is today known as a major public research and teaching institution and is ranked as one of the best colleges in America with a Tier One campus.
Academic ProgramsThe University of Houston’s mission is “to offer nationally competitive and internationally recognized opportunities for learning, discovery and engagement to a diverse population of students in a real-world setting.” Home to an award-winning faulty, several innovative research centers, and one of the most diverse student populations around the globe, the University of Houston is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954.
The University of Houston consists of several colleges plus a Law Center, including the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design; the College of the Arts; the C. T. Bauer College of Business; the College of Education; the Cullen College of Engineering; the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management; the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences; the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics; the School of Nursing; the College of Optometry; the College of Pharmacy; the Graduate College of Social Work; and the College of Technology. More than 120 undergraduate majors and minors are offered as well as nearly 150 master’s degrees (several of which are offered fully online) and more than 50 doctoral degrees.
Student LifeThe University of Houston has a total enrollment figure of well over 42,000, including nearly 35,000 undergraduate students. Houston, Texas, where the University is located, is the fourth largest city in the nation and has recently gained recognition as America’s next global city. Home to several Fortune 500 companies, the opportunities for students to gain real world experiences through internships or fieldwork are limitless.
A variety of student-led clubs and organizations are recognized by the University of Houston, catering to a wide range of interests and providing students with ample opportunity to interact and connect with fellow students outside of the classroom and gain valuable leadership skills. The University of Houston boasts a number of traditions, including Frontier Fiesta, a student-run event which dates back to 1940 and features live concerts, variety shows put on by student organizations, carnival booths, multicultural performances, and a world-class BBQ cook-off. An NCAA Division I-A school, the University of Houston sponsors several varsity sport teams, nicknamed the Cougars, which compete in the American Athletic Conference. Before each big game, Cougar fans “rub the paws” of the cougar statue in Cullen Family Plaza in front of the E. Cullen Building for good luck.