Freshman Admissions Criteria

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Want to know your chances of getting in to the University of Houston before you apply? Here's some information about how we make our admission decisions. Please note that certain UH majors and programs have additional admission criteria, which are listed below.

State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy

If you attend a public high school in Texas you must submit a transcript that indicates that you will graduate under the state’s Recommended or Distinguished/Advanced high school programs as defined in the state’s Uniform Admissions Policy or a transcript that shows you will graduate under the state’s Foundation high school program. Students graduating under the Foundation program must show proof of the distinguished level of achievement to be eligible for top 10 percent automatic admission.  If you attend an out-of-state high school or are a home schooled student, you are exempt from the Uniform Admission Policy.

If you attend a private high school in Texas (or a Department of Defense high school) you must claim an exemption to the state’s high school coursework requirements by one of the following methods:

1. Submit Official SAT/ACT Scores

To claim an exemption based on test scores, your official SAT score must be at least 1500/2400 or your official ACT scores must meet ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks.

2. Coursework ‘Equal in Content & Rigor’

Applicants who attend private Texas high schools may be exempt if they complete coursework that is “equal in content and rigor” to one of the state’s graduation programs. To claim an exemption under this option, submit an exemption form signed by an official representative of your school.

Details about this exemption are available on the appropriate exemption form.

High School Curriculum Certification Form (to be completed by high school counselors)

Admissions Requirements

Assured Admission Criteria
Students who meet the State of Texas’ Uniform Admissions Policy and also meet the requirements below are assured admission.

Spring 2016 Applicants
Assured Admissions for files completed by December 1.

Rank in Class Minimum Test Scores
SAT I Total
(CR + M)
OR ACT Composite
Top 10%
No Minimum No Minimum
Top 11-25%
1000 21
Top 26-50%
1100 24
51% and lower
Individual Review*

Summer/Fall 2016 Applicants
Assured Admissions for files completed by December 1.

Rank in Class Minimum Test Scores
SAT I Total
(CR + M)
OR ACT Composite
Top 10%
No Minimum No Minimum
Top 11%-25%
1000 21
Top 26%-50%
1100 24
51% and lower
Individual Review*


Assured Admissions for files completed after December 1.

Rank in Class Minimum Test Scores
SAT I Total
(CR + M)
OR ACT Composite
Top 10%
No Minimum No Minimum
All others or not ranked
Individual Review*

*The University of Houston continues to review those applicants who do not meet the assured admissions criteria in light of the applicant’s academic rigor, community service, extracurricular activities, and surmounting obstacles to pursue higher education. Letters of reference from high school teachers, counselors, supervisors and activity leaders along with personal statements are welcome additions to a applicant’s file.

Special Major Requirements

The following majors have additional selection criteria over and above the general admissions requirements.

Architecture

Admission to the College of Architecture is normally for study beginning in the fall semester. First, applicants are required to meet general university requirements in order to be considered by the College of Architecture. Applicants may send a portfolio of supplementary information that might help influence admission into the college. Learn more about the College of Architecture admissions process.

Business

Applicants must meet the following criteria.

Rank in Class Minimum Test Scores
SAT (CR+ M) OR ACT Composite
Automatic Admission
Top 20%
1200 26
Automatic Admission
21-50%
1250 28
Individual Review
51% and lower or not ranked
1250 28

Engineering

Applicants must meet the following criteria.

Rank in Class Minimum Test Scores
SAT I Total
(CR + M) and CR
OR ACT Composite and ACT English
Top 25%
1200 and 570 26 and 24
25-50%
1260 and 570 28 and 24
51-75%
1340 and 570 30 and 24
76% and lower or not ranked 1370 and 570 31 and 24

Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

Applicants must meet the following criteria.

Rank in Class Minimum Test Scores
SAT I Total
(CR + M)
OR ACT Composite
Top 10%
No Minimum No Minimum
11-25%
1050 21
26-50%
1100 24
51% and lower or not ranked
Individual Review Individual Review

Music

In addition to applying to the University of Houston, all students applying for admission to the Moores School of Music must file an additional application to the college and audition.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Applicants must meet the following criteria.

Rank in Class Minimum Test Scores
SAT I Total
(CR + M)
OR ACT Composite
Top 25%
1100 24
25-50%
1150 25
51% and lower or not ranked
1200 26

In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Subject
Unit/Credits
Biology, chemistry, or physics
2 or more
Algebra 2
Geometry
1
Pre-calculus 1
English 4

Technology

Students applying for the following majors must have a minimum 2.50 GPA:

  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Power Engineering Technology

Theater/Dance

In addition to applying to the University of Houston, all students applying for admission to the School of Theater and Dance must audition.

Nonaccredited High School, Home School, and GED Students

Students who attended a nonaccredited high school or home school and those who received a GED may be admitted by scoring a minimum of 1180 (C+M) on the SAT or minimum of 26 on the ACT. These students must also submit proof of their enrollment via a transcript or GED certificate of completion.

Early High School Graduates

Applicants who will graduate from high school in less than four years must have a counselor or registrar submit a letter to UH with the transcript that states that the applicant will be an early graduate.

High School Academic Core Requirements

Freshmen applicants (and transfer students who have earned fewer than 15 semester hours of college credit) must have completed each of the high school academic core courses listed below with an average of a 2.5 or a “C+” or higher for the group.

Required High School Courses
Unit/Credits
English
4
Mathematics (including at least Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry)
3
Laboratory Science (including at least one unit/credit in biology, chemistry, or physics)
2
Social Studies
3

Arts & Sciences

If you plan to seek a bachelor’s degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences or from the College of Natural Sciences, you are urged to earn at least two units/credits in one foreign language.

Engineering

If you plan to seek a bachelor’s degree from the Cullen College of Engineering, you should also complete the following core courses.

Required High School Courses
Unit/Credits
English
4
Social Studies
2
Chemistry
1
Physics
1
Mechanical Drawing (in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade)*
1
Mathematics (including 2 units/credits in algebra, 1 in geometry, and 1/2 in either 4 elementary analysis or analytical geometry)
4

Click here for more information on high school graduation including sixth/seventh semester grades and accredited versus nonaccredited schools.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

About the TSI 

Section 51.3062 of the Texas Education Code establishes the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program as a requirement at all Texas institutions of higher education. The purpose of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program is to ensure that students enrolled in public colleges and universities possess the academic skills needed to perform effectively in college level course work. TSI includes an examination designed to provide diagnostic information about the reading, mathematics, and writing skills of each student.

Students will demonstrate their college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics either by taking the three respective TSI Assessments or by demonstrating an exemption for each area.

The following are the basic provisions of the Success Initiative legislation. For TSI information, please Click Here.