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Before applying, please review the Transfer Admissions Requirements. You will find information about how the University of Houston makes transfer admission decisions. Many UH majors and programs have requirements that go above and beyond the UH general admission requirements. These additional requirements are under the heading "Impacted Major Requirements."

General Transfer Admission Requirements

Students who submit a complete transfer application file (including the application, application fee, official college transcript(s) and any applicable admission items) to the University of Houston by the transfer admission deadline will be reviewed for admission. Note: Official transcripts must be received from all previously attended institutions.

Transfer applicants are reviewed for admission for a first, second or third choice major selected on the ApplyTexas Application.

The following sliding scale is used for general transfer admission to the University of Houston:

Hours of college-level credit Minimum cumulative GPA*
0-14 Must meet freshman criteria
15-29 2.50
30+ 2.00

*All grades from college-level courses, including repeated courses, are used in computing the cumulative grade point average (GPA). All colleges attended must be U.S. regionally accredited.

Impacted Major Requirements: Transfer applicants are admitted to a specific major. Several UH majors require selective admission criteria in addition to general transfer admission. For information, go to Impacted Major Requirements.

General admission to the University of Houston will be granted to applicants who have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from the last school attended, as long as the school is U.S. regionally accredited. Note: Impacted Major Requirements apply to applicants with Associate of Science and Associate of Art degrees.

Applicants who are not eligible to return immediately to the last institution attended will not be admitted.

If a student wishes to defer enrollment to a future term, he/she must reapply by submitting a new application, application fee and any updated admissions documents.

Recalculation Process: Transfer applicants applying for the fall semester may be eligible for a grade recalculation. Grade recalculations are for transfer applicants who believe the addition of spring coursework may change the outcome of their admissions decision. International applicants will not be considered for the Recalculation process.

Students must complete the Recalculation Form and submit updated transcripts reflecting spring grades by July 15, 2016.

Impacted Major Requirements

The following majors have additional selection criteria over and above the general admissions requirements. Click here for more on Impacted Major Requirements.

Architecture Majors

Application priority deadline is February 1. Admission is granted for the fall semester only. Applicants are encouraged to submit an 8.5"x11" portfolio clearly marked with the student's name, contact information and myUH ID. Portfolios will only be returned to applicants who include stamped envelopes with the appropriate postage.

Business Majors

Transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours of college credit must meet the Bauer College of Business requirements for freshman admission.

Applicants with more than 60 semester hours must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average on the last 60 hours of college-level coursework, including any attempted transfer courses. If the 60th semester hour occurs in the middle of a semester, all grades for that semester are included in the calculation.

Applicants who have attempted coursework at the University of Houston also must have at least a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average at the University of Houston.

Education Majors
  • Pre-Health Majors must have a 2.3 GPA
  • Pre-Teaching and Learning Majors must have a 2.5 GPA
Engineering Majors
Area Required GPA
All college-level work attempted 3.0
All calculus courses and math courses with calculus prerequisites attempted 3.0
All college-level chemistry, biology, geology and calculus-based physics courses that apply to UH Engineering degree plan attempted 3.0
All college-level English courses attempted 2.5
All college-level engineering courses attempted 3.0

To be admitted, students must have attempted at least one college-level English course, at least one calculus course and at least one college-level science course in the areas listed. In the calculation of each GPA, all attempts count, even if repeated.

Hotel & Restaurant Management Majors

Applicants who completed fewer than 15 semester hours of college credit must meet the requirements for freshman admission.

Applicants who completed 15 or more semester hours of college credit must have a 2.85 or higher cumulative GPA.

Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Majors
  • Communications Majors
    • Communication Majors who have completed 15-60 semester hours need a 2.25 or higher cumulative GPA; applicants with more than 60 semester hours must have a 2.25 cumulative GPA on the last 60 hours.
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67.
  • Economics Majors must have a 2.25 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • Human Nutrition and Foods Majors 
    • Applicants who have completed 15-29 hours of coursework must have a 2.50 GPA.
    • Applicants who have completed 30 semester hours or more must have a 2.30 GPA or higher.
  • Kinesiology Majors 
    • Applicants who have completed 15-29 hours of coursework must have a 2.50 GPA.
    • Applicants who have completed 30 semester hours or more must have a 2.30 GPA or higher.
  • Music Majors must have a 2.50 GPA in all music courses earned and must audition for the Moores School of Music faculty on their primary instrument or voice prior to admission. See more information about auditions.
  • Theatre/Dance Majors must audition.
Natural Sciences and Mathematics Majors

Applicants with 15 or more hours must meet the following conditions for approval into NSM:

  • 2.50 GPA or greater in ALL college-level work attempted.
  • 2.50 GPA or greater in ALL college-level biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics and physics courses attempted.
  • 2.50 GPA or greater in ALL courses from either CATEGORY I or CATEGORY II attempted.

(biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, geophysics, earth science, environmental science, mathematical biology and physics majors)

  • Must have successfully completed at least one of the following college-level math courses.
    - MATH 1330
    - MATH 1431
    - MATH 1432
    - MATH 1450
    - MATH 1451
  • Must have successfully completed at least one of the following science courses for science majors.
    - BIOL 1361    - GEOL 1330    - GEOL 1340    - PHYS 1301
    - BIOL 1362    - GEOL 1376    - GEOL 1350    - PHYS 1321
    - GEOL 1302    - CHEM 1331   - CHEM 1332

(mathematics and computer science majors)

  • Must have successfully completed at least two of the following college-level calculus or computer science courses.
    - COSC 1410    - MATH 1432
    - MATH 1431    - MATH 1450
    - MATH 1451    - MATH 2433
Technology Majors
  • Biotechnology: 2.50 GPA
  • Computer Engineering Technology: 2.50 GPA
  • Computer Information Systems: 2.50 GPA
  • Electrical Power Engineering Technology: 2.50 GPA
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology: 2.50 GPA

Transfer GPA Calculator

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For admissions into UH, only college-level (non-developmental) courses will be used for GPA Calculations.

Disclaimer: The calculator is used for advisement purposes only. The University of Houston uses grade point averages calculated to the 100th power (the second digit following the decimal point) and does not round numbers up.

If using this GPA calculator for UH admissions, please use the GPA values given.