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Welcome to the Powerhouse

Established in 1927, the University of Houston empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership and engagement. Located in a sprawling metropolis, our premier Tier One campus provides students with cutting-edge programs including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, distance and continuing education studies. Ranked among the best colleges in America, UH is home to award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, alumni who have become international leaders and one of the most diverse student populations in the nation.

At the University of Houston, we prepare students to envision their future, emerge as leaders and launch careers that transform the world.



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Greater Houston Impact

UH is essential to the economic vitality of the city, developing a skilled workforce, providing research-based solutions to real-world problems and serving as an anchor institution for the community. And it’s a great investment, with society gaining $12.60 for every $1 invested in UH.

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UH at a Glance

  • 47,000+Students
  • 2,800+Faculty
  • 255Undergrad Majors & Minors
  • 111Master's Degrees
  • 51Doctoral & Professional Degrees
  • 36Research Centers

Students are choosing to attend UH in record numbers and for many reasons. They benefit from award-winning faculty, opportunities to connect with industry trailblazers, our pioneering approach toward equipping tomorrow’s leaders and our robust student-life experiences.

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The fountains at E Cullen

History & Traditions

Whose House? Coogs House! Founded in 1927, the University of Houston has a proud heritage of academic excellence and continues to develop strong traditions. From wearing red on Fridays to proudly displaying the cougar paw sign or visiting Shasta at the Houston Zoo, UH has a strong history and rich traditions.

Students in the Community

UH in the Community

UH prides itself on student success and regularly engages students with the Houston community through outreach projects, internships, industry partnerships and alumni leadership. UH has been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service for its outstanding service to the community. Cougar-driven projects cultivate excellence, address community challenges and place students on the lifelong path of civic engagement.

shasta's statue

Shasta’s statues sit in front of the E. Cullen Building, and UH tradition says rubbing the paw brings good luck. Whether students are about to take a final exam or are headed to the big game, Shasta's always available to the Cougar family.