Apply for Admission - University of Houston
Skip to main content

FALL 2020 UPDATE: Admitted students may defer their admission to either Spring, Summer, or Fall 2021. Complete the online deferral form before November 1, 2020.

Application Instructions

  • First-Year Freshman Students

    You will apply as a first-year freshman if you are a high school senior or if you graduated high school/GED but never attended a college or university.

    We've Gone Test Optional
    Applicants have the option to apply for admission with or without a test score for the following academic terms: spring 2021, summer 2021, fall 2021, spring 2022, and summer 2022. Applicants are not disadvantaged by applying without a test score.

    1. Complete the University of Houston application for admission using either the Apply Texas Application or The Common Application. Submit just one application.

      On your application, you will select whether you want your application to be reviewed with a test score or without a test score.

    2. Pay the nonrefundable $75 application fee ($90 for international students) with a credit card or debit card. Payment can be made in your myUH self-service portal or before submitting the admissions application.

      First-time freshmen may qualify for an application fee waiver. Simply complete the National Association for College Admissions Counseling Fee Waiver Form and submit a PDF copy through your myUH account.

    3. If you are applying for admissions with a test score, have your ACT or SAT score(s) sent directly from the testing agency to us. Our code for ACT is 4236; SAT is 6870.

      If you are applying for admissions without a test score, visit your myUH self-service portal to submit a resume and admissions essay.

    4. Pick one of the following options to submit your most recent high school transcript information:

      • Ask your school administrator to send your official transcript data electronically through an EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) system, e.g. TREx (for Texas institutions) or

      • Self-report transcript information in your my.uh.edu self-service portal. You’ll see an option for it on your applicant to-do list.

    Deadlines

    • Spring 2021
      • Application Deadline: December 1
      • Transcripts Due: December 8
    • Summer 2021
      • Application Deadline: May 3, 2021
      • Transcripts Due: May 10, 2021
    • Fall 2021 Scholarship Priority
      • Application Deadline: November 1, 2020
      • Transcripts Due: November 4, 2020
    • Fall 2021
      • Application Deadline: May 31, 2021
      • Transcripts Due: June 7, 2021
  • Transfer Students

    You will apply as a transfer if you have graduated high school and earned, or will earn, 15 or more credit hours.

    1. Complete the University of Houston application for admission using either the Apply Texas Application or The Common Application. Submit just one application.

    2. Pay the nonrefundable $75 application fee ($90 for international students) with a credit card or debit card. Payment can be made in your myUH self-service portal or before submitting the admissions application.

    3. If you will have fewer than 15 semester hours (30 for business majors) at the time of applying, have your high school transcript and ACT or SAT score(s) sent to the University of Houston, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 4434 University Drive, Houston, TX 77004. Our code for ACT is 4236; SAT is 6870.

    4. Submit official college transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Ask your college or university registrar to send your transcript data electronically through an EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) system, e.g. Speede.

    Deadlines

    • Spring 2021
      • Application Deadline: December 1
      • Transcripts Due: December 16
    • Summer 2021
      • Application Deadline: May 3, 2021
      • Transcripts Due: May 10, 2021
    • Fall 2021
      • Application Deadline: June 25, 2021
      • Transcripts Due: July 6, 2021 
  • International Students

    You will apply as an international student if you want to attend the University of Houston with citizenship from a country outside the U.S.

    1. Complete the University of Houston application for admission using either the Apply Texas Application or The Common Application. Submit just one application.

    2. Pay the nonrefundable $90 application fee with a credit card or debit card. Payment can be made in your myUH self-service portal or before submitting the admissions application.

    3. Have your official test scores sent directly from the testing agency. Our code for ACT is 4236; SAT is 6870; TOEFL is 6870. There is no institutional code for IELTS exams. The testing agency should mail official IELTS score reports to the University of Houston, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 4434 University Drive, Houston, TX 77204.

    4. For International Freshman: Send official* secondary school or high school academic records (transcripts, mark sheets, graduation certificate, etc.). We prefer these to be submitted electronically through your school counselor via email or the Common Application. They can also be sent by mail to 4434 University Drive, Houston, TX 77204. 

      For International Transfer: Submit official* college transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Ask your college or university registrar to send your transcript data electronically through an EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) system, e.g. Speede. They can also be sent by mail to 4434 University Drive, Houston, TX 77204.

      *Official transcripts must either state "official", have your institution's seal, a signature by a school official, or official watermark. It is up to the discretion of the Office of Admissions to determine the validity of the transcript and the office reserves the right to request additional or different copies if needed.

    5. Submit a copy of your passport ID page(s). F-1s in the U.S. are required to submit a copy of page 1 and 2 of the SEVIS I-20 and a copy of their I-94 record. J-1s in the U.S. are required to submit a copy of page 1 of the DS-2019 and a copy of their I-94 record.

    6. Submit financial documents. Acceptable financial documents include: statement from the bank signed by agent or bank stamp/seal; letter written from back with the amount clearly indicated in U.S. dollars; checking, savings, or certificate of deposit statements; scholarship letters; or letters showing government funding.

    Learn more: International Freshman | International Transfer

    Deadlines

    • Spring 2021
      • Application Deadline: November 1
      • Application Materials Due: November 6
    • Summer 2021
      • Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
      • Transcripts Due: April 8, 2021
    • Fall 2021
      • Application Deadline: May 31, 2021
      • Transcripts Due: June 7, 2021

Admissions Brochures

Read more about admission requirements, majors, and tuition in our admissions brochures.