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Freshman Students (U.S. Only)

At the University of Houston, you’ll find degree programs that will pave the way to the future you envision—whether you want to build the physical foundations of the future as an engineer or architect, shape young minds as an educator, or study how far humanity has already come as an anthropologist. These are just a few of the areas of study available, taught by world-renowned faculty members.

You are a freshman if you:

  • are a student without college credit or
  • earned college credit prior to high school graduation (dual credit/early college high school)* or
  • earned less than 15 transferable hours of college credit after earning a GED or high school diploma* and
  • are a U.S. citizen, have applied for permanent residency, or qualify for Texas residency based on Senate Bill 1528

*Only credit earned from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations will be accepted. 

You are an international freshman if you:

  • are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and
  • are not graduating from a Texas high school after three years in residence in Texas (please review Senate Bill 1528)

Admission Requirements

Minimum Test Scores
Admission Type Rank in Class SAT or ACT
Assured Admission Top 10% No Minimum No Minimum
Assured Admission Top 11 — 25% 1080 21
Assured Admission Top 26 — 50% 1170 24
Individual Review* 51% and Lower or No Rank Individual Review* Individual Review*


*If you don’t meet the assured admissions requirements, we may consider additional factors in the admissions process. If we require additional documentation, we’ll request those materials from you.

GED or home schooled applicants will be considered for admission by individual review.

Freshman Majors with Additional Requirements | State of Texas Uniform Admissions Policy

No Class Rank

No class rank? No problem. Students with no class rank can still be considered for admission by individual review. In lieu of an official rank provided on a transcript, a statement of rank provided by a school administrator is sufficient. The statement of rank should include a student's name, UH ID and a confirmation as to whether the student would fall in the top 10 percent, top 20 percent, etc., of their respective graduating class.

Rank statements should be submitted to

Official Transcripts

Here's how to send your transcript to UH:

  1. (Preferred method for faster service) Ask your school administrator to send your transcript data electronically through an EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) system, e.g. TREx (for Texas institutions).
  2. Can’t send it electronically? That’s okay! Ask your school administrator to send us a PDF version of your official transcript through Parchment/Naviance.
  3. If both of these options aren’t available, ask your school to mail your official transcript to the address below.
University of Houston
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
4434 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204

If you attend a Texas public school, your transcript should indicate the high school diploma program, as defined in the state's Uniform Admission Policy.


Have your ACT or SAT score(s) sent directly from the testing agency to us.

University of Houston ACT Code: 4236
University of Houston SAT Code: 6870

Application Fee

Pay the nonrefundable $75 application fee ($90 for international students) with a credit card, debit card, or check.

Checks can be made out to:

University of Houston
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
4434 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204

Freshman 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 using the following steps:

  1. Log in to your myUH account
  2. Select the "Student Center" tile
  3. Locate your To-Do List on the top right side of the page
  4. Select "Details/Upload Document"
  5. Select the "Upload/View Document" link for the "UGRD Fee Waiver Form"
  6. Select the "Upload File" button and select your completed Fee Waiver Form in PDF format and navigate through the prompts


Term Application Type Open Date Close Date
Spring 2020 U.S. Freshman 8/1/2019 12/1/2019*
  International Freshman 8/1/2019 10/1/2019
Summer 2020 U.S. Freshman 8/1/2019 5/1/2020
International Freshman 8/1/2019 4/1/2020
Fall 2020 Scholarship Priority Deadline 8/1/2019 11/15/2019
U.S. Freshman 8/1/2019 6/1/2020
International Freshman 8/1/2019 6/1/2020
*We will accept transcripts until Thursday, December, 19, 2019.

Dual Credit & Early College High School

All students who are currently enrolled in high school at the time of their admissions application to UH must apply as a freshman (regardless of the number of college credit hours they have earned in high school). Applying as a freshman allows all dual credit and early college high school students to take advantage of the financial, academic, and housing opportunities that are specifically set aside for freshman students transitioning from high school to college.

Earning an Associate’s Degree in high school does not guarantee admission to UH and does not classify an applicant as a transfer student. However, earning an Associate’s Degree will be taken into consideration during admission review.

Speak with an Admissions Counselor

Want to speak with an Admissions Counselor? Set up an appointment. Walk-in appointments are also available Monday-Thursdays from 8-11:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. as well as Fridays from 9-11:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.