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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

We recognize some applicants attend non-traditional or non-ranking schools who do not provide a class rank. Applicants without a class rank will still be considered for admissions by individual review.

In lieu of a class rank, 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

No Test Score

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University of Houston is temporarily waiving test scores (ACT and SAT) for the summer and fall 2020 terms.

Applicants who successfully submit the application, fee or fee waiver, and high school transcript, but are missing an ACT or SAT score, will be considered for admissions through holistic review. Applicants without a test score are required to submit the following additional information to their accessUH self-service portal:

  • Two letters of support, one from a school representative (teacher, counselor, coach, or administrator).
  • Personal statement (choose one of the following options):
    • Essay Option A: Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school and shaped who you are today? 1,000 words or less
    • Essay Option B: Most students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. Tell us about yourself. 1,000 words or less
    • Essay Option C: Tell us about a time where you had to either take a risk or stay safe. What did you do? What happened? Would you do it again?
  • Resume (special talents, abilities or awards earned, family responsibilities, leadership activities, part-time work experience, public service or volunteer work, and extra-curricular activities)

In addition to required materials, the following optional materials can be submitted: advanced placement test scores, college-level coursework completed, number of college credit hours earned, core GPA, special talents, abilities or awards earned, family responsibilities, leadership activities, public service, and extra-curricular activities.

How to Send Transcripts

Official Transcripts
An official transcript is required to complete the admissions application. A transcript is considered official if received directly from the school or provided in a sealed envelope. Here's how to send your transcript to UH:

    1. Send electronically: Ask your school administrator to send your transcript data electronically through an EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) system, e.g. TREx (for Texas institutions). Preferred method for faster service
    2. Send using an eDoc service: Can’t send it electronically? That’s okay! Ask your school administrator to send us a PDF version of your official transcript through Naviance, Speede (FICE code: 003652), or any other secure eDoc service. If a service asks for university email please use: Please note, transcripts sent via email as a direct attachment will NOT be accepted and will be immediately deleted for security purposes.
    3. Send by mail. 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.

Unofficial Transcripts
Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University of Houston is temporarily accepting unofficial transcripts for the summer and fall 2020 terms. Here's how to electronically send your transcript to UH:

  1. Upload a PDF copy. You may also upload an official or unofficial transcript to your myUH self-service account to complete your application. Freshman applicants can submit a PDF copy of their unofficial transcript through their myUH account using the following steps:
    • Log in to your myUH account
    • Select the “Student Center” tile
    • Locate your “To Do” list on the top right side of the page
    • Select “Details/Upload Document”
    • Select the “Upload/View Document” link for the “High School Transcript”
    • Select the “Upload File” button and select your unofficial transcript (Must be in PDF format)
    • Navigate through the prompts


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 *Document Deadline
Summer 2020 U.S. Freshman 8/1/2019 5/8/2020 5/15/2020
International Freshman 8/1/2019 4/8/2020 4/15/2020
Fall 2020 Scholarship Priority Deadline 8/1/2019 11/15/2019 11/15/2019
U.S. Freshman 8/1/2019 7/17/2020 7/24/2020
International Freshman 8/1/2019 6/1/2020 6/15/2020
*Document Deadline includes submitting transcripts, application fee, and test scores.

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.

Work hard. Get credit.

You deserve to get as much credit as you can for your work at your previous institution. Meet our new Transfer Credit Estimator, your guide to estimating how many course credits may transfer
to your chosen degree program at the University of Houston.

Learn more

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

If you'd like to talk to an admissions counselor, we're offering virtual advising by appointment. And even though we're currently not offering in-person visits, our virtual visits will give you a feel for student life and an in-depth look at the academic colleges. You can also request a call from a UH Student Ambassador to get more insight into the student experience at UH.