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We're writing our legacy one student at a time.

And you need to be part of it. 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.

Not sure if you should apply as a freshman? Read up on our freshman requirements. 


110+ Undergraduate Majors

We have over 110 majors to choose from. But it’s about more than just choosing a major. It’s about finding a calling and using your passion to create change and carve out your place in the world.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2021 Application
May 31, 2021

Fall 2021 Transcripts
& Additional Materials

July 19, 2021

Fall 2021 Scholarship Priority Deadline
November 8, 2020


Use these codes to submit your FASFA and send your test scores to us directly from the testing agency:

FAFSA: 003652

SAT: 6870

ACT: 4236

 Application materials may be due later than the application deadline. See all dates and deadlines.

We've Gone Test Optional

What exactly does test optional mean, you ask? Well, basically, freshman applicants now have the option to apply with or without test scores (like the ACT or SAT). Applicants are not disadvantaged by applying without a test score; they simply must meet a different set of requirements. Compare admission requirements with a test score and without a test score below:

Class Rank SAT   or ACT Admission Type
Top 10% No Minimum No Minimum Assured Admission
11 - 25% 1080 21 Assured Admission
26 - 50% or No Rank 1170 24 Assured Admission
51% and Lower —   —   Individual Review*
Class Rank Calculated Unweighted GPA** Admission Type
Top 10% No Minimum Assured Admission
11 - 25% 3.40 or higher Assured Admission
lower than 3.40  Individual Review*
26 - 50% or No Rank 3.45 or higher Assured Admission
lower than 3.45 Individual Review*
51% and Lower —  Individual Review*

If you don't meet the assured admissions requirements, we may consider additional factors in the admissions process. If selected for individual review*, we will let you know if you need to submit a resume and essay via your myUH self-service portal.

**This unweighted GPA will be calculated by the University of Houston (out of a 4.0 scale) using English, math, science, and social studies grades on your transcript. Extracurricular classes will not be included.

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Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803-51.809 requires all students meet college readiness standards to be eligible for admission at a Texas Four-Year Public Institution. Read about the Texas Uniform Admission Policy.

Some majors have additional requirements on top of the ones listed above. For more information, visit To learn more about test optional admissions, visit our test optional webpage. You may also schedule a virtual appointment with an admissions representative for more guidance.

Application Process


Apply Online

Go to or to apply. This is where you’ll indicate whether you want to be reviewed with a test score or without a test score.


Pay Application Fees

Pay the $75 application fee (It’s $90 for international students). You may qualify for an application fee waiver, which you can submit in your self-service portal.


Submit Transcripts

Ask your school administrator to send your official transcript data electronically through an EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) system
Self-report transcript information in your self-service portal. You’ll see an option for it on your applicant to-do list. View our self-reporting guide or watch our video tutorial for step-by-step instructions.


Submit Documents

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

If you're selected for individual review, submit your resume and essay in your self-service portal.


Check Your Status

Check your application status in your self-service portal.


Become an #OfficialCoog

Applicants who are admitted will receive an admit packet in the mail. Celebrate on social with #OfficialCoog! Then, register for Freshman Orientation in your self-service portal.

Applicant resources

Admissions Appeals

Freshman applicants to the University of Houston who do not meet regular admission requirements may request further consideration by submitting a Freshman Admissions Appeal Form.

Transfer Credit Estimator

Meet our Transfer Credit Estimator, a new tool designed to help you estimate how many course credits may transfer to your chosen degree program at the University of Houston.

Meet Your Representative

Want to talk to someone about the University of Houston? Have a question about our application process? Or just curious how our day is going? Reach out to your admissions representative!

Test Optional Admissions

Still confused about applying without a test score? Go to our test optional admissions website to learn more.

Cost & Aid

Cougar Promise

We’ll cover tuition and fees for those with an adjusted gross family income at or below $65,000. Tuition support is provided for those with an adjusted gross family income between $65,001 and $125,000. You must be a Texas resident and submit the FAFSA by the priority deadline of 1/15/21.

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Out-of-state and international students who receive $1,000 or more from various competitive University scholarships may qualify for an out-of-state tuition waiver. This means waiver recipients will pay in-state tuition rates.

Student Life

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    Want to learn and grow in your own space? Living on campus is still an option. We know how important it is to feel safe. That’s why we’ve increased cleaning for all common spaces, adjusted spaces to accommodate social distancing, and made single rooms available to all future residents.
  • A student enjoying extracurricular activities.

    Get Involved

    600+ student organizations. 35+ fraternities and sororities. 100+ multi-cultural organizations. 15 intercollegiate sport teams. No matter who you are, we have a lot to o­ffer. So, between classes and making memories that’ll last a lifetime, you’re going to have plenty to do.
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    Guided Virtual Tours

    The Office of Admissions is now offering virtual campus visits. Register for an opportunity to receive a live campus tour from a UH student ambassador and a brief information session from an admissions representative. This visit is approximately 30 minutes.


Admissions representatives are experts when it comes to applying to the University of Houston. If you'd like to talk to an admissions representative for admissions support, you can schedule a virtual admissions advising appointment, or contact us by phone at (713)-743-1010, option 4 or by email at Please note that admissions representatives do not provide support with course selection or registration.

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.

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