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Transfer Students

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 transfer student if you:

  • are a student who earned 15 or more transferable hours of college credit after high school graduation (during fall/spring semester) and
  • are not a former UH undergraduate student and
  • are a U.S. citizen, have applied for permanent residency, or qualify for Texas residency based on Senate Bill 1528

You are an international transfer student if you:

  • are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or
  • are not graduating from a Texas high school after three years in residence in Texas (please review Senate Bill 1528) and
  • have graduated from high-school or equivalent and
  • have enrolled in a post-secondary institution, and has earned college credit after high school/secondary school graduation (during fall/spring semesters)

Admission Requirements

Transferable courses are college-level courses from regionally accredited colleges and universities. In order to determine admissibility, the Office of Admissions will calculate your cumulative GPA for all transferable college-level courses from all schools attended. For repeated courses, grades from all course attempts will be used for calculation of cumulative GPA. The cumulative GPA is for admission purposes only and will not transfer to your UH GPA.

Admission Type Hours of College-Level Credit Earned Minimum Required Cumulative GPA
Freshman Admission 0 - 14 Must meet freshman admission criteria
Assured Admission 15 or more 2.5
Individual Review* 15 or more 2.25 - 2.49

*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.

Alternative Grading Basis for Transfer Credit:

Pass/Fail Grades 
The University of Houston will accept and award college-level credit from regionally-accredited institutions who provide grades of S (Satisfactory) or P (Pass) during semesters impacted by COVID-19. Hours earned from S or P grades will be counted towards transfer hours, but will not be factored in the calculation of your cumulative transfer GPA and will not factor into your GPA at UH. Hours earned from F grades will count towards the calculation of your cumulative transfer GPA.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams 
The University of Houston will continue to follow our standard practices on awarding AP test scores and will accept scores taken by the online exam format through College Board due to COVID-19.

Transfer Majors with Additional Requirements

Transferring College Credit

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

UH may award transfer credit for all college-level, academic coursework with grade C- or better from a regionally accredited institutions. College-level coursework with grades C- or lower will not count toward academic requirements and will not count towards the pursual of a U.S. baccalaureate degree. For more information relevant to transfer credit, GPA calculations, Pass/Fail courses, transfer equivalency guides by program or other related topics, please visit our Transferring Credit page.

Official Transcripts

Here's how to send your transcript to UH:

  1. (Preferred method for faster service) Ask your institution administrator to send your transcript data electronically through an EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) system.
  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/Parchment, 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. If both of these options aren't available, ask your institution to mail your official transcript to the address below.
University of Houston
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
4434 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204

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


Applications for spring, summer, and fall 2021 admissions will open August 1. Due to COVID-19, the assured admission requirements are under review. We anticipate publishing requirements by September 1.

Term Application Type Open Date Close Date Transcripts Due
Fall 2020 U.S. Transfer 8/1/2019 7/17/2020 *Document Deadline— 7/24/2020
International Transfer 8/1/2019 6/1/2020 *Document Deadline— 6/15/2020
Spring 2021 U.S. Transfer 8/1/2020 12/1/2020 12/16/2020
International Transfer 8/1/2020 10/1/2020 10/9/2020
Summer 2021 U.S. Transfer 8/1/2020 5/3/2021 5/10/2021
International Transfer 8/1/2020 4/1/2021 4/8/2021
Fall 2021 U.S. Transfer 8/1/2020 6/25/2021 7/6/2021
International Transfer 8/1/2020 5/31/2021 6/7/2021

* Document Deadline includes submitting transcripts, application fee, and test scores.

Speak with an Admissions Counselor

Admissions counselors are experts when it comes to applying to the University of Houston. If you'd like to talk to an admissions counselor for admissions support, we're offering virtual advising by appointment. Please note that admissions counselors do not provide support with course selection or registration.

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.