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Transfer Students

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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.

Transfer Majors with Additional Requirements

Transferring College Credit

Transfer credit is awarded for transferable courses that are completed with a grade C- or better. A maximum of 66 lower division (freshman and sophomore-level) semester credit hours can be transferred as credit. There’s no limit to the number of upper division (junior and senior-level) semester credit hours that can transfer to UH. However, students must complete at least 30 semester credit hours in residence at UH to complete baccalaureate degree requirements.

Some credits (especially upper division and out-of-state credit) may be transferred as general elective credit or elective credit within a subject area.Students may choose to complete an Undergraduate Transfer Credit Petition, which will be reviewed by faculty in the appropriate college and department to determine if the work and credit are of suitable content and rigor. This process takes place during the first enrolled term. The application of transfer credit toward a degree at the university cannot be determined until the transcripts have been evaluated and a degree plan is processed.

Transfer Equivalency Guides

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. Can’t send it electronically? That’s okay! Ask your institution 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 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


Term Application Type Open Date Close Date *Document Deadline
Summer 2020 U.S. Transfer 8/1/2019 5/1/2020 5/1/2020
International Transfer 8/1/2019 4/1/2020 4/1/2020
Fall 2020 U.S. Transfer 8/1/2019 6/26/2020 7/15/2020
International Transfer 8/1/2019 6/1/2020 6/15/2020

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


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.