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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

Learn more about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting admissions at the University of Houston.

University Events Canceled Until Further Notice

Your health and safety is important to us. Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all University events, including campus visits and Cougar Preview, are canceled until further notice.

In the meantime, we encourage you to enjoy our virtual tours of campus life and our academic colleges. Whether you're interested in campus life or a specific academic college, our virtual visits will give you an in-depth look at what it's like to be a UH student.

Talk with a Student Ambassador

Learn more about the student experience at UH by requesting a call from a UH Student Ambassador. The UH Ambassador program is made up of diverse UH students involved in various areas across campus. We'll do our best to match you with a student within your college and areas of interest so that you can learn about the information most important to you.

The University of Houston offers virtual advising appointments.

Virtual Advising

Want to speak to an advisor but can't make it to campus? We offer virtual advising and have staff on stand-by to support any additional questions.

Contact Us

Phone: (713) 743-1010, option 4
Email: admissions@uh.edu

FAQ's

For Prospective Students

For Applicants

  • Will there be an application deadline extension for Summer 2020?

    Freshmen

    The Summer 2020 deadline to complete the application process for domestic freshman students will remain the same. It is May 15, 2020.

    Transfers

    The Summer 2020 deadline to complete the application process for domestic transfer students will remain the same. It is May 15, 2020.

    International Students

    The Summer 2020 deadline to complete the application process for international students will remain the same. It is April 15, 2020.

    Former Students

    The Summer 2020 deadline to complete the application process for former students returning from good standing will remain the same. It is May 27, 2020. The Summer 2020 term is not available for former students returning from probation/suspension.

    Visiting Students

    The Summer 2020 application for visiting students who are not seeking a degree from UH is May 27, 2020.

  • Will there be an application deadline extension for Fall 2020?

    Freshmen

    The Fall 2020 application deadline for domestic freshman students has been extended. It is July 17, 2020. We have also extended the deadline to submit application documents. Domestic freshman applicants now have until July 24 to submit documents, including transcripts, application fee or fee waiver, and/or test scores.

    Transfers

    The Fall 2020 application deadline for domestic transfer students has been extended. It is July 17, 2020. However, we have extended the deadline to submit application documents. Domestic transfer applicants now have until July 24 to submit documents, including official transcripts, application fee or fee waiver, and/or test scores.

    International Students

    The Fall 2020 application deadlines for international students will remain the same. It is June 1, 2020. However, we have extended the deadline to submit application documents. International applicants now have until June 15 to submit documents, including official transcripts, application fee, and/or test scores.

    Former Students

    The Fall 2020 application deadline for former students returning from probation/suspension will remain the same. For probation/suspension, the deadline for Fall 2020 is June 1, 2020. However, we have extended the deadline to submit application documents. Readmission applicants under probation/suspension now have until June 15 to submit documents, including official transcripts, application fee, and any supporting documents.

    For readmission applicants in good standing, the deadline for Fall 2020 is now July 17, 2020. All application materials, including application fee, all official transcripts and any supporting documents, are due by July 24, 2020.

  • Will extensions be allowed for application documents?

    Freshmen

    Yes. Domestic freshman applicants now have until July 24 to submit application documents for Fall 2020, including transcripts, application fee or fee waiver, and/or test scores. All application materials for Summer 2020 must be submitted by the application deadline. If admitted, final transcripts will be due by September 4th.

    Transfer

    Yes. Domestic transfer applicants now have until July 24 to submit application documents for Fall 2020, including transcripts, application fee or fee waiver, and/or test scores. All application materials for Summer 2020 must be submitted by the application deadline.

    Former Students

    Yes. Former students returning from probation/suspension now have until June 15 to submit application documents for Fall 2020, including transcripts, application fee, and any supporting documents.

    Former students returning in good standing now have until July 24 to submit application documents for Fall 2020, including transcripts, application fee, and any supporting documents.

    All former students applying for admission to the Summer 2020 term must submit all application materials by the Summer 2020 readmission deadlines.

  • How do I submit my transcript(s)?

    Freshman

    We understand that it may be difficult to have your high school submit an official transcript at this time. While you may still have your transcript sent electronically or via mail, you may also upload an 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:

    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 “High School Transcript”
    6. Select the “Upload File” button and select your unofficial transcript (Must be in PDF format)
    7. Navigate through the prompts

    If you don’t have any other missing items, we will process your application and provide an admissions decision. On average, applicants receive an admissions decision within 5-10 business days. If admitted, you're required to provide us with an official copy of your final high school transcript by September 9, 2020. Your admission to the university can be rescinded if an official copy of your final high school transcript is not received by this deadline. 

    Transfers and Former Students

    We understand that it may be difficult to have your college or universities submit official transcripts at this time. Most universities have electronic sending methods. Visit your institution’s website to see how you can request your transcript be sent electronically through an EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) system. If your institution cannot send it electronically, ask your institution administrator to send us a PDF version of your official transcript through Parchment/Naviance. The last option is to send your transcript via mail. We will continue to check our institutional mail periodically to ensure that any transcripts sent are added to students’ accounts.

  • Will the admissions application deadline be extended?

    The freshman application deadline has been extended to July 17. The transfer and readmission (for former students in good standing) deadline has also been extended to July 17. Additionally, we have extended the deadline to complete the application. Applicants now have until July 24 to complete their application, which could include submitting official transcripts, application fee, and/or test scores.

    You can complete the University of Houston application for admission using either the Apply Texas Application or The Common Application. Submit just one application.

     

  • I’m unable to take the SAT/ACT exam. What are my options?

    The University of Houston is temporarily waiving test scores (ACT and SAT) for the summer and fall 2020 terms if freshman applicants do not have a test score available to submit.

    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 admission through holistic review. Applicants without a test score can log in to their accessuh.uh.edu self-service account, find their to-do list, and upload the below to complete their application:

    • Two Letters of Support - These should come from school counselors, teachers, administrators, and/or others who can speak to your academic and/or personal experiences in high school. Please do not submit letters from immediate family members
    • Resume - This should list any special talents, abilities, awards earned, family responsibilities, leadership activities, part-time work experience, public service, volunteer work, and/or extra-curricular activities.
    • Personal Statement/Essay – Choose one of the below prompts. It must be 1,000 words or less.
      • Option A: Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout high school, and how have they shaped who you are today?
      • Option B: Most students have an identity, interest, or talent that defines them in an essential way. Tell us yours!
      • Option C: Tell us about a time when you had to either take a risk or stay safe. What did you do? What happened? Would you do it again?

    The letters of support, resume, and personal statement should only be submitted if you're unable to submit an ACT or SAT score. Already have a test score? Skip the above and send it along with your other application materials (fee/fee waiver and official high school transcript).

  • Is the University going to continue waiving the SAT/ACT exam for the 2021 spring, summer, and/or fall terms?

    At this time, waiving the SAT and ACT is a temporary change for summer and fall 2020. We’ll continue to assess the availability of test exams for 2021 applicants.

  • Will UH accept pass/fail grades?

    Freshmen

    We will evaluate freshmen applicants using the high school grade point average and class rank provided on the official transcript. For most schools, S (Satisfactory) or P (Pass) grades do not change a GPA. It is common for F (Fail) grades to factor into the GPA. For dual credit courses, hours earned from S or P grades will be counted towards transfer credit and hours.

    Transfer

    We 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.

  • I’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19. Is Admissions providing any accommodations?

    Application Fee

    If you can't afford the application fee because of financial hardships due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. You must have an application on file prior to submitting a fee waiver request. If you've already paid the application fee, you cannot submit a fee waiver form as the application fee is non-refundable.

    Orientation Fee

    You can request an orientation fee deferment if you meet the criteria as listed here. This will not remove or waive your orientation fee. You'll still be required to pay for orientation at a later date.

For Admitted Students

  • Will this affect timing of admission notification?

    No. Admission, scholarship, and honors program decisions are not affected. Stay up to date on your admissions status at accessUH.uh.edu.

  • Are the other offices at UH open?

    Yes. You're able to contact respective offices via email or phone call with any questions or concerns.

    Financial Aid: (817)257-7858 or finaid@UH.edu

    First-Year Experience: (817)257-7855 or fye@UH.edu

    Housing: (817)257-7865 or housing@UH.edu

  • Will extensions be allowed for final transcripts?

    Applicants now have until July 24 to complete their application, which could include submitting official transcripts, application fee, and test scores.

  • Will my summer orientation take place as scheduled?

    Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), New Student Orientation is moving online. Virtual Orientation will be offered in two-week intervals in June and July.

  • Can I still apply for housing?

    Yes. If you're interested in living on campus, you can submit a housing application. We’ve waived the $300 prepayment for Fall 2020. Simply complete the application and $50 application fee by July 17. Visit uh.edu/housing for details.

For International Students

  • When will I receive my I-20?

    We will send an email outlining the next steps once you have submitted the immigration documentation form and uploaded all the documents required for the I-20. If you have not submitted your immigration documentation form, please complete that form and upload all required documents. The form must be submitted before we can begin processing your I-20. Once we have received that, we will issue the I-20 as quickly as possible.

  • If my country has been affected by COVID-19, will I still be allowed to attend UH?

    UH continues to welcome students from around the world. We are closely monitoring the situation and will adhere to any decisions made by the US government.

  • Will extensions be allowed for final transcripts?

    Applicants now have until June 15 to complete their application, which could include submitting transcripts, application fee, and test scores.

For Parents

For Counselors

  • I’m scheduled to have UH on my campus. Will you still be coming?

    The Office of Admissions has limited travel as many schools are currently closed. We are organizing alternative methods to connect with prospective students. We encourage you to contact your admissions representative for details.

  • Will UH be present at college fairs?

    The Office of Admissions has limited travel to college fairs. We are organizing alternative methods to connect with prospective students. We encourage you to contact your admissions representative for details.

  • Will this affect timing of admission notification?

    No. Admission, scholarship, and honors program decisions are not affected. Stay up to date on your admissions status at accessUH.uh.edu.

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