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Welcome to the Powerhouse

Established in 1927, the University of Houston empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership and engagement. Located in a sprawling metropolis, our premier Tier One campus provides students with cutting edge programs including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, distance and continuing education. Ranked among the best colleges in America, UH is home to award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, and alumni who have become international leaders.

At the University of Houston we prepare students to envision their future, emerge as leaders and launch careers that transform the world.

UH at a Glance

  • 43,500+Students
  • 2,600+Faculty
  • 110Undergrad Majors & Minors
  • 120Masters Degrees
  • 47Doctoral Degrees
  • 1stIn the Nation Subsea Engineering Master’s Program
  • 25Research Centers


#2 Best Online Graduate Education Program

U.S. News & World Report

#6 Top Undergraduate School for Entrepreneurship Studies

The Princeton Review

Law School ranked in the Top 50 Graduate schools

U.S. News & World Report

Listed as one of 2017 “The Best 381 Colleges”

The Princeton Review

Students are choosing to attend UH in record numbers and for many reasons. They benefit from award-winning faculty, opportunities to connect with industry trailblazers, our pioneering approach toward equipping tomorrow’s leaders and our bustling student life experiences.

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History & Traditions

Whose House? Coogs House! Founded in 1927, the University of Houston has a proud heritage of academic excellence and continues to develop strong traditions. From wearing red on Fridays to proudly displaying the cougar paw sign or visiting Shasta at the Houston Zoo, UH has a strong history and rich traditions based on its rich history in Houston.

UH in the Community

UH prides itself on student success and regularly engages students with the Houston community through outreach projects, internships, industry partnerships and alumni leadership. UH has been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service for its outstanding service to the community. Cougar-driven projects cultivate excellence, address community challenges and place students on the lifelong path of civic engagement.

shasta's statue

Shasta’s statue sits in front of the E. Cullen Building, and UH tradition says rubbing her paw brings good luck. Whether students are about to take a final exam or are headed to the big game, Shasta always stays true to her Cougar family.