Points of Pride

Fast Facts

  • Ranked among Best colleges in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2013, 2014)
  • Ranked #4 in the nation in "12 Top Colleges Where Students Get the Best Bang for Their Buck," meeting performance-based standards in line with those suggested by President Barack Obama (PolicyMic, 2013)
  • Ranked #7 out of 49 top colleges in Texas for return on investment (AffordableCollegesOnline.org, 2013)
  • Ranked among the Top 25 campuses in the U.S. with the most international students (Open Doors 2012, Institute for International Education)
  • Named one of the nation's best colleges in "The Best 377 Colleges," 2013 and "The Best 378 Colleges," 2014 (The Princeton Review)
  • Ranked among 150 institutions nationwide on the list of "Princeton Review Best Value Colleges" One of only three universities in Texas included (The Princeton Review, 2012, 2013)
  • Only one of three Tier One public research institutions in the nation designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U. S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, and also designated as an Asian-American Serving Institution (U. S. Department of Education, 2012)
  • Ranked among 100 "Great Colleges to Work For" nationwide (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011 & 2012)
  • Only one of ten universities in the nation on the U.S. News Short List for enrolling the most transfer students (U.S. News and World Report, 2012)
  • Earns Tier One research university distinction (Research-Very High) from the Carnegie Foundation — one of only three Carnegie-designated Tier One public research universities in Texas (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2011)
  • Ranked 7th in the nation for graduating students with least amount of debt (U.S. News & World Report, College Rankings, 2013)
  • No. 2 most racially/ethnically diverse university in the nation (U.S.News & World Report, 2010)
  • Membership in the Texas Medical Center
  • One of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges (The Princeton Review, 2010, 2011)

Economic Impact

  • The UH System attracts $1.1 billion in new funds from external sources to the Houston area annually.
  • Every dollar invested in the state's higher education system returns more than $5 for the Texas economy.

Star Programs

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture

  • Only space architecture graduate program of its kind
  • No. 4 for architecture degree awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2011)

C.T. Bauer College of Business

  • No. 1 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program nationwide (The Princeton Review/Entrepreneur magazine, 2008, 2010 and 2011)
  • No. 1 evening MBA program in Houston, No. 20 in the nation among public business schools (BusinessWeek, 2011)
  • Among the nation’s best business schools (The Princeton Review: The Best 300 Business Schools, 2011 Edition)
  • One of only 19 internal audit programs in the world with partner-level membership in the Internal Auditing Education Partnership
  • Nearly 2,000 companies recruit Bauer students annually

College of Education

  • Outreach programs with 35 area school districts
  • Largest recruitment source for the Houston Independent School District

Cullen College of Engineering

  • One of only 10 engineering schools in the nation on The Short List for most international students (U.S. News & World Report, 2011)
  • Ranked among the top 75 universities in the nation, and first in Houston for engineering research and development expenditures (National Science Foundation, 2011)
  • Among the top 100 engineering graduate and undergraduate programs in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2011)
  • No. 36 in chemical engineering programs nationwide (U.S.News & World Report, 2011)
  • No. 39 in aerospace/aeronautics engineeering in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2011)
  • No. 48 in industrial/manufacturing engineering in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2011)

The Honors College

  • Home to the university’s most academically talented undergraduates
  • SAT 1323, average score for the entering class
  • SAT 1440, average score for the Tier One Scholars

Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

  • Ranked among the top 20 hospitality programs in the nation (TheBestSchools.org, 2012)
  • Home of the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor — recognizing the industry’s most influential icons
  • Faculty includes seasoned industry professionals and leaders in their fields
  • Faculty achievements — founding HospitaltyLawyer.com, a definitive source on hospitality law; annual National Hospitality Conference; academic and research recognition from the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education

UH Law Center

  • Among the nation’s top 100 law schools (U.S.News & World Report, 2011)
  • No. 4 intellectual property law program (U.S.News & World Report, 2011)
  • No. 8 health Law program (U.S.News & World Report, 2011)
  • No. 11 part-time law program (U.S.News & World Report, 2011)
  • No. 22 for law degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2011)

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

  • No. 4 P.h.D. program in Creative Writing (Poets & Writers Magazine, 2011)
  • Among the top 5 clinical neuropsychology tracks in the nation
  • No. 1 concert chorale in the world (First Prize, 13th Annual International Chamber Choir Competition, 2013)
  • One of the largest opera production programs in the nation (Moores Opera Center)

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • No. 3 among public universities in Texas for strong science and mathematics programs (National Research Council)
  • No. 10 physical sciences program in the nation (Nature)
  • 1st to receive a grant to help train the world’s first generation of nanobiologists (National Institutes of Health)
  • More than 180 ranked faculty, including three National Academy of Science members

College of Optometry

  • One of only 20 optometry schools in the nation
  • No. 3 for optometry degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2011)
  • Serves more than 40,000 patients annually
  • Students work about 920,000 hours in the community annually
  • More than 200 college and faculty outreach projects in public schools

College of Pharmacy

  • Consecutive 100 percent first-time pass rates on the NAPLEX and MPJE national pharmacy licensing exams (May-August 2013 and 2014)
  • More than 3,500 wellness screenings (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.) and nearly 700 immunizations to community at-large in Fall 2014 alone
  • Only U.S. college of pharmacy to win back-to-back National Patient Counseling Competitions
  • Only U.S. college of pharmacy with 5 alumni elected president of the Phi Lambda Sigma National Pharmacy Leadership Society
  • Nationally recognized for interprofessional student-run H.O.M.E.S. Clinic for homeless patients

Graduate College of Social Work

  • Only social work program in the nation with a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • #37 graduate social work program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2011)
  • More than 500 human services agencies interact with student workers
  • Office of Field Education has affiliations with approximately 475 nonprofit and governmental agencies and organizations

College of Technology

  • Designated the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (2009-2014)

Distinguished Faculty

  • Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning faculty
  • 9 NSF CAREER Awards in 2012, 29 total
  • 7 Sloan Research Fellows
  • 9 National Academy members
  • 31 faculty members have received multimillion dollar awards
  • 63 faculty members have received awards recognized by the Association of American Universities and/or Center for Measuring University Performance
  • 126 active NIH awards (53 investigator-initiated, R01 grants)
  • Nobel Peace PrizeJody Williams, social work
  • National Medal of ScienceC.W. “Paul” Chu, physics
  • National Academy of EngineeringFazle Hussain, mechanical engineering; John Lienhard, mechanical engineering (emeritus); Dan Luss, chemical and biomolecular engineering; Michael Y.H. Pao, mechanical engineering; Allen Rhodes, mechanical engineering; Surendra P. Shah, civil and environmental engineering; James Symons, civil engineering (emeritus); and Kaspar William, civil and environmental engineering
  • National Academy of EducationScott Imberman, economics
  • American Academy of Arts and SciencesC.W. “Paul” Chu, physics
  • Chinese Academy of SciencesC.W. “Paul” Chu, also is a member of the Russian Academy of Engineering, Academia Sinica, and the Third World Academy of Sciences.
  • Chinese Academy of EngineeringSurendra P. Shah, civil and environmental engineering
  • French National Academy of TechnologyRoland Glowinski, mathematics
  • Swedish Academy of Sciences, Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Nobel Assembly of the Karolinska InstituteJan-Åke Gustafsson, biology and biochemistry


  • 40 research centers, laboratories and institutes across every academic department
  • Intellectual Property Licensing revenues rose from $600,000 in 2008 to $12 million in 2012.


  • On July 1, 2013, the University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will move into The American Athletic Conference.
  • During its 17-year history in Conference USA, Houston Athletics teams won 58 C-USA championships, the most by the Cougars in any conference in their history.
  • 22 Houston student-athletes have won 39 Olympics medals, including 20 Gold66 Houston student-athletes, coaches and administrators have competed in the Olympic Games.
  • 15 student-athletes received the Conference USA Academic Medal with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.75 or higher (2012-13)
  • 162 student-athletes were named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher (in 2012-13). That ranks as the second-highest total in school single-season history.
  • Men’s Indoor Track and Field captured the 2013 Conference USA Championships title, the program’s sixth championship in the last seven years.
  • In 2013, Men’s Golf won its sixth Conference USA Championship team title and its first since 2001.


  • Degrees — More than 8,000 degrees awarded annually
  • CEOs — More than 3,500 of our alumni are head of their own company or are presidents or chief executives of businesses or corporations.
  • Powerful Alumni — Among our more than 255,000 alumni are Senator Elizabeth Warren; a former U.S. Secretary of Education; congressmen and legislators; the CEO of Neiman Marcus; astronauts, judges, educators, actors, artists and many more.
  • Texas Legislature — Second most alumni in the Texas State Legislature.
  • Cougars in the Limelight — Our long history of successful alumni in the arts includes actors Dennis and Randy Quaid, Brent Spiner, Loretta Devine, Jim Parsons and Robert Wuhl; authors Alice Sebold and Padgett Powell; singer Larry Gatlin; artists Julian Schnabel, Michael Ray Charles, “The Art Guys” (Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing); broadcasters Jim Nantz, Tom Jarriel, Dominique Sachse; clothing designer Victor Costa; film producer Walter Coblenz; and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Adrees Latif.
  • World-class Athletes — Cougar athletic stars include Olympic medalists Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell, and diver Yulia Pakhalina; Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware; NBA stars Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon; golfers Fred Couples, Steve Elkington and Fuzzy Zoeller; and MLB pitchers Doug Drabek, Ryan Wagner and Woody Williams.


  • Student Service — UH optometry students work about 920,000 hours in the community each year through internships and other course-related programs.
  • Community Engaged — The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classified UH with its highest designation for community-engaged institutions in the nation.
  • Disaster Relief — Following Hurricane Katrina, UH admitted more than 1,600 Louisiana students, hosted Loyola University’s administration and law school, provided vision care for 2,800 evacuees in Houston shelters; and, following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, designed new shelters for survivors in Thailand.
  • Summer Camps — UH offers more than 200 programs for children each summer, ranging from science and engineering to theater.
  • Design/Build Studio — Each year, the College of Architecture Studio builds, from concept to completion, a new facility for local nonprofits such as schools and Little League teams.
  • Public Art — First state university in Texas to establish a Percent for the Art program (1966) — dedicating 1 percent of the budget for each new building for public art. The main campus has more than 260 pieces of public art on display.
  • Public Television —Launched KUHT (HoustonPBS), the world's first educational television station, in 1953
  • One of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges (The Princeton Review, 2010)
  • The Arts — The Moores School of Music, the School of Theatre, the Blaffer Art Museum and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts hosts more than 175,000 visitors to campus arts events annually.