Colleges and Schools
|Classification||Number of Semester Credit Hours||Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average|
|Freshman||0-29 semester hours||2.00|
|Sophomore||30-59 semester hours||2.00|
|Junior||60-89 semester hours||2.00|
|Senior and postbaccalaureate||90 or more semester hours||2.00
Special classifications are used for students majoring in the professional areas of law, optometry, and pharmacy.
The postbaccalaureate classification describes students who have degrees but are not enrolled in a formal graduate degree program. (See the Graduate and Professional Studies catalog for details.)
Credit for graduate level courses taken by postbaccalaureate students is awarded as undergraduate credit. The grade point average and minimum cumulative grade point average is calculated according to the above listing.
There are restrictions and limitations on the application of postbaccalaureate hours toward a graduate degree. All such hours must be approved by the degree-granting college and department.
The university classifies a student as a graduate student when an admission application and the required credentials have been approved and the student has registered for classes as a graduate students at the University of Houston. All graduate students must go through the formal application process in order to obtain the graduate student classification.
All undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours during a fall or spring semester, eight semester hours during Summer II or III, and four semester hours during Summer I or IV are classified as carrying a full-time course load. Some agencies outside the university may set different guidelines for full-time status and satisfactory academic progress. Students should comply with such guidelines to the extent that they do not contradict university purposes and regulations. Selected colleges and departments may have more restrictive or more permissive policies than the university policies listed below.
An undergraduate student should recognize that course work in college will require a significant amount of work outside the classroom - traditionally recommended at 2-3 hours for every hour in class. That ratio will vary with subject, but the underlying principle will not: Being in college is a time-consuming activity. Any other commitments while enrolled in college courses should be balanced against the time required to attend to one's college classes and assignments. Taking a recommended 3:1 ratio for the sake of illustration, a student carrying a 12 semester-hour course load should plan to devote an additional 36 hours per week to course-related work. That would represent a total recommended time commitment of 48 hours; 15 semester-hours would obligate one to perhaps 60 hours of work a week for satisfactory performance during the fall and spring semesters. These course demands need to be kept in mind when deciding whether to live on-campus or off-campus. Students living off-campus need to allow time in their schedule for commuting. Working students need to consider how many hours remain in the 168 hours of the week after deducting time for eating, sleeping, recreation, and other extracurricular activities. Students who work while going to school should balance their work-related activities against the hours needed to study. Starting with a 15 semester-hour load, it is recommended that the total enrollment load in a fall or spring semester be reduced by one course (3 semester-hours) for every 12 hours of work.
First-time-in-college freshmen are encouraged to enroll in no more than 15 semester hours.
The course load for undergraduate students is dependent on the curriculum for which they enroll. For those students who expect to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree in about four years, the maximum undergraduate course load each fall or spring semester is as follows:
|College of Architecture||21|
|Bauer College of Business||18|
|College of Education||18|
|Cullen College of Engineering||19|
|Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management||18|
|College of Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences|
|   Sophomore, Junior, Senior,
|   Student on Probation/Academic
|Law Center (see the Graduate and Professional Studies catalog)|
|College of Natural Sciences and
|   Student on Probation/Academic
|College of Optometry||23|
|College of Pharmacy||19|
|Graduate School of Social Work
(see the Graduate and Professional Studies catalog)
|College of Technology||18|
|University Studies Division|
|   Sophomore, Junior, Senior,
|   Student on Probation/Academic
The maximum undergraduate course load for summer sessions, regardless of college or major, is as follows:
|Summer I and IV||14|
One-half of the hours in Summer II or III should be added to any Summer I or IV hours to determine total course load for Summer I or IV.
An undergraduate or postbaccalaureate student who is on Academic Probation or Academic Notice shall enroll in no more than 13 hours in a fall or spring semester for all majors except majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the University Studies Division, both of which allow no more than 12 hours in a fall or spring semester. An undergraduate or postbaccalaureate student who is on Academic Probation or Academic Notice shall enroll in no more than 5 hours in Summer I or IV, or 10 hours in Summer II or III.
These totals include all courses for which students may enroll. Permission to take course loads above these maximums must be obtained in advance of registration from the dean of the college of the student's major.
No student may enroll in a course load exceeding the college's suggested course load for a specific semester as listed in the Maximum Course Load Table without prior written permission of the dean of the college of the student's major. Students who enroll in an overload without this permission may be dropped from selected courses at the discretion of the dean and may not receive a tuition refund.
To be considered for a course overload, the student must submit a petition to the dean and should meet the following criteria:
Students should consult the appropriate college section of the catalog for any additional conditions that must be met to qualify for an approved petition for an overload. A student must file the petition for overload prior to registration or add/drop.
The maximum overload permitted in any college by an approved petition is a load totaling 22 hours for a fall or spring semester, nine hours in a summer session I or IV, and 15 hours for any combination of summer enrollments.
Refer to the Graduate and Professional Studies catalog for information on graduate course overloads.
|A||Excellent, superior achievement|
|B||Good, exceeding all requirements|
|C||Average, satisfactorily meeting all requirements|
|F||Failing or withdrawal while doing failing work|
|W||Withdrawal while passing a course or while no evaluative data were available|
In the case of Foundations courses (ENGL 1300, MATH 1300, READ 1300), and Senior Honors Theses, an "in progress" grade may be awarded.(See Grade Explanations below for information about "in progress" grades).
Grades are awarded in courses in which students are officially enrolled after the last day to drop or withdraw from a course without receiving a grade. This date is indicated in the academic calendar for each enrollment period.
Students should understand that the only way to have an I (incomplete) changed to a passing grade is to fulfill the specific course requirements by the appropriate date. Students should not re-register for courses in which they previously received an "I" grade. Students must contact the instructor of the course in which the student received an "I" grade to make arrangements to complete the course requirements. If the instructor requires the student to participate in all or part of the same class in another semester, the student should not re-register for the course. After the course work is completed, the instructor will submit a change-of grade form to change the "I" grade to the grade earned. The student should understand that both grades, the original "I" and the earned grade, will appear on the transcript.
Grade points are awarded as follows for each semester hour in which students receive a grade.
The grade point average is the quotient obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the number of semester hours in which students receive a letter grade. Grades of S, U, I, and W are not assigned grade point values and are not used in the computation of the grade point average.
A change in grade (other than I, incomplete) will affect the academic status of the semester in which the grade was earned and all subsequent semesters. A change of grade from I will affect only the semester in which the I is completed (or changed to F or U) and all subsequent semesters.
Decimals beyond two places are truncated, not rounded, in computing the grade point average.
The cumulative grade point average is based upon all work taken at the University of Houston, including courses that are repeated, for which grade point values are assigned.
A repeated course, including courses repeated during a summer session, is equivalent to a new course both in the determination of classification and in computing the cumulative grade point average.
The cumulative grade point average shall be used to determine the fulfillment of grade requirements with the following differences:
Former or current University of Houston undergraduate students may elect under the university's Academic Fresh Start Program to have all academic course work completed at the University of Houston ten or more years prior to the semester of election removed from consideration by the University and by the dean of the college of their major for any academic purpose. 1 These purposes include but are not limited to determining their classification, academic standing, course prerequisites, degree requirements, grade point average, eligibility for graduation, and eligibility for honors. Students who elect this option cannot use any of the course work that has been removed from consideration for any academic purpose.
Courses that are removed from consideration under provisions of the Academic Fresh Start Program will not be removed from the student's academic record, but the student's UH transcript shall be annotated to identify the courses that have been removed from consideration.
Any academic probations and suspensions that resulted from course work removed from consideration under this program will not be counted in any future determination as to whether the student is placed on academic notice, academic probation, or academic suspension.
There may be implications for financial aid and veterans benefits for students enrolled under Academic Fresh Start. Students should contact these offices for more information.
Students may elect to use the provisions of this Academic Fresh Start Program only once at the University of Houston. Certain benefits of the state law pertaining to Academic Fresh Start do not apply to UH students. See an advisor for details.
Former and current undergraduate students may obtain more information on this Academic Fresh Start Program by contacting the dean of the college of their major or the University Studies Division.
For more information on the Academic Fresh Start Program for undergraduate transfer students, refer to Academic Fresh Start For Undergraduate Transfer Students in the Admissions, Advising, Orientation, and Registration section of this catalog.
Examinations in undergraduate courses within the semester shall be given during the scheduled time and day of the class as designated in the printed class schedule. Any exception to this policy must be approved by the dean of the college and the Provost. All classroom and laboratory examinations are subject to this campus policy.
When it is known prior to the beginning of the semester that there will be examinations scheduled at times other than the regularly scheduled time period for the class and for which written approval has been obtained, such examinations shall be footnoted in the printed class schedule.
When examinations are to be scheduled at times other than the regularly scheduled time period for the class and where written approval has been obtained, and in recognition of students' needs and responsibilities within and outside the university, written notification (e.g., course syllabus) shall be provided to the students during the drop/add period for the semester.
Final examinations shall be given during the time and date designated in the class schedule. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved in writing by the dean of the college and announced no later than the last day to drop a course.
In recognition of students' needs to prepare for final examinations, it is contrary to campus policy to assign previously unscheduled work in the form of tests, papers, or reports during the 14 calendar days prior to the examination period of each semester or five calendar days prior to the examination period of each summer session.
There shall be no required undergraduate class meetings, other than for final examination purposes, after the last day of classes. There shall be no final examinations during the reading period (see the Academic Calendar section of the catalog).
Grades are now available through the Voice Information Processing (VIP) system. Service is available for students to request a paper copy which will be sent to the student's mailing address as reflected in university records.
Students may use the Voice Information Processing (VIP) system to check if their grades have been posted for the semester. Grades are posted or put into the database on a nightly basis following final exams. See the class schedule for instructions on using VIP.
Students are encouraged to contact the instructor of record or submit
written requests to the department chair whenever questions arise concerning
a grade received in a course. Students have 90 days after the posting
of a grade to appeal. To appeal a grade, students must submit a completed
General Petition Form or written request to the department where the
course is offered no later than the close of the semester/summer session
following the posting of the grade. Faculty are required to retain all
evaluated student material for a six month period after the end of the
last class of the semester evaluated.
Law, optometry, and pharmacy students should refer to the scholastic requirements specified in the appropriate college section of this catalog.
Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students are expected to maintain a 2.00 (C) minimum cumulative grade point average, which is the minimum permitted for graduation. They are subject to scholastic action any semester or summer session in which one or more semester hours are attempted. The summer sessions are considered a unit equivalent to a semester.
The standards below apply to all undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students enrolled. Students who entered under a previous catalog will be held to these standards.
Summer visiting students are not subject to academic probation or suspension while in that status. If, however, they are later admitted as regular students, the grades that they earned in their summer visiting status will be included in all subsequent calculations of their cumulative grade point average at the university.
Without regard to these regulations, the dean of a college may place on academic probation, retain on probation, or suspend any majors in that college whose academic records are deficient. The dean also may remove from academic probation or academic suspension any majors in the college whose academic progress warrants such action.
The Dean's List is compiled each semester by the colleges. To qualify for this recognition, undergraduate students must earn a 3.50 minimum grade point average (the grade of S is not counted) on nine or more semester hours completed during the semester. Students who earn a grade of I (except in a senior honors thesis course), D, F, or U during the semester are excluded from consideration for the Dean's List. Some colleges have additional requirements for the Dean's List. For information, consult the catalog for the college of major or contact the office of the dean.
Properly enrolled students are required to attend the first day of class. Failure to attend may result in the student being dropped from the class.
The university has no specific policy regarding the number of excused absences, but expects students to attend class regularly. Students whose absences are determined by their instructors to be excessive may be dropped from the course. Unavoidable absences should be reported to the instructor as soon as possible.
Absences caused by participation in a campus-sponsored activity are considered official if the sponsor of the activity has received approval from the appropriate university administrator. Students must make up the work missed even though the absences are official.
In order to respect the learning process and the dignity and rights of all persons, students and instructors are expected to maintain a classroom environment conducive to academic excellence. Students should deactivate cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices likely to interrupt a class. Students anticipating possible emergencies should make the instructor aware of the situation beforehand. Disruptive behavior of any kind compromises the academic process and will not be tolerated.
The University of Houston respects the religious observances of students even though they may conflict with university class meetings, assignments, or examinations. Students whose religious beliefs prohibit class attendance or the completion of specific assignments on designated dates may request an excused absence. If the student notifies the instructor of the classes which conflict with religious holy days by the fifteenth calendar day of each semester (eighth calendar day for summer terms), the student will be excused. Eligible religions are those whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation. Detailed procedures and copies of the state law are available in the offices of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of Students, and the A.D. Bruce Religion Center. Using the general petition form, available in the Office of Registration and Academic Records, students should request excused absences due to religious holy days, obtain the signature of each of their professors, and turn in the form at the Office of Registration and Academic Records.
The last day to drop or withdraw from a course without receiving a grade is generally four weeks after the first class day of a fall or spring semester, three weeks after the first class day of a summer session II or III, and two weeks after the first class day of a summer session I or IV.
The last day to drop or withdraw from a course with a grade of W or F (or U) is generally four weeks prior to the last class day of a fall or spring semester, six class days prior to the last class day of a summer I, II, or IV, and three weeks prior to the last class day of a summer III. Consult the class schedule for specific dates.
Enrollment in a course may be terminated in any one of the following ways:
Students are expected to commit themselves as early as possible, but at least by mid-semester, to courses for the remainder of the semester.
The effective date recorded for termination of enrollment for all matters relating to University of Houston records will be the date the student drops the course through the Voice Information Processing (VIP) system or the date the current enrollment change request form, written request, or drop report is received by the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, regardless of the date of last attendance.
Students are responsible for verifying whether they have been dropped from a course with the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building. (Students may also use the VIP system to check their enrollment status.) Before dropping courses, international students must see an international student counselor, and athletes must see the Assistant Director of Athletics.
Students who drop courses by the twelfth class day and are still enrolled in the university at the end of the semester will be mailed a credit balance bill or a bill reflecting their enrollment changes after the twentieth class day. Students enrolled in the summer session who drop courses by the fourth class day will be mailed a credit balance bill reflecting their enrollment changes after the tenth class day. See Tuition and Fees Refunds section.
Students who are dropped by the instructor or who drop a course may, if extraordinary circumstances prevail, be reinstated by securing written permission from the instructor. The prescribed forms may be obtained in the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building.
The term withdrawal applies to the dropping of all courses for which students are registered at the University of Houston, and it may be initiated by students.
In addition to following the procedure for dropping a course, students must return all library books and laboratory equipment and have their University of Houston record clear in every respect. Students who wish to withdraw may do so through the VIP system up to the last day to drop or withdraw without a grade or they may come to the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, or write:
University of Houston
Office of Registration and Academic Records
102 E.Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2027
The recorded date for withdrawal will be the date 1) the withdrawal is completed through VIP, or 2) the completed form is submitted to the Registrar's office, or 3) the letter requesting withdrawal is received.
Students whose enrollment in a course is terminated on or before the last day to drop or withdraw without receiving a grade (a date listed in the academic calendar and in the class schedule) will not have courses appear on permanent records, and grades will not be assigned. When terminations are made after this date, the message and date of withdrawal will appear, grades of W (withdrawal, either passing or with no evaluative data available at the time of drop) or F (withdrawal, failing) will be assigned by the instructor at the close of the semester, and the courses and grades will appear on the permanent records.
Students are responsible for initiating action to drop or withdraw from classes on or before the last day to drop a course. Students who fail to do so will be retained on the class rolls even though they may be absent for the remainder of the semester. In such instances grades of F (or U in S/U graded courses) will be given unless mitigating circumstances warrant grades of I (incomplete).
In addition to suspension for academic or disciplinary causes, students may be withdrawn by the university for medical or financial reasons.
Students who make payment on their account with checks which are returned to the university for insufficient funds or who fail to pay by designated deadlines will be withdrawn from the university without refund. Students who are financially withdrawn after the last day to drop or withdraw without a grade will receive "W" or "F" grades only for the semester.
Note:Students with two or more returned checks must make payment on their account by cash, cashier's check or money order. No checks--personal or otherwise--will be accepted.
Students incur charges for a variety of services provided by the university. It is the expectation, as well as a condition of enrollment at the University of Houston, that students satisfy their financial responsibilities in a timely fashion. Individuals who fail to do so will incur the sanctions outlined in this section.
Students who illegally enroll at the University of Houston by (a) failing to pay past due balances at any other University of Houston campus, (b) providing the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid with false information for purposes of obtaining financial assistance, or (c) presenting a check for enrollment expenses that is returned by the university's bank, will have 10 calendar days to legitimize their enrollment. The 10 days will begin on the date the university mails notification to the student specifying what action the student must take to correct existing deficiencies. Failure of a student to respond within the 10-day period to a notice of a returned check for the initial fee payment will result in the student being financially disenrolled from the university.
Students who write or produce two bad checks (unless due to bank error) to the university for tuition and fees, or for any other university obligation, forfeit check-writing privileges for one year and must petition for future eligibility. This means that students must meet financial obligations by cash, cashier's check, money order, or credit card only. No personal checks from the student or anyone representing the student will be accepted.
In addition, a student who has tendered to the university a check returned unpaid by the bank will be assessed a $20 service charge. Any time payment is not made by the due date indicated, a late fee will be assessed, and a financial stop placed on any balance of $10 or greater.
Students who fail to make their first payment indicated on their initial fee bill will be canceled from their courses for non-payment and their records will reflect no enrollment. Students who make their initial payment then fail to make subsequent payment by the final payment deadline provided will be subject to the following sanctions:
Grade changes as a result of non-payment, dropping courses, or withdrawing from the university will not relieve the student of unmet financial obligations to the university. Stopping payment on a check used to pay tuition and fees is not sufficient notice of withdrawal from the courses and will not release students from their financial obligation for those courses.
The University of Houston is a state of Texas institution of higher education, which means that payment of a specified portion of the student's account balance (determined by the payment plan a student chooses) is a condition of enrollment. Courses will be canceled for students who do not pay their minimum registration and tuition fees by the assigned time. Should courses be canceled, students may register or re-enroll during the next registration cycle if one exists.
Notes: Most requests or change of information forms are available at department web sites (e.g., Registration and Academic Recordes). Go to www.uh.edu for further information.
All students must file changes of address and name with the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building.
Students will not be excused from penalties on the grounds that communications mailed from the University of Houston were not received if they have failed to report a new address. Current mailing address information may be reviewed by calling the Voice Information Processing (VIP) System. See the class schedule for instructions.
A change of major is a formal procedure requiring official approval and documentation. Students must submit an Undergraduate General Petition form requesting a change of major. This form is filed by the student in the department in which she or he wishes to major. Approval from both the department chair and the college dean is required. Students should consult an advisor in the department of their intended major for help with the change of major process.
The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs has approved the following guidelines for a change of major. (Note:This policy does not apply to the Colleges of Architecture, Law, Optometry, or Pharmacy, or to the Graduate School of Social Work.)
University records of a name are based upon applications for admission. Subsequent name changes, along with copies of documentation, should be promptly reported to the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building.
Student Records: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Notice of Student's Rights. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are as follows:
Family Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202- 4605
At its discretion the University of Houston may provide "directory information" to the general public without student consent. "Directory information" is defined by FERPA as follows:
If a student does not want "directory information" regarding him or her to be released, the student must notify the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 102 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, Houston, Texas 77204-2027 in writing or by completing the Request to Withhold Public Information form, during the first week of class to ensure that information is not released by the university or published in the Student Directory. Students are responsible for requesting the release of their information once a request for withholding "directory information" has been placed on record.
The University of Houston will not disclose information from a student's education records without the written consent of the student, except in the following instances in which FERPA authorizes disclosure without prior student consent:
A student has the right to inspect his or her educational records and to challenge the contents. To review records, a student must make a request in writing to the Custodian of those records. (See Custodians of Records below.) The written request must identify as precisely as possible the record or records he or she wishes to inspect.
If a student believes the information in his or her education record contains information that is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student's rights of privacy, the student should submit a written request for amendment to the appropriate custodian of the record (See the list of Custodians of Records below). The written request should clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student's rights of privacy. The University will notify the student within a reasonable time regarding whether or not the record will be amended. If the University denies the student's request for amendment of his or her record, the student has the right to a hearing regarding the requested amendment. ** Note: This procedure does not govern grade appeals.
Registrar and Director of Registration and Academic Records
108 Ezekiel W. Cullen
Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid
26 Ezekiel W. Cullen
Director of Student Financial Services
6 Ezekiel W. Cullen
Director of the Student Health Center
100 Health Center
Director of Learning and Assessment
210 Student Service Center
Director of University Career Services
106 Student Service Center
Dean of Students
252 University Center
Dean of the appropriate college
The University of Houston has two reciprocal arrangements, one with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Allied Health Sciences, and the other, the Inter-University Consortium for International Studies, with the University of St. Thomas and Texas Southern University. These programs enable undergraduate students to take, for residence credit, a limited number or courses not available at the University of Houston. Details about the program may be obtained from:
University of Houston
Office of Admissions
122 E. Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2023
For information about graduate-level inter-institutional programs, refer to the Graduate and Professional Studies catalog.
Veterans and dependents who wish to claim education benefits should go to Veterans' Services, room 27, University Center Satellite, for information and assistance. Recertification is necessary each semester for veterans who wish to continue drawing benefits. Enrollment certification cannot be processed until a degree plan/requirement checklist and Advisor Verification of Veteran Enrollment form for the semester certified is in the veteran's file and initial payment for courses is made.
The Office of Registration and Academic Records is responsible for submitting certifications for educational benefits to the Veterans Administration under federal guidelines. Requests for enrollment certification including all documentation should be made in room 104 Ezekiel W. Cullen. The verification clerk will be available to answer questions Monday and Thursday between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. However, requests for certification may be made in 104 Ezekiel W. Cullen during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Files Archived: February 5, 2003
For applications and admissions information: Office of Admissions