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Freshman Admissions Criteria

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Want to know your chances of getting in to the University of Houston before you apply? Here's some information about how we make our admission decisions. Please note that certain UH majors and programs have additional admission criteria, which are listed below.

State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy

If you attend a public high school in Texas you must submit a transcript that indicates that you will graduate under the state’s Recommended or Distinguished/Advanced high school programs as defined in the state’s Uniform Admissions Policy or a transcript that shows you will graduate under the state’s Foundation high school program. Students graduating under the Foundation program must show proof of the distinguished level of achievement to be eligible for top 10 percent automatic admission.  If you attend an out-of-state high school or are a home schooled student, you are exempt from the Uniform Admission Policy.

If you attend a private high school in Texas (or a Department of Defense high school) you must claim an exemption to the state’s high school coursework requirements by one of the following methods:

1. Submit Official SAT/ACT Scores

To claim an exemption based on test scores, your official SAT score must be at least 1500/2400 or your official ACT scores must meet ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks. The University of Houston will accept the SAT (tests administered prior to March 2016) or the redesigned SAT (tests administered since March 2016) for Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 applicants.

2. Coursework ‘Equal in Content & Rigor’

Applicants who attend private Texas high schools may be exempt if they complete coursework that is “equal in content and rigor” to one of the state’s graduation programs. To claim an exemption under this option, submit an exemption form signed by an official representative of your school.

Details about this exemption are available on the appropriate exemption form.

High School Curriculum Certification Form (to be completed by high school counselors)

Admissions Requirements

Assured Admission Criteria
Students who meet the state of Texas’ Uniform Admissions Policy and meet the requirements the chart below are assured admission. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for Assured Admissions will have their application and supporting documents individually reviewed by University admissions officers.

SAT and ACT Test Scores
The University of Houston will accept equivalent scores on either the ACT or the SAT to meet admissions requirements. Equivalencies for UH admissions purposes are provided below, and they can be accessed through ACT and the College Board.

The University of Houston will accept both the original SAT (tests administered prior to March 2016) and the redesigned SAT (tests administered since March 2016). We will compare your scores using concordance tables provided by the College Board to determine your highest scores on either the original SAT or the redesigned SAT. Equivalencies for UH admissions purposes are provided below. Full Concordance Tables are available through the College Board.

Spring/Summer/Fall 2017 Applicants

Minimum Test Scores

Class Rank

Original SAT
(Prior to March 2016)

OR

Redesigned SAT
(Since March 2016)

OR

ACT

Top 10% No Minimum No Minimum No Minimum
Top 11 — 25% 1000 1080 21
Top 26 — 50% 1100 1170 24
51% and Lower Individual Review* Individual Review* Individual Review*
All Others Individual Review* Individual Review* Individual Review*
*Individual Review: The University of Houston reviews those applicants who do not meet the assured admissions criteria in light of the academic rigor of the applicant's high school curriculum, community service, extracurricular activities and surmounting obstacles to pursue higher education. Letters of reference from high school teachers, counselors, supervisors and activity leaders along with personal statements are welcome additions to a applicant’s file.

Special Major Requirements

The following majors have additional selection criteria over and above the general admissions requirements.

Architecture

Admission to the College of Architecture is normally for study beginning in the fall semester. First, applicants are required to meet general university requirements in order to be considered by the College of Architecture. Applicants may send a portfolio of supplementary information that might help influence admission into the college. Learn more about the College of Architecture admissions process.

Business

Applicants must meet the following criteria.

Minimum Test Scores

Class Rank

Original SAT
(Prior to March 2016)

Minimum SAT Score Total (Critical Reading and Math)

OR

Redesigned SAT
(Since March 2016)

Minimum SAT Score Total

OR

ACT

Top 20% 1200 1270 26
 21 — 50% 1250 1310 28
All Others* 1250 1310 28

*Individual college review is required for international FTIC applicants and international transfer applicants with fewer than 30 semester hours of college credit applying for admission as Pre-business majors if a TOEFL score and high school grades are used as the basis for admission rather than SAT or ACT score and rank in class.

Engineering

Applicants must meet the following criteria.

Minimum Test Scores

Class Rank

Original SAT
(Prior to March 2016)

Minimum SAT Score Total
(Critical Reading and Math)/
Minimum SAT Critical Reading (CR)
Section (200 — 800)

OR

Redesigned SAT
(Since March 2016)

Minimum SAT Score Total/
Minimum SAT Evidence-Based
Reading and Writing (ERW)

OR

ACT Composite and
ACT English

Top 25% 1200 and 570 1270/630 26 and 24
25 — 50% 1260 and 570 1320/630 28 and 24
51 — 75% 1340 and 570 1400/630 30 and 24
All Others 1370 and 570 1420/630 31 and 24

Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

Applicants must meet the following criteria.

Minimum Test Scores

Class Rank

Original SAT
(Prior to March 2016)

Minimum SAT Score Total
(Critical Reading and Math)

OR

Redesigned SAT
(Since March 2016)

Minimum SAT Score Total

OR

ACT

Top 10% No Minimum No Minimum No Minimum
11 — 25% 1050 1130 21
26 — 50% 1100 1170 24
All Others Individual Review Individual Review Individual Review

Music

In addition to applying to the University of Houston, all students applying for admission to the Moores School of Music must file an additional application to the college and audition.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Applicants must meet the following criteria.

Minimum Test Scores

Class Rank

Original SAT
(Prior to March 2016)

Minimum SAT Score Total
(Critical Reading and Math)

OR

Redesigned SAT
(Since March 2016)

Minimum SAT Score Total

OR

ACT

Top 25% 1100 1170 24
25 — 50% 1150 1220 25
All Others 1200 1270 26

In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Subject
Unit/Credits
Biology, Chemistry or Physics
2 or more
Algebra 2
Geometry
1
Pre-Calculus 1
English 4

Technology

Students applying for the following majors must have a minimum 2.50 GPA:

  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Power Engineering Technology

Arts Majors
Theatre/Dance

In addition to applying to the University of Houston, all students applying for admission to the School of Theatre and Dance must audition.

Applicants planning to seek a bachelor’s degree in the arts and sciences are urged to earn at least two units/credits in one foreign language. Applicants who plan to enter scientific or technical majors are strongly advised to earn at least four high school units/credits in mathematics and at least three units/credits in science, including both chemistry and physics. Consult requirements for admission to specific colleges/majors for additional information.

Nonaccredited High School, Home School, and GED Students

Students who attended a nonaccredited high school or home school and those who received a GED may be admitted by scoring a minimum of 1180 (C+M) on the SAT administered prior to March 2016, or a minimum of 1250 on the SAT administered March 2016 and beyond, or minimum of 26 on the ACT.

These students must also submit proof of their enrollment via a transcript or GED certificate of completion.

Early High School Graduates

Applicants who will graduate from high school in less than four years must have a counselor or registrar submit a letter to UH with the transcript that states that the applicant will be an early graduate.

High School Academic Core Requirements

Freshmen applicants (and transfer students who have earned fewer than 15 semester hours of college credit) must have completed each of the high school academic core courses listed below with an average of a 2.5 or a “C+” or higher for the group.

Required High School Courses
Unit/Credits
English
4
Mathematics (including at least Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry)
3
Laboratory Science (including at least one unit/credit in biology, chemistry, or physics)
2
Social Studies
3

Arts & Sciences

If you plan to seek a bachelor’s degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences or from the College of Natural Sciences, you are urged to earn at least two units/credits in one foreign language.

Engineering

If you plan to seek a bachelor’s degree from the Cullen College of Engineering, you should also complete the following core courses.

Required High School Courses
Unit/Credits
English
4
Social Studies
2
Chemistry
1
Physics
1
Mechanical Drawing (in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade)*
1
Mathematics (including 2 units/credits in algebra, 1 in geometry, and 1/2 in either 4 elementary analysis or analytical geometry)
4

Click here for more information on high school graduation including sixth/seventh semester grades and accredited versus nonaccredited schools.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

About the TSI 

Section 51.3062 of the Texas Education Code establishes the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program as a requirement at all Texas institutions of higher education. The purpose of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program is to ensure that students enrolled in public colleges and universities possess the academic skills needed to perform effectively in college level course work. TSI includes an examination designed to provide diagnostic information about the reading, mathematics, and writing skills of each student.

Students will demonstrate their college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics either by taking the three respective TSI Assessments or by demonstrating an exemption for each area.

The following are the basic provisions of the Success Initiative legislation. For TSI information, please Click Here.