Freshman FAQs

Questions about …

The Application Process

I want to apply for admission to the University of Houston. Where do I send my application, fee, and documents?

Simply apply online today!

Or mail all your application materials to:

University of Houston
Office of Admissions
Welcome Center
4400 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204-2023

After I submit my application, how long does it take to get an answer?
We usually process completed applications in seven to 10 business days upon the receipt of your last required document. If you applied during the week before an application deadline, however, it may take a little longer because of the high volume of applications we receive at those times. In any case, you can check the status of your application at any time.
I’m not from the United States. How do I apply for admission?
As an international student, you’ll be in great company at the University of Houston—students come here from 126 nations, and UH is one of the most diverse research universities in the nation. The application process is simple and painless; see Applying as an International Student to learn more.
Do I have to submit an essay with my application?
No, you are not required to submit an essay for admission to the University of Houston.
If you choose to submit an essay you can mail it to:
University of Houston
Office of Admissions
Welcome Center
4400 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204-2023
How do I pay the application fee?
You have three choices in paying the application fee:
  • Pay the fee with a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) when you apply online.
  • After applying, you can pay by credit card by logging into myUH and clicking on Student Admission, then "Application Fee Payment." You will need your myUH ID, which is assigned when your application is submitted.
  • Mail a check or money order directly to University of Houston at the address shown below. Check or money order must be payable to: University of Houston. 

University of Houston
Office of Admissions
Welcome Center
4400 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204-2023

What is the Adult Admissions Option? How do I register for this program?
The Adult Admission Option is designed to facilitate the admission of adult students. Adult students are those who are 25 years of age or older with no previous high school or college enrollment within the past 5 years. Adult students may enroll in a non-degree status without submitting transcripts or test scores. Learn more about the Adult Admission Option Program.
When is the best time to apply for admission?
New students are encouraged to have a complete application on file by December 1. By meeting this deadline, new students will be able to take advantage of priority admissions requirements and will meet the scholarship deadline. See more about admission dates & deadlines.
Are there deadlines for applying to the University of Houston?
Yes, you can check this year’s deadlines here.
How do I find out the status of my application?
You can monitor the status of your application here. Navigate to "Student Admission" and "Application Status." 
What is Cougar Preview? Can I register online for this event?
Cougar Preview, UH’s campus-wide open house, offers a great opportunity to meet UH faculty and students, find out more about our programs, and get answers to your questions. Register online here for Cougar Preview, or check schedules and details here.
Will I get credit for my Advanced Placement (AP) courses at UH?
Yes, the University of Houston gives credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Check AP & Transfer Credit to find out more.
What if I need to enroll in a semester later than the one I originally applied for?
If you do not enroll in the semester you originally applied for, you must reapply to the University of Houston for admissions consideration for any other semester. The Apply Texas Application is available online. The application, a $50 application fee by check or money order, and any additional official documents must be completed and submitted by the published Application Deadline.

Requirements

I have a GED. What are the admissions requirements?
To be admitted to UH, you will need to score a minimum of 1180 on the SAT I (Critical Reading and Math scores only) or score an ACT Composite score of 26.
I have been home-schooled. What are my admissions requirements?
Documentation of non-accredited high school/home-schooled students is required for admission, in addition to official SAT/ACT scores. Home school applicants may be admitted by scoring a minimum of 1180 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT. Cullen College of Engineering majors must also satisfy the engineering required high school courses and credits. Additional requirements may be necessary to be considered for scholarships and financial aid.

Texas Residency

What are the requirements for paying in-state tuition in Texas?

Independent students who have resided and established domicile in the state of Texas for 12 consecutive months may be eligible for Residency Reclassification. Dependent students may base residency on a parent or court-appointed legal guardian. The parent or court-appointed legal guardian, however, must have resided and established domicile in Texas for 12 consecutive months. Residency for tuition purposes may not be based on a spouse. Marriage in Texas, if maintained for 12 consecutive months, may be used as support when submitted with documentation to support that spouse is a domiciliary of Texas.

When applying for a Residency Reclassification, please submit a completed and signed Residency Questionnaire, and required supporting documents as listed on the questionnaire (Revised Chart IV). If you are basing residency on a parent or court-appointed legal guardian, please submit documents pertaining to the person that residency is based on. Failure to submit supporting documents will result in a delayed decision.

Can I register for classes before a residency decision has been made?

You are responsible for registering under the proper residency classification. If there is a question on classification, you are responsible for raising the issue with the appropriate administrative officials.

You may register for classes before a residency decision has been made. Once a residency decision has been determined, tuition bills are automatically recalculated and can be viewed through myUH.

Who may I contact with further questions about residency?

New students who have questions about residency should contact the Office of the University Registrar in the Welcome Center or they may submit questions to residency@uh.edu.
Former and current students who have completed their first semester should contact the Office of the University Registrar in the Welcome Center or call (713) 743-1010, option 7.

Where can I go to find all the details about Texas Residency?

Residency is an important topic for many students and their families.  Please visit the Residency Requirements pages for more information.

Where do I send my Residency Questionnaire?
A student who is a new undergraduate or graduate professional student, or who is in the first semester of enrollment at the University of Houston, should forward their questionnaire and supporting documentation to the Office of Admissions at the appropriate address on the form. Former students or those who are requesting a change that will be effective after their first semester of enrollment (for a specific classification), should forward their questionnaire and documents to the Office of the University Registrar.
Am I considered a resident of Texas if my job transferred me to Texas?
No, the same residency requirements will still apply.
My parents live in Georgia. They claimed me as a dependent on their tax return last year and will claim me again this year. But, I've lived in Texas with my sister for the last year while I finished high school. Am I a Texas resident?
No. Residency of a dependent or minor is based on either (a) the residence of the parent who claimed the dependent or minor for federal income tax purposes both at the time of enrollment and for the tax year preceding enrollment, (b) the residence of the parent or court-appointed legal guardian with whom the dependent or minor has lived for the 12 months preceding enrollment, (c) the residence of the parent or legal guardian who has joint or single custody of the child, or (d) the residence of the person to whom custody was granted by court order. Since your parents' claimed you last year and will do so this year, your residence is their residence--Georgia.
I've lived in Texas with my brother for the last year. My parents, who live in Ohio, gave him power of attorney over me. Is that the same as legal guardian? Am I a Texas resident if he's a Texas resident?
No. Guardians are appointed by the courts. In order to base your claim to residency on your brother's residency status, he would have to be your court-appointed legal guardian.
I married a Texas resident six months ago. Does marriage to a Texas resident make me a Texas resident by default?
No. Marrying a Texas resident does not make you a Texas resident. A nonresident who marries a resident of Texas must establish his or her own residency by meeting the standard requirements of an independent individual 18 years of age or older.
I was born in Texas, but I am moving to California to work for the next 16 months. Will I still be a Texas resident when I return for school next spring?
Possibly. Generally, persons who leave the state for a period longer than 12 months are considered nonresidents. If the move, however, was related to a temporary work assignment out-of-state and you can provide a letter from your employer that the move is temporary and you are expected to return to Texas by a specific date, it is possible that you could maintain your residency.
I am currently classified as a Texas resident at my college. I will be leaving for D.C. to do a 12-month internship (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Will I lose my residency?
If the internship is related to your academic curriculum and you will be returning to the college upon completing your internship, your residency is not in jeopardy.
I'm a member of the U.S. armed forces stationed in Guam. My home of record is Texas. When I come back to Texas at the end of my tour, will I be considered a Texas resident?
Generally, unless specific efforts are made by the member to change their home state, members of the U.S. armed forces and commissioned Public Health Service Officers retain residency in the state listed as their home of record at the time of entry into service. If you do not return to the state within 12 months of your separation date, however, you will have to live and work in Texas for a year to re-establish your claim to residency.
My college classified me as a Texas resident in the fall. I had to stop-out for the spring and summer sessions. Will I still be a Texas resident when I go back?
Yes. If you return to the college after being out of school for 12 months or less, the college may continue to classify you as a resident upon confirmation that your state of residence has not changed.
I am not a citizen or permanent resident and I don't have a visa. But, I've lived in Texas with my mom for the last 16 years. Am I a Texas resident?
Possibly. If, while living with your mom or a legal guardian, you
  • attended high school in Texas for at least 36 months,
  • graduated from that school or earned your G.E.D. in Texas, and
  • took no college classes earlier than fall 2001.
  • And if you are willing to provide your college with an affidavit that says you will apply for permanent resident status as soon as you are able to do so, you would be a Texas resident. Senate Bill 1528 Affidavit.
This would allow you to pay the resident tuition at Texas public institutions. You also may be eligible for state-funded financial aid programs (TASFA), if you demonstrate financial need.
I've been enrolled in a Texas public college for two semesters. I was classified as a Texas resident the whole time. My parents are moving out of state at the end of the spring semester and plan to continue claiming me on their income tax returns. When I come back in the fall, will I still be a Texas resident?
Yes and no. As long as you remain continuously enrolled (fall/spring semesters) at that college, you continue to pay the resident rate, even though you are no longer a resident. Once your parents move, you become a nonresident, which means you would not be eligible for state financial aid.
I'm 17, but I'm married. Am I a dependent student or an independent student? Who do I base my claim to residency on?
Minors who are married may establish their own claim to residency following the rules applicable to independent individuals 18 years of age or older.
Who makes residency decisions? What do I do if I have problems?
New students who have questions about residency should contact the Office of Admissions in the Welcome Center or they may submit questions to residency@uh.edu.
Former and current students who have completed their first semester should contact the Office of the University Registrar in the Welcome Center or call (713) 743-1010, option 7.
I moved to Texas from Iowa 15 months ago. I came here to go to work, but enrolled in college almost immediately. When I enrolled, the college classified me as a nonresident. I've been working full time and going to school full time for the 12 months. Can I be reclassified as a Texas resident?
It still depends on your immigration status. If you hold a valid visa that is eligible to domicile, are a us citizen, or a permanent resident after having lived in Texas for 12 months continuously you will be eligible to apply for in state tuition. Please contact the Office of the University Registrar.
I was a nonresident when I enrolled in college last Fall. Will the college automatically review my file after the 12 months are up to see if I'm now a resident?
No. If you were classified as a nonresident student, the college will continue to classify you as a nonresident until you complete and submit a residency questionnaire requesting to have your status changed and provide the college proof that you have established a domicile in Texas (i.e., made Texas your permanent home). Application should be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar. Records well ahead of the official census date for the term in which you wish to be classified as a Texas resident in order for the college to have sufficient time to reach their conclusions.
I have been in Texas for 18 months. I have leased an apartment here, have Texas banking accounts, and have a Texas driver's license. I am here as a foreign student on an F-1 visa. Am I a Texas resident?
Generally, students holding F-1 visas are not eligible to be considered Texas residents for tuition purposes. Due to the nature of the F-1 visa, F-1 visa holders are not eligible to domicile and do not qualify for a resident classification.  However, if a student with an F-1 visa ALSO has an application for permanent residence (1-485 application) pending with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) the student may be eligible to qualify for in state residency. The general requirements for establishing residency will apply. Please email residency@uh.edu if you feel you meet these qualifications and would like more information about receiving in state tuition.
I'm 17, my parents are in New Mexico, and I have lived in Texas on my own since I was 15. I have an apartment, and I'm on the lease. I also have a savings account in my name and a Texas I.D. Am I a Texas resident?
Maybe. If your parents have moved out of state and you remained in Texas, you could be classified as a Texas resident if you meet the qualifications for being an abandoned child or a legally emancipated minor. Your situation is also dependent upon if your parent’s have ceased claiming you as a dependent for tax purposes.
I'm a civil service employee who was transferred to Texas. Is my situation similar to that of military members who are transferred to Texas? Am I a Texas resident?
No. The provisions for military members and commissioned Public Health Service Officers do not apply to civil service employees. You must meet the standard residency requirements applicable to independent individuals 18 years of age or older to qualify for Texas resident status.
If I receive a waiver that makes me eligible to pay resident tuition, does that mean I can apply for state financial aid?
No. Persons who receive waivers are not Texas residents, even though they can pay the resident tuition rate. Such persons are not eligible for state financial aid programs, although they may be eligible for federal or institutional financial aid. Visit with the financial aid office at your college for details.
I've applied for permanent U.S. residency but don't have my permanent resident card yet. I do have my receipt and a letter from the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Can I qualify as a Texas resident?
Students who have applied for permanent residency and who have received the I-797 Notice of Action/ Receipt for the I-485 Application for permanent residency may be considered Texas residents if they also have lived in Texas for at least 12 months and have established Texas as their permanent home (domicile). All time spent in the state for purposes other than to attend college may be counted towards your 12 months presence in the state. This would allow you to attend a Texas public institution and pay resident tuition.
I've applied for permanent U.S. residency, but I haven't received anything from the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) telling me if I've been approved. I do have the receipt from the BCIS, which has the date I applied for permanent residency. Am I eligible for Texas residency?
Probably. Section 4 of House Bill 1403 (the Noriega bill) states that students who have applied for permanent residency may be considered Texas residents if they also have lived and worked in Texas for at least 12 months and have established Texas as their permanent home (domicile). All time spent in the state for purposes other than to attend college may be counted towards your 12 months presence in the state. This would allow you to attend a Texas public institution and pay resident tuition. You also may be eligible for financial aid, if you demonstrate financial need.
I'm a non-citizen with a visa that is not listed on the list of eligible visas to domicile. My parents have a house in Texas, but our main residence is in Mexico. I attended a Texas high school for 3 years and graduated from that high school. Most of that time, my mom and I lived in the house in Texas. Am I eligible for Texas residency?
No. Though Senate Bill 1528 permits students who have attended an accredited high school in Texas for 36 months and graduated from that school to be considered for Texas residency, it also requires that the student prove he or she does not have a primary home in another state or country. Since your visa is considered a temporary/ visitor visa and your primary residence is Mexico, you would not meet this requirement. Please click on the link to view Visas that are eligible to domicile.
If I enroll in college as a full-time nonresident and am also employed, after 12 months would I be considered a Texas resident?
Possibly. Employment while enrolled in college during a 12-month period can be a basis for reclassification as a Texas resident at the end of that period if you can provide your college with other evidence that you have made efforts to make Texas your permanent home. Other evidence can include: leasing or purchasing a primary residence for a 12-month period, having banking accounts in Texas, filing a will in Texas, being registered to vote in Texas for 12 months, etc.
I'm married to an active duty service member. His home of record is Texas. We list a Texas address as our permanent address for income tax purposes (LES), but we don't live there now--we move around as his duty station changes. When I and my teenager start college in the fall at a Texas public institution, will we be residents or nonresidents?
A Texan's spouse and dependent children, unless they have established or maintained a separate residence from the military member, are also Texas residents and are eligible to pay the resident tuition rate at any public institution in Texas. If you do not return to the state within 12 months of your husband’s separation date, however, you will have to live and work in Texas for a year to re-establish your claim to residency.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Does UH offer any scholarships to incoming freshmen?
Yes, the University of Houston offers a wide variety of scholarships for incoming freshman. Check out the options by visiting our Scholarships page.
How do I apply for scholarships at UH?
If you’re an incoming freshman, your admission application and completed FAFSA serve as your application for institutional scholarships. However, if you’d like to apply for a scholarship offered by your department, you may have to submit an additional application. Check with your department or see Scholarships for details.

Student Life

Do freshmen have to live on campus?
UH freshmen are welcome to live on campus in our first-rate residence halls, but they aren’t required to. They’re also welcome to choose from a wide range of affordable, comfortable apartments in easy walking distance of campus. View all campus housing options.
Are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?
Yes, freshmen may park their cars on campus. You’ll have to get a parking decal, which is available by online at www.uh.edu/parking.