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The Application Process

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 final 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.
Is registering for classes the next step after being admitted?
No. Beginning Summer 2009 all incoming Transfer Students must meet with an academic advisor prior to enrolling in classes. Students should attend one of our New Student Conferences for Transfer Students (Advising and Registration) prior to enrollment.   
Do I have to submit an essay with my transfer application?
No, you are not required to submit an essay for admission to the University of Houston.
I would like to apply for admission, but I have not taken the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), formerly known as the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP). Can I apply anyway?
The Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), formerly known as the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP), is not an admission requirement, so you may apply for admission before taking the exam. However, the THEA exam will be required before you enroll at the University of Houston. For more information, see our Texas Success Initiative page.
Are transfer students required to submit their high school transcripts?
If you’ve completed 15 college-level credit hours or more, you don’t need to submit a high school transcript. Transfer students with fewer than 15 college-level credit hours will be reviewed as freshmen applicants.
I’d like to transfer to UH from one of the other campuses of the University of Houston System. Do I still need to fill out a UH application?
Yes, you still need to fill out an application, because each system campus operates independently, and has different admissions criteria.
How do I pay the application fee?
You have three choices in paying the application fee:
  1. Pay the fee with a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) when you apply online.
  2. 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.
  3. Mail a check or money order directly to the University of Houston at the address shown below. Check or money order must be payable to: University of Houston.

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

How do I find out the status of my application?
You can monitor the status of your application here. You will also receive regular updates by mail.
Are there deadlines for applying to the University of Houston?
Application deadlines vary from year to year, and some colleges and departments have different deadlines too. You can check deadlines here.
I am interested in attending the University of Houston for the upcoming semester while continuing my studies at my current college. Is this possible and where do I start?
Yes, you may attend UH and another college/university simultaneously (concurrent enrollment). Here’s how:
  1. Apply and meet regular admission requirements.
  2. Determine in advance which college/university will be your primary institution. If you’re holding a student visa (F-1), the primary institution is the one whose I-20 you are receiving.
  3. Submit a copy of your paid class schedule from your the secondary institution to their primary institution to show you are enrolled for 12 semester hours, a full course of study.
If I am on academic suspension at another college, can I attend the University of Houston?
No, you must be in good standing at the last institution you attended.

Transferring Credits

Will the University of Houston accept credit from my current and/or previous institutions?
The University will evaluate transcripts from U.S. regionally accredited institutions and give credit for coursework that is equivalent to UH courses, up to a maximum of 66 freshman- and sophomore-level hours. Credit earned at international institutions will be evaluated for UH course equivalents at the end of the first semester of enrollment. Further evaluation is required if specific transfer courses are to be included in the degree plan. See Credits & Transfers for more information regarding transfer credit.
Which grades are transferable for college-level coursework?
Credits earned in college-level work you received at least a letter grade of "C-" will transfer as earned credits not as letter grades.
If I have two grades for the same transfer course, which grade will count toward admission?
All college-level course attempts are calculated into the GPA for an admissions decision. You may receive credit only once for a repeated course. See Credits & Transfers for more information regarding transfer credit.
How many hours can I transfer to the University of Houston?
A maximum of 66 freshman- and sophomore-level hours of credit can be transferred. If you are transferring junior- and senior-level hours, there is no limit, but your last 30 hours have to be completed in residency at the University of Houston. See Credits & Transfers for more information regarding transfer credit.
How many hours of correspondence courses can be transferred?
A maximum of 18 college-level semester hours of correspondence credit and 30 college-level semester hours of extension credit combined can be transferred to the University of Houston. See Credits & Transfers for more information regarding transfer credit.
Will credits transfer from the Art Institute of Houston?
Yes, credits will transfer from the Art Institute of Houston. It became accredited in 2000, and the credits are retroactive. See Credits & Transfers for more information regarding transfer credit.
If I don't plan to come to the University of Houston for at least two more semesters, how can I find out what courses to take at my community college so that everything transfers?
Our online transfer guides can help you plan your course of study. For additional information, you can contact the Office of Admissions at (713) 743-1010.
I have taken more than 66 semester hours of freshman and sophomore level courses. Can I choose which of those credits I want to transfer? What will happen to the other hours?
Your advisor at UH will determine which of the hours, not to exceed 66, will apply to your University of Houston degree.
Are remedial or developmental courses used in calculating my GPA for admission, even if they help make up my minimum 15 hours?
No, remedial and developmental courses are not used to calculate the admissions grade point average, nor do they count toward the 15-hour requirement.
Do I need to know the total credits I have before I apply to the University of Houston?
No, you do not need to know the exact number of credits, but it will affect which admission requirements are to be met. Check admission criteria here.
How can I get my transcripts evaluated before the start of the next semester?
At the time your file is approved for admission, we will evaluate only the course work that is completed. If you would like for us to consider the semester that is in progress, please provide us with an OFFICIAL transcript (electronic transcripts are preferred) with grades from the current semester as soon as they are available.

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.

Am I considered a resident of Texas if my job transferred me to Texas?
If you or your spouse has been transferred to Texas for the purpose of employment, you and your dependents will be eligible to pay in-state tuition the semester following the point in which you have resided in Texas for 12 consecutive months. Documentation of the transfer is required.
Who may I contact with further questions about residency?

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.

Student Life

Do students have to live on campus?
All UH students 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. 
Are students allowed to have cars on campus?
Yes, all students may park their cars on campus. You’ll have to get a parking decal, which is available by contacting the Parking and Transportation Office at (713) 743-1097.