It is with great pride that I welcome each of you – new and returning students – to the University of Houston. What an exciting time to be part of the Cougar family!
Additional prestige and national ranking have come our way since our elevation to Tier One status in 2011. These include the inclusion of UH in the Princeton Review’s list of “best colleges for undergraduate education” and “best value colleges.” UH has also been recognized in a new White House college affordability scorecard as being a university that is low in cost, low in borrowing and low on student debt.
The spectacular renovation and expansion of the University Center has been completed, restaurants and places to relax with your friends have begun to line Calhoun Road, the spectacular TDECU football stadium is now a reality, and soon you will be able to hop on METRO’s light rail and go to our city’s world-class museums and downtown theaters.
Student success is my administration’s top priority, and we will do all we can to help you graduate in a timely manner, well prepared for any challenge the world presents to you. If you choose to live on campus, you will find that your living space is an extension of your learning space. Our residence halls are home to “resident faculty,” tutoring centers, and classrooms – we want to make sure you get the support you need, day or night. And I encourage you to join any of more than 500 UH student organizations. Being active in an organization not only enriches your college experience, but also improves your chances to graduate on time.
Always be confident that every service we provide, every building we construct, every professor we hire, and every scholarship we award, has one common purpose – to ensure your success.
Wear red with pride – especially on Fridays – fill the stands at every home game, study hard, and also have fun.