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Welcome To ExperienceTheH

Welcome to the University of Houston! UH is a culturally diverse, progressive, and great place to live and learn.
We are proudly a tier one, academic institution in the nation’s fourth largest city.
ExperienceTheH is a central hub for information related to our student experience, campus life, elite academic programs, notable alumni, and the City of Houston.

We invite you to #ExperienceTheH

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Houston’s University

At the University of Houston, you will find a college experience that will transform your future. Our nationally-ranked programs help students discover the multitude of academic resources that are available on-campus and online. Our student organizations and athletic programs connect students to the Coog culture.

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Research & Learning Resources

As a future Coog you will have full access to world-class libraries, and 25 cutting-edge research centers. Plus, access to writing workshops, one-on-one tutoring consultations, and career skills.

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Special Programs and Services

The University of Houston is a catalyst within the community by changing lives through health, education, and outreach. Through academic and nonacademic services, we seek to enrich skills to increase student success, promote academic excellence, and timely graduation.

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Learning Abroad

The University of Houston’s Learning Abroad program offers undergraduate students a unique educational experience overseas. With partnerships in Central and Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia — the options to study abroad are virtually unlimited.

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CoogLife

Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the best university in the city and in the state of Texas. Over 43,000 students attend each year, experiencing our unique culture both on campus and in the city of Houston. The city of Houston’s distinct, unique, and rich culture lends itself to world-class teaching and groundbreaking research.

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Student Centers

The UH Student Center is a place where students can feel at home while on campus — developing friends at the Legacy Lounge, grabbing a bite to eat from one of the many food selections available from Chick-fil-A, Freshii, Panda Express, shopping for new Cougar gear at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, or participating in a bowling tournament.

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Blaffer Art Museum

The Blaffer Art Museum is located in the Arts District of the University of Houston campus. Students and the general public may visit the Blaffer for free. The museum is home to national and international exhibits, as well as, student work.

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A Diverse Student Body

As an undergraduate or graduate student, you will meet classmates, faculty, and staff from all walks of life. Additionally, we boast more than 500+ student organizations, 17 intercollegiate sports teams, and nine residence communities that house 6,000+ students.

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Faculty

Our faculty takes pride in furthering student education and preparing successful professionals. Across disciplines, our professors have received national and international awards. What makes our faculty special is not only their knowledge of the subjects they teach, but also their genuine care for their students. This dynamic relationship makes for an engaging learning environment.

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University Commencement

Our university commencement is a formal university-wide celebration for graduating students. The ceremony features remarks from the university president and an accomplished keynote speaker.

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M.D. Anderson Library

MD Anderson Library has over 117,000 square feet of study space, including private study rooms, access to printers and a 24-hour lounge area. The 8-level tower has two computer labs for student use. The Academic Research Center, housed within the Library, provides resources for student research. The Learning Commons caters to high-end multimedia and collaborative study needs.

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Residential Life

With the third largest on-campus student population in Texas, there is always a place on campus for you to build relationships and engage with peers. Student Housing & Residential Life provides an experience that is a direct reflection of the authentic student lifestyle.

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Degree Options

Students from around the globe choose to attend the University of Houston every year. They select from the nation’s best 120 undergraduate, 139 graduate and 54 doctoral degree programs.

 

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UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

The University of Houston promotes health in all facets of student life. Our UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center is one of the best campus recreation facilities in the country where state-of-the-art equipment, workout classes, a rock climbing wall, aquatic activities and much more to help you stay in shape are housed.

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William Jackson III

William Jackson III was a three-year starter at the University of Houston, and, one of the best cornerbacks in the nation. He was selected twice to the American Athletic Conference team and was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 24th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Jonathon Simmons

Jonathon Simmons only spent one season in a Houston Cougar uniform earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology. In his brief time, Simmons was named to the RAMADA All-College Classic All-Tournament Team and earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors. He now plays for the San Antonio Spurs.

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Elizabeth Koshy

Elizabeth Koshy is a current Business Marketing student at the University of Houston and an internet sensation. She is known as “LIzzz” on social media and has 10+ million followers. Koshy’s stardom allowed her to take over MTV’s Vine account for the MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show.

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Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons graduated from the University of Houston in 1996 and is a television and movie star — appearing in Judging Amy and Garden State. In 2007, he began his successful run on The Big Bang Theory where he won Emmy Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2013 for his work on the show.

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Robert Flores

Robert Flores is a national TV anchor and sports journalist. He is the studio host for MLB Network and NHL Network; he is most known for anchoring ESPNEWS and ESPN SportsCenter. A Houston native, Flores attended J. Frank Dobie High School in Southeast Houston. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1992 with a Bachelors of Arts in Radio and Television.

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Crystle Stewart

In 2008, Houston native Crystle Danae Stewart won Miss USA. She graduated from University of Houston in 2007. Currently, she stars as Leslie Moors on the OWN/TBS comedy television series Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse.

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Edose Ohen

Edose Ohen founded Glazed, Houston’s first 24-hour gourmet doughnut restaurant, after seeing a need for something different in the food industry. The cafe satisfies your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings with world class coffee.

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Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in 1971. She has appeared in several television shows and films such as Waiting to Exhale, Grey’s Anatomy and The Game.

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Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts, and the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame – twice in 2006 and 2008. Miller received her undergraduate degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Houston.

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Sophie Paine

Sophie Paine is a former University of Houston volleyball star and an official athlete of Australia’s national women’s volleyball team. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in May 2016. Paine will be training with the Australian national team in her quest to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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Brooks Bassler

BB’s Cafe is a Houston staple started by Brooks Bassler. Bassler, a Bauer College of Business grad, got his start with his very own Maw Maw’s recipes that blossomed into a restaurant chain with three Houston locations.

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Bernard Harris

Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. is the first African-American to perform a spacewalk. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Houston; a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a Doctorate of Medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Harris, Jr. serves as President of the Harris Foundation.

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Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis is one of two athletes to win nine Olympic gold medals, and, one of two Olympic athletes to win four golds in the same event. He also won 10 medals, including eight golds, at the World Outdoor Championships, the most by any athlete in the world. Sports Illustrated named Lewis the “Olympian of the Century.”

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Case Keenum

Case Keenum came to be nationally known as a member of the Cougars football team. He became the NCAA’s all-time leader in total passing yards, touchdowns and completions. As a result of his on-field contributions to Houston’s success, Keenum was named to several All-American lists. He is the only quarterback in Division I FBS football history to have passed for more than 5,000 yards in each of his three seasons.

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Chamillionaire

Chamillionaire is an American rapper and entrepreneur from Houston and the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. He is a University of Houston graduate and the Founder of The Color Changin’ Click.

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David Williams

David Williams is the President and Chief Executive of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Houston. Williams leads 61 worldwide chapters and organizes grant wishes that put smiles on the faces of 240,000 children and counting.

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Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon

One of the Top 50 NBA players of all-time hails from the University of Houston. Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon led the Rockets to back-to-back championships with his impressive scoring, rebounding, and shot-blocking abilities. In 2008, he was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. At UH, Olajuwon founded Phi Slamma Jamma and led the Cougars to back-to-back Final Four appearances.

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Jim Nantz

If you love sports, you have probably heard Jim Nantz’s voice covering sporting events. Since the 1990s, Nantz worked on telecasts for the NFL, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball, and the PGA Tour for CBS Sports. The three-time Emmy Award winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year graduated from the University of Houston in 1981 with a degree in radio/television.

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Karen Katz

Karen Katz is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Neiman Marcus Group. Her career at Neiman spans over a period of 27 years.  She began as a store merchandise manager and she rose through the ranks as a divisional merchandise manager, store manager, and store director. In 1982, she received her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston Bauer College of Business.

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Aylwin B. Lewis

As CEO and President of Potbelly Sandwich Works, Aylwin B. Lewis helped the company’s 400+ locations gross over $300 million annually in revenue. Also, Lewis is a member of the Board of Directors for The Walt Disney Company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and the Bauer College of Business. Lewis received dual Bachelor’s Degrees and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

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Kevin Kolb

Kevin Kolb is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play football for the Cougars. He was the first true freshman to start in the season opener in school history and was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year and Conference USA Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Year. Kolb went on to play in the NFL for seven seasons.

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Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg spent two years at the University of Houston before he went onto create WordPress. He was named as one of the 10 people most actively “changing the face of the internet.”

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Star Jones

In 1986, Star Jones graduated from the University of Houston Law Center. Afterwards, Jones co-hosted ABC’s The View from 1997 – 2006.

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Sebastian Vollmer

In 2009, Sebastian Vollmer graduated from the University of Houston. Soon after, he was drafted by the New England Patriots. When Vollmer arrived at the University of Houston from Germany, he did not speak English. His hard work and determination helped him earn dual Bachelor Degrees in communications and economics during his time at the University of Houston.

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Tilman Fertitta

Tilman Fertitta studied Business Administration and Hospitality Management during his time at the University of Houston. He is the owner and CEO of Landry’s Inc., one of the country’s biggest restaurant corporations. Fertitta serves as a Board of Regents member for the University of Houston system.

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Student Resources

Education extends beyond the classroom. We support success with wellness programs, counseling services, a professional police force, and specialized resources for all students. Living on campus provides the opportunity to join a diverse group of students from around the world learning together in first-rate facilities.

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The Honors College

The Honors College provides a supportive small-college environment where student receive the personal attention of a small college while having all of the resources of a large university. Students in the Honors College also benefit from priority registration.

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Center for Student Involvement

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is the place for students who want to make a difference on campus. Everybody is somebody at the University of Houston, and with over 500 student organizations, CSI helps students find the place for them to make the biggest impact. CSI is located in Student Center North room N103.

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New Coogs on the Block

Our PALS Mentoring Program assist freshmen with everything from scheduling conflicts to finding resources on campus. The program’s goal is to provide freshmen an opportunity to have an advisor who serves as a “Freshman Life” guide and can answer the many questions a first-year student will undoubtedly have.

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The Learning Support Services

There is nothing wrong with getting extra academic help. The Learning Support Services (LSS) provides academic counseling, success workshops, peer tutoring, and innovative collaborations with University of Houston colleges. LSS services are free to currently enrolled students.

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The Spirit of Houston

Our marching band, known as “The Spirit of Houston,” performs at athletic and school events all year. 

UH Athletics

UH Athletics encourages student-athletes to achieve their highest academic, athletic, and personal aspirations.

UH Theatre & Dance

UH Theatre & Dance hosts performances on-campus and at Houston's Miller Outdoor Theater. 

Shasta the Cougar

Shasta the Cougar is the official mascot selected by former UH Professor John W. Bender.

Cougar Red Readers

Cougar Red Readers is a community partnership where student-athletes read to local 2nd and 3rd graders.

The Cat’s Back

Each year, we welcome Coogs back to campus with a student organization fair, social activities, and free raffle prizes.

Frontier Fiesta

Frontier Fiesta is a carnival which includes live music. Recent performers include B.O.B., Schoolboy Q, and Rae Sremmurd.

Student Program Board

The SPB shapes Cooglife by hosting five student events per week to get Coogs involved on-campus.

Homecoming

Homecoming is a week-long celebration with a pep rally, Coog-Lympics, live music, and the BIG football game.

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The Next Great Global City

Forbes named Houston as the next great global city and one of the country’s coolest places to live.

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Discovery Green

Discovery Green is a park in Downtown Houston with performance space, food carts, and bike rentals.

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Hobby Center

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts sits in the heart of the Theater District in downtown Houston.

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The Heights

A neighborhood known for unique architecture and home to the famous “Greetings from Houston” mural.

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Hermann Park

Explore the hub for the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston Garden Center, and more. 

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McGovern Centennial Gardens

Experience the greenery of the city with a view of lush gardens from a breathtaking 30-foot mount.

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Miller Outdoor Theatre

Houstonians descend on Miller to catch free performances shows in the middle of Hermann Park.

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The Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo is home to 6,000+ animals and exhibits which draw over 2 million guests each year.

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Houston Museum of Natural Science

With dinos and galactic displays, this is one of the most visited museums in the nation. 

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Highland Village

A popular outdoor shopping mall featuring a mix of stores including Apple and Lucky Brand Dungarees.

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The Downtown Aquarium

This magical venue offers a view of aquatic life with a Ferris wheel and 500K gallons of water.  

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Topgolf

Topgolf is a driving range and entertainment complex. “It’s not golf — it’s Topgolf. Give it a shot!”

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The Galleria

The largest shopping center in Texas with 400 stores and restaurants and a full-size ice rink.

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Warehouse Live

Artists--including Kirko Bangz, Chance The Rapper, and Drake--perform at this spot for today's hottest talent. 

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Free Press Summer Festival

This annual music festival features fireworks, art installations, and a 30-foot water wall for summer fun.

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Montrose

Montrose is a community known for trendy bookstores, coffee houses, music venues, and art spaces. 

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The Toyota Center

One of the best places to watch live events in the country and home to the Houston Rockets.

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Food Trucks in the H

On Fridays, HTown grub hits campus with food as diverse as the City. 

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