Cougars in the Community

Community photo

  • Student Service — UH optometry students work about 920,000 hours in the community each year through internships and other course-related programs.
  • Community Engaged — The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classified UH with its highest designation for community-engaged institutions in the nation.
  • Disaster Relief — Following Hurricane Katrina, UH admitted more than 1,600 Louisiana students, hosted Loyola University’s administration and law school, provided vision care for 2,800 evacuees in Houston shelters; and, following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, designed new shelters for survivors in Thailand.
  • Summer Camps — UH offers more than 200 programs for children each summer, ranging from science and engineering to theater.
  • Design/Build Studio — Each year, the College of Architecture Studio builds, from concept to completion, a new facility for local nonprofits such as schools and Little League teams.
  • Public Art — First state university in Texas to establish a Percent for the Art program (1966) — dedicating 1 percent of the budget for each new building for public art. The main campus has more than 260 pieces of public art on display.
  • Public Television —Launched KUHT (HoustonPBS), the world's first educational television station, in 1953
  • One of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges (The Princeton Review, 2010)
  • The Arts — The Moores School of Music, the School of Theatre, the Blaffer Art Museum and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts hosts more than 175,000 visitors to campus arts events annually.