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Homecoming 2018

Homecoming at the University of Houston is a tradition dating back to 1946. As student enrollment surged following World War II, Homecoming arose as one of many traditions that enlivened the campus. Around this time the football team joined the Lone Star Conference, the marching band was organized, the first bonfire was held, and Frontier Fiesta returned. As UH continues to move forward, the homecoming court, football game, and other festivities still welcome alumni back each fall. While traditions may have changed over the years, the Cougar spirit marches on.

The University of Houston proudly presents Homecoming 2018! Homecoming is more than a football game-- it is a week celebrating the University of Houston, uniting students and organizations and showcasing Cougar Pride and Cougar Spirit during one of the oldest traditions on campus! For each day of Homecoming, there are different events for students, alumni and the UH community. Mark your calendars this year for Homecoming 2018, and celebrate Homecoming with us November 5th – November 10th, 2018!


The University of Houston has so much to offer from its great diversity to its multitude of innovation and creativity fostered at our institution. We Cougars are immensely proud of all past accomplishments and look forward to future endeavors with renewed spirit and Tier-One aspirations. It’s a great time to be a Cougar, whether you’re an alum, a student, faculty, staff or a much loved friend of the University of Houston. Come one, come all! Come back to campus for Homecoming to reconnect to the good old days, celebrate everything that’s new and get excited about bright future we have to look forward to. There’s something fun for everyone, and it’s all right here in your ”home-sweet-Cougar-home“!

2018 Homecoming Promo Video

Homecoming Week Calendar of Events



Kickoff Pep-rally: Location
5pm – 7pm/SC Plaza

Come join us as we kick-off Homecoming Week with RHA! We will have pizza, games, guest speakers, and the Homecoming Court Reveal.


11am – 2pm/SC Plaza

Watch as the spirit teams compete to build a sculpture out of food cans in 1 hour! Make sure to also grab a snack and listen to music as the teams compete.

7pm – 10pm/Houston Room

The teams compete in a talent show style competition full of skits; dancing; and music. Come see the teams show off their talent and get a chance to see some special guest judges.


Spirit Swap
12pm – 2pm/Location TBA

Have a different college shirt you’ve been meaning to get rid of? Come donate it to Spirit Swap! Bring your non-UH college shirt or a gently used shirt and swap it out for a limited edition UH Homecoming Shirt!

Bed Races
7pm – 9pm/TDECU Stadium

Spirit Teams get to decorate beds and then compete in a tournament style race next to the TDECU stadium. After the tournament ends students will be able to also participate in the bed racing activities.


Glow Bounce
7pm – 10pm/Cullen Performance Hall circle drive

Come have a blast as we turn Cullen Performance Hall circle drive into a glow roller rink filled with glow activities and a DJ.


9am – 12pm/Lynn Eusan Park

Come celebrate your cougar pride with some campus beautification and meet us for a pizza party at Lynn Eusan afterwards.

The Tailgate
6pm – 9pm/Lynn Eusan Park

GET HYPED! UH Homecoming Game is only 1 day away and we’re going all out. We will have food, yard games, a DJ and a Zipline.


UH v. Temple Homecoming Game
Time TBA/TDECU Stadium

Come to TDECU stadium as the Cougars look to trample Temple during Homecoming Week, and stick around during halftime as we announce the Homecoming King and Queen.

Homecoming Court

Homecoming Court

Taking place at halftime of the football game, the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King has always been a central part of the celebration. From the presentation of the first crown to Mary Ray Curry in 1946, to the touchstone victory of the school’s first African-American Homecoming Queen Lynn Eusan in 1968, and through the emphasis on academic and service criteria that accompany the award today, the recognition of the Homecoming Court has evolved along with the University itself over the years.

Homecoming Court Application

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The Game

The homecoming football game serves as a rallying point for alumni and students alike to come together for one of the biggest things they celebrate no matter what—our Houston Cougar football team. Homecoming games have been among the most memorable in UH history, with many of them featuring startling upsets against favored opponents and record-setting offense. After calling Robertson Stadium, the Astrodome and other venues home, the team will mark another spirit-filled homecoming in the TDECU Stadium on Saturday, November 10, 2018 against Temple.

Student Spirit Cup


The Cougar Spirit Cup Competition is the annual competition to award the students that show the most Cougar spirit by competing in a series of fun and challenging tasks throughout Homecoming Week. Show off your Cougar Pride and school spirit by displaying the best representation of what the University of Houston is all about! We encourage participants to focus on Houston and the University’s culture, pride, traditions and great school spirit. The broad nature of the theme provides participants the opportunity to be creatively fun and unique and showcase their organization in the best way possible! Let the games begin!

Spirit Cup Application

Spirit Bell

Homecoming at UH is a tradition dating back to 1946. It brightens the campus with Cougar Red and brings out spirit beyond a football game. It is a week celebrating UH, uniting students and organizations and showcasing Cougar Pride and Cougar Spirit.

All parts of the campus come together to celebrate, including faculty and staff. Co-sponsored by the UH Staff Council and UH Alumni Association, the Spirit Bell Challenge is the annual competition to award the faculty and staff who show the most Cougar spirit by decorating their offices during Homecoming Week.

University of Houston Alumni Association

Since 1940, the University of Houston Alumni Association has served and supported the University of Houston, its over 200,000 alumni, its friends, and the community it calls home. From student scholarships and legislative advocacy, to alumni networks and communications, UHAA is working to enhance the value of your degree and your alumni experience. UHAA will also be hosting events throughout the week of Homecoming. For additional information and their schedule of events, visit the UHAA website.


Wednesday, November 7th

  • Sigma Nu Alumni Mixer- 6pm @ UH Athletic/Alumni Center

Thursday, November 8th

  • UHAA Celebrity Golf Classic - 9am Registration, 11am Shotgun State, Sienna Plantation Golf Club

Friday, November 9th

  • Eta Lambda Alumni Kasino Night - 6pm-11pm @ TBD
  • 1968 and 1978 Football Team Reunion - Time TBD @ UH Athletic/Alumni Center

Saturday, November 10th

  • Party on the Plaza Alumni Tailgate - Time TBD
  • Engineering Alumni Tailgate - Time TBD @ College of Engineering
  • Technology Alumni Tailgate - Time TBD @ College of Technology

Homecoming Board

Want to Get Involved with Homecoming?

Become an Assistant Director!
Assistant Directors are volunteer student leader positions that are responsible helping Homecoming Directors plan and execute Homecoming events. Assistant Directors are expected to complete a minimum of five (5) office hours which do not include Homecoming Events. The requirements for each Assistant Director position will vary based on the Director. You can find more information about each position by emailing

Assistant Director Application