The University of Houston started off the 2014-15 academic year with its highest enrollment in history — 40,959 as of the 12th day of classes — and a record number of students living on campus. Simultaneously, UH finished out the 2014 fiscal year with new records in fundraising — $126.8 million in total commitments for private support.
“More important than even the dollars is the impact this generous support has on students, and the impact it has on making Houston an even greater city, as it benefits from UH becoming an even greater research university,” said Eloise D. Stuhr, vice chancellor/vice president for University Advancement.
With the student population growing 3.6 percent over last fall, there are more students than ever before to benefit from the University’s philanthropic efforts. Among the 32,980 undergraduates are 4,057 first-time-in-college students who make up the most impressive freshman class in UH history. The Class of 2018 has an average SAT of 1143 and includes 32 National Merit Scholars, up from three just six years ago. Almost half of the class has chosen to live on campus, and 70 percent of freshman are taking 15 credits or more.
“As we continue to achieve new milestones, including establishing an enrollment record this fall, we will remain focused on achieving overall excellence, with student success remaining our highest priority,” said Renu Khator, UH System chancellor and UH president. “These institutional milestones reflect the undeniable, palpable energy on display on our campus. It is an exciting time to be a Cougar.”