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Houston's Public Tier One University

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching first elevated the University of Houston to Tier One status in 2011 and reconfirmed that designation in 2016. UH has been categorized as an “R1” – highest research activity – institution, Carnegie’s top classification. Only 115 universities of America’s 4700 institutions qualified for that prestigious designation in the latest report, including seven institutions in Texas.

While these classifications are not considered quantitative rankings, they do reflect important qualitative differences among universities for research and policy-making purposes.

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There is still room for growth to improve UH’s place among nationally competitive research universities, including broadening our overall excellence and strengthening our performance and reputation for student success, but the Tier One status remains a source of justifiable pride for the city of Houston and its namesake institution.