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Domestic Admission Requirements

We’re glad you are applying to Hilton College! Here are the steps you need to take to apply if you are a domestic student.

All Applicants Must: 

Submit a $75, nonrefundable application fee to the University of Houston.

Send your high-school and college transcripts either by mail or electronically to the Office of Admissions. High-school transcripts should include your class rank and/or GPA. Once your transcripts are submitted, they become property of the University of Houston and can’t be returned. Transcripts received for applicants who do not enroll will be kept on file for one year.

Have your SAT or ACT scores sent to the University of Houston. When registering for the SAT, include the University’s SAT code, 6870. When registering for the ACT, include the University’s ACT code, 4236.

Apply using Apply Texas or the Common Application.

Admission Criteria

Freshmen applicants who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class will be automatically admitted, but still must submit SAT I (critical reading and mathematics) or ACT scores. Otherwise, to be accepted, you must meet these criteria:

You must be in the top 25 percent of your high school class and have a minimum SAT I score of 1130 or ACT score of 21;

OR you must rank in the top 50 percent of your high school class and have a minimum SAT I score of 1170 or ACT score of 24;

All others will be individually reviewed.

You must also meet the high-school academic core requirements: 4 units of English, 3 units of mathematics (including at least algebra I, algebra II and geometry), 2 units of laboratory science (including at least one unit of biology, chemistry or physics) and 3 units of social studies.

Individual Review

Applicants who do not meet requirements for automatic or regular admission will be reviewed individually by UH admissions officers. The officers will consider additional information from the completed Texas Common Application (Part I and Part II). Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the following: first-generation college attendance, socioeconomic background, extent and rigor of the student’s high-school curriculum, special talents or abilities, awards earned, family responsibilities, leadership activities, public service and extracurricular activities. Applicants under individual review can submit additional material to strengthen their claim for admission, such as a strong letter of recommendation or a persuasive statement explaining their special circumstances. GED or home- schooled applicants will be considered for admission through individual review.

Former Students

If you are a former UH student who is not on academic suspension and have not been enrolled at UH for last 13 months or longer, you must reapply for admission. If you left the University and were on academic suspension, you must sit out a minimum of one academic semester. All readmitted students are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges attended since their last enrollment at the University of Houston. 

Additional Admission Options 

Adult Admission Option (AAOP) — The Adult Admission Option is designed to facilitate the admission of adult students 25 years of age and older who have not been enrolled in any academic institution for at least five years (or who would otherwise qualify for admission). Post-baccalaureate or former UH students are not eligible for this program. Students enrolled in the AAOP are not eligible for financial aid.

General Education Development (GED) Tests — The University recognizes the GED test as the equivalent of high school graduation. An applicant who has passed the GED test and submits satisfactory SAT or ACT scores will be considered for admission by individual review.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Tests — An applicant who has no prior college experience may be considered for general admission after his or her normal graduation date on the basis of the score earned on the CLEP general examination. Contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding this admission option.

Summer Visiting Students

Undergraduate students who have earned college credit at another regionally accredited U.S. college or university can earn admission as a summer visiting student. To be considered for admission on this basis, the applicant must provide a transcript from the last U.S. college or university documenting good academic standing and apply online to UH through the Transfer Texas Common Application. Note: Financial aid is not available for summer visiting students.

Once a student is admitted on a summer visiting basis, no application is necessary for enrollment in future summer sessions. However, enrollment in a fall or spring semester requires a change in status to a regular student. Thus, the student must meet the general admission requirements of the University of Houston and submit all transcripts from previous colleges or universities. Grades earned as a summer visiting student will be included in determining the cumulative grade point average for admission as a regular student. Credits earned as a summer visiting student can be applied toward a degree at UH if admission as a regular student is granted. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information at 713.743.1010. 

Admission Option for Academically Talented High School Students

The university offers dual (concurrent) enrollment and summer courses for students who wish to earn college credit while still in high school. Students with superior high-school academic records might be eligible to begin university-level work after completing their junior year of high school. Admission is granted based on test scores, grade point average and other criteria. Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding these admission options.

The Texas Success Initiative

Section 51.3062 of the Texas Education Code establishes the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program as a requirement at all Texas institutions of higher education. The purpose of the TSI program is to ensure that students enrolled in public colleges and universities possess the academic skills needed to perform effectively in college level coursework. TSI includes an exam designed to provide diagnostic information about the reading, mathematics and writing skills of each student. The results of the test do not affect a student’s admission to the University of Houston, but may affect course enrollment eligibility. 

All entering undergraduate students, unless exempt, are required to take an assessment test prior to enrolling in classes. The approved assessment tests are:

THEA (formerly named TASP) ASSET


The minimum passing scores for each of these tests are set by the state—each institution can establish its own score requirement at or above these minimums.

For information on how to schedule a TSI assessment or THEA, contact the University Testing Services at 713.743.5444.