THE UNIVERSITY AND HOUSTON
The University of Houston reflects the diversity, challenge, and optimistic spirit that characterize the city of Houston. Part of the public system of higher education in Texas, the university offers a full range of bachelors, masters, doctoral and professional programs to over 30,000 students from across the United States and around the world. By serving students in 13 colleges and schools, the University of Houston is a nationally recognized comprehensive research and teaching institution. The university is the home of important scientific breakthroughs, cultural diversity, academic excellence and public service.
Faculty members work in over 40 university laboratories and institutions, including the world-renowned Texas Center for Superconductivity. These centers link groundbreaking university research in a creative partnership with government and private research and development in such vital areas as superconductivity, space commercialization, biomedical engineering, economics, and oil and gas exploration.
Houston, America's fourth-largest city, is the center of the energy industry, home of the world's largest medical center, a major international port, and a main destination for international students.
Living in Houston can be a valuable and exciting complement to your education. You will enjoy Houston's cultural and entertainment options. You can watch a ballet or dance to country music. You may watch major league baseball at nearby Minute Maid Park, view national touring exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts, or hear your favorite rock group perform at the Compaq Center. Gulf Coast beaches are just an hour's drive away, and Houston's warm climate allows residents to enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year. By choosing the University of Houston for your education, you are selecting academic excellence and an opportunity to live in one of the nation's major cities, offering you a rich blend of new experiences and challenges.
Conveniently 10 minutes walking distance to the department of mathematics, Cougar Place , with efficiency-style living units, offers on-campus housing reserved exclusively for single graduate students. Adjacent to Cougar Place is Cambridge Oaks, a university-sponsored garden community designed for married graduate and upper-level students. Additional on-campus housing includes Moody Towers, two 17-story high-rise dormitories, and the Quadrangle, which includes five residence halls housing approximately 800 students. The dormitories offer fully carpeted and air-conditioned rooms, excellent recreational and dining areas, laundry facilities, television and reading rooms, and spacious lounges. The Houston metropolitan area also offers a wide variety of off-campus apartments from which to choose. Information regarding both on- and off-campus housing is available from the UH Housing Service Office.
Medical care for UH students is available at the University Health Center. The Health Center also offers medical counseling. As part of its teaching program, the College of Optometry provides general and specialty vision care for faculty, staff, students, and the public. Discounted fees are charged for a variety of services, including primary and pediatric care, vision rehabilitation, contact lens services and vision therapy. All TA/RA graduate students in the math department are entitled to state-supported health and accident insurance. This policy, available free of charge, is carried by a private firm which is endorsed by the university.
The Career Planning and Placement Center offers part-time and full-time job referrals both on and off campus, as well as workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills and career counseling. The center also arranges interviews with local, national and international employers who visit the campus during the fall and spring semesters. Schedules of these interviews are available a month in advance. Numerous employment opportunities on campus and throughout the city are also available for spouses of graduate students. The University Center (UC) serves as the hub of the university community. The UC houses a cafeteria and coffeehouse; a bank; the campus lost-and-found department; Department of Campus Activities office; sundry sales and gift shops; a barber and styling shop; graphics center; television and music listening lounges; meeting rooms; a recreational area with billiards, table tennis and bowling; and the University Bookstore. Students may also take advantage of the full service banking and post office facilities. More than 250 student organizations and the Students' Association sponsor a variety of social events throughout the year, many of which are open to the Houston community. Campuswide activities include Homecoming celebrations, dance marathons, Casino Night, Spring Arts and Music Fair, small-stage concerts, film series and major music concerts.
The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISSS) will provide for the special needs of approximately 2,900 international students, research scholars and foreign faculty, will meet UH's responsibility for compliance with the laws and regulations of the U.S. government, and will promote internationalization at UH through our services and programs.
"The University of Houston and its surrounding community is an ideal environment for disabled students," attests The College Guide for Students With DisAbilities, a booklet distributed by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. All campus buildings and most facilities are completely accessible to people with mobility problems. Numerous additional support services are provided to students with any type of learning disability, health impairment or physical handicap through the Center for Students with Disabilities.
The UH Child Care Center, open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, provides quality services for children ages three months to five years. The professional staff is well-trained in child development and early childhood education. Enrollment is on a contract basis; therefore, early registration is recommended. For more information, call 713-743-5480.
The University of Houston Libraries are indispensable resources for the campus community. In addition to the two million volumes, the library also contains 15,000 research journals. The library has 140 networked workstations capable of accessing 100 electronic databases. The computer system also links all four University of Houston System campus libraries with the specialized libraries in the College of Architecture, Law, Optometry and Pharmacy, and School of Music.