FOUNDED IN 1927, the University of Houston (UH) is the state’s third largest university, with classes in Houston and significant instructional sites in Katy and Sugar Land.
The university is a Carnegie-designated Tier 1 public research institution, a top producing Fulbright institution with 36 Fulbright scholars in the last three years, and home to a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
UH has distinguished itself as a leader in energy, healthcare, innovation, and the arts, and it leverages its home city for its vast offering of experiential learning. The Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine, established in 2020, focuses on closing Texas’s gap in primary care physicians in underserved communities. UH offers the nation’s first doctorate in Spanish-language creative writing and the first graduate subsea engineering program. Its undergraduate entrepreneurship program is ranked first in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News and World Report ranks UH 45th in social mobility.
The university addresses society’s challenges through 37 research centers, conducting research in energy, psychology, superconductivity, laser mapping, and health equity.
UH campus life includes more than five hundred student organizations. The university invested $1.2 billion in new facilities from 2007–2017. Recognized as both a Hispanic-Serving and Asian American-Serving institution, it is ranked among the most diverse universities in the U.S., with students from nearly 140 countries.