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Rank: 186

University of Houston

The University of Houston is one of the largest national research institutions in Texas -- and one of the most diverse. The campus serves about 46,000 undergraduate and graduate students, most of them commuters from the exciting city of Houston and its suburbs. UH offers dozens of minors and majors, including architecture, hotel and restaurant management, American Sign Language interpreting, biotechnology, Chinese studies, exercise science, and world cultures and literatures. The university spent nearly $178 million on research in the 2017-2018 school year, and it was listed as one of the top 100 global universities granted the most utility patents in 2019. UH is the home of the Houston Cougars, which compete in the NCAA Division I conference and have produced more than 60 Olympians. The school mascot is Shasta, a cougar whose real-life counterpart lives at the Houston Zoo. Frontier Fiesta, a three-day annual spring event, is a favored tradition on campus, bringing in live concerts, variety shows, carnival booths, and a cook-off competition (the categories are chicken, chili, fajitas, pinto beans, pork ribs, and beef brisket, if you want to start working on your recipes now).
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The university is offering synchronous, asynchronous and HyFlex classes, the last of which involves a safe number of students attending face-to-face as well as livestream and recorded options. Face coverings are required on campus.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$24,100
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,700
Average price for low-income students
$13,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
62%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1220/25
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
37,290
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
88%
% of need met
58%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$4,370
student success
Graduation rate
59%
Average time to a degree
4.6 years
Average student debt
$19,000
Average salary within 5 years
$55,200
% earning more than $28,000
81%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
June 7

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The university is offering synchronous, asynchronous and HyFlex classes, the last of which involves a safe number of students attending face-to-face as well as livestream and recorded options. Face coverings are required on campus.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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