University of Houston: Narrative Description

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4800 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77204
Tel: (713)743-1000
Admissions: (713)743-7542
Fax: (713)743-9633
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Houston System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1927. Setting: 550-acre urban campus. Endowment: $200.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $71.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5454 per student. Total enrollment: 35,180. Faculty: 1,624 (1,190 full-time, 434 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 8,526 applied, 81% were admitted. 23% from top 10% of their high school class, 52% from top quarter, 83% from top half. Full-time: 19,088 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 8,224 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 130 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 21% Hispanic, 15% black, 21% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 21% 25 or older, 10% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, University of St. Thomas, Rice University, Texas Southern University, Houston Baptist University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $1440 full-time, $48 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9180 full-time, $306 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $3533 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, degree level, location, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Part-time tuition varies according to course level, course load, degree level, location, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. College room and board: $6030. College room only: $3390. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 34% of eligible men and 36% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Council of Ethnic Organizations, Frontier Fiesta Association, intramural sports, Golden Key National Honor Society. Major annual events: Homecoming, International Student Organization Food Festival, Frontier Fiesta. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, vehicle assistance. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. M.D. Anderson Library plus 5 others with 2.2 million books, 4.4 million microform titles, 22,052 serials, 10,059 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $15.1 million. 825 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 1,630,533. Although Houston lies 50 miles inland, it is a major seaport due to the conversion of Buffalo Bayou into the Houston Ship Channel. The city was named in honor of Sam Houston, hero of the Battle of San Jacinto. The community has excellent air, bus, and railroad facilities. Many points of interest in the city include L. B. Johnson Manned Spacecraft Center, Texas Medical Center, Jones Hall, Wortham Theatre, Emron Baseball Field, Burke Barker Planetarium, Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Arts Museum, Zoological Gardens, and the San Jacinto Battleground and Monument, the Astrodome and Battleship U.S.S. Texas. There are over one thousand churches representing all the major denominations, excellent medical facilities, ample shopping centers, and good student housing in the area. Full- and part-time employment is available.

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