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Applying to the University of Houston as a freshman is a first step toward your rewarding future.
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Check our admission deadlines and freshman admissions requirements. Below you will find the steps to apply as a freshman:
- The application. Go to applytexas.org or commonapp.org to submit your application for the University of Houston (main campus).
- The $75 Application Fee ($90 for international applicants). Pay the nonrefundable $75 application fee when you submit your application or mail a check or money order to the Office of Admissions. Your check or money order must be payable to: University of Houston.
- Send your test scores. Official SAT or ACT scores should be sent directly to UH from the testing agency. The University of Houston SAT code is 6870 and the ACT code is 4236. SAT and ACT policy allows students to send test scores to several colleges. The University of Houston will accept the SAT (tests administered prior to March 2016) or the redesigned SAT (tests administered since March 2016) for applicants. Official test scores must have been taken with the last five years.
- Send your high school transcript. Send your official high school transcript with class rank and graduation plan. Official high school transcripts must be sent directly to University of Houston (main campus) from your high school. Your high school counselor or registrar can help you with this process. For fast processing, ask your school to send your transcripts using TREx (for Texas schools only).
(3-5 business day to match your transcript to your file)
If your school cannot send TREx transcripts, UH accepts the following methods:
(The methods below may take a month to match your transcript to your file.)
- Transcripts sent by Parchment, Naviance, etc. (If the service your school uses requests an email address, please use email@example.com.)
- Transcripts sent by mail to the Office of Admissions.
Please Note: UH does not accept faxed transcripts or transcripts sent by students via email attachment.
If you also are seeking admission to The Honors College, please select the appropriate checkbox on the ApplyTexas application and submit the supplementary materials.
Where to Mail Application Items
If you are submitting your application fee and/or official transcript by mail, please send to:
Office of Admissions
University of Houston
4434 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204-2023
If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at University of Houston is 60%. For every 100 applicants, 60 are admitted.
This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools. If you exceed their requirements, you have an excellent chance of getting in. But if you don't, you might be one of the unlucky minority that gets a rejection letter.
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at University of Houston is 3.53.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.)
With a GPA of 3.53, University of Houston requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's. If you have a lower GPA, you can compensate with harder courses like AP or IB classes. This will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.53, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to University of Houston. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
University of Houston SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1220 (Old: 1150)
The average SAT score composite at University of Houston is a 1220 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1150. (According to our records, this school requires only Reading and Math, so this score is out of 1600.)
This score makes University of Houston Competitive for SAT test scores.
University of Houston SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1130, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1320. In other words, a 1130 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1320 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
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University of Houston SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1050, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1250. In other words, a 1050 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1250 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
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SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
University of Houston has the Score Choice policy of "Highest Sitting."
This means that you can choose which SAT tests you want to send to the school. Of all the scores they receive, your application readers will consider the SAT score from your single highest test date (the sum of math, reading, and writing).
This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and University of Houston only considers your highest score on a single test date, you can take the SAT as many times as you want, then submit your strongest score. Your application readers will only see that one score.
Therefore, if your SAT score is currently below a 1150, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the SAT and retaking it. You don't have much to lose, and you can potentially raise your score and significantly boost your chances of getting in.
Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and SAT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.
University of Houston ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, University of Houston likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
Average ACT: 25
The average ACT score at University of Houston is 25. This score makes University of Houston Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 23, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 28.
Even though University of Houston likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 23 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 25 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to University of Houston, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 25.
Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and ACT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.
SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
University of Houston considers the SAT/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that University of Houston requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.
Our Expert's Notes
We did more detailed research into this school and found the following information.
The Texas Education Code requires that all students meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible to be considered for admission at a Texas Four-Year Public Institution:
- Successfully complete the recommended or advanced high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or
- Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment
- SAT – 1500 out of 2400 (Verbal + Math + Writing)
- ACT – 18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 24 Science; or
- Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor to the recommended or advanced high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs
Students who meet the State of Texas’ Uniform Admissions Policy and also meet the requirements below before December 1st are assured admission:
- If you are in the top 10% of your class you are automatically admitted .
- If you are in the top 25% and have an SAT (CR+M) of at least 1000 or ACT of at least 21, you're admitted.
- If you're in the top 50% and have an SAT of at least 1100 and ACT of at least 24, you're admitted.
- If you apply after December 1, if you're in the top 10%, you are automatically admitted.
All others will go to individual review. If interested in engineering, business, science, architecture, or arts programs, there are additional admissions requirements you can view at the link.