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University of Houston-Clear Lake

Houston, TX 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate95%
Acceptance Rate95%

UHCL Admissions

If you are applying to UHCL, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is June 1 and the fee for the application is $45.

UHCL Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of UHCL's admissions stats.

UHCL 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 12%
Mean SAT Score 1065
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 65%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 7%
Waitlist No

University of Houston-Clear Lake Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Applying Early to UHCL?

UHCL does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Houston-Clear Lake Admissions

How To Get Into University of Houston-Clear Lake

It is not difficult to get into UHCL. UHCL evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, UHCL accepted 95% of students, around 1,634 from 1,728 applicants.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like UHCL, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

Transferring to University of Houston-Clear Lake

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to UHCL

UHCL has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into UHCL?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UHCL

What does UHCL consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with UHCL for more information on admission factors.

UHCL 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to UHCL, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with UHCL's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Other Requirements State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy criteria
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UHCL?

Students admitted to UHCL have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 85% submitted a class rank. At UHCL 12% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 42% were in the top 25% and 71% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Houston-Clear Lake, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 13.8%
3.75 and 3.99 13.3%
3.50 and 3.74 19.6%
3.25 and 3.49 16.8%
3.00 and 3.24 16.1%
2.50 and 2.9 16.4%
2.00 and 2.49 4%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to UHCL directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

UHCL looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UHCL is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 65% of UHCL's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for UHCL?

To be competitive with other UHCL applicants, you should aim to score between 980 and 1150 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UHCL 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1150 and 25% of scored lower than 980, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UHCL student is 1065.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UHCL students scored 570 or higher and 75% of students scored 480 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UHCL students scored 590 or higher, and 75% scored a 480 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for UHCL?

To be most competitive at UHCL, you should strive to earn between 17 and 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UHCL's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.

A 17 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UHCL students. Only one out of every four students scored below 17.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to University of Houston-Clear Lake

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to UHCL. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in UHCL during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

UHCL Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UHCL?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UHCL.

Does UHCL accept transfer credits?

✅ UHCL accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UHCL accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does UHCL accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ UHCL accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UHCL?

✅ UHCL is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is UHCL's acceptance rate?

✅ UHCL's acceptance rate is 95%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UHCL?

❌ UHCL does not offer early decision.

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UHCL Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into UHCL? UHCL is a less selective institution. The UHCL acceptance rate is 95%. This means that the institution accepts 94 out of every 100 applicants.


UHCL Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UHCL is Jun 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UHCL is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs



ACT Range

17 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above


17 to 23


17 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UHCL is 20. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into UHCL. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 23 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.



Composite SAT Range

980 - 1150


Math SAT Range

490 - 570


Reading SAT Range

480 - 590

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1150 and Above


980 to 1150


980 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UHCL students is 1065. Applicants with SAT scores of 1150 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UHCL, while applicants with SAT scores between 980 to 1150 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 980 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UHCL.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UHCL, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.39. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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