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University of Houston Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to University of Houston, the regular decision application deadline is May 31 and the application fee costs $75.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

University of Houston Admissions Stats at a Glance

University of Houston 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 33%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 87%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 33%

Considering Applying Early to University of Houston?

University of Houston does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

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

How To Get Into University of Houston

Getting into University of Houston is moderately difficult. University of Houston evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, University of Houston accepted 63% of all applicants, around 17,986 of the 28,645 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of Houston, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to University of Houston?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating 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 put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at University of Houston

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

University of Houston 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to University of Houston must submit the following items. Double check with University of Houston's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Houston?

Students admitted to University of Houston have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 83% submitted a class rank. At University of Houston 33% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 67% were in the top 25% and 90% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Houston, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 83%
3.75 and 3.99 25%
3.50 and 3.74 17.67%
3.25 and 3.49 8.1%
3.00 and 3.24 3.86%
2.50 and 2.9 3.53%
2.00 and 2.49 0.89%

University of Houston considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

University of Houston has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 87% of University of Houston's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 33% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for University of Houston?

To be competitive with other University of Houston applicants, you should strive to earn between 1140 and 1290 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Houston 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1290 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Houston students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Houston students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for University of Houston?

To be most competitive at University of Houston, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Houston's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Houston students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

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

Transferring to University of Houston

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of Houston.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 25.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Houston during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

University of Houston Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Houston?

Students who are admitted to University of Houston must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does University of Houston accept transfer credits?

University of Houston accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Houston accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does University of Houston accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

University of Houston accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Houston?

No, University of Houston is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to include your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is University of Houston's acceptance rate?

University of Houston's acceptance rate is 63%.

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University of Houston Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into University of Houston? University of Houston is a somewhat selective institution. The University of Houston acceptance rate is 63%. This means that the institution accepts 62 out of every 100 applicants.



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University of Houston Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 31

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 25

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Houston is May 31.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Houston is Jun 25.

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

University of Houston ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


22 to 28


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Houston is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Houston. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Houston SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1290


Math SAT Range

560 - 660


Reading SAT Range

560 - 650

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University of Houston GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Houston, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.75. 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.

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