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Colleges / University of Houston

University of Houston

Houston, TX 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate66%
Acceptance Rate66%

University of Houston Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to University of Houston, the regular decision application deadline is May 31 and the fee for the application costs $75.

University of Houston Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of University of Houston's admissions stats.

University of Houston 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 51%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
Waitlist No

University of Houston Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Houston.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes May 25 ––

Applying Early to University of Houston?

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

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

More on University of Houston Admissions

Transferring to University of Houston

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Houston

University of Houston has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into University of Houston?

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

Admissions Factors at University of Houston

What does University of Houston 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
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 University of Houston for more information on admission factors.

University of Houston Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

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

Students admitted to University of Houston have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 81% submitted a class rank. At University of Houston 30% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 64% were in the top 25% and 90% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

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

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 2.11%
3.75 and 3.99 21.54%
3.50 and 3.74 27.28%
3.25 and 3.49 24.12%
3.00 and 3.24 15.78%
2.50 and 2.9 8.05%
2.00 and 2.49 1.05%

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 University of Houston directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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

University of Houston considers ACT or SAT scores as part of 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 2022, 51% of University of Houston's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Houston?

To be competitive with other University of Houston applicants, you should strive to score between 1160 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Houston 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 and 25% of scored lower than 1160, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Houston students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Houston students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for University of Houston?

To be most competitive at University of Houston, you should strive to earn between 23 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 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Houston students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

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

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?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Houston.

Does University of Houston accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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 it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is University of Houston's acceptance rate?

✅ University of Houston has an acceptance rate of 66%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Houston?

❌ University of Houston does not offer early decision.

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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 66%. This means that the institution accepts 65 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1160 - 1310


Math SAT Range

570 - 670


Reading SAT Range

570 - 660

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 3.46. 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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