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Houston Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Houston, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 59%, admission to Houston is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 25.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Houston admission statistics.


Houston Admissions Statistics

Houston’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 59%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 19,860 applicants, Houston admitted about 11,627. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.53, the average ACT score was 25, and the average SAT score was 1220.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 23, and the 75th percentile score was 28.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1130. The 75th percentile score was 1320.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Houston is very competitive. Even if Houston is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Houston’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Houston Application Requirements

To apply to Houston, you’ll need to fill out the Common App or the ApplyTexas Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $75 application fee, and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by January 3rd.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common App or the ApplyTexas Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $75 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript

The application deadline is January 3rd.

Have you been admitted to Houston? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Houston Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Cal Tech, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 51% are male and 49% are female
  • 4.2% of students are international

Houston has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 4.2%
  • Underrepresented minority: 1.2%
  • Two or more races: 3.6%
  • White: 26.2%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Houston offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Psychology
  • Journalism
  • Communication

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Houston Tuition Figures

At $36,797, Houston’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $8,121.

Here’s a fuller look at Houston tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $36,797
  • Average financial aid package: $8,121
  • The average student debt of a Houston graduate is $23,665

Now, what is life like at Houston? Let’s take a look.


Houston Location

The school’s main campus is located in Houston, Texas, just southeast of the city’s downtown area.

Famed architects César Pelli and Philip Johnson designed a number of buildings for the campus, which is also known for its various green spaces, fountains, and public sculptures.

Remember, you’re going to Houston for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Houston Academics

Houston has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Advertising
  • Business/Corporate Communications
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Dance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Health Communication
  • Industrial and Product Design
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Radio and Television

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Houston.


Student Life at Houston

Houston has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Houston’s student activities:

  • Athlete Ally
  • Black Scholars Collective
  • Coogs Against Domestic Violence
  • Enactus
  • Impact Leaders Club
  • Modern Abolitionist Coalition
  • Nourish International at UH
  • Project F.E.E.D.
  • She’s The First
  • SURE Incubator
  • The Citizen League
  • Voices of UH
  • Youth Empowerment Alliance
  • Anime No Kai
  • El Gato Media Network
  • Glass Mountain

Are you an athlete? Houston’s got plenty of options for you.


Houston Athletics

Houston offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Houston’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Track & Field

Who might you become with a Houston degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Houston has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Artist Julian Schnabel
  • Novelist Alice Sebold
  • WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg
  • US Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • US Representative Tom DeLay
  • Actor Jim Parsons
  • Comedian Bill Hicks
  • Neiman Marcus CEO Karen Katz
  • Compaq co-founder Rod Canion
  • NBA player Clyde Drexler
  • Broadcaster Jim Nantz
  • Musician Townes Van Zandt

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Houston is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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