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Your chances of getting into University of Houston

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

66.2%
Admission Difficulty for University of Houston
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at UH is 66.2%.  Its admission rate is the 23rd lowest in Texas.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into UH and can you get accepted?

UH is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 19,728 out of the 29,783 who applied were admitted.

University of Houston typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.46. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into UH?

66% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to University of Houston you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.46 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1250 on the SAT
  • Score 26 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

UH GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.46

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into University of Houston?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into UH are to have around a 3.46 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UH accepts 66% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at UH is 3.46 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #29 in Texas for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since UH is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted University of Houston students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 2.11% Good
3.75 to 3.99 21.54% Good
3.50 to 3.74 27.28% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 24.12% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 15.78% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 8.05% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.05% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.07% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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UH SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of Houston. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 52% of students submitted SAT scores and 9% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1160-1330

Applicants Submitting SAT 

52%
SAT Scores for University of Houston
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 580
Math 25th Percentile 580
Composite 25th Percentile 1160
SAT Scores for University of Houston
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 660
Math 75th Percentile 670
Composite 75th Percentile 1330
Average SAT Score 1250

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to University of Houston?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at UH is 1250 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1160-1330. Students who get into University of Houston score in the top 31 percent of all SAT test takers..  UH ranks #12 in the state of Texas for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1250 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. UH regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1160 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1160, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1070, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

University of Houston is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1250 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1245, you have around a 66% chance of being admitted. A 1330 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 79% chance of getting in.

University of Houston admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1330 and Above Good >79%
1245 to 1330 Avg + 66%-79%
1160 to 1245 Avg - 51%-66%
1075 to 1160 Reach 35%-51%
Less than 1075 Low <35%
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UH ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

23-29 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

9%
ACT Scores for University of Houston
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 22
Math 25th Percentile 22
Composite 25th Percentile 23
ACT Scores for University of Houston
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 30
Math 75th Percentile 27
Composite 75th Percentile 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into UH?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to UH is 26, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 23 and 29.  The school ranks #12 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 26. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 23 and score in the score in the top 32 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 20.

9 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Houston.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as University of Houston is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into UH for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 26 score has around 66% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 79% with a 29 ACT score.

University of Houston admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >79%
26 to 29 Avg + 66%-79%
23 to 26 Avg - 51%-66%
20 to 23 Reach 35%-51%
Less than 20 Low <35%
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High School Class Rank

64% of University of Houston freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 30% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Houston students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 30%
Top 25% of class 64%
Top 50% of class 90%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

University of Houston admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,160 12,623 29,783
Accepted 11,632 8,096 19,728
Acceptance Rate 68% 64% 66%
Enrolled 3,170 2,385 5,555
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 29% 28%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

May 31, 2024

Days left to Apply

None

The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on May 31, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Houston is $75.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Houston and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Houston Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Required to be considered for admission
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not required for admission, but considered if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Houston
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because UH is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.46 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1250 on the SAT and 26 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to University of Houston often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=225511 IPEDS survey data for University of Houston.

FAQs

Does University of Houston prefer SAT or ACT?

52% of students submit their SAT scores to UH. 9% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Houston?

66% of those who apply are granted admission to UH. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Houston?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1160 and 1330. The average SAT score is 1245. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Houston?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. The average ACT score is 26. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.