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Chances of getting into University of Houston

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
65%
Admission Difficulty for University of Houston
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into UH and can I get accepted? The school has a 65% acceptance rate ranking it #27 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 16,500 out of 25,393 applicants were admitted making UH a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent. University of Houston typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 34% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of Houston is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UH SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1140-1310
Applicants Submitting SAT
88%
SAT Scores for University of Houston
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1140
SAT Scores for University of Houston
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1310
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of Houston typically prefers applicants to be in the top 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1050. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. The school ranks #11 in Texas for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Houston admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1310 and Above Good >76%
1225 to 1310 Avg + 65%-76%
1140 to 1225 Avg - 52%-65%
1055 to 1140 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 1055 Low <39%
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UH ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
35%
ACT Scores for University of Houston
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for University of Houston
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that UH regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Houston.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Houston admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >78%
24 to 27 Avg + 65%-78%
22 to 24 Avg - 55%-65%
20 to 22 Reach 44%-55%
Less than 20 Low <44%
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UH GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.54*
Typical High School Grades
B+

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

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into UH. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Houston was 3.54 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #17 in Texas for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UH accepts 65% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.54 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

69% of University of Houston freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Houston students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 34%
Top 25% of class 69%
Top 50% of class 92%
Bottom 50% of class 8%
Bottom 25% of class 1%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Houston admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 13,695 11,698 25,393
Accepted 8,675 7,825 16,500
Acceptance Rate 63% 67% 65%
Enrolled 2,892 2,788 5,680
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 36% 34%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jul 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jul 1, 2021.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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

University of Houston Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

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

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?

88% of students submit their SAT scores to UH. 35% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Houston?

65% 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 1140 and 1310. 88% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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 22 and 27. 35% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.