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Chances of getting into University of Houston

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
63%
Admission Difficulty for University of Houston
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into UH and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UH is 63%.  It ranks #25 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. UH is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 17,986 out of 28,645 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 37 percent (SAT 1120/1310 ACT 22/28). University of Houston typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.75. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The UH application fee is $75 and applications are due by Jul 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of Houston. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 88% of students submitted SAT scores and 35% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

UH SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1120-1310
Applicants Submitting SAT 
88%
SAT Scores for University of Houston
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1120
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 1220

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 37 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1120 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 1020. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. UH ranks #9 in Texas and #226 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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%
1215 to 1310 Avg + 63%-76%
1120 to 1215 Avg - 47%-63%
1025 to 1120 Reach 32%-47%
Less than 1025 Low <32%
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UH ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
22-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
35%
ACT Scores for University of Houston
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for University of Houston
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 25

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 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #11 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Houston.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Houston admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >76%
25 to 28 Avg + 63%-76%
22 to 25 Avg - 47%-63%
19 to 22 Reach 32%-47%
Less than 19 Low <32%
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UH GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.75
Typical High School Grades 
A-

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

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into UH. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Houston was 3.75 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 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 63% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted University of Houston students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 40.7% Good
3.75 to 3.99 25.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 17.67% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 8.1% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 3.86% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 3.53% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.89% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.08% Reach
less than 1.00 0.08% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

67% 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 33%
Top 25% of class 67%
Top 50% of class 90%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Houston admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 16,230 12,415 28,645
Accepted 9,983 8,003 17,986
Acceptance Rate 62% 64% 63%
Enrolled 2,790 2,435 5,225
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 30% 29%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
212

Applicants have 212 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jul 1, 2023.

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 Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
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?

63% 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 1120 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 28. 35% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.