University of Houston

Houston is the fourth largest city in the nation which means that, if you earn your degree at the University of Houston, your internship and networking opportunities will be virtually limitless.

The university was founded in 1927 as a junior college. Because the institution used the San Jacinto High School building, classes could only be held at night. By 1934, however, the school had earned university status.

The University of Houston is the flagship school for the University of Texas system. It is a research school, meaning that a large proportion of its budget is spent on research. In fact, the Energy Research Park conducts many national energy research projects. The U.S. News and World Report ranks the school as #187 of National Universities. It has more than 280 degree programs and awards more than 9,000 degrees each year. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22:1. One of the school’s claims to fame is that Edward Albee, three-time Pulitzer prizewinner, is on the faculty.

University of Houston Accreditation Details

The institution is accredited by the Southern Association of the Higher Learning Commission on Colleges and Schools.

There are other accreditations by department and college, including:

  • The Business programs are accredited by AACSB
  • Architecture programs are accredited by the NAAB
  • The Education programs are accredited by the State of Texas Board of education as well as by NCATE
  • The Graduate Programs in Psychology are accredited by the APA.

University of Houston Application Requirements

If you are applying as a first-time freshman, you will need to complete the application for admission form found online. The form can be printed out and returned by regular mail, but online submissions take less time. You will need to pay your non-refundable application fee of $50 and have your high school send the university your official transcript. You will also need to arrange to have your SAT or ACT scores sent to the school by the testing agency.

If you are a graduate student, you will complete a university application through CollegeNET, but you will also apply to the college or department that houses your degree program. You will need to submit your GRE, GMAT or other applicable test scores. You may send a scanned copy of your official undergraduate transcripts but, if you are accepted, you will need to send the actual transcripts to the university.

The requirements for admission vary by program. In general, though, you will need to complete a personal statement, send a resume and enter the addresses of three people who will recommend you to the school electronically so that the school can have your sources complete online letters.

Tuition and Financial Aid

If you are an undergraduate residing in Texas, you will pay approximately $4,855 per term in tuition. The school is experimenting with a fixed rate, and more information is available on that from the bursar’s office. Non-resident undergraduate tuition is $12,702 per term. There is also a one-time fee for first-time freshmen of $305 for residents and $795 for non-residents. There are other fees, including a student services fee of $250, a University Center fee of $135 and a $92 recreation fee.

Graduate students will pay approximately $3582 per term for nine hours as a resident. The room and board charges are slightly higher than the national average. You will pay approximately $14,428 depending upon your choices of accommodations and meal plans.

Degrees are expensive, but not unreachable. If you need help paying for your degree program at the University of Houston, you first must complete a FAFSA form. The information you give to the government in this program will determine how you’re your family can be expected to contribute to your education and which grants, loans and work-study programs you qualify for. In addition, most schools use the information contained in your FAFSA award letter to determine your eligibility for institution awards. Texas funds several grants including the Fifth Year Accounting Award, the Good Neighbor Grant, which is an award to students from other western hemisphere countries who choose to study in the US, and scholarships and grants. The university awards aid on the basis of academic excellence or financial need, or both.

There are also scholarships and grants that are awarded through various departments and programs and privately –funded organizational and corporate grants. If, after applying your awards to your costs, you still need help, you might consider taking out a student loan. These are low-interest loans that have deferred payback options.

Psychology and Counseling Degree opportunities Offered by the School

Most of the psychology degrees are offered through the psychology department, but some are found in the education program.

The Master of Arts in Education, for instance, can be earned in either the Professional Track or the School Counseling Track. The program contains 48 credit hours.

There is also a PhD in Counseling Psychology that is available with concentrations in Clinical Child Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology or Clinical Psychology for Adults. The PhD in Clinical Psychology is a 72-credit hour program that consists of the 36-hour Master of Arts in Psychology as well as the Doctor of Philosophy program. The degree can be completed in a minimum of four years of full-time study. The first year of study is spent in research and statistical courses, the second includes the foundations of psychology, the third is concerned with cognitive and behavioral disorders and the fourth is the study of professional issues and ethics. To earn the doctoral degree, you must complete all of the required coursework, finish a research project, pass a comprehensive exam, do practicum and write a dissertation. You will also need to complete an internship. Those requisites also pertain to the PhD in Forensic Psychology, the PhD in Developmental Psychology, the PhD in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology and the PhD in Social Psychology.

Graduate programs in psychology are only available to full-time psychology students. There is, however, an online undergraduate degree offered as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology or a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The BS program is intended for students who want to use psychology and computer science in their careers. The program is not completely online; however you can complete your upper division courses in that manner.

With all of these degree programs, and others, the edge you get from studying at a large urban school is the ability to meet and network with so many diverse cultures and populations. You also have s great selection of locations for internships. If earning your degree in a large school located in the fourth-largest city in the country appeals to you, the University of Houston may be a good choice.