History, Affiliations and Rankings
The University of Houston (UH), founded in 1927, is a public research university in Houston, Texas, USA. It is the main institution of the University of Houston System. In 1934, it became a university, and in 1963, it became a state institution. The University of Houston has a long history of academic distinction dating back to 1927. The college adopted the cougar, subsequently dubbed Shasta, as its official mascot in 1947, beginning one of its many rich traditions. It became a part of the newly formed University of Houston System in 1977. The university has been upgraded to Tier One status by the Carnegie Foundation. The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and Universities Research Association are all affiliated with the university. As per QS World University Rankings 2022, the university is ranked between #701-750 and as per THE World University Rankings 2022, the university is ranked between #601-800. Furthermore, U.S. News Best Global Universities 2022 rankings rank Houston at #439 globally.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The campus is spread across 667 acres in southeast Houston and was known as University of Houston - University Park from 1983 to 1991. The University of Houston Libraries is the library system of the university. It consists of the M.D. Anderson Library and three branch libraries: the Music Library, the Weston A. Pettey Optometry Library, and the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library. In addition to the libraries administered by the UH Libraries, the university also has the O'Quinn Law Library and the Conrad N. Hilton Library. The campus has the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Performing Arts, which houses the Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre and Moores Opera Center. The Blaffer Gallery exhibits the works of both visiting artists and those of students in the university's School of Art. The 264,000 ft² (25,000 m²) Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, which is home to the nation's largest collegiate natatorium, was recognized by the National Intramural-Sports Association as an outstanding facility upon its completion in 2004. The University of Houston offers more than 282-degree programs through its 14 academic colleges on campus including programs leading to professional degrees in Architecture, Law, Optometry, and Pharmacy. Interdisciplinary research includes Superconductivity, Space Commercialization and Exploration, Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Energy and Natural Resources, and Artificial Intelligence.
Accomplishments and Alumni
With around 6,000 students living on campus, it boasts 500 student organisations and 16 intercollegiate sports teams. About 63% of its graduates live in the Houston region, while 75% live elsewhere in Texas. It had a $700 million endowment fund in 2013 and $141 million in research expenditures in 2014, with more than 40 research labs, centres, and institutes. In addition, Bonnie J. Dunbar, a former Nasa astronaut, Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones, and Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, are just a few of the notable alumni.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The University of Houston has a total of 46,148 students enrolled. The University of Houston has a full-time enrolment of 33,678 students and a part-time enrollment of 12,470. This indicates that 73% of University of Houston students are enrolled full-time. At the University of Houston, 32.4% of enrolled students are Hispanic or Latino, 23.7% are White, 21.1% are Asian, 9.89% are Black or African American, 2.96% are Two or More Races, 0.145% are American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.078% are Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This comprises graduate and undergraduate students, as well as full-time and part-time students. The University Professional Services (UCS) provides a variety of services to assist students in achieving their career goals, including career counselling, on-campus recruitment, and vocational evaluation.