With a population of more than 38,000 students, UH is the third-largest institution of higher learning in the state of Texas. First established as Houston Junior College in 1927, the university rapidly grew to become the four-year University of Houston (UH) in 1934. Although it began its history as a private school, UH passed into state hands in 1963.
The mission of the University of Houston is to “discover and disseminate knowledge through the education of a diverse population of traditional and nontraditional students, and through research, artistic and scholarly endeavors, as it becomes the nation’s premier public university in an urban setting.”
Today’s campus, located in the southeast section of the city of Houston, spans 667 acres. It is widely admired for its lush green spaces, sculptures, and fountains. Internationally celebrated sculptor Jim Sanborn is responsible for several of the creations that grace the daily lives of UH students. In order to navigate the large campus and surrounding urban area, the university runs their own air-conditioned bus service that is free for anyone holding a UH identification card.