University of Houston-Clear Lake


The University of Houston-Clear Lake, popularly known as UHCL, offers a dynamic learning experience, specializing in upper-level undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Texas Legislature authorized UHCL in 1971 and classes began at the campus in 1974. It was earlier known as University of Houston at Clear Lake City. In 1983 it became autonomous and came to be known as The University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Students pursue undergraduate and graduate programs in art and design, business, communication and media, health, medical and social services, politics and government. A number of graduate and undergraduate certificate courses are also offered.

The university provides bachelor’s degrees in more than 30 fields of study and master’s degrees in over 40 fields of study under four schools:

  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Human Sciences and Humanities
  • School of Science and Computer Engineering

The School of Business offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in management, accounting and environmental management. The School of Education features a vast array of both bachelor’s and master’s programs which are fully accredited by both the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). The School of Human Sciences and Humanities offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees under two interrelated clusters of Human Sciences (HS) and Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA). The School of Science and Computer Engineering (SCE) offers myriad academic courses in the graduate level under three broad heads of:

  • Computer and Mathematics Division
  • Natural Sciences Division
  • Engineering Division

University of Houston – Clear Lake also offers online or evening classes, and has a number of off-campus learning centers.

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Information Summary

Ranks 21st in Texas and 697th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 84.2
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $23,276
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 24 / 1200
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 14 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 74% / 70%
Enrollment Total (all students) 8,961


Students can apply online or submit an admission application to the university via mail. There are three registration periods in each semester: early, open and late.

Admission to UHCL at the undergraduate level requires an Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, or Associate of Science degree, or the applicant must complete at least 54 semester hours of college with a minimum of 2% GPA from a regionally accredited university or college. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirement must also be completed prior to enrolling. Applicants for whom English is not a native language must prove their English proficiency by submitting scores from the TOEFL (minimum score 550).

Transfer students need to submit official transcripts from previous colleges and universities. A master’s degree transcript is required in case of doctoral applicants. GMAT, GRE or MAT scores are required, depending upon the program.


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Financial Aid

UHCL students can receive federal grants or loans, a well as institutional, state, and local scholarships. Additionally, students can opt for work-study programs to support their educational expenses.

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UHCL boasts of a campus area of 524 acres that comprises four classroom buildings. The university campus consists of a physical plant maintenance facility, the University Forest Apartments, and the headquarters building of the Environmental Institute of Houston. The Bayou Building houses the campus book store, science laboratories, several computer labs and the Alfred R. Neumann Library. The library offers online access to over 100 research databases. The library comprises the university archives, including the NASA Johnson Space Center History Collection.

Intercultural & International Student Services (IISS) Office has multiple programs and events all around the year. UHCL has a Women’s Services program to inculcate awareness and sensitivity to gender issues within the university community. Internet facility is available at the university. Apartments are available at the university and students can choose from a variety of apartment styles, from private bedrooms and bathrooms to shared accommodations. UHCL’s campus includes exercise club, swimming pool, sand volleyball court, barbecue pavilion and a clubhouse with a big screen television. The UHCL Writing Center provides instructional facilities for aspring writers, students enrolled in composition courses, and students completing research papers.

Although UHCL has no sports teams, its official mascot (and the name of the official school magazine) is the Egret. Blockie, a cube with arms, legs, and eyes is the unofficial mascot adopted by students, staff and faculty. The Indian Students Association of UHCL celebrates The Cricket Carnival from June to July.

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