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The University of Houston is an improving institution with goals that are most beneficial to incoming students. The University's President/Chancellor is working tremendously hard to improve the perception the world has on our institution. |
The University Environment:
At first glance, it's not the most attractive university. However, as you study on campus-you grow to become a part of the environment. There is a LOT of construction (New dorms, new university center, new buildings, more greenery, new metro rail to city, etc...). This is great for new students, but for those studying on campus, although it brings hope for a promising future, it's annoying. The overall architecture of the buildings are not necessarily planned out-which I grew to like. You can never get bored with the environment because there's always something new to discover!
The Faculty, Students, and Administration: (Population)
The Honors College houses some AMAZING faculty members that really work to make you think. General classes are less involved, but of course that applies generally for introduction (first year classes). The students in the Honors College are really ambitious and welcoming. They don't carry a "snoody" attitude (which I expected) and are ready to "make friends". The students in the general population are somewhat similar-but can be less friendly at times. The administration has two sides. If you're on the right one-you're going to love them. But if you aren't-you'll probably grow to dislike them. UH IS REALLY DIVERSE. I didn't take this seriously at first-but realized how true it was after coming to the institution. There isn't much of a "majority" at the institution.
There's always going to be that one class you have a hard time succeeding in-even if you get an A+. But, if you are a student that is used to A's, had relatively high (or above average) SAT/ACT/AP/IB scores-you should be fine. (Of course-if you don't put in effort-you'll probably end up with a less than desired grade). There are A LOT of majors and there is A LOT this University has to offer to everyone. The University overall doesn't have a competitive nature when it comes to being in the top percentiles (for students)
UH is a tier one university and this new recognition is promising for prospective students. If you are considering UH and you were within the top 10% of your class, participated in some extra-carricular activities, and/or have an SAT score higher than 1200 (M+V)-the school's going to offer you (as I have noticed) a LOT of money (typically enough to cover more than the cost of your tuition and room/board combined). (Future students) As it's rankings are increasing, your degree should be worth more and should help you that much more in your future after your undergrad years. It's a love hate relationship with UH, but the Honors College & the people really make you think twice before selecting other Universities. I was offered a full tuition scholarship from UT-Austin (& some to other schools), but chose UH, and am growing to love it here. Go Coogs!
|Apr 15 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| I, as many others in the university am not from USA. It is an incredibly diverse university with incredible opportunities. The fact that we are in such successful city, gives the University many opportunities to provide immediate feedback of what they are doing and high employment rate.|
The University is in a "ghetto" surrounding area, but within itself is not that bad. A few things happen here and there but they are very good about addressing the issue and keeping everybody informed about what is going on.
The price is not bad at all for a tier one University. Though the administration offices do have a bit of a mess going on. Being such large University It is understandable--about 40,000 people!
The business school is GREAT! Both sales and entrepreneurship program are without a doubt TOP NOTCH and almost unbeatable. People are very friendly in general. If you want a big university environment and everybody to leave near campus, this is not quite your place but every other aspect is top notch in my opinion.
|Feb 14 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| The people that are saying the school is "ghetto and full of foreigners" are obviously just racist. Yeah the school isn't like A&M where the majority of student are white but it's also not like TSU where the majority of student are scary ghetto. It's like the city of Houston, a hodgepodge of different ethnicities and cultures, which is one of the reason why I chose to go here and not to A&M...I'm also not a racist, so if you have bias against individuals with a different skin color you aren't welcome at UH, save it for A&M it's already full of redneck racists.|
The school was actually given a better overall rating bu the Princeton Review this year than A&M, so the notion that the school is crappy is false. YES, the science department does need A LOT of work done on it however since we are now a Tier One school that particular department will receive more money and have a chance to better it's standards of BOTH professors and students.
The financial aid department is the same as any other college (4 OR 2 year)...a pain in the ass. It's obvious the people working there are angry that they didn't have a chance to further their education and take it out on the students....but like I said that's at every other university, it's not special at UH.I'm proud to go to UH. The campus is beautiful, there are many relevant organizations and clubs on campus, and there are always free events going on. If you don't want the "city college" experience then don't go here! I personally like the fact that the school is based in a large city but to each his own. Yes the honors college is great and I personally have taken quite a few classes there but there's NOTHING wrong with the "regular" school. Like I said before, were Tier One now and were given a better rating than A&M....Things are only going up from here :)
|Dec 26 2012|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2014 |