UH 115th in Buffalo Business First ranking of US Public Universities

Here are our 2017 rankings of U.S. public colleges from top to bottom

Methodology: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2017/04/04/collegemethod.html

Among four-year public colleges in the Lone Star State, the University of Texas was the highest-ranked at No. 14 nationwide. Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Dallas and Texas Tech University all cracked the top 100, as well, at Nos. 36, 44 and 93, respectively. The University of Houston ranked fifth in Texas and No. 115 nationwide.

Houston is up from last year’s 124th ranking. Tech is up to 93rd from its 128 ranking last year.



College: University of Houston

Rating points: 50.057

Current rank (among 499 public colleges): 115

Rank a year ago: 124


Location: Houston, Texas

Full-time undergraduates: 24,912

Size classification: Four-year, large, primarily nonresidential

Undergrad classification: Four-year, medium full-time , selective, higher transfer-in

Highest degree granted: Doctor’s degree

Web: uh.edu

Phone: (713) 743-1000

Latitude: 29.72

Longitude: -95.34


Undergraduate applicants (2015): 17,971

Admitted (including those who did not enroll): 10,732

Admission rate: 59.7%


SAT reading scores for enrolled freshmen (25-75 range): 510-610

SAT math scores for enrolled freshmen (25-75 range): 540-640

ACT composite scores for enrolled freshmen (25-75 range): 23-28


New undergraduates (2014): 3,908

Still enrolled a year later: 3,372

Retention rate: 86.3%


New undergraduates (2009): 3,100

Bachelor’s degree within 4 years: 611

4-year graduation rate: 19.7%

Bachelor’s degree within 6 years: 1,580

6-year graduation rate: 51.0%


Ex-students with annual earnings above $25,000 (6 years after entering school): 73.0%

Median annual earnings for ex-students (10 years after entering school): $48,900


Instructional spending: $268,117,255

Instructional spending per full-time undergraduate: $10,763

Books and media in libraries: 2,096,312

Books and media per 100 full-time undergraduates: 8,415


Published in-state tuition and fees (2015-16): $8,759

Books and supplies: $1,300

On-campus room and board: $9,849

Median monthly off-campus rent: $764

Average net price for undergrads on scholarship: $14,059


New undergraduates (2015): 4,187

College’s home state: Texas

Share of new undergrads from home state: 97.0%

Regional breakdown of new undergrads (including those from home state): 0.4% from East, 98.0% from South, 1.0% from Midwest, 0.6% from West, 0.0% from U.S. territories, 0.0% from foreign countries


Full-time undergraduates (2015): 24,912

Gender breakdown of undergrads: 50.0% men, 50.0% women

Full-time instructional staffers (2015): 1,383

Gender breakdown of faculty: 61.1% men, 38.9% women


Full-time undergraduates (2015): 24,912

Racial breakdown of undergrads: 25.7% whites, 10.9% blacks, 30.2% Hispanics, 23.8% Asians, 0.1% Native Americans, 0.2% Pacific islanders, 3.5% multiracials, 5.6% nonresident aliens

Gini-Simpson diversity index for students (likelihood that two randomly selected students would be of different races): 77.0%

Full-time instructional staffers (2015): 1,383

Racial breakdown of faculty: 67.2% whites, 3.8% blacks, 7.7% Hispanics, 16.6% Asians, 0.1% Native Americans, 0.0% Pacific islanders, 0.7% multiracials, 4.0% nonresident aliens

Gini-Simpson diversity index for faculty (likelihood that two randomly selected members would be of different races): 51.3%


Metropolitan or micropolitan area: Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

County: Harris

Area population (2015; following stats are for metro, micro or county, whichever is largest): 6,346,653

Share of young adults (25-34 years old): 15.1%

Young adults with bachelor’s degrees: 31.0%

Unemployment rate for young adults (2015): 7.3%

Share of local jobs in MBSA field (management-business-science-arts): 36.9%

That 20% 4-year graduation rate still stings. Here’s hoping UH-in-4 will deliver.

Grad rates are basically the only thing holding us back at this point.