University of Houston Reviews

3.44 out of 5 stars
(45 Reviews)
  • Houston (TX)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,273
80% of 45 students said this degree improved their career prospects
82% of 45 students said they would recommend this school to others
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1.0 out of 5 stars
Joseph Burkhalter - 8/21/2020
Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2020
"*** READ THIS REVIEW BEFORE SPENDING MONEY ON CLASSES *** My name is Joseph and I am a recent graduate from The University of Houston. I lived on campus (Moody Towers) as a full-time student for approximately two years. The purpose of this review is to render information about the quality of education and what life is like at The University of Houston Central Campus. I believe that this review will help to peel away some of the deceptive layers (friendly tour guides, appealing campus grounds, and tuition rates) that have been implemented by the school’s business model. This review will be partitioned into the categories of Housing, Quality of Education, Safety, and Dining. Housing My experience at Moody Towers can be summed up in one simple phrase. “You get what you pay for”. There were numerous issues that caused me to realize that I was spending more money then what the facility was worth. Roaches and rodents were not uncommon pests to encounter for many of the residents at Moody Towers. (this seems to be an issue with the other residential facilities on campus as well) The housing staff members that were responsible for overseeing the management of the facility were grimy, indecent individuals that always tried to make students feel as if they are lesser beings (this is specifically an issue with the RAs). Water outages were a common occurrence that sometimes spanned more than a day (which effected the dining hall). Quality of Education The well known phrase “you get what you pay for” can also be applied to the quality of education that UofH presents to their students. Exceptional individuals can expect to become extremely bored with course content due to the fact that they cater the classes towards minimum requirement students. Many of these students act like children and interrupt class lectures on a regular basis. The teachers can only helplessly stand by and plead for the students to act appropriately for fear of administrative action if they say something that could be remotely perceived as offensive. Safety Safety on campus is a joke. Crimes such as vehicle theft, aggravated robbery, and assault are not uncommon on campus. Some criminals feel impunity to the point that they try and steal backpacks from people at the student center in broad daylight. Many parts of the campus have poor lighting and can increase the likelihood of crimes occurring. The campus police and security officers are more concerned about harassing students rather than ensuring their safety. Dining On the surface, the dining facilities seem like a great value for students living on campus. However, some may notice that the amount of money that is charged per semester for meal plans does not equate to the services provided. The dining halls often close or limit their hours for trivial reasons, which can be annoying if you live on campus and do not own a car. These closures and limitations on hours of operation are approved by a student body that does not even live on campus or eat at the dining halls everyday. The managerial staff never do anything to improve services after receiving feedback from residents. The individuals that prepare and serve the food could probably care less about its quality. I would often find that the food is dry, contains low grade meat, is overcooked, or has inedible items such as plastic. In sum, the individuals that are looking to for high quality education with livable facilities should probably research other academic institutions. With the pandemic, it is probably better to find an accredited online university that is cheaper than UofH (there are a lot of them). If you do not like online mode of instruction, then there are other universities in the Houston area that have similar tuition rates with acceptable facilities."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jos L - 3/28/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"Terrible university that has no concern for the welfare of people. Reported a student who was a prolific bully and they did absolutely nothing, instead they treated the bully like they were the victim. When we live in a climate where people take their lives because of bullying this is disgusting behaviour and they should be ashamed of themselves."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Tessa Long - 1/14/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014
"The University of Houston's Psychology program emphasized and promoted undergraduate research in an unparalleled way. While the university as a whole is a research-institution, the Psychology program specifically has some of the most top-notch researchers. In my experience, faculty within the program are enthusiastic about undergraduate research and provide mentorship and opportunity which prepare you for graduate school. UH was an integral and irreplaceable component in my journey to becoming a clinical psychologist, and I would recommend the program to anyone wanting to pursue graduate studies in psychology."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Jami J - 9/27/2019
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2019
"Students, if you want any sort of quality education with a strong support system in place to guide you through effectively, DON'T go to U of H main. After three years of struggling to succeed at UH main due to the many issues with administration (primarily their total lack of concern for student success and complete focus on $$$), I'm apparently not officially graduated, after once again being given false information by my advisor. Not only does this inhibit a raise I was expecting this semester at work, but it also prevents my pursuit of other professional opportunities that were potentially available to me in the next few months. I can't even begin to explain the frustration that I'm feeling. I have spent the last month working my way up the administrative ladder, pleading for a retroactive declaration of my degree as the issue was the fault of the advisor (the same advisor that has given me false information and misled me at every meeting since my admission in 2016--the advisors in every department are absolute jokes). But U of H wins, refusing to push paperwork and showing that they have absolutely no regard for the success of their students. Which is, ironically, a direct contradiction of the university's mission statement: to "creat[e] an environment in which student success can be ensured." I have never felt as though my success was ensured at this school. This isn't something that has just happened to me, either. Through reaching out to various people, trying to figure out a way to fix this, I've heard many stories of other students who went through this same issue. One in particular was unaware of the problem and only found out that her $77k degree wasn't valid when her classes began expiring. And parents, if you want to know your students are going to be safe, secure, and getting their money's worth out of their college experience, don't let them apply to U of H main campus. Not only is it in the seediest part of Houston (sirens every ten minutes, the block I lived on was shut down regularly by police, and homeless people wander up to your door), but every housing option is biologically unsafe. The campus apartments I lived in (because the dorms were full by the time they processed my paperwork--which was turned in the first week they were accepting housing applications) were awful. During the year that I spent on campus, before I moved back home to commute, I dealt with recurring mold, the oven catching on fire, smoke detectors going off when using the toaster, and various types of bugs no matter how well things were cleaned--and that was after battling with the apartments to rip up and replace the carpet from the previous tenants, who let their cats pee on the carpet and never cleaned up. Parking is awful. It's outrageously expensive and they ignore the fact that they are a commuter school. They recently revamped the system and it's worse than before; they oversell parking passes to each "zone" (ex: they'll sell 150 parking passes in a lot that fits 75). Their solution is to force students to park in "ERP" lots and shuttle in. There is never going to be a day that I'm remotely proud to be a Coog. Sorry, Shasta."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Bisola E - 9/16/2019
Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2015
"The university is a melting pot of different cultures and backgrounds. My favorite part of attending was getting to meet people from various nations. Every country is represented on the campus and if you are a foreigner, you will find your community so that the transition into a new nation is a little easier. I had a premed undergraduate experience and I had advisors and professors who helped me with application process. You do have to be proactive in engaging with faculty members. There are multiple on campus housing options with meal plans that are relatively affordable. There are also resident assistant positions that pay for room and board."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Folayinka Alabi - 9/6/2019
Degree: Construction Management
Graduation Year: 2015
"The University of Houston is known for the diversity of its student body. During my time at the institution, I was allowed to meet people coming from various backgrounds and cultures. What I loved most about being at the University of Houston was living on the campus. While living on campus, I was able to mix and mingle with individuals that became my lifelong friends. Socially, In my opinion, the University does not have a lot of options for its student body. Fraternities and sororities hold most events; this might make socializing harder for new students who are not interested in joining a fraternity or sorority. The campus offers plenty of student-led professional societies, which may be beneficial to join. During undergrad, I joined the National Society of Black Engineers (NESBE) while at the University of Houston, and I was able to secure an internship which changed my life. Academically, the University of Houston follows a generally old system where it is mainly lecture-based. The only classes I encountered that were project-based were classes that included labs such as Physics and Chemistry. It will benefit UH to invest in professors that are willing to convey information more creatively and include more project-based learning. One of the things I pursued academically at UH that was helpful was the campus research opportunity. Usually, the school is willing to fund undergraduate research opportunities. Overall I enjoyed making new friends, joining organizations, and doing research while at UH. The areas of growth which the institution could pay more attention to are the social events held on campus and the quality of teachers working at the institution."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Madelyn M. - 6/17/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"This is a large, urban university. It is sometimes difficult to feel at home or to get involved. Sometimes it is unsafe given the dangerous neighborhood surrounding the university. Much of the student population is commuter, so traffic and parking can be horrendous. Parking is especially bad on football game days. The psychology program has some wonderful professors but the building is older and the program is underfunded."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Heba H - 5/11/2019
Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2018
"University of Houston is a great school that is continuously expanding. It is getting better each year, by remodeling and accommodating to students' needs. Faculty are wonderful, many are well educated, enjoy what they teach, and want you to succeed. Financial services are great, and it is possible to get a lot of financial aid to help pay for tuition."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Michelle Dorsey - 4/19/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 1992
"I attended the University of Houston, Central Campus. I enjoyed every moment of my University career. The University of Houston was close enough to my home that I did not need to live on campus. It was so conveniently located that I was also able to work and attend school. U of H is wonderful because I spent many hours after class time rehearsing as a Dancer. Since I have graduated, there is now a wonderful Theatre major and Dance major. As an alumni, I still receive information about what is happening at the school. University of Houston has many majors; from education to legal careers. There are also many campuses in and around Houston. For undergraduate students there are also extra curricular activities to sports teams to intramural activities."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Kimberly Martinez - 3/30/2019
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017
"Great program! Supportive professors with an array of research areas. In being part of this program, I had the opportunity to participate in research and leadership organizations that related to my field of study. Additionally, the diversity of this program was great! It feels like you have a community rooting for you!"
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