University of Houston Reviews

  • 140 Reviews
  • Houston (TX)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,891
85% of 140 students said this degree improved their career prospects
86% of 140 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Bela Latif
  • Reviewed: 12/13/2020
  • Degree: Business
"Instructors don’t reply to your emails. They have TAs who will reply so late but not solve the problem. Instructors don’t care if your grade is dropping because you don’t understand the assignments, or because they have insufficient information which is misleading in the syllabus. One assignment can drop your grade so much because of percentage distribution. The administration doesn’t answer the call and when they do, they don’t know how to help you. The university’s advisors fail to provide basic information like how to file a degree plan or don’t even tell you, you basically hear it from fellow students. The advisors also don’t care that you don’t have any classes to register for without their permission, which is absolutely ridiculous cause then you are left with the worst of the worst professors. You basically have to figure out everything yourself as they don’t guide you. Online education has also ruined most of the things of this university. But I am sure even if it was in person, it would be the same. They also don’t update the classes you take in other institution and you keep calling them hoping them to add the classes that you took already."
Joseph Burkhalter
  • Reviewed: 8/21/2020
  • Degree: Cultural Studies
"*** 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."
Jos L
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"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."
Tessa Long
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"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."
Jami J
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2019
  • Degree: English
"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."
Bisola E
  • Reviewed: 9/16/2019
  • Degree: Nutrition
"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."
Folayinka Alabi
  • Reviewed: 9/6/2019
  • Degree: Construction Management
"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."
Madelyn M.
  • Reviewed: 6/17/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"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."
Heba H
  • Reviewed: 5/11/2019
  • Degree: Nutrition
"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."
Michelle Dorsey
  • Reviewed: 4/19/2019
  • Degree: Education
"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."
Kimberly Martinez
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2019
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"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!"
Cecelia Ottenweller
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2018
  • Degree: Anthropology
"First, UH has undergone tremendous change in their degree program structure since I graduated. Anyone reading my review must understand this before taking my review to heart. The mission of UH was to provide educational opportunities to non-traditional students and I was a classic case: I worked full time while pursuing my degree. The Anthropology department was less accommodating that most in that there were very few late classes to be taken after regular working hours. Fortunately, my full time job allowed me to go to school during the day. The school was also not supportive in that there were no counselors made available to me to find alternatives ways to pay for my education or for me to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Furthermore, the professors were unsympathetic to people working to earn their degree and made little effort to help students find ways to apply the concepts in a real-world setting. If I had the degree to do over again, I would advise undergraduates to be aggressive in finding alternatives to funding their degree than working full time and to find a program that was focused on applicability. I am recommending the school now because I understand substantial changes have occurred, but would urge applicants to be realistic about what they are expecting from their degree and the school's offerings."
Lane Tunstall
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2018
  • Degree: Marketing
"The University of Houston has an outstanding business school. However, you will get out of it what you put into it. There is plenty of opportunity to get involved with student organizations and it would be very helpful if you are to do so. Many of the professors are strongly involved within these organizations and the alumni of the organizations helps out quite a bit. The sales program at the University of Houston is what really makes it shine. There is a 98% job placement rate out of the program for entry level sales careers which can be quite lucrative. Many different companies partner with the university in order to be able to hire students graduating from the business school. I can say that I did not enjoy my time in any program besides the business school. It seems like the majority of the schools focus is around this program, so keep that in mind when applying."
Nnenna Darlene Umelloh
  • Reviewed: 11/27/2018
  • Degree: Marketing
"I graduated from the Honors College at the University of Houston in May 2018. I can honestly say that I would do it all over again. Being in the Honors College, especially Bauer Honors has molded me as a young woman and provided me the resources and network to launch my own consulting business while I was in school. Bauer respects and capitalizes on the entrepreneurial spirit. That is a part of the reason I was able to get started on my business so early. They help you discover your passions and define a path for you. They are also adamant about helping you secure internships and full-time opportunities post-graduation. I love the University of Houston."
James Yu
  • Reviewed: 5/2/2018
  • Degree: Economics
"I was only in this program for a few months because after I had moved cross-country and turned down acceptances to alternative PhD economics programs, I started at the University of Houston only to have my offer of acceptance revoked because THEY not I had misread one of my transcripts submitted for acceptance. I had done graduate work at one campus of Johns Hopkins instead of another campus, and THEY were confused, but I paid the price of their confusion. I lost that money related to moving, and I lost a year of doctoral studies. Now I have my doctorate and a newly published book from another university that is a lot more honest and responsible in its treatment of graduate students."
BreeAnna Parker
  • Reviewed: 5/2/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"I attended the University of Houston-Main Campus for my undergraduate program. I earned my bachelors of science in psychology with a minor in health from the university if 2013. The university has a strong blended online program that works with their students schedules for working people to obtain their degree. I wish there was better counseling and organization to help students wanting to enroll, then pursue psychology degrees."
Penelope cotton
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2018
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"Unfortunately, this online masters in early childhood education program is not deserving of the high scoring received by the US news. It was equal to the level and education I experienced at community college if not worse. The program was created to pump out graduates and not genuinely to teach students best early childhood methods and research. They hook you with outstanding professors semester 1 then water it down semester 2. By semester 3 you can expect the professors to NEVER respond to your emails, NO GRADES and basically NO COMMUNICATION. They lack advanced technology abilities to connect online students with professors: so dont expect to truly feel like a part of a learning community. The On a positive note: its EASY to maintain an A+ and receive your masters certificate. Bottom line Is: if you are in the graduate program to LEARN, dont go to this University. If you are in it for a quick squeeze and easy raise, this will work."
Cassandra Butcher
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2018
  • Degree: Higher Education
"The University of Houston is an amazing university that is dedicated to helping students to get where they want to be in life. The administrators, faculty, and staff are very charismatic and helpful. They offer an abundance of support, encouragement, new, and exciting challenges to help push their students towards success. The campus is very diverse and accepting of their students differences. Here people are always trying to figure out new ways to serve the students as best as they can. The University of Houston feels like a big family. Here you have people always cheering you on and investing in to you. I love this university."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Law
"The University of Houston Law Center has professors that care about their students. The program was helpful in teaching real world cases and scenarios and not just theoretical ideas."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"It helps me find myself and my career path."