University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake has provided educational opportunities to students in the Houston-Galveston area and beyond since 1974. UH-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs through its four colleges including the Colleges of Business, Education, Human Sciences and Humanities, and Science and Engineering. Located adjacent to the NASA Johnson Space Center, UHCL is situated in the heart of the area’s high-technology community on a 524-acre nature preserve. After receiving approval in 2011 from the Texas Legislature, UHCL welcomed freshman and sophomore students for the first time in fall 2014.

Students enjoy small class sizes while learning from highly qualified faculty, while outside the classroom, they can participate in more than 100 student organizations, external internships and research opportunities. The university currently serves more than 8,500 students as well as proudly boasts more than 66,000 alumni.

In April 2017, the university broke ground on three new buildings including the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Classroom Building and Recreation and Wellness Center at UHCL, and the Health Sciences and Classroom Building at UHCL Pearland Campus. In August 2017, the university welcomed its fifth president, Ira K. Blake, Ph.D., who plans to continue to expand opportunities for the university community.

The value of a UHCL education is continually recognized by national accrediting agencies in education, social work, the sciences and more. The university continues to strengthen its reputation among regional universities, tying for 63rd among the 2018 Best Regional Universities West and 16th among Top Public Schools Regional Universities West in the U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings. The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities designated UHCL as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, while The Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine ranked the university among the Top 100 institutions for Hispanics based on number of degrees awarded. UHCL has also been recognized for its community involvement, earning a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2015.

UHCL is committed to supporting the region’s various commercial, engineering, computing, health care, petrochemical and aerospace industries. The university’s numerous institutes and centers help fulfill these needs and include the Environmental Institute of Houston, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Center for Educational Programs, Psychological Services Clinic and Center for Executive Education.

Undergraduate Education

UHCL offers bachelor’s degrees in 44 fields of study through its four colleges. In spring 2017, UHCL added the Bachelor of Science in Addictions Counseling, the only degree program of its kind available from a Texas public university, which will prepare graduates to become Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors in Texas.

Graduate Education and Research

With 45 graduate programs and three doctoral programs, area professionals can strengthen their skills set and complement their undergraduate education at UHCL. In addition to face-to-face classes, UHCL offers master’s degree programs online in business administration, engineering management, finance, human resource management, and more. Its three doctoral programs can help students build on their academic success. The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership prepares local educational leaders to become administrators, while the Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) addresses the needs of professionals in all levels of the education sector who seek to positively impact their institutions. In 2016, UHCL received approval for its third doctorate, a Doctor of Psychology in Health Service Psychology.

UHCL Pearland Campus

UHCL Pearland Campus (1200 Pearland Parkway, Pearland, TX 77581) opened in 2010 to offer the growing community access to quality bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Undergraduates with more than 60 credit hours can complete their bachelor’s degrees and select from eight degree programs, while graduate students can receive their master’s degrees in six programs. UHCL’s RN-to-BSN program offers crucial training in healthcare issues, communication and leadership to mold graduates into future leaders.

Along with high-quality academics, UHCL Pearland Campus stays true to the mission of a community-minded, partnership-oriented university through participation in organizations such as the Pearland Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance.

UHCL at the Texas Medical Center

Students pursuing a degree from UHCL’s health care programs receive their education in the Texas Medical Center, one of the largest centers of health care delivery and research in the world. With a focus on business skills, finance, reimbursement and operations, UHCL’s degree programs are designed to prepare students to assume administrative responsibility in health care institutions in both the public and private sectors.

Fact Sheet

Ira K. Blake
8,669 (fall 2016)
66,132 (April 2017) – 64,129 (Fall 2016)
Degree Programs:
92 (FY 2016)
Annual Degrees Awarded:
2,545 (FY 2016)
$170 million (FY 2017)
Tuition & Fees:
$7,931 per year (undergraduate resident-average, 15 semester credit hours per semester)
Research Expenditures:
$1.579 million (FY 2016)
More than 506,457 volumes and 451 printed subscriptions, plus access to over 84,770 e-journals
Physical Plant Value:
$134.6 million (FY 2016)
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