Established in 1974, the University of Houston-Clear Lake provides educational opportunities to students in the Houston-Galveston area and beyond, offering undergraduate and graduate programs, including two doctoral programs. Located adjacent to the NASA Johnson Space Center, UH-Clear Lake is situated in the heart of the area's high-technology community.
In 2011, UHCL received approval from the Texas Legislature for downward expansion, which authorized the university to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster. Originally established as an upper-level university, UHCL welcomed for the first time freshman and sophomore students in fall 2014.
Known as a student-centered, community-minded, partnership-oriented university, UHCL was recognized for its community engagement programs in 2013 by earning a spot on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This marks the fourth time the university has received the honor, which is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The university also gained recognition with its selection for The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's 2008 Community Engagement Classification in the combined Curricular Engagement Outreach and Partnerships category.
UHCL is committed to supporting the region's various commercial, engineering, human services and trade sectors, especially in the computing, medical, 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, formerly known as the Center for Advanced Management Programs.
In addition to being recognized for its community service, UHCL's distinctions include being listed as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. The Military Friendly Schools list features top colleges, universities and trade schools recognized for their dedicated efforts to ensure military students' success. The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities designated UHCL as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, while Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine ranked UHCL among the Top 100 institutions for Hispanics based on number of degrees awarded. GetEducated.com named UHCL's online MBA program as one of its top 20 best buys in The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Accredited Online MBAs for fall 2013. UHCL's School of Education was named the sole recipient of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' 2009 Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.
President William A. Staples leads UHCL, which serves more than 8,600 students and approximately 58,000 alumni.
UHCL offers bachelor's degrees in 41 fields of study through its four schools, including the Schools of Business, Education, Human Sciences and Humanities, and Science and Computer Engineering. Among the degree programs is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing added in fall 2014, which welcomes registered nurses pursuing their bachelor's degree. The program is offered at UH-Clear Lake Pearland Campus.
Graduate Education and Research
With 45 master's degree programs, including a Master of Arts in Behavioral Analysis, area professionals can strengthen their skill set and complement their undergraduate education at UHCL. In addition to traditional classes, UHCL offers master's degree programs online in business administration, engineering management, finance, human resource management, instructional technology and software engineering. The university's Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership prepares local educational leaders to become administrators. In 2014, UHCL received approval for its second doctorate, a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, which will welcome its first cohort in spring 2015. UHCL generated more than $1.6 million in research expenditures during FY2014.
UH-Clear Lake Pearland Campus
UHCL Pearland Campus welcomed approximately 780 students in fall 2014. The 30,659-square-foot modern facility is shared with Pearland Economic Development Corporation, which occupies 8,043 square feet. Along with high-quality academics, UHCL's satellite 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.
- William A. Staples
- Degree Programs:
- Annual Degrees Awarded:
- $112.2 million
- Tuition & Fees:
- $6,303 per year (undergraduate resident-average, 30 semester credit hours per acadmic year).
- Research Expenditures:
- $1.685 million
- More than 510,000 volumes and 570 printed subscriptions, plus access to over 83,000 e-journals.
- Physical Plant Value:
- $170 million