The University of Houston-Victoria was founded in 1973 as the University of Houston Victoria Center. Ten years later, a bill was passed by the Texas Legislature to allow the center to become UHV with permanent status as a degree-granting university offering junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses. Legislation signed into law in 2009 allowed UHV to admit its first freshmen and sophomores in fall 2010.
UHV is now a dynamic destination university in the Coastal Bend region of Texas that serves the educational needs, promotes the economic well-being and advances the quality of life for the university and community through teaching, research and service excellence. Through the years, UHV’s enrollment has grown to more than 4,400 students, and the university confers about 1,000 degrees annually. UHV boasts nearly 16,000 alumni.
Under the leadership of Interim President Vic Morgan, UHV offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in three schools: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. Programs are offered both face to face and online at the Victoria campus in addition to Fort Bend and Harris County teaching centers in collaboration with other colleges and universities. UHV serves transfer students through dual admissions programs with Victoria College, Wharton County Junior College and many other community colleges.
Freshmen can select from a wide variety of arts and sciences, business and education programs offered at the Victoria campus, while other students can take courses online or face to face in Victoria, Sugar Land or Katy. Additionally, transfer students can be a part of UHV’s nationally accredited nursing program in Victoria, Sugar Land or Katy. More than 68 percent of UHV students are enrolled as undergraduates.
Freshman applicants who graduate from a U.S. high school or earn a GED certificate must meet two of the three following requirements to be eligible for regular admission: They must rank in the top 50 percent of their graduating senior class; their overall high school grade-point average must be at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale under the “recommended” or “advanced” high school program; and they must have a minimum score of 18 on the Enhanced American College Test or a minimum score of 860 on the Scholastic Assessment Test reasoning exams. Applicants are automatically admitted if they graduated in the top 10 percent of their class. Undergraduate students who are transfer students (with 12 or more semester credit hours of college courses) can be admitted if they have earned at least a 2.0 GPA in all nonremedial, college-level coursework from an accredited institution and submit the appropriate paperwork.
Graduate Education and Research
The UHV master’s programs open up career opportunities for students. The university offers master’s programs in many areas, including education, business, nursing, publishing, forensic psychology, creative writing and computer information systems. Research/sponsored program expenditures at UHV were more than $990,000 for fiscal year 2013-2014.
- Interim President:
- Vic Morgan
- Degree Programs:
- Annual Degrees Awarded:
- $71.2 million
- Tuition & Fees:
- $6,748 per year (undergraduate resident-average, 30 semester credit hours per academic year).
- Research Expenditures:
- Over 200,000 items in collection. Electronic resources feature access to more than 100 research databases and 75,000 e-books
- Physical Plant Value:
- $49.6 million