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University of Houston

Established 1927
School type Flagship Public University
Location Houston, Texas USA
President Dr. Jay Gogue
Campus Urban, 551 acres
Enrollment 35,180 (Fall 2004)
Alumni 160,000
Degree Programs 280 Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral and Professional
Degrees Awarded 5,761 (2001-2002)
Sports team Houston Cougars
Mascot Cougar
Website www.uh.edu


The University of Houston, often called U of H or UH, is a nationally recognized doctoral degree-granting, comprehensive research university located in Houston, Texas. It is the third largest university in the State of Texas with an enrollment of 35,180 students and is Texas' premier metropolitan research and teaching institution. UH is the only doctoral degree-granting university and is the flagship institution of the
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Overview

The university was founded in 1927 as Houston Junior College. In 1934, Houston Junior College became a four-year institution and referred to the institution from that point on as the University of Houston. UH then moved to its current location in 1939. In 1985, the school's name was changed to the University of Houston-University Park. Three years later in 1988, the school reverted its name back to the University of Houston.


UH sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporations, civic organizations, and government agencies, and faculty, staff, and students interact with the community daily. In addition, UH is a destination for all who enjoy theater, concerts, lectures, and intercollegiate sports.


The mascot of the University of Houston is the Cougar. The official student newspaper is The Daily Cougar, the second largest English-language daily newspaper in Houston, Texas. The university has an inter-collegiate sports program, which competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, in Division I-A. Binomial name Puma concolor (Linnaeus, 1771) The puma (Puma concolor) is a type of large cat found in North, Central and South America. ... The Daily Cougar is a daily newspaper run entirely by students at the University of Houston. ... Skyline of Downtown Houston from Eleanor Tinsley Park Located in southeast Texas, Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and one of the two largest economic areas in Texas. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ...


The university has an on-site Hilton hotel. The full-service hotel is a part of of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. It regularly competes with Cornell University for the top spot for hospitality management in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. It is known as one of the world's premier hospitality institutions. Categories: Companies traded on NYSE | Corporation stubs | Fortune 500 companies | Hotels | Companies based in California ... Cornell University is a private university located in Ithaca, New York, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ...


Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Houston is to:
  • Provide a range of educational programs that foster an intellectually and culturally diverse environment that enhances individual growth and development. To prepare a broad community of students (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional, and non-degree seeking) to make lifelong learning commitments that result in personal, social, economic, and community contributions to an increasingly globally interdependent world.
  • Create, discover, disseminate, and preserve knowledge and understanding by engaging in basic and applied research, scholarly and artistic activities that benefit students, scholars, and external constituencies.
  • Serve as a major resource for local, state, national, and global communities by applying scholarly analysis and experience to community problems. Recognize its special responsibility to the Houston metropolitan area by making the knowledge base and other resources of the institution readily accessible to its citizens.

History

Houston Junior College

The University of Houston began as Houston Junior College (HJC). On March 7, 1927, trustess of the Board of Education unanimously passed a historic resolution that authorized the "founding, establishment and operation of a junior college." The junior college was operated and controlled under the guidance of the Houston Independent School District (HISD).


HJC was located in San Jacinto High School and offered only night course. Its first session began June 5, 1927, with an enrollment of 232 students and 12 faculty. This session was primarily held to educate the future teachers of the junior college, an no freshmen were allowed to enroll. A more accurate date for the official opening of HJC is September 19, 1927, when enrollment was opened up to "all persons having completed the necessary educational requirements to enter at a level contingent with higher education needs." The first president of HJC was Dr. Edison Ellsworth Oberholtzer. He was the dominant force in establishing the junior college.


Creation of the University of Houston

The junior college became eligible to become a four-year institution in October 1933 when Governor Miriam A. Furguson signed House Bill 194 into law. On April 30, 1934, HISD's Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution extending the scope and services of the Houston Junior College "to include at least two additional years of college work" and referred to the institution from that point as the University of Houston.


UH's first session as a four-year institution began June 4, 1934, at San Jacinto High School with an enrollment of 682. With its new status, the university needed day classes but had no facility for this purpose. In 1934, the first campus of the University of Houston was established at the Second Baptist Church at Milam and McGowen. The next fall, the campus was moved to the South Main Baptist Church, on Main between Richmond and Eagle, where it stayed for the next five years.


The University of Houston moved to its present campus in 1939. Its first building, the Roy Gustav Cullen Building, was dedicated on June 4, 1939, and classes began the next day. The first full semester of classes began officially on Wednesday, September 20, 1939.


The next step was the creation of the University of Houston as an institution separate from HISD. On July 26, 1943, the Board of Education adopted a resolution establishing an Advisory Board of the University of Houston consisting of 15 members. on March 12, 1945, Senate Bill 207 was signed into law, removing the control of the University of Houston from HISD and placing it into the hands of 15 HISD-approved regents.


The last obstacle facing UH in its quest to become a major institution of higher education was its entrance into the Texas State System of Higher Education. After a lengthy battle between supporters of the University of Houston and forces from state universities geared to block the change, Senate Bill 2 was passed on May 23, 1961, enabling the university to enter the state system in 1963.


Official Seal

The seal of the University of Houston, officially adopted in 1938, is the coat-of-arms of General Sam Houston. The seal was adopted by the UH in 1938 in conjunction with the construction of the campus. The first official version was placed on the floor of the Roy Gustav Cullen Building. Sam Houston Samuel Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863) was a key figure in the history of Texas, and, as of 2005, the only person in U.S. history to have been the governor of two different states. ...


Colors

The official colors of the University of Houston are Scarlet Red and Albino White. These were the colors of Sam Houston's ancestor, Sir Hugh, and were adopted by UH at the same time as the seal. The red stands for courage or inner strength to face the unknown, and the white stands for the good of helping one's fellow man. Sam Houston Samuel Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863) was a key figure in the history of Texas, and, as of 2005, the only person in U.S. history to have been the governor of two different states. ...


Cougar Sign

The cougar sign, made by folding in the ring finger of the hand towards the palm, has several stories explaining its meaning. The true story of its origin dates back to 1953, the first time UH played The University of Texas (now, The University of Texas at Austin) in football. Since this was their first meeting, members of Alpha Phi Omega, the service fraternity in charge of taking care of Shasta I, the university's mascot, brought her to the game. During the trip, Shasta's front paw was caught in the car door and one toe was cut off. At the game, members of the opposing team discovered what had happened and began taunting UH players by holding up their hands with the ring finger bent, say UH's mascot was invalid and so were our players. Texas went on to win this game 28-7. UH students were very upset by this and began using the sign as notice that they wold never let UT forget the incident. Fifteen years later, at their second meeting, the UH Cougars, proudly holding up the now adopted symbol of UH pride, fought Texas to a 20-20 tie. The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. ...


UH did not play Texas again for eight years, our first year as members of the Southwest Conference. The Cougars were on a mission, and in front of 77,809 spectators (at that time the largest crowd ever in attendance at Memorial Stadium) slammed the lid on the disgrace Texas had attempted to put upon UH 23 years earlier. The final score was the Univerisity of Houston Cougars, 30, the Texas Longhorns, 0.


Academics

UH offers a full range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as three professional degrees, through its thirteen colleges. UH is also home to over forty research centers and institutes and conducts more than $72 million in research programs every year.


The many nationally ranked academic programs at the University taught by world-class faculty members offer UH students the opportunity to learn from the very best in an environment that mirrors the real world.


Amongst the most prestigious of the University of Houston's colleges is the University of Houston Law Center, a law school that, until recently (2002), was frequently ranked in the top 50 law schools by U.S. News & World Report each year. In addition, the Law Center's Health Law & Policy Institute has never ranked lower than 2nd among such programs at U.S. law schools, while the Law Center's Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law is consistantly ranked at or near the top 5. The University of Houston Law Center is an A.B.A. approved law school awarding J.D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence) and L.L.M. degrees. ... Law school is the term used in the United States to indicate an institution where future lawyers obtain legal degrees, mainly teaching using the socratic method. ... U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ...


U.S. News & World Report ranks the Bauer College of Business as the top Undergraduate Business Program in Houston, third among public universities in the State of Texas, and 44th in the nation among public universities. The ranking places the Bauer College in the top quartile of the approximately 400 AACSB-accredited undergraduate business programs and top five percent among all 1608 undergraduate business programs in the United States. The MBA Program ranked 5th among public universities for CEOs of S&P 500 companies, according to Bloomberg Markets. Houston was tied with the University of Michigan and Dartmouth. The EMBA Program ranked 17th in the U.S. among public EMBA programs according to the 2004 Financial Times ranking of the top 75 EMBA Programs in the World. U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ...


The University is home to the Creative Writing Program, which was founded by alumnus Donald Barthelme and offers a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Fiction Writing. Noted writers who have come out of the program include novelist Robert Clark Young. The University is also home to the Blaffer Gallery, which exhibits both visiting artists and student work from the University of Houston Department of Art. Donald Barthelme (April 7, 1931 - July 23, 1989) was an American writer of short fiction and novels. ... Robert Clark Young, American novelist, born 1960. ... The University of Houston Department of Art is part of the University of Houston . ...


The Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Managment regularly competes with Cornell University for the top spot for hospitality management in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. UH's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management is known as one of the world's premier hospitality institutions. Cornell University is a private university located in Ithaca, New York, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ...


Campus

The University of Houston campus is located just southeast outside of downtown Houston at the intersection of Interstate 45 and Texas State Highway 35 (also known as Texas Spur 5). Students take courses in modern classroom and laboratory facilities located on a beautiful 551-acre campus dotted with parks, fountains, and plazas. Through UH Distance Education, classes and degrees are also available on instructional television, videotape, online, and face-to-face at sites throughout the greater Houston area. Interstate 45 is an intrastate interstate highway located entirely within the state of Texas, United States. ... Texas State Highway 35, or Texas 35 for short, is a largely north-south highway in southern Texas between Houston, junction of Interstate 45 on the southeast side of the city and Corpus Christi, where it terminates on Interstate 37. ...


UH Traditions

Student traditions thrive at the University of Houston. Cougar Craze at the beginning of the fall semester provides a great introduction for new students. Activities range from Homecoming and Bonfire to the unique Frontier Fiesta. This recreation of a 19th-century western town, with music, food and living historical exhibits, is a major event on campus each spring semester. Throughout the year, brightly painted Bleacher creatures roam the stands during athletic contests, embodying a decidedly nontraditional take on cheerleading. Cougar First Impressions takes place every year on the first two days of classes, when faculty and staff turn out to welcome new and returning students. And the student body's rich ethnic mix combines with the culinary expertise of hotel and restaurant management students to produce an International Food Festival bursting with world beat flavors.


Demographics

The University of Houston is the most diverse research university in the nation, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students. The university has significant Asian-American and Hispanic populations. Its international student population is primarily from Asia.

  • African American 13%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 19%
  • Hispanic 18%
  • International 8%
  • Native American 0.4%
  • White/Other 40%
  • Unknown 2%

Colleges

  • Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
  • C.T. Bauer College of Business
  • College of Education
  • Cullen College of Engineering
  • Honors College
  • Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • UH Law Center
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Graduate School of Social Work
  • College of Technology

Sports

NCAA Division I sports

The University's enviable record of nationally recognized athletic achievements includes:

  • Baseball - 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, with two trips to the College World Series
  • Basketball - 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, with five trips to the Final Tour
  • Football - 14 post-season bowl appearances
  • Golf - 16 NCAA National Championships, a position unmatched by any school
  • Soccer - rated as the top first-year women's program in the country in 1998
  • Track and Field - perennial top-10 NCAA team
  • Volleyball - a streak of nine consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament

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Men

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and Field

Women

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Club sport and recreation organizations

  • Badminton
  • Billiards
  • Cattle Rustlers
  • Cougar Bowling
  • Cougar Flingers
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Judo
  • Men's Soccer
  • Rugby Football
  • Social Dance
  • Volleyball
  • Wall Crawlers
  • Women's Soccer
  • Wrestling

Intramural sports

  • 5K Run
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Flag Football
  • Frisbee
  • Golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Famous alumni

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Douglas Dean Drabek (born July 25, 1962 in Victoria, Texas) was a Major League Baseball player. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium in Saint Louis, Missouri. ... Clyde The Glide Drexler (born 2 June 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former NBA all-star guard. ... Basketball Basketball is a ball sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop. ... Steve Elkington (1962- ) is an Australian golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. ... Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is an outdoor game where individual players or teams play a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ... William Frederick Fisher William Frederick Fisher (M.D.) NASA Astronaut (former) Personal data Born April 1, 1946, in Dallas, Texas. ... U.S. Space Shuttle astronaut Bruce McCandless II using a manned maneuvering unit. ... 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The View is a daytime television talk show on ABC which stars Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. ... Kenneth Lee Lay (born April 15, 1942) is an American businessman and former CEO of Enron Corporation. ... Enron Corporation Enron Corporation is an energy trading and communications company based in Houston, Texas that employed around 21,000 people in mid-2001 (before bankruptcy). ... Frederick Carlton Carl Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American athlete. ... For months before the Olympic Games, runners relay the Olympic Flame from Olympia to the opening ceremony. ... Jim Nantz (born May 17, 1959 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American sportscaster. ... CBSs first color logo, which debuted in the fall of 1965. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria) was an NBA basketball player, now retired. ... Basketball Basketball is a ball sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop. ... Lloyd Ted Poe (born September 10, 1948 in Temple, Texas) is an American politician and judge from the U.S. state of Texas and is currently the Representative from District 2 (map) . Poe graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Political science and got his J.D. from... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... Dennis Quaid Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954 in Houston, Texas) is an American actor. ... Randy Quaid (born October 1, 1950) is an actor and the elder brother of fellow actor Dennis Quaid. ... Julian Schnabel (born New York, 1951) is an American painter and filmmaker. ... Margaret Spellings Margaret Spellings (born Margaret Dudar, 1958) is the current Secretary of Education under the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush and was previously a Domestic Policy Adviser to Bush. ... The United States Secretary of Education is the head of the Department of Education. ... Brent Spiner as Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation Brent Jay Spiner is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of the android Data on the television and movie series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Jack Joseph Valenti (born September 5, 1921) was special assistant to Lyndon Johnsons White House. ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... Robert Wuhl (born October 9, 1951) is a comedian turned actor/ writer. ... Frank Urban Fuzzy Zoeller, Jr. ... 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External links

UH Affiliated Sites

UH Non-Affiliated Sites

  • The Cougar Web (http://www.thecougarweb.com/)
  • UH Students Forum (http://www.uhstudents.com/)
  • Cougar Fan Site (http://www.coogfans.com/)


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