|Annual Degrees Awarded:||1,184|
|Tuition & Fees:||$6,396 per year (undergraduate resident-average, 30 semester credit hours per academic year).|
|Library:||Over 178,000 print volumes, over 23,000 items in microform, over 64,000 electronic books, 35,000 full-text journals and magazines, and over 115 research databases|
|Physical Plant Value:||$32 million|
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 underclassmen (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 4,491 students, and the university confers about 1,000 degrees annually. UHV boasts alumni in excess of 15,000.
Under the leadership of President Philip Castille, UHV offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in four schools: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. Programs are offered both face to face and online at the Victoria campus in addition to two Fort Bend County teaching centers in collaboration with other UH System universities. UHV serves transfer students through dual admissions programs with the Victoria College, Wharton County Junior College and other area community colleges.
Freshmen can select from a wide variety of arts and sciences, business and education programs offered at the Victoria campus, while sophomores can take courses online or face to face in Victoria or Fort Bend. 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. In addition to online and face-to-face programs offered in the arts and sciences, business and education in Victoria and Fort Bend County, transfer students also can be a part of UHV's nationally accredited nursing program. More than sixty percent of UHV students are enrolled as undergraduates.
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 nursing, education, business, publishing, forensic psychology and computer information systems. Research/sponsored program expenditures at UHV are more than $650,000 annually.