University of Houston
#253 Overall Influence#1064 Desirability Rank

University of Houston

State research university in Houston, Texas, United States

The University of Houston (UH) was established in 1927. With a student body in excess of 46,000, it is the third-largest university in the state of Texas.

UH is divided into 14 academic colleges, which together offer more than 282 degree programs. It is especially known for its undergraduate programs in biology and the biomedical sciences, as well as its business-related programs. Among its most-noted professional programs are those in engineering, architecture, optometry, pharmacy, and law.

The UH system has four campuses: the original, flagship campus on the southern outskirts of the city, as well as campuses in Downton Houston; in Clear Lake City, on the eastern edge of town adjacent to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center; and in Victoria, a small city located about 120 miles southwest of Houston.

Through its Department of Online and Special Programs, UH offers over 1,250 courses for distance-learners.

UH is associated with one Nobel laureate for peace: Jody Williams.

Other notable UH-connected individuals include the following:

  • Poets—Philip Levine, Richard Howard, Mark Strand, and Charles Wright
  • Novelists—William Goyen, Donald Barthelme, Daniel Stern, Alan Hollinghurst, Alice Sebold, and Meg Wolitzer
  • Playwrights, Lanford Wilson and Edward Albee
  • Science fiction author, Gene Wolfe
  • Film critic and essayist, Phillip Lopate
  • Painter, Michael Ray Charles
  • Painter and filmmaker, Julian Schnabel
  • Actors—Jim Parsons, Robert Wuhl, Loretta Devine, Brent Spiner, Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Trey Wilson, Larry Hovis, and Brett Cullen
  • Comedian, Bill Hicks
  • Dancer and choreographer, Patsy Swayze
  • Classical pianists, Kenneth Broberg and Jessica Zhu
  • Spinto soprano, Stella Zambalis
  • Mezzo-soprano, Susanne Mentzer
  • Tenor, Bruce Ford
  • Singer-songwriter, Townes Van Zandt
  • Singers, Kenny Rogers and Larry Gatlin
  • Singer and musician, Lizzo (Melissa Viviane Jefferson)
  • Hip-hop artist, Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.)
  • Opera composer, Carlisle Floyd
  • Symphony conductor, Paavo Järvi
  • Physicist, Paul Chu
  • WordPress developer, Matthew Mullenweg
  • Mary Kay cosmetics founder, Mary Kay Ash
  • Former Enron CEO, Kenneth Lay
  • Former Motion Picture Association of America President, Jack Valenti
  • Television journalist and news anchor, Dan Rather
  • Former US Representative, Tom DeLay
  • Current US Senator, Elizabeth Warren

UH is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).


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212 E. Cullen Building, Houston TX 77204-2018

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9 per 100k

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What is University of Houston known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

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Social Work
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Computer Science
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Political Science
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Religious Studies
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Criminal Justice

Influential People

Who are University of Houston's Most influential alumni?

University of Houston's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Business, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. University of Houston’s most academically influential people include Donald Barthelme, Gene Wolfe, and Robert Wuhl.

Donald Barthelme
Donald Barthelme

American writer, editor, and professor

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Gene Wolfe
Gene Wolfe

American science fiction and fantasy writer

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Robert Wuhl
Robert Wuhl

American actor, comedian and writer

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Richard Viguerie
Richard Viguerie

American publisher and political activist

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Julian Schnabel
Julian Schnabel

American artist and filmmaker

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Alice Sebold
Alice Sebold

American writer

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Annie Finch
Annie Finch

American poet

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Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid

American actor

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Randy Quaid
Randy Quaid

American actor

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Tom Landry
Tom Landry

American football player and coach

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Kenneth Lay
Kenneth Lay

Former chairman and CEO of Enron Corporation

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Venkat Selvamanickam

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