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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).

From Wikipedia

The University of Houston is a public research university in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1927, U of H is the flagship institution of the University of Houston System and the university in Texas with over 46,000 students. Its campus spans in southeast Houston, and was known as University of Houston–University Park from 1983 to 1991. The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".

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212 E. Cullen Building, Houston TX 77204-2018

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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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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, Criminal Justice, and Social Work

Pat Lykos

American attorney

John O'Quinn

John O'Quinn

American lawyer

Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel

American artist and filmmaker

Case Keenum

Case Keenum

American football player

Jennifer Grotz

Jennifer Grotz

American writer and academic

Mariyah Moten

Pakistani model

Zachary Selig

Zachary Selig

American artist, author, painter and spiritist

Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller

American gymnast



American singer, rapper, songwriter, and flautist

Ruby Kless Sondock

Texas supreme court justice

Victoria Osteen

American pastor, author

Bill Worrell

American sports journalist