University description (as per official university website)
Our History & Traditions
The University of Houston's proud heritage of academic excellence dates back to its founding in 1927. In 1947, the institution launched one of its many rich traditions by adopting the cougar, later named Shasta, as its official mascot.
Over the years, we grew and prospered, becoming the University of Houston in 1934. Two years later, the institution acquired land for a permanent campus, and its first building opened in 1939. The university became a state institution in 1963 and joined the newly created University of Houston System in 1977.
Today, the University of Houston is a major public research and teaching institution, serving more than 36,000 students annually with nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate programs.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Houston is to discover and disseminate knowledge through the education of a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students, and through research, artistic and scholarly endeavors, as it becomes the nationís premier public university in an urban setting. In this role, the University of Houston applies its expertise to the challenges facing the local, state, national, and international communities, and it establishes and nurtures relationships with community organizations, government agencies, public schools, and the private sector to enhance the educational, economic, and cultural vitality of Houston and Texas.
Houston is the nation's fourth largest city and an international destination, bursting with energy.
Known as the energy capital of the world, the city is home to 19 Fortune 500 companies and the world's largest medical centeróproviding limitless opportunities for UH students to develop their skills in internships and fieldwork experiences in the real world.
Houston's quality of life and proximity to research partners in business and government also make the city an attractive home for talented professors and their families.
Houston is a fun place to live, too. Interested in the arts? Take in a performance of the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, or Houston Symphony, or wander through Houston's Museum District. Rather be outdoors? Choose from more than 160 golf courses, commune with wild animals at the Houston Zoo, or go hiking at the Armand Bayou Nature Center.