How to Apply as a Freshman

Ready to submit that application to University of Houston-Clear Lake? We might be even more excited than you are about this next stage of your life. In order to ensure that you understand the steps for applying to UHCL, we’ve created this handy outline that clearly describes the admissions requirements and application process.

1) Submit Your Application

Visit to complete your online application to UHCL.

2) Pay the Application Fee

We require that you pay a non-refundable application fee of $45. You can pay online through or through E-Services using your institution issued student ID.

3) Send Your Transcripts

We require an official transcript to complete your application. This can be sent electronically from your school. You may also mail transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd. Box 13
Houston, Texas 77058

You can also hand-deliver your transcript to the UHCL Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope to the above address.

4) Send Your Scores

  • Your official SAT or ACT scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency. UHCL’s SAT code is 6916. UHCL’s ACT code is 4171.
  • We also require your 11th grade TAKS or STARR test scores. Please request that your school send these test scores to UHCL along with your high school transcript.
  • Any college coursework you have already completed should be sent along with your Application for Admission in order to assist in determining college readiness standards and enrollment course selection.

After you have submitted all the necessary material, we will begin processing your application. You can check on the status of your application process through E-Services.

  • Freshman Deadlines
  • Summer 2019

    Priority - February 1
    Final (Summer Session I) - June 10*
    Final (Summer Session II) - July 15*
    *Online application closes May 21. Freshman students applying after May 21 must submit all required documents along with paper application to the Office of Admissions.

  • Fall 2019

    Priority - February 1
    Final - August 1

  • Spring 2020

    Priority - September 1
    Final - December 1

  UHCL Freshman Admissions Requirements

First-time college students applying to attend UHCL must have attended a recognized public or private high school, meet the Texas Uniform Admission Policy and fulfill the standardized test requirements below:

Rank in Class Minimum SAT Scores Minimum ACT Scores
  (ERWS+MSS) ACT Composite
Top 10% Assured Admissions Assured Admissions
Top 11-25% 1030 20
Top 26-50% 1130 23
Below 51% Individual Review Individual Review
GED/Homeschooled Individual Review Individual Review

If you are a Texas resident attending an out-of-state school, you may also qualify under this option. You must submit a residency petition to determine your residency status.

If you take the SAT or ACT multiple times, the best score from a single testing date will be used to process your file.

If you ranked in the 3rd or 4th quartile of your high school class, received a GED, were home-schooled, attended a non-accredited high school or do not meet UHCL’s automatic or assured admissions criteria, you will be considered for admission through our Individual Review Process. You may also be required to submit the following information in addition to your application and SAT or ACT scores:

  1. Essay or Personal Statement regarding your education and career goals;
  2. Two letters of recommendation which address your academic ability and readiness for college level work; and,
  3. College course work already completed at an accredited institution of higher education.


If you are denied admission following an individual review, you may request an appeal. Information obtained during the individual review will be used in the appeal process, including:
  • High school attended
  • First generation status
  • Employment
  • Special abilities
  • Individual achievement
  • Leadership activities
  • Other public service-related activities
  High School Courses

If you attended a Texas public high school, you must complete the Texas Recommended or Distinguished High School Plan.

  • Required High School Coursework
  • English Language Arts
    4 Credits
  • Mathematics
    4 Credits
  • Science
    4 Credits
  • Social Studies
    4 Credits
  • Foreign Language
    2 Credits
  • Physical Education
    1 Credits
  • Speech
    0.5 Credits
  • Fine Arts
    1 Credit
  • Elective Courses
    5.5 Credits
  • Total
    26 Credits or more

Equivalency Policy for Private and Out-Of-State High Schools

Students who attended Texas private schools, home school or out-of-state schools must successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent* in content and rigor to the recommended or distinguished high school program. Equivalencies must be documented by the students' high school using one of the Texas Private High School Certification forms below.

*UHCL’s admission requirements are in compliance with Texas Education Code section 51.803 and are subject to change. The State Board of Education adopted changes to the high school graduation requirements in January 2012. The new requirements are effective beginning with students who enter grade 9 in the 2012-2013 school year. View the new graduation requirements


  • Office of Admissions

    Phone: 281-283-2500
    Fax: 281-283-2522

    SSCB 1.101
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 13
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office Hours:
    Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Holiday Hours:
    Nov. 25-27, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Nov. 28-29, CLOSED

    Extended Hours:
    Jan. 8-9, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Jan. 14-15, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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