Professors here are “always prepared and make lecture interesting” through “effective teaching strategies” that “provide eye opening real-life information” to what can be “a motley group of students coming together to pursue higher education.” Though there are a few who receive low marks, most “take into consideration the needs of students and many post lectures and notes online.” Even in the larger classes, professors make and keep their office hours, so “if you are willing to work hard, you do have the tools available to learn the material.” TAs are especially helpful, and “the tutoring services are very accessible and widely used.”
Careers are a main focus of Cougars, and there is a wide range of majors and many interdisciplinary systems for students looking to specify their education, and there are also “many ties to local business and industry,” including the chemical and space industries, and the medical center. “The flexibility of my degree plan cannot be found in any other school,” says a student. Red tape is the main grumble for UH students, with the financial aid office drawing the most ire, and many students also “have difficulty fixing problems regarding registration and enrollment for classes.”
A very large percentage of the student body lives at home, so “the campus grows much more quiet in the evenings and on weekends,” and stores and restaurants close earlier than normal. However, UH “is in the middle of a transition from being a commuter campus to a residential campus” and has announced plans to build two more dorms in the next few years and to require freshmen to live on campus. Even for those who travel home at night, “the recreational facility and other organizations are a way to meet friendly people.” Flyers for events “can be found everywhere on campus,” which is “great for networking purposes or if you just need a break from studying.”
Football is understandably huge, but be warned: “If you don’t come early enough to the football game, forget about it.” Basically, “unless you are supremely shy, there are countless opportunities to make friends and fit in.” “We also can’t leave out the tiny fact that we are in Houston,” says a proud local. There are plenty of fun places “to eat, party, hang out, and exercise, and it’s all within a fifteen-minute radius.