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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.

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1) Submit Your Application

Visit Apply Texas 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 Apply Texas or through E-Services using your institution issued student ID.

3) Send Your Transcripts

Official Transcripts are required to complete your admissions application. Transcripts are considered official if received directly from the school or provided in sealed envelopes. Here's how to send your transcripts to UHCL:

1. Send Electronically: Ask your school administrator to send your transcript data electronically through an EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) system, e.g. TRex (for Texas institutions). Preferred method for faster service.

2. Send using an eDoc Service: Can't send it electronically? That's okay! Ask your school administrator to send us a PDF version of your official transcript through Naviance, Speede, or any other secure eDoc service. If a service asks for a university email address please use: Preferred method.

3. Send by mail: If neither of these options are available, ask your school to mail your transcript to the address below. Please understand there may be some processing delays for mailed transcripts as the university only permits a small number of employees on campus and postal services may be delayed.

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

4. Hand Deliver: You can also hand-deliver your transcript to the UHCL Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope to the above address. Please check university hours and status prior to coming to campus. 

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.

Test-Optional Policy

UHCL has approved a temporary test-optional policy to waive the ACT/SAT requirements for Spring 2023, Summer 2023, and Fall 2023 terms. This means freshmen are not required to submit an ACT/SAT score to receive an admission decision, but are encouraged to submit scores if they have them. Applicants will not be penalized for not submitting ACT/SAT scores. We are exploring extending this test-optional policy for future terms.

Class Rank Calculated Unweighted GPA on a 4.0 Scale Admissions Type
Top 10% No Minimum Assured Admission
11-25% ≥ 3.3 Assured Admission
11-25% ≤ 3.2 Individual Review
26-50% ≥ 3.45 Assured Admission
26-50% ≤ 3.44 Individual Review
51% or Lower - Individual Review
No Rank ≥ 3.5 Assured Admission
≤ 3.49 Individual Review

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
  • Fall

    Priority - July 15 
    Final - August 1 

  • Spring

    Priority - November 1
    Final - December 1 

  • Summer

    Priority - March 1
    Final (Summer Session I & II) - May 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.

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


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


  • 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:
    Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.