In the decade of the 60ís, it became obvious to the citizens of the
Victoria area that greater opportunities were needed in higher
education: no institution within a 100-mile radius offered baccalaureate
and masterís degrees. There were many junior college students and
graduates in the region who wanted to continue study beyond the
associate degree, and a growing number of people who had bachelorís
degrees were anxious to pursue masterís degrees. Most of these potential
university students had families and jobs in the area and would find
leaving home difficult if not impossible. By April of 1969, an organized
group began working to bring an upper level institution to Victoria.
After many meetings between Texas legislators and community leaders,
approval was granted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to
establish an off-campus center of the University of Houston in Victoria.
In 1973 about 100 students entered the newly opened University of
Houston Victoria Center. Ten years later, in April 1983, Senate Bill 235
was passed by the Texas Legislature, and the center became the
University of Houston-Victoria, with permanent status as a
The student population has now grown to more than 2,400 students, and
nearly 7,000 bachelorís and masterís degrees have been conferred.
In addition to degree programs, the university honors 2+2 transfer
agreements with Austin Community College, Blinn College, Coastal Bend
College, Houston Community College, The Victoria College, and Wharton
County Junior College. Similar agreements are being developed with North
Harris Montgomery Community College District.
The University of Houston-Victoria shares with all institutions of
higher education the universal mission of teaching, research, and
service. It shares with the other institutions of the University of
Houston System a special responsibility to serve educational needs, to
promote economic well being, and to advance the quality of life in the
The universityís most distinctive commitment is to make higher education
accessible to able students who might otherwise lack the opportunity.
Its most compelling commitment is to make the quality of education they
receive nonetheless competitive. The university emphasizes student
learning, related research, responsiveness to student needs, and
collaboration in the development and delivery of academic programs.
Outreach has characterized its mission and history.
The university is an upper-level and graduate institution with selected
bachelorís and masterís degree programs in the Arts and Sciences,
Business Administration, and Education and Human Development. In
cooperation with community colleges, which offer the first two years of
instruction, the university provides an opportunity for students to
complete baccalaureate degrees. At both the undergraduate and graduate
levels, the university admits only students whose records demonstrate
successful academic performance at the college level.
The university serves students on campus in Victoria and delivers
instruction to other communities in the area. In collaboration with
other UH System universities, it offers degree programs at teaching
centers in greater Houston. It provides extensive course offerings,
selected degree programs, learning support, and many student services
In addition to degree programs, the university extends educational,
informational, and cultural opportunities to the public through library
services, outreach and professional development programs, and a variety
of special events.
In reaching out to students online and on site in multiple communities,
the University of Houston-Victoria is evolving beyond location. But
though its identity may have changed, its basic mission remains the
same: to provide able students, often with job and family obligations,
convenient access to higher education that is affordable, credible, and
relevant to their lives, their communities, and their world.
UH-Victoria is governed by the Board of Regents and the Chancellor of
the University of Houston System. Administrative responsibility is
vested in the President. The System consists of four public
universities: the University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear
Lake, University of Houston-Downtown, and University of
UH-Victoria is an upper-level/graduate institution, serving students on
campus, at off-campus centers, and online. It has three academic
schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, and Education and
Undergraduate students are eligible to transfer to UH-Victoria after
completing a minimum of 54 semester credit hours of academic coursework
(with at least a 2.0 GPA) at an accredited institution. They may
concurrently enroll at UHV and their home institution after completion
of 30 semester credit hours.
Educational Standards Ė Accreditation
University of Houston-Victoria is accredited by the Commission on
Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866
Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number
404-679-4500) to award bachelorís and masterís degrees.
The UH-Victoria School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB
International, 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL
33602-5730, Telephone 813-769-6500, www.aacsb.edu, to offer both
bachelor's and master's degrees in Business.
Location and Facilities
Victoria, center of the South Texas Crossroads in the heart of the
Golden Gulf Coast, is a still-expanding historic city on the banks of
the Guadalupe River. More than 150 years old, it is one of the first
three towns chartered by the new republic when Texas won its
independence from Mexico in 1836. Famous battles of the Texas revolution
were fought at nearby sites.
Pioneer charm and high-tech industry mingle in the city of 62,000
inhabitants, near the Gulf of Mexico on a popular coastal route between
Houston and Mexico. It is a short distance by car to Houston, San
Antonio, Austin, and Corpus Christi. Victoria is the home of many
petrochemical industries, such as DuPont, Alcoa, Dow, Formosa, INVISTA,
BP Chemicals, and Equistar Chemicals. Victoria is surrounded by vast
expanses of ranch lands, held by descendants of early Texas settlers,
and offers economic as well as cultural diversity.
The University of Houston-Victoria campus includes University Center,
completed in Spring 2000, which contains classrooms, offices, a
state-of-the art biology lab, and media and computer labs; and
University West, which houses classrooms and faculty and administrative
UH-Victoria is the managing partner of the UH Systemís off-campus
teaching centers at Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch. Additionally, UHV
delivers courses to other sites within the service region. A number of
UHV faculty and staff are located at these centers.
Building and Office Hours
Building hours are posted outside the main entrance of each facility.
Individual office and departmental hours may vary, but are normally 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, unless posted otherwise.
Campus Safety and Security
The safety and health of the campus community is a primary concern of
the University. However, a safe and healthful environment does not
happen by chance. Campus safety is everyoneís responsibility. As a
student and member of the University community, you can help through
your support and participation in any of the following ways:
ē If a crime or suspicious activity is noticed, call the police
immediately. Do not assume someone else has contacted the police;
ē Attend campus safety related training sessions and/or short courses
offered to students (Contact the campus Safety Office or see the Safety
Bulletin Board in the University West building);
ē Attend quarterly Campus Safety Committee meetings to express any
safety related concerns you may have or to just find out whatís
happening. You do not have to be a member to attend these meetings.
Students and the public are always invited to attend. (See Safety
Bulletin Board on the first floor of the University West building for
meeting times and location);
ē Use the suggestion box to express ideas or opinions you have on
improving campus safety.
Reporting Safety and Security Problems
The police department (911) should be notified immediately to report
crimes, suspicious behavior or other unlawful activities. 911 can be
dialed without coins from any campus pay phone, or dial 9-911 from any
campus office phone. The campus safety Land Risk Manager may be
contacted by calling (361)570-4245 or by emailing