The University of Houston-Victoria is dedicated to providing students with the opportunities they need to make their mark in the world. Established in 1973 with a main campus located in the small city of Victoria, Texas, UHV offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs.
As one of the nation’s state colleges and universities, UHV is committed to offering affordable and accessible education to students. Degree programs are taught by award-winning faculty in the colleges of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Natural and Applied Science; Business; and Education and Health Professions. UHV’s mission is to help students succeed.
Face-to-face classes are offered at UHV’s main campus in Victoria, as well as an instructional site in Katy, a Houston suburb. Online classes allow students to earn a degree from anywhere. The main campus is located in the welcoming town of Victoria, conveniently located just two hours from the major cities of Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi.
UHV by the Numbers
Students come to UHV expecting to earn a quality, affordable degree. They stay when they realize that UHV offers personalized attention and small class sizes where they will be able to succeed. UHV Fast Facts will give you a quick overview of the university. To reach a specific person at the university, view our Employee Directory.
Your education doesn’t have to be expensive. UHV is the fifth most affordable public university in Texas, and our Financial Aid office is committed to helping students get the most aid possible, whether that is through scholarships, grants or loans.
UHV prides itself on the personalized attention faculty and staff provide to students. In fact, the faculty-to-student ratio in classes is just 18-to-1. Programs such as the Student Success Center provide students with advising, writing assistance and subject-area tutoring to help them succeed in their classes.
Every year, UHV and its degree programs are recognized for their excellence and affordability by outside ranking organizations.
Here are just a few of UHV’s recent recognitions:
- Texas Online Colleges ranked UHV No. 2 on its 2021 Most Affordable Online Colleges in Texas list based on the university’s high-quality, affordable degree programs and regionally accredited programs.
- UHV was ranked in the top tier of Educate to Career’s 2020 rankings of colleges with the best response to COVID-19.
- Washington Monthly included UHV in its 2018 Best Bang for the Buck list of Southern colleges that help nonwealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.
- The Princeton Review included the College of Business Administration in its list of 2021 Best Business Schools.
- Readers of the Katy Times chose UHV as the Best College in Katy from 2016 to 2019.
- In 2019 and 2020, readers of Living Magazine named UHV the Best College/University in Katy/Fulshear.
The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which accredits less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide.
Professional Counseling programs are accredited by CACREP, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. Two programs are separately accredited at both the Victoria main campus and UHV Katy.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing is accredited by CCNE, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The School Psychology program is accredited by NASP, the National Association of School Psychologists, granted to the Specialist in School Psychology program.
The University of Houston-Victoria is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and specialist degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Houston-Victoria may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website.
UHV's accreditation status may be viewed on the SACSCOC website.
Our executive committee is made up of the UHV president and five vice presidents who oversee Academic Affairs, Administration & Finance, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs and University Advancement. The President’s Cabinet assists the president in developing university plans and policies, and fostering a positive campus environment.
UHV opened in fall 1973 as the University of Houston Victoria Center. Just 356 students enrolled to take classes from 24 faculty members. In 1983, as the institution celebrated its 10th anniversary, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 235 granting permanent status to UHVC as a degree-grant university offering junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses. The center also was renamed University of Houston-Victoria.
UHV reached another milestone in 2010 when classes were added for freshmen and sophomores, and the university became a residential campus. UHV now has nearly 5,000 students taking classes in Victoria, Katy and online, and alumni numbering more than 21,000. As UHV continues to grow, we remember our history as we look to the future.
UHV in the Community
Our students are encouraged to invest in the community through initiatives such as Alternative Spring Break and Jags Join In: Day of Service.
UHV is host to the Small Business Development Center, which provides training, consulting and technical assistance to small business owners in Victoria, Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca and Refugio counties. Most services are free, although some workshops, special events and webinars have a small fee. It also is home to the UHV Center for Regional Collaboration, which focuses on helping communities form regional partnerships.
In addition, the university encourages community members to visit campus for free events; the College of Education and Health Professions Fall and Spring Symposiums; the Martín De León Symposium on the Humanities and the A.D. Sheffield Symposium on African American History.
Jag Station Bookstore
Students can purchase or rent textbooks as well as buy school supplies and UHV-branded gear at Jag Station campus bookstore located on the first floor of UHV University Commons, 3006 N. Ben Wilson St.
Instructor and Course Information
If you are looking for general information about programs offered at UHV, the best place to start is current Course Catalog. Information about programs, and courses required for each program, can be found under All Degrees, Majors, and Concentrations. Descriptions of every course can also be found in the Course Catalog.
You may view syllabi for undergraduate courses and instructors curriculum vitae by searching the class schedule.