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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 schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV’s mission is to help students succeed.

Dynamic Destination

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.

Affordable Education

Your education doesn’t have to be expensive. UHV is the sixth 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.

Personalized Attention

UHV prides itself on the personalized attention faculty and staff provide to students. In fact, the faculty-to-student ratio in classes is just 15:1. Programs such as the Student Success Center provide students with advising, writing assistance and subject-area tutoring to help them succeed in their classes.

Academic Excellence & Accreditations

Every year, UHV and its degree programs are recognized for their excellence and affordability by outside ranking organizations. The university also is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees. The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which accredits less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide. In addition, the baccalaureate degree in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the master’s in counselor education program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational ProgramsFind out more about UHV's accreditations.

Here are just a few of UHV's recent recognitions:

  • The national Guide to Online Schools website included UHV in its 2019 Best Online Colleges in Texas list.
  • Intelligent.com, a national website that researches higher education programs, ranked 10 UHV academic programs as the top in the nation, including programs in creative writing, special education, human resources management, counseling psychology and criminal justice.
  • The School of Arts & Sciences ranked third nationally on the Affordable Schools 2016 list of Top 20 Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees in Communications.
  • Readers of the Katy Times chose UHV as the Best College in Katy from 2016 to 2019.
  • In 2019, readers of Living Magazine named UHV the Best College/University in Katy/Fulshear.

University Leadership

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.

Our History

UHV opened in the fall of 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 more than 4,500 students taking classes in Victoria, UHV 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 such as the UHV/American Book Review Reading Series, the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development Fall and Spring Symposiums, the Martín De León Symposium on the Humanities and the A.D. Sheffield Symposium on African American History.