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University of Houston - Victoria

Overview

UHV is a destination university in the Coastal Bend region of Texas that serves the educational needs, promotes the economic well-being, and advances the quality of life for the university and community through teaching, research and service excellence.

Under the leadership of President Philip D. Castille, UHV offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in four schools: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. Programs are offered both face to face and online at the Victoria campus in addition to two Fort Bend County teaching centers in collaboration with other UH System universities. UHV serves transfer students through dual admissions programs with Victoria College, Wharton County Junior College, Coastal Bend College, Houston Community College System, Lone Star College and other area community colleges.

Through the years, UHV's enrollment has grown to more than 4,000 students, and the university confers about 870 degrees annually. Alumni number in excess of 11,000.

History

The University of Houston-Victoria began as an effort in the late 1960s by the local community to bring a higher learning institution to Victoria. In 1973, after meetings with Texas legislators, community leaders succeeded in establishing an off-campus center of the University of Houston called the University of Houston Victoria Center. In its inaugural year, 100 students enrolled in at the center.

In April 1983, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 235, which granted the institution permanent degree-granting status in the state of Texas. The University of Houston Victoria Center was renamed the University of Houston-Victoria and became the University of Houston System's fourth university.

In October 2008, the UH System Board of Regents adopted a resolution authorizing UHV to seek enabling state legislation to add freshmen and sophomores. In the 81st Texas legislative session, state Rep. Geanie Morrison introduced House Bill 1056, which would allow UHV to expand, and state Sen. Glenn Hegar introduced an identical bill, Senate Bill 567. Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed HB 1056 into law on June 19, 2009. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved UHV to admit underclassmen and offer lower-division courses on Nov. 17, 2009, and UHV also received its first freshman application the same day. UHV's first freshmen and sophomores started taking classes in fall 2010, and the university's first residence hall, Jaguar Hall, opened on the Victoria campus.

UHV started its athletics program during the 2007-08 school year with the Jaguars baseball and softball team. Since then, the teams have strongly competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Soccer and golf programs for both men and women began in fall 2010.

Educational Standards and Accreditation

UHV is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's and master's degrees.

Honor societies with UHV chapters include Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Beta Phi, Chi Sigma Iota, Psi Chi, Kappa Delta Pi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Phi Zeta.

Campus

The University of Houston-Victoria is located in Victoria, Texas, which is part of the Coastal Bend region. It is approximately 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The university is nearly equidistant by about 125 miles from the cities of Houston, San Antonio and Austin. The Victoria campus consists of about 20 acres of land. The Victoria campus shares some of its facilities with Victoria College. This includes a bookstore/student center, a four-story library with more than 200,000 volumes and a fitness center that includes a gym and weight room.

In December 2009, UHV purchased a hotel and began renovating it into Jaguar Hall, the university’s first residence hall. Jaguar Hall opened on Sept. 18, 2010.

At the residence hall, students can make lifelong friends, form cherished memories and enjoy the benefits of a supportive college environment. Double-occupancy, fully furnished rooms feature a private bathroom, and Internet and cable TV access. Jaguar Hall also has an on-site dining room and is located a short, 10-minute walk to the UHV campus. Other amenities include: computer and tutoring centers, study lounge, social recreation lounge, on-site laundry facility, and meal options featuring hot entrees, a salad bar, self-serve deli and exhibition station, homemade soups and desserts.

Key Facts

  • 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.
  • UHV strives to keep a low student-to-faculty ratio to allow faculty to give more personal attention. Currently, the university has a 17-to-1 ratio and an average class size of 20 students.
  • Faculty members are as global as the perspectives they bring to the classroom. Instructors come from Canada, China, Columbia, Belarus, India, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan and Thailand. Faculty members hold doctorates from a wide range of research universities throughout the United States.
  • Programs are offered both face to face and online at the Victoria campus in addition to two Fort Bend County teaching centers in collaboration with other UH System universities: the UH System at Cinco Ranch and the UH Sugar Land Campus. The faculty in Victoria use lecture-capture software to archive class sessions. UHV has 10 classrooms equipped with audio-visual equipment and plans to add more.
  • UHV was the first Texas public university to offer an accelerated program where students can earn a complete, 120-credit-hour bachelor’s degree in just three years. The Degree in Three, or Dn3, lets students earn a degree in Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History or Psychology. It also offers an option to freeze tuition and fees at the rates charged at the time of entry into the program.
  • UHV is the fourth-most affordable public university in Texas, according to fall 2009 data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. UHV also offers numerous financial aid opportunities including scholarships, grants and loans. Incoming freshmen are entitled to the Jaguar Pledge, a program that provides students from outside the Victoria area a package of guaranteed aid to cover at least 33 percent of their first and second years’ tuition and fees.