Profile of the University of Houston-Victoria and the Economy
The University of Houston-Victoria (UHV), part of the larger University of Houston system, is a public university based in Victoria, a small city in the southwest of the Houston metropolitan area. Established in 1973, UHV’s two locations and online presence provide a wide variety of higher education options to students from Texas and the rest of the world, including both undergraduate and graduate degrees. In FY 2018-19, it had an enrollment of 5,403 credit and non-credit students.
UHV was established as the culmination of many years of work trying to establish a higher education institution in Victoria, a growing community located between Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. In its original form, UHV was an off-campus center for the University of Houston, with 100 students enrolled in its first year. In 1983, it became a standalone university, offering classes at the junior level and above; it began the process of expanding to include sophomores and freshmen in 2008, which also happened to be the first year of its athletic program.
Today, UHV remains an intimate learning environment for its students, at both its Victoria campus and its satellite location in Katy. In person and online, UHV students enroll in 70 different certificates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and concentrations, in its schools of arts and sciences, business administration, and education, healthcare, and human development. These include approximately three dozen master’s degrees, many of which are available entirely online to make it more convenient for professionals to advance their careers.
UHV has awarded more than 20,000 degrees to its students, which make it an essential element of the regional workforce.
Over its history, UHV has awarded more than 20,000 degrees to its students, which make it an essential element of the regional workforce, as its students participate in and benefit the economy. It also offers small business development services through a center in Victoria, providing counseling, training, and other forms of assistance to small businesses growing or starting up in the region.
UHV strives to increase the impact the university offers the regional economy by expanding its enrollment capacity to serve 6,000 student full-time equivalents (FTEs) compared to the 3,259 FTEs the university served in FY 2018-19.2 Assuming a growth rate of 6%, UHV will reach 6,000 FTEs by FY 2028-29. The following data and results will be presented for FY 2018-19 as well as FY 2028-29.
2 For the purpose of this analysis, a full-time equivalent student is assumed to take 30 credits for undergraduate students and 24 credits for graduate students.