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About the University of Houston-Victoria

Since its founding, UHV has provided students with a quality higher education taught by talented faculty at a great value.

About UHV

The University of Houston-Victoria is dedicated to providing you with the opportunities you need to make your 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 degrees. With degree programs taught by award-winning faculty, the university is committed to offering high-quality, affordable education to students.

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The University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) began in the late 1960s as an effort 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 April 1983, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 235, which gave the institution permanent degree-granting status in Texas. The University of Houston Victoria Center was renamed the University of Houston-Victoria and became the fourth university in the University of Houston System.

In October 2008, the UH System Board of Regents adopted a resolution authorizing UHV to seek state legislation enabling the addition of 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 the school received its first freshman application the same day. UHV’s first freshmen and sophomores started taking classes in the fall of 2010, and Jaguar Hall, the university's first residence hall, opened.


The University of Houston-Victoria, a dynamic destination institution serving Texas and the world, is dedicated to providing every student educational and leadership opportunities to become a successful professional and an engaged global citizen. Innovative educational activities challenge students to make meaningful connections between their learning and their lives in a complex world. UHV promotes economic development and advances quality of life through teaching, research, and service excellence.

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