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The University of Houston is a Tier One public research university located in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1927, it is the flagship institution of the University of Houston System. The third-largest university in Texas, UH has over 38,750 students on its 667-acre campus in southeast Houston. It was known as University of Houston–University Park from 1983 to 1991. The Princeton Review has listed UH as one of America's best colleges. The institution ranks among the Top 50 American Research Universities, and it is in the Top 300 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The university offers over 300 degree programs through its 12 academic colleges on campus—including programs leading to professional degrees in law, optometry, and pharmacy. The institution conducts nearly $120 million annually in research, and it operates more than 40 research centers and institutes on campus. Interdisciplinary research includes superconductivity, space commercialization and exploration, biomedical sciences and engineering, energy and natural resources, and artificial intelligence. Awarding more than 7,200 degrees annually, UH's alumni base exceeds 250,000. The economic impact of the university contributes over $3.1 billion annually to the Houston economy while generating about 24,000 jobs.


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The LeRoy and Lucile Melcher for Public Broadcasting

KUHT (Channel 8) is a PBS member television station serving Houston, Texas and the first public television station in the United States. Under the banner, "HoustonPBS", it is owned and operated by the University of Houston. It also serves as the default PBS member station for the Beaumont/Port Arthur market, which has no PBS station of its own. HoustonPBS is housed in the LeRoy and Lucile Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting along with KUHF, Houston Public Radio at the University of Houston. (more...)

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Fred Couples (born October 3, 1959) is an American professional golfer and former World No. 1 (the first American to achieve this rank) who competes on the PGA Tour. He has won numerous events including fifteen PGA victories, and is most famous for winning the 1992 Masters Tournament. Because of his long drives, he has been given the nickname "Boom Boom." Couples was a member of the UH men's golf team, and a 1980 graduate of the university. (more...)

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  • April 26, 2008 — UH alumnus and former board of regents member Jack Valenti becomes a university namesake after the School of Communication is renamed to the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication in his honor.
  • February 20, 2008 — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke at the University of Houston during a campaign for his wife and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
  • December 14, 2007 — Kevin Sumlin, co-offensive coordinator the Oklahoma Sooners, accepted a position as the Houston Cougars football head coach.
  • November 5, 2007 — Dr. Renu Khator, Ph.D. became UH's President and Chancellor of the UH System.

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M.D. Anderson Memorial Library is a 254,027 sq. ft. complex which is home to the University of Houston Libraries' main library. In 2005, M.D. Anderson Library received notable renovations which included an addition of the John O'Quinn Atrium and a 24-hour lounge. The library is also home to UH's Honors College.

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