10. The people
We all have one thing in common: we’re Cougars. For whatever reason you may be attending UH, the pride of the red and white is running through our veins and when you’re with friends who have the same feeling instilled within them, it’s a winning combination.
9. The community
Once you graduate from UH, you’ll become part of an alumni network of thousands. Alumni all around the world are proud to tell you that they are a member of the Cougar community. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
8. The city
Nestled in the heart of the fourth-largest city in the world, UH has to admit that some of its glory comes from its namesake. In a city as diverse as Houston, students don’t have a problem finding their signature area within the city.
7. The organizations
Joining a student organization on campus not only helps you make friends and connections that will last past your years at the University, but it’ll also give you something on campus to be involved in besides classes. Student organizations are the backbone to campus life at UH — whether you want to start planning events with the Student Program Board or fight for student rights in the Student Government Association.
6. The campus
While we may not have the biggest campus in the world, our school is far from ordinary. From the shiny Student Center to the Grove next to the Moore’s School of Music, our campus has more than enough spots for you to get out of your dorm room and chill. That’s literal — we’re home to the first air-conditioned school building in the U.S. (thanks, Roy G. Cullen!)
5. The sports
With a new head football coach, new digs for the basketball teams to practice in and a brand new video board at Cougar Field, this is bound to be the best year for UH athletics yet. Plus, who doesn’t like winning teams and free entry to every game? If you don’t call that a perk, I don’t know what is.
4. The mascots
We have not only one, but two mascots – Shasta and his ladyfriend, Sasha. Both can be seen around campus and at various events.They’re more than happy to show off their Cougar pride, but beware: Sasha has a bit of a jealous streak when it comes to ladies cuddling up to her man.
3. The president
We call her the chancellor and president, but she’s more like the queen — not only the prime gal when it comes to UH affairs, but also in charge of all UH subsidiaries, like UH-Clear Lake and UH-Downtown. All that power and she stills takes the time to take selfies with students and never fails to wear red on Fridays. And how many presidents (or queens) offer up their personal blog? Check it out; she gives a tip or two on leadership.
2. The classes
We’ve all gotten those emails telling us how we are one of three Tier One universities in the state (we refuse to name the other two.) The classes prove it. Whether you’re in Dr. Bott’s CHEM 1301 class — wear red on Fridays for extra credit — or you just got out of the hardest math test of your life (thanks a lot, Calculus 3), you’re sure to have something to talk about the next day.
1. The experience
They say college can be the best years of your life and when you go to school in the middle of one of the most interesting cities in America, you better believe it. The mix of old and new students from all walks of life is sure to conjure up some great memories throughout your time at UH, whether you spent your weekends in a Chemistry study group or exploring all the nooks and crannies of Houston.