The University of Houston
The University of Houston, home of the Cougars, located within a 30-minute drive from the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside is a leading national four year Institute of higher learning situated in downtown Houston. Houston is the nation’s fourth-largest city and also the energy capital of the world. UH students regularly test their skills through internships with national and international companies based locally, and the university's faculty routinely partner with businesses and government agencies through research. Many of its academic programs rank among the nation’s best.
The University of Houston's proud heritage of academic excellence dates back to its founding in 1927. In 1947, the institution launched one of its many rich traditions by adopting the cougar, later named Shasta, as its official mascot. Over the years, UH has grown and prospered, becoming the University of Houston in 1934. Two years later, the institution acquired land for a permanent campus, and its first building opened in 1939. The university became a state institution in 1963 and joined the newly created University of Houston System in 1977.