University of Houston–Victoria

University of Houston–Victoria

name = University of Houston–Victoria

image_size = 200 px
tagline =
established = 1973
type = Public university
calendar = Semester
faculty = 137cite web | url = | title = UHV Profile| publisher = University of Houston–Victoria | accessdate = 2007-11-30 ]
president = Tim Hudson, Ph.D.
students = 2,784cite web |url= |title=UHV Annual Report 2007 |publisher=University of Houston–Victoria |accessdate = 2007-12-15]
undergrad = 1,404
postgrad = 1,380
alumni = 9,748
city = Victoria
state = Texas
country = United States
campus = Suburban, 20 acres (0.08 km²) [cite web |url= |title = College Overview | publisher = Peterson's | accessdate = 2007-11-30]
former_names = University of Houston Victoria Center (1973–1983)
colors = Purple, Red, and Gold color box|#800080 color box|#FF0000 color box|#FFD700
nickname = Jaguars
affiliations = UHS, SACS, AACSB,
athletics = NAIA Region VI, Independent
website = []
footnotes = Logos are trademarks of the University of Houston–Victoria
The University of Houston–Victoria, often referred to as UH–Victoria or UHV, is a public university located in Victoria, Texas. It was founded as an upper-level institution in 1973 as the University of Houston Victoria Center and became a permanent part of the University of Houston System in 1983. UHV is the smallest university by enrollment in the system.

The university shares facilities and some services with Victoria College and also works with Coastal Bend College, Wharton County Junior College and Houston Community College System. The student population has now grown to over 2,600 students, and has conferred 4,200 bachelor's and master's degrees.


The University of Houston–Victoria began as an effort in the late 1960s by the local community to bring a higher learning institution to Victoria.cite web | url = | title = General Information | publisher = University of Houston–Victoria | accessdate = 2007-11-30] In 1973, after meetings with Texas legislators, community leaders succeeded in establishing an off-campus center of the University of Houston called University of Houston Victoria Center. In its inaugural year, 100 students enrolled in the institution.

In April 1983, the Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 235, which granted the institution permanent degree-granting status in the state of Texas. The University of Houston Victoria Center was renamed to the University of Houston–Victoria, and became a separate institution from UH in the University of Houston System as the system's fourth university.

In 2007, the university began an athletics program to compete in baseball and softball. [cite web | url = | title = "Jaguar on the Prowl" | publisher = "The Flame" | accessdate = 2007-11-30] The Jaguars began to compete as an independent from any athletic conference in the NAIA the following year.


UHV consists of four academic colleges: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Education and Human Development, and the School of Nursing. Each school offers both undergraduate degrees and master's degrees. The university is strictly an upper-division and graduate school. Students may only enroll after they earn 54 semester credit hours of coursework with a 2.0 grade point average.

The university offers courses in a traditional on-campus setting, over the internet with distance education courses, and at two University of Houston System teaching centers: the UH System at Cinco Ranch and the UH System at Sugar Land.


The University of Houston–Victoria is located in Victoria, Texas, and in turn, is a part of the Coastal Bend region. It is approximately 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The university is nearly equidistant by about 125 miles from the city of Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. The campus consists of about 20 acres of land.

UHV is a fully commuter-based campus, as there is no on-campus housing for students.cite web |url= |title=UHV Catalog 2007-2008 |publisher=University of Houston–Victoria |accessdate=2007-12-26] However, there are several apartment complexes available for students near the university that are within a short walking distance. [cite web |url= |title=Apartment Listing |publisher=UHV Office of Student Services |accessdate=2007-12-26]

The institution shares some of its facilities with Victoria College, which is located in roughly the same location as UHV.


The University of Houston-Victoria's athletics teams are known as the UHV Jaguars. UHV fields varsity baseball and softball teams that compete in the NAIA. Independent from any athletic conference, the Jaguars are part of the NAIA's Region VI. UHV's athletics history began in 2007, when the two programs were set-up, and the first official season began for the Jaguars in 2008. UHV is one of only two institutions in the University of Houston System that have varsity athletic programs. The athletic director is Ashley Walyuchow.


The Jaguars baseball team finished their first season nationally ranked as #31 by the NAIA. [cite web |url= |title=2008 Division Standings |publisher=NAIA | |accessdate=2008-05-07] The Jaguars baseball team plays their home games at Riverside Stadium in Victoria, Texas. The Jaguars baseball head coach Terry Puhl is a former outfielder for the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals. [cite web |url= |title=Coach Terry Puhl |publisher=University of Houston-Victoria athletics |accessdate=2008-05-07] Puhl is also a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Texas Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, and head coach for the Canada national baseball team.


The Jaguars softball team finished their first regular season nationally ranked as #15 by the NAIA, and received the No. 4 seed to the Region VI tournament. [cite web |url= |title="California Baptist Finishes No. 1 in NAIA Softball Rating" |date=2008-05-07 |accessdate=2008-05-07 |publisher=NAIA] [cite web |url= |title="UHV softball receives invite to Region VI Tournament" |publisher=University of Houston-Victoria athletics |date=2008-05-05 |accessdate=2008-05-07] The Jaguars' regular season record was 30-16. The Jaguars softball team plays their home games in the O'Connor Athletic Complex located in Victoria, Texas. The Jaguars are coached by Keri Lambath who was a catcher for the Houston Cougars softball team, and former assistant coach for the George Washington Colonials. [cite web |url= |title=Coach Keri Lambath |publisher=University of Houston-Victoria athletics |accessdate=2008-05-07]

Notable alumni

*Alan Weddell, American football coach


External links

* [ University of Houston–Victoria]
** [ UHV Jaguars]

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