UH/HCC Engineering Partnership

UH/HCC Engineering Academies at Katy & Fraga Eastside

UH/HCC Engineering Academy 

Fall 2022 Application Opens November 1, 2021!

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The University of Houston (UH) is proud to announce the expansion of the Engineering Academy partnership with Houston Community College (HCC)!  Students can now apply for the UH/HCC Engineering Academy at two locations:

    • Katy – I10/Hwy 99 – 22400 Grand Circle Blvd., Katy, Texas 77449
    • Fraga Eastside – one mile east of Downtown Houston at the HCC Felix Fraga Campus–301 N. Drennan, Houston, Texas 77003


The UH/HCC Engineering Academy students are co-enrolled at both institutions from the moment they are accepted into the Academy. Core curriculum courses will be completed through HCC while the engineering courses will be taken from the UH Cullen College of Engineering faculty either at the University of Houston at Katy or HCC Fraga Eastside.  UH/HCC Engineering Academy students are official UH Engineering Cougars from the very first day!

After completing all Academy requirements, students then transition to the UH Main campus to complete their bachelor’s degrees in Civil, Electrical, Computer, Industrial or Mechanical Engineering. Academy requirements are designed to be completed in one or two years.

In addition, UH/HCC Engineering Academy students will have access to 3 new engineering degrees that can be completed at UH at Katy:  Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering & Analytics, and Construction Engineering. 

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Application Form and Program Details

UH/HCC Engineering Academy Application

Application for the 2022-23 Academic Year

 How to Apply:

  • Students applying for admission to the UH/HCC Engineering Academy will complete the Apply Texas application for HCC and UH - GoApplyTexas
    • Apply to UH Main, and select Cullen College of Engineering as first and second choice school with any Engineering major as your first and second choice major. If prompted for a third major during the application process, select either Undeclared Majors/Exploratory Studies/Visiting Student as third choice major.
  • Students will also complete the UH/HCC Engineering Academy application and use the student ID's for both institutions.
  • Continuing students at HCC who wish to participate in the UH/HCC Engineering Academy will complete the Apply Texas application for UH, and complete the UH/HCC Engineering Academy application.
  • HCC and UH will review all UH/HCC Engineering Academy applications submitted by students. Students accepted by UH and recommended by the Cullen College of Engineering for application to the UH/HCC Engineering Academy will automatically qualify for the UH/HCC Engineering Academy upon submitting the UH/HCC Engineering Academy application.


Documents required to complete the Academy application:

  • High School and/or College Transcripts:  upload a copy of all transcripts which outline all grades and courses earned.
  • Letter of Acceptance from the University of Houston Main Campus.
  • Additional information may be requested if needed for clarification or Math Placement.


Reminders when using the Online Application:

  1. Recommended browser:  Please use an updated common browser such as Firefox or Safari.  If issues occur, change browsers.
  2. To prevent data loss, please "Save" frequently.  "Save and Exit" would allow you to return to your SAVED application form through email.  Do not use the browser "Back" button nor refresh your screen during your application data entry, which may also lead to data loss. 
  3. You may verify your application status through the email notifications which will be sent to the email address you specify in this application.  It is the applicant's responsibility to enter a valid email address and to check the email frequently to ensure effective communication throughout the various stages of the application process. 
  4. After submission, always have your application link available when checking your online application status or updating the information. 
  5. For technical issues, contact the IT Service Desk through 713-718-8800.
  6. For applicant questions regarding the UH/HCC Engineering Academy: hcc.uhengracademy@hccs.edu
  7. All attachments must be PDF documents. Do not submit documents in JPEG format.


UH/HCC Engineering Academy Application Workflow Overview:

Application/Required Documents; Advisor Review; Academy Approval; Academy Offer



Who can apply?

The UH/HCC Engineering Academy program is the only one of its kind to offer several points of entry:

  • High School graduates: Must be Pre-Calculus or Calculus Ready
      • The Academy accepts students that are College level Pre-Calculus ready; however, a student will need to enroll full-time (12 hours) the following summer to catch-up to the Academy classes required.  Students are advised to be Calculus I ready for Fall 2021 if at all possible.
  • Current college-level students may apply through the UH/HCC Engineering Academy Application: Must be Pre-Calculus or Calculus Ready, have a 3.0 GPA, and able to enroll in the designated cohort courses of Chemistry, Calculus, and Physics
  • Students who have been newly admitted to UH for Fall 2021 and would like to pursue an alternate degree path for a four-year engineering degree may also choose to apply to the Engineering Academy through the UH/HCC Engineering Academy Application


Benefits of the UH/HCC Engineering Academy

There are many advantages for students enrolled in the UH/HCC Engineering Academy, including:

  • Co-enrollment at UH and HCC - The following courses will be taken at each partner institution:
    • All engineering courses will be led by UH faculty and taken at either UH at Katy or at HCC Fraga Eastside
    • HCC faculty will lead all math, science and other core curriculum courses at the HCC Katy campus or the HCC Fraga Campus;
  • Access to student services, activities and organizations at both institutions, including resources and amenities at the University of Houston Main Campus.
  • Smaller class sizes for all cohort math and science courses. Student-faculty ratios are purposely kept low to allow for more individualized educational support and a better chance at success;
  • Significantly lower tuition and fees. - Save from $11,000- $30,000! Students pay per course and are charged by the institution through which it is offered.
  • Engineering Academy students who earn a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at both HCC and UH and fulfill the required coursework will be automatically admitted to their first-choice engineering major upon completion of the academy, typically at the end of their second year.
  • Students that apply early and are approved will have the benefit of enrolling early in cohort classes when the fall 2021 enrollment begins.


The Ideal Academy Candidate

  • Student is ready for PreCalculus (MATH 2412) or Calculus I (MATH 2413) and Chemistry I (CHEM 1311). 
    • The Academy accepts students that are College level Pre-Calculus ready; however, a student will need to enroll full-time (12 hours) the following summer to catch-up to the Academy classes required.  Students are advised to be Calculus I ready for Fall 2021 if at all possible.
  • Student is admissible to both UH Main and HCC: UH Admissions criteria: http://www.uh.edu/admissions/
  • If currently in college, student has a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher. GPA will include repeat courses.
  • Student has a flexible schedule for cohort classes, which are defined as math, science, and engineering. Cohort classes are taught at pre-determined times.
  • Student is committed to a rigorous academic schedule including at least one math, one science, and one engineering course each long semester.
  • Student does not have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Student is not a former UH student.
  • Student is interested in earning a 4-year degree in Civil, Electrical, Computer, Industrial or Mechanical Engineering. 
  • Start in Katy – Finish in Katy! Academy students also have the option of earning 3 new engineering degrees that are offered at UH at Katy:  Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering & Analytics, and Construction Engineering.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Admission requirements for UH Main:  All students accepted into the UH/HCC Engineering Academy will also be co-enrolled at the University of Houston Main Campus.  http://www.uh.edu/admissions/


Math Placement Exam (MPE) and Math Requirements:

  • The HCC MPE may be used to place participants in the appropriate math course at HCC.
  • UH/HCC Engineering Academy participants who are determined not “pre-calculus ready” will be required to take the HCC MPE. After acceptance into the UH/HCC Engineering Academy and at the discretion of the UH/HCC Engineering Academy administrators, participants may be required to take the UH MPE.
  • UH/HCC Engineering Academy participants must complete their calculus sequence (Calculus I and II) or the required calculus for the engineering major of interest at HCC prior to beginning full time enrollment in an engineering major at UH.

Tuition and Fees:  In-District verses Out-of-District:   

Residents of the Houston Community College service area (Houston ISD, Stafford MSD, part of Missouri City, Alief and North Forest ISD) are considered In-District for fee purposes if they meet the basic residency requirements. These areas are in the taxing district for HCC.  All other areas that are not in the HCC taxing district are considered Out-of-District. 

Academy Cost Analysis:  Estimated Tuition Breakdown for a 2-year Academy degree plan for the 2020-21 Academic year versus attending UH Full Time for 2 years:

   UH/HCC Engineering Academy - 2 years:

  • HCC In-District/UH Resident:  $13,734.25
  • HCC Out-of-District/UH Resident:  $18,246.25
  • HCC Out-of-State/UH Non-Resident:  $30,102.75


UH Full Time - 2 years

  • UH In-State Full Time:  $29,026.25
  • UH Out-of-State Full Time Tuition:  $62,650.50




Scholarships:  In order to maximize your financial opportunities, all UH/HCC Engineering Academy students are encouraged to apply for the HCC Foundation Scholarship:  https://www.hccsfoundation.org/annualscholarship

Applications are open now and are awarded as students apply.

The scholarship application is composed of sections requesting personal, academic and financial information. Although there are numerous types of scholarship programs available, you will only need to complete one application. 

Will my UH scholarship apply to the Academy?  The majority of the Private sector (WalMart, Target, Church, etc.,) scholarships may be used at any college, university, or post-secondary higher education institution.   Since Houston Community College is the "host" institution, please contact the funding organization to transfer the funds to HCC: https://www.hccs.edu/applying-and-paying/financial-aid/scholarships/

* Note:  Most UH scholarships will not apply to Academy tuition until students transition out of the Engineering Academy into the third year of the desired UH program.


Financial Aid:  https://www.hccs.edu/applying-and-paying/financial-aid/

  • Please visit http://www.fafsa.gov20 to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using HCC's School Code (010422). The information you provide determines whether you qualify for federal and state grants and for federal loans.
  • FALL 2021-2022 FINANCIAL AID: If you plan to attend HCC during Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and/or Summer 2022, you need to fill out the 2021–2022 FAFSA form using your 2019 tax information.
  • After you apply for financial aid, you will receive a communication email that will notify you that HCC has received your application along with other instructions, such as additional documentation required. Your HCC Financial Aid Advisor will assist you in processing your eligible funding.


Transcripts & Test Scores:

If transcripts cannot be uploaded with the application, you may request that transcripts be submitted to HCC electronically. HCC accepts PDF transcripts directly from the service providers such as Credentials, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse.  The email should be sent to admissions@hccs.edu
* https://www.hccs.edu/resources-for/current-students/transcripts/


Veterans:  https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/veteran-affairs/

International Students:  https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/international-students/


For more information, Email:  hcc.uhengracademy@hccs.edu


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UH/HCC Engineering Academy Booklet

Traditional Pathway

Students planning to pursue their engineering degree at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering can also complete the first two years of their four-year engineering degree at Houston Community College. The HCC Associate of Science in Engineering Science (ASES) degree can be tailored to maximize the number of courses transferable to the Engineering degree programs. By so doing, students can cut the cost of their engineering degree in half. Every year, a large number of HCC students transfer into the UH Engineering program.

HCC ASES Degree: www.hccs.edu/engineers


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For additional information

Susan Thompson

Program Director Engineering & STEM Initiatives
Phone: 713-718-5451

Email: susan.thompson@hccs.edu