The University of Houston Katy Campus is the newest addition to the University of Houston’s System Structure. Each university (6 total) is a separate entity with their own faculty, staff, and student bodies. The Katy campus will create a pipeline for students by collaborating with the neighboring Houston Community College’s (HCC) two-year programs. The University of Houston Katy will automatically accept HCC’s freshman and sophomore level credits into the corresponding U of H Katy programs. The campus will be located on 46 acres of land nested at the northeast corner of I-10 and the Grand Parkway.
“This new facility extends the reach of UH into Greater Houston, pairing programs with the education and workforce needs of the community,” said Jay Neal, Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UH Katy. “These students will be prepared for excellence.”
The plan is that this 80,000-sq.-ft.-building will be poised and ready to accept enrollments in the fall of 2019 and expect about 2000 students to start off.
According to the schools press release, The College of Nursing will offer a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree for the first time. “Among the engineering programs to be offered at UH Katy is the [graduate level] Subsea Engineering program, the first such U.S. academic program in the discipline.”
In addition to bringing in new programs, U of H Katy will focus on preparing the students to be productive, prepared members of the future workforce. Engineers are in demand right now in the Greater West Houston Region and it is up to the schools to prepare them for what employers are looking for. With that in mind, Engineering will have three undergraduate programs (Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering, Systems Engineering) and five graduate programs (Subsea Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Power Systems, Corrosion System.)
**UH Katy is designed by SmithGroup and will be constructed by Tellepsen. The purchase of the land and the construction of the building in Katy are funded by $46.8 million in Capital Construction Bonds approved during the 84th session of the Texas Legislature.
Written By: Imani Forrest Edit By: Carmen Kumpula