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The University of Houston–Victoria (also referred to as UH–Victoria or UHV) is a state university located in Victoria, Texasmarker. It was founded as an upper-level institution in 1973 as the University of Houston Victoria Center, and became a freestanding institution within University of Houston Systemmarker 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 is over 3,100 student, and UHV has conferred 4,200 bachelor's and master's degrees.


A UHV light post on-campus
The University of Houston–Victoria began as an effort in the late 1960s by the local community to bring a higher learning institution to Victoriamarker. In 1973, after meetings with Texas legislators, community leaders succeeded in establishing an off-campus center of the University of Houstonmarker 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 Systemmarker as the system's fourth university.

In 2007, the university began an athletics program to compete in baseball and softball. The Jaguars began to compete as an independent from any athletic conference in the NAIA the following year.

In October 2008, University of Houston System Board of Regents approved UHV's request to expand from an upper-level university to a full four-year university. In the 81st Texas legislative session, Texas state Representative Geanie Morrison drafted House Bill 1056, where it was sponsored by Texas State Senator Glenn Hegar. The bill, which granted approval from the state government, was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry on June 19, 2009. If approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the university is expected to admit underclassmen students in Fall 2010.


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. UHV has recently taken efforts to expand the university to also admit underclassmen beginning in Fall 2010.

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 Center at UHV
The University of Houston–Victoria is located in Victoria, Texas, and in turn, is a part of the Coastal Bendmarker region. It is approximately from the Gulf of Mexicomarker. The university is nearly equidistant by about from the city of Houstonmarker, San Antoniomarker, and Austinmarker. The campus consists of about of land.

UHV is a fully commuter-based campus, as there is no on-campus housing for students. However, there are several apartment complexes available for students near the university that are within a short walking distance.

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


UHV's athletic logo
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. The Jaguars baseball team plays their home games at Riverside Stadiummarker in Victoria, Texas. The Jaguars baseball head coach Terry Puhl is a former outfielder for the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals. Puhl is also a Canadian Baseball Hall of Famemarker 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. 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 Lambeth who was a catcher for the Houston Cougars softball team, and former assistant coach for the George Washington Colonials.

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