Hurricane Harvey – One Year Later

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the resilience of our students, faculty and staff, the University of Houston was able to emerge from the shadow of Harvey stronger and more committed to each other and our community.  Here, we share some of the things we learned and experienced along the way.

Harvey was No Match for the Heart of a Cougar

“During Hurricane Harvey, I was marooned in my apartment complex near NRG Stadium. I couldn’t get to my business; I couldn’t get to campus. My cash flow stopped. I reached out to UH. Ten days later, the money hit my bank account! The whole experience made me proud to be a part of the UH community. I felt truly supported.”

bernard-johnsonBernard Johnson (‘15), grew up in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood. He is currently attending graduate school at the College of Technology. He is the proud father of four children and is president and founder of an import/export company.


Despite a rocky beginning, the University of Houston forged ahead in the 2017 – 2018 academic year.







*figures as of August 1, 2018

See Also

President’s Fall Address October 2017
When President Khator gave her annual Fall Address in October of last year, much of her talk looked ahead, to what UH is going to accomplish. But she took time, towards the end, to reflect back on the challenges of the storm and its aftermath and the response of the UH community. Click and scroll down to Fall Address.

Cougars in the Community – University of Houston Magazine, Fall 2017, Laurie Fickman

His dream? College graduation. And then Harvey struck – Houston Chronicle, August 24, 2018, Lindsay Ellis

Gifts Distributed

Academic Program # of students assisted
Hines College of Architecture Undergraduate 8
Hines College of Architecture Graduate 1
Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Undergraduate 11
Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Graduate 1
Bauer College of Business Undergraduate 76
Bauer College of Business Graduate 15
Bauer College of Business Postbaccalaureate 3
College of Education Undergraduate 29
College of Education Graduate 9
Cullen College of Engineering Undergraduate 51
Cullen College of Engineering Graduate 13
Cullen College of Engineering Postbaccalaureate 3
Cullen College of Engineering Other 1
Hilton College Undergraduate 6
Hilton College Graduate 1
University of Houston Law Center 8
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate 144
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Graduate 7
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Postbaccalaureate 5
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Other 2
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Undergraduate 49
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Graduate 10
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Postbaccalaureate 2
College of Nursing Postbaccalaureate 4
College of Optometry Professional 2
College of Pharmacy Graduate 1
College of Pharmacy  Professional 13
College of Social Work Graduate 15
College of Technology Undergraduate 77
College of Technology Graduate 6
College of Technology Postbaccalaureate 3
Exploratory Studies Undergraduate 6
Total 582
Classification # of students assisted
Freshman 13
Sophomore 45
Junior 115
Senior 306
Graduate 80
Professional 23