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About UHD

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) celebrates student success, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, integrity and service. UHD faculty and staff members are committed to providing students with quality educational opportunities and helping them achieve their educational goals.

Diverse student body

UHD is a publicly-supported, urban university located in Houston's central business district. It draws students from throughout the Greater Houston area. UHD is considered one of the most ethnically diverse liberal arts institutions in the southwest, a distinction that indicates the student body accurately reflects the Houston community's wealth of cultures, languages and nationalities. The University offers all students a specially tailored opportunity for quality higher education, as well as small classes and personal interest from faculty.

Solid Growth

Since opening its doors in 1974, UHD has grown in mission and service, and now offers baccalaureate degrees in 44 areas and seven master's degree programs. Enrollment nears 14,000 students who attend classes in five Colleges: Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Public Service, Sciences and Technology, and University College, which also serves as the entry point for all students coming to UHD. More than 2,000 students graduate each year with degrees in humanities and the arts, social sciences, business, the sciences and technology, education and criminal justice. As one of the four distinct and separate components of the University of Houston System, UHD offers educational opportunities and access to students from a variety of backgrounds including many first generation college students, students who work full or part time, students who may have family obligations and students who transfer from community colleges and other higher education institutions.

Other locations

To facilitate ease of access, the University also offers classes at various campuses of the Lone Star College District. UHD continues to explore ways to be responsive to the needs of students and offers dual credit and dual enrollment options through area community college partners, a variety of distance education options through classes online and a "hybrid" class configuration, blending online with classroom instruction.


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Last updated or reviewed on 7/10/14

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