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General FAQ
THEA Testing Requirements
Northwest Campus FAQ
Cy-Fair Campus FAQ
Kingwood Campus
Atascocita Campus FAQ
Online FAQ

General FAQ

Question: Is UHD accredited?
Answer: Yes, UHD has regional accreditation from the Southern Association Colleges and Schools.  In addition, some UHD programs are accredited by various international, national and special accrediting bodies.


Question: Is there a bookstore at the distance education campus?
Answer: Yes, there is bookstores at all distance education campus.  You may purchase your UHD books at the campus you are attending. Please visit the link below for bookstore hours and contact information.
http://www.uhd.edu/academic/distance/books.html


Question: How can I view courses that are offered at the distance education campus?
Answer: The UHD Class Schedule is available only online through e-services Click on the icon labeled “Class Schedule” and specify the proper semester and location.


Question: What is Distance Education? How can I take courses?
Answer: Distance Education courses allow students to take classes online via the Internet, instructional television or at one of the off-campus locations. For additional information about Distance Education courses click on http://www.uhd.edu/academic/distance/. Students can look for Distance Education classes by going to e-services , clicking on Class Schedule and using the drop down box titled Delivery Mode. Please note that Distance Education courses usually carry extra fees.


Question: Is there a UHD Financial Aid office at the distance education campus? Answer: There is not a Financial Aid office at any of the distance education campus. However; UHD Financial Aid advisors visit each distance education site every semester. Financial Aid Counselor Ilaria Puente is at the UHD Northwest campus every other Tuesday from 9:00-6:00. Please call 713-237-5400 for information.


Question: What about financial aid for students in online programs?
Answer: Anyone seeking federal financial assistance should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 


Question: Is the THEA exam offered at any of the Distance Education Campus.
Answer: Yes, the THEA is offered at UHD Northwest. For information on dates and registration please contact us at 713-237-5400 or 713-237-5401.


Question: How do I apply to UHD?
Answer: Step 1 - Students should complete the online application for admissions by clicking on the appropriate link or contacting the office indicated: 

  • Freshman/Transferhttp://www.applytexas.org/
  • International students - Please contact International Admissions at 713.221.8048
  • Graduate students - Please contact Graduate Admissions at 713.221.8093
    Step 2 - Students should then submit official transcripts
  • Freshman -Students need to submit an official high school transcript with at least 7 semesters of completed courses and evidence they have taken and passed all parts of the TAKS test (a requirement that pertains only to Texas high school graduates).  Once the student graduates from high school a second official transcript with the graduation date should be submitted as soon as it becomes available.  Students who received a GED instead of a high school diploma must bring their original GED certificate and score report to Admissions.
  • Transfer - Students will need to submit all official transcripts from any previous institutions attended. If transferring from a Texas institution, the official transcript must reflect satisfaction of TSI requirements.
    Step 3 - Pay the application fee of $35

Question: What is joint admission?
Answer: UHD has created a joint admission partnership with Lone Star College to help you make the transition into a four-year university. Joint admission means that you are actually admitted to both institutions while attending one and/or the other. For more information on joint admissions http://www.uhd.edu/admissions/ja/index.html

Question: What is a consortium agreement?
Answer: JA Students and Financial Aid:

  • If you are attending Lone Star College only, Lone Star College will be considered your home for financial aid purposes.
  • If you are attending both Lone Star College and UHD, OR if you are attending UHD only, then UHD will be your financial aid home.
  • If you are taking courses at Lone Star College beyond your associate’s degree AND working towards a UHD bachelor’s degree, UHD will be your financial aid home.
  • When UHD becomes your financial aid home, you must then follow the steps for “Applying for Financial Aid” listed below and comply with UHD financial aid requirements. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Our Title IV School code is 003612. Apply for joint admission and be admitted to UHD. Complete a consortium agreement if you will be concurrently enrolled.

Question: How do I obtain a joint admission contract?
Answer: You may click on the link below to fill out the joint admission contract.
http://www.uhd.edu/admissions/ja/agreement.html

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UHD Northwest Campus FAQ


Question: What are the Northwest hours of operation?
Answer: UHD Northwest is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 A.M -6:00 P.M.
You may contact us at 713-237-5400 or 713-237-5401.


Question: Do I need to schedule an appointment to meet with a Northwest advisor?
Answer: While no appointment is required, you are encouraged to contact an advisor to schedule one. To schedule an appointment please contact Maria Estrada at estradam@uhd.edu, 713-237-5405 or Dan Starr at starrd@uhd.edu, 713-237-5404. College of Business students please contact Debbie Francis at francisd@uhd.edu, 713-237-5407 to schedule an appointment.


Question: Is a parking permit required at the Northwest Campus?
Answer: No, you may park in Parking Garage 11 for free. No parking permit is required.

Question: What degrees & programs are offered at the Northwest campus?
Answer: The following is a list of programs offered at UHD Northwest:

  • BS Criminal Justice
  • BAAS Criminal Justice
  • BAIS with EC-6 Generalist Certification
  • BAIS with EC-6 Bilingual Generalist Certification
  • BAIS with 4-8 Generalist Certification
  • BBA General Business
  • BBA Finance
  • BBA Enterprise Information Systems
  • BBA Management
  • BBA Marketing
  • BBA Accounting
  • BAAS Safety Management
  • BA Mathematics
  • BA Mathematics with Secondary-level Teacher Certification
  • BS Biological and Physical Sciences
  • BS Biological and Physical Sciences with Secondary-level Teacher Certification
  • BS Interdisciplinary Studies
  • MA Teaching
  • MS Criminal Justice
  • Master of Security Management for Executives

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Cy-Fair Campus FAQ


Question: Do I need to schedule an appointment with a Cy-Fair campus advisor? Answer: While no appointment is required, you are encouraged to contact an advisor to schedule one. To schedule an appointment please contact Kimberly Constantine at constantinek@uhd.edu , 281-290-3435.


Question: Is a parking permit required at the Cy-Fair Campus?
Answer: No parking permit is required to park at the Cy-Fair Campus.


Question: What degrees are offered at the Cy-Fair Campus?
Answer: UH-Downtown offers the following degree programs at this location:
Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)

  • Teacher Certification
  • EC-6 Generalist
  • EC-6 Bilingual Generalist

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Kingwood Campus FAQ

Question: What are the Kingwood hours of operation?
Answer:   Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am – 6:00pm

Question: Do I need to schedule an appointment with a Kingwood campus advisor?
Answer: While no appointment is required, you are encouraged to contact an advisor to schedule one.  To schedule an appointment please contact Dale Higginbotham at higginbothamd@uhd.edu, 281-318-4339.

Question: Is a parking permit required at Kingwood?
Answer: No parking permit is required to park at the Kingwood Campus.

Question: What degrees or programs are offered at the Kingwood Campus?
Answer: UH-Downtown offers the following degree programs at this location:
Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)

  • Teacher Certification
  • EC-6 Generalist
  • EC-6 Bilingual Generalist

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Atascocita Campus FAQ


Question: What are the Atascocita hours of operation?
Answer: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00am – 6:00 pm


Question: Do I need to schedule an appointment with an Atascocita campus advisor?
Answer: While no appointment is required, you are encouraged to contact an advisor to schedule one. To schedule an appointment please contact Dale Higginbotham at higginbothamd@uhd.edu 832-775-0810.


Question: Is a parking permit required at Atascocita?
Answer: No parking permit is required to park at the Atascocita Campus.


Question: What degrees or programs are offered at the Atascocita Campus?
Answer: UH-Downtown offers the Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business (BBA).

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Online FAQ


Question: Does UHD offer online degrees?
Answer: UH-Downtown offers the following online degrees

  • BBA General Business
  • BBA Enterprise Information Systems
  • BBA Finance
  • BBA International Business
  • BBA Management
  • BBA Marketing
  • BBA Supply Chain Management
  • BS Interdisciplinary Studies
  • BS Psychology
  • BA Humanities
  • BS Criminal Justice
  • BAAS Criminal Justice
  • BAAS Applied Administration
  • MS in Criminal Justice

Question: Who do I contact concerning online degrees?
Answer: The UH-Downtown Distance Education advisor is John McConnell. You may contact him at 713-237-5454, 855-864-3932, or email him at mcconnellj@uhd.edu

Question: Will my degree earned via distance learning be the same as if I had gone to class?
Answer: Yes, programs are the same high-quality, accredited education expected by all UHD students.  Distance courses are as rigorous and content rich as those offered in traditional classroom settings.


Question: How do I know if online learning is right for me?
Answer: Online courses demand a time and discipline commitment from you.  You will be required to (1) have access to the internet, (2) have a computer, (3) have a word processing program (4) have the computer skills to create, save and upload documents and (5) be self-motivated.  If you meet all of these requirements the online learning puts high quality education at your command.


Question: Will I need to come to the campus?
Answer: Most of the online programs offered by UHD are entirely online or use materials that you can use at home.  Some class, however, require site-based sessions for a variety of purposes (such as orientation, testing, and clinical or laboratory experiences).  Each class listing provides information about site-based activities that are required, and you should read the course syllabus carefully and decide whether you can meet the site-based requirements that are listed.

Question: How is on-campus and online education different?
Answer: Students enrolled in UHD online courses/programs learn the same material and receive the same benefits as campus-based students.  Our online courses are designed and taught by the same high-quality faculty that teaches classes on campus.  When you graduate from UHD there is no distinction made between online or on-campus credits.  Your degree is from UHD.  UHD is committed to providing and maintaining the same high quality education for online and on-campus students.

Question: How do I get my assignments and contact my instructor?
Answer: You access your course syllabus, assignments, supplemental materials, and contact your instructor through an online class management system called Blackboard.  Your instructor may also use Blackboard to deliver quizzes and exams as well as announcements and notices.  Some instructor’s may require you to contact a testing center to proctor your exams.

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