University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is a robust university in the country's fourth largest city with over 14,000 students and more than 50,000 alumni. The modern campus is located on the northern edge of Houston's central business district at the confluence of Buffalo and White Oak Bayous. Founded in 1974, UHD is the second largest, four-year university in Houston and is recognized nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution, and Military-Friendly School.

Led by President Loren James Blanchard, UHD is one of four distinct universities in the University of Houston System. Its non-residential campus attracts students from throughout Greater Houston, and the University’s diverse student body reflects Houston's wealth of cultures, languages and nationalities. The University’s proximity to Downtown Houston provides opportunities for internships at major corporations and offers access to other resources including museums, art galleries and professional sport venues.

UHD students pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five colleges: the Marilyn Davies College of Business’ Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College. More than 3,000 students graduate from UHD each year. Students at UHD enjoy outstanding faculty, small classes, and undergraduate research opportunities. The National Science Foundation has recognized UHD’s Scholars Academy, an active learning community for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

With the lowest tuition rate in the city and the one of the lowest in Texas and the nation, UHD offers flexibility in scheduling classes including daytime, evening and weekend options. Students also can choose from face-to-face and online classes as well as hybrid classes that blend the two instruction options. The University also offers classes at UHD Northwest located at Lone Star College-University Park in Northwest Houston, and Lone Star College campuses in Cypress and Kingwood. UHD strives to be responsive to student needs. To that end, the University offers seamless transfer processes as well as dual enrollments program with its community college partners.

Undergraduate Education

Students come to UHD from a variety of backgrounds. Most work full- or part-time while pursuing their degrees and many are the first in their families to attend college. In addition, most UHD students transfer from community colleges or other higher education institutions. UHD offers baccalaureate degrees in 44 disciplines, including signature programs in accounting, finance, insurance and risk management, criminal justice, psychology, social work, safety management, interdisciplinary studies (general education and teaching), fine arts and data sciences. Recently, UHD introduced a Bachelor of Science in Data Science—the first-of-its-kind in Texas.

Undergraduate students make up 89 percent of the student population, with 95 percent of them coming from the Houston metropolitan area. Half of UHD students attend part-time. Nearly a quarter of undergraduate classes are taken at night or on the weekends, with another 29.9 percent taken online. The average age of a UHD undergraduate is 28.

Graduate Education and Research

UHD offers eight master’s degrees in technical communication, non-profit management, security management criminal justice, data analytics, teacher education with and without teacher certification, rhetoric and composition, and Master of Business Administration (MBA). The Marilyn Davies College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The majority of UHD’s graduate students are working professionals who pursue studies on a part-time basis. UHD is committed to undergraduates as well as graduate students participating in research opportunities. UHD's research expenditures were $2.5 million in fiscal year 2018.

UHD Northwest

Located on the grounds of Lone Star College University Park (20515 Texas Highway 249, Houston, TX 77070), UHD Northwest offers 22 undergraduate and four graduate degree programs, as well as graduate certificates from UHD’s Marilyn Davies College of Business. UHD Northwest serves the Cypress, Tomball, Spring/Klein, Katy, Waller and The Woodlands region.

Fact Sheet

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Dr. Loren James Blanchard
748 (Fall 2017 data)
609 (Fall 2017 data)
50, 910
Degree Programs:
44 (Undergraduate)
  8 (Graduate)
Annual Degrees Awarded:
3,292 (2017-2018)
Graduate Certificates:
371 (2017-2018)
$ 185 million (2018)
Tuition & Fees:
$7,832 per year (undergraduate resident-average, 30 semester credit hours per academic year).
Research Expenditures:
$2.50 million (FY 2018 data)
More than 218,738 physical volumes, over 677,650 e-books/e-media volumes, and 11,203 subscriptions
Physical Plant Value:
$251.2 million
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