University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown is a robust university in the country's fourth-largest city with more than 15,000 students and more than 62,000 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, Ph.D., the University of Houston-Downtown 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 location in Downtown Houston provides opportunities for internships at major corporations, involvement with community organizations, and access to resources including museums, art galleries and professional sport venues.

UHD students pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four colleges: the Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities & Social Sciences; College of Public Service; and College of Sciences & Technology. 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 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. Many work full- or part-time while pursuing their degrees, and many are the first in their families to attend college. In addition, a significant number of UHD students transfer from community colleges or other higher education institutions. UHD offers baccalaureate degrees in 45 disciplines, including signature programs in accounting, finance, insurance and risk management, criminal justice, psychology, social work, safety management, interdisciplinary studies (general education and teaching), and fine arts. Recently, UHD introduced a Bachelor of Science in data science — the first of its kind in Texas. 

Undergraduate students make up 90 percent of the student population, with 94 percent of them coming from the Houston metropolitan area. Half of the UHD students attend part-time. The average age of a UHD undergraduate is 28.

Graduate Education and Research

UHD offers nine 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, Professional Accountancy, and the Master of Business Administration. 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 $1.828 million in fiscal year 2021.

UHD Northwest

Located on the grounds of Lone Star College-University Park, UHD Northwest offers 17 undergraduate and one graduate degree program. UHD Northwest serves the Cypress, Tomball, Spring/Klein, Katy, Waller and The Woodlands regions.

Fact Sheet

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Loren James Blanchard
Degree Programs:
45 (Undergraduate)
  9 (Graduate)
Annual Degrees Awarded:
Graduate Certificates:
$ 155 million (FY 2021)
Tuition & Fees:
$8,889 per year (undergraduate resident-average, 30 semester credit hours per academic year).
Research Expenditures:
$1.828 million (FY 2021)
More than 209,567 physical volumes, over 631,370 e-books/e-media volumes, and 77,600 subscriptions (print and electronic)
Current Replacement Value:
$1.304 billion
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