Your Future at UHD
The University of Houston-Downtown is a dynamic, four-year university that reflects the unique diversity of Houston. You can design your future from an academic program that sparks your passion, connect with fellow students in a laid-back atmosphere, collaborate with professors on research projects, and explore the world through our study abroad programs. It’s all waiting for you at UHD! When you step onto our campus it’s like walking into the heart of downtown Houston. You’re just steps away from Fortune 500 companies, award-winning restaurants, professional sports, and world renowned performing arts organizations. UHD is woven into the vibrant streets of the fourth largest city in the United States and has urban appeal that celebrates the multicultural vibe of Houston. If you’re a recent high school graduate, transfer student or career-changing professional looking for an environment that cultivates passion, creativity and individuality, UHD has the right opportunity for you!
INVESTING IN YOU From the first day of class, UHD professors make a commitment to your success, and a 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures a rich learning experience both inside and outside the classroom. Your path to graduation is an important one, that’s why you can count on our faculty and staff to assist with academic planning, financial aid, career exploration, internships, and more. We are here to provide personal attention and empower you to be successful at UHD and in the next phase of your life. There are many opportunities for students in all five colleges within the university to participate in faculty research—an advantage unheard of among public state universities.
PERSONALIZED LEARNING The small class environment will give you the opportunity for a more personalized learning experience. With the ability to ask questions, participate in discussions, and get to know your professors—many students have found professional connections and career opportunities after graduation through faculty relationships in the industry they represent.
AFFORDABLE TUITION With the lowest tuition of any four-year, public institution in Houston, UHD provides an excellent education at an affordable rate, freeing up your income while in school, and leaving you with less debt after graduation. In addition to financial aid, we offer a variety of payment options to help you cover the cost of your tuition and fees. Our goal is to make the financial part of college as stress-free as possible so you can focus on earning your degree.
UHD students come from 26 states and 74 countries. –1–
UHD GRADUATES THRIVE UHD prepares graduates for a smooth transition into a competitive workforce. You will develop critical thinking, analytical reasoning and communication skills. The course curriculum focuses on teamwork, planning and prioritizing work, and applying knowledge to real-world settings. Here are just a few employers, including many Fortune 500 companies, who hire UHD graduates: Apple BBVA Compass Brown & Associates CDI Corporation Cigna Computer Services Group Crane Worldwide DWG CPA PLLC ExxonMobil EnerVest Federated Investors, Inc. HEB Hewlett Packard Hilton Worldwide Home Depot HostGator
Houston ISD Howard Hughes Corporation Intertek Intel JP Morgan Chase Laird Law Firm Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies MD Anderson Cancer Center Open Door Mission Siemens Industry, Inc. Target Telemundo Houston The Council on Recovery Wal-Mart Wells Fargo
Our alumni appreciate the value of their degrees. Graduates are equipped with marketable skills that are in demand in today’s workforce. UHD’s successful alumni thrive in the job market, landing positions in some of the most competitive industries.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT You can get the coaching and guidance you need to prepare for the job you want with the UHD Career Development Center. Career Counselors are available to assist you in self-assessments, resume and cover letter writing, graduate school admissions, interview preparation and networking advice. They hold an annual fall Career Fair which attracts more than 60 employers who generate over 400 interviews within weeks after the event. The College of Business Career Center is also available to provide assistance to students regarding career opportunities, training to develop communication and interview-related skills, and assistance with securing internships and full-time positions. –2–
First-year earnings of UHD grads recognized as the third highest in the state.
LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM Whatever your interests are, UHD faculty appreciate the importance of practical learning, offering students high-impact educational experiences that enrich and enhance their understanding and knowledge. You will find countless opportunities to engage with the community, and participate in faculty research on campus or in the field.
STUDY ABROAD You can explore the world through our study abroad programs. Students have traveled to amazing destinations and credit is offered in most cases. Specific programs may also offer work and internships while abroad. Some of the most recent travels include destinations such as: •
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT At UHD, we pride ourselves on contributing to the local community. As a student, you will have the opportunity to partner with the community to share knowledge and resources which contribute to the public good. Last year, over 429,645 community service hours were completed by students, faculty, and staff. We offer a number of service learning courses across academic disciplines, enabling you to apply the knowledge and skills you develop in the classroom while you tackle real world issues.
HONORS PROGRAM The University Honors Program offers high-achieving students an enriched academic and co-curricular experience in a supportive environment. Honors students belong to a vibrant community of scholars with a shared passion for learning, exploring and creating. As an Honors student, you will be immersed in a culture designed to transform academic potential into achievement.
AS AN HONORS STUDENT, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO: • Receive personalized advising and mentoring • Benefit from an innovative curriculum taught by outstanding faculty • Choose from many study abroad opportunities • Access private study areas • Attend Honors-only events
The Honors Program is inclusive of all majors. Students are connected with faculty from their disciplines within their first semester of study. Core level Honors courses help prepare you to work one-on-one with faculty in student-driven Honors projects and research within their majors. Each student’s “Honors Experience” reflects individual abilities, interests and future goals. Admission to the Honors Program is highly competitive. Scholarships are available for qualified applicants.
SCHOLARS ACADEMY The UHD Scholars Academy promotes academic success for students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Each year, 160 students are supported through scholarships, mentoring and education-enhancing experiences.
Easy access to the Buffalo Bayou hike-andbike trails and 160 acre Buffalo Bayou Park.
Scholars Academy nurtures students with a passion for STEM. Over 500 alumni from the Academy are pursuing advanced degrees, and more than 91 percent remain in STEM industries after graduation. Scholars Academy has awarded over 3,300 scholars and approximately $6,000,000 in scholarships. – 5–
UHD DEGREES A variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through five colleges at UHD. Degree programs are grouped by discipline under five degree-granting colleges.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE is the entry point for all incoming freshman students and maintains several initiatives that assist undergraduate students in having a successful experience in college. The college also houses two baccalaureate degrees: interdisciplinary studies and applied administration. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DEGREES Applied Administration (B.A.A.S.) Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.)
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The COLLEGE OF BUSINESS educates students through problem solving and development of critical thinking skills. Faculty members integrate the study of theory with practical applications to provide a reality-based, student-centered curriculum. COLLEGE OF BUSINESS DEGREES Accounting (B.B.A.) Finance (B.B.A.) General Business (B.B.A.) Insurance & Risk Management (B.B.A.) International Business (B.B.A.) Management (B.B.A.) Management Information Systems (B.B.A.) Marketing (B.B.A.) Supply Chain Management (B.B.A.)
The COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
provides quality instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – the STEM fields. Professors bring science and technology into the classroom through hands-on research that enhances the student experience. The college is also home to the award-winning Scholars Academy. COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY DEGREES Applied Statistics (B.S.) Biological and Physical Sciences (B.S.) Biology (B.S.) Biotechnology (B.S.) Chemistry (B.S.) Computer Science (B.S.) Control and Instrumentation Engineering Technology (B.S.E.T.) Geosciences (B.S.) Mathematics (B.A. and B.S.) Safety Management (B.A.A.S.) Structural Analysis and Design Option in Engineering Technology (B.S.E.T.)
The COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES offers degrees in traditional liberal arts disciplines, including the arts and humanities, English and professional writing, and social sciences. The College also supports and enriches the life of the university community through the work in the O’Kane Theatre and the O’Kane Gallery. COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES DEGREES Communication Studies (B.A.) English (B.A.) Fine Arts (B.A.) Health and Behavioral Science (B.S.) History (B.A.) Humanities (B.A.) Philosophy (B.A.) Political Science (B.S.) Professional Writing (B.S.) Psychology (B.S.) Social Sciences (B.A. and B.S.) Sociology (B.S.) Spanish (B.A.)
The COLLEGE OF PUBLIC SERVICE prepares students to serve their communities as educators, social workers and law enforcement professionals. Its Urban Education program grooms students for careers in city classrooms, providing instruction and guidance for diverse student populations. Criminal Justice students are guided toward professions as officers, corrections professionals and counselors. The college also contributes human services professionals to hospitals, schools and other facilities through its Social Work Program. COLLEGE OF PUBLIC SERVICE DEGREES Criminal Justice (B.A.A.S. and B.S.) Interdisciplinary Studies – Teacher Certification (B.A.) Social Work (B.S.W.)
GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS Business Administration (M.B.A.) Criminal Justice (M.S.) Data Analytics (M.S.) Non-Profit Management (M.A.) Rhetoric and Composition (M.A.) Security Management (M.S.M.) Teaching (M.A.T.) Technical Communication (M.S.)
Flexibility with CLASSES OFFERED ONLINE AND ACROSS HOUSTON Students have convenient and flexible options for completing coursework or degree programs at four locations across the Greater Houston area. Courses are available online, in person, and in a hybrid format, combining elements of online and face-to-face classroom instruction. For more information on our satellite campuses, visit uhd.edu/distance. The following degrees are available online: COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Finance (B.B.A.) General Business (B.B.A.) Insurance & Risk Management (B.B.A.) International Business (B.B.A.) Marketing (B.B.A.) Management (B.B.A.) Management Information Systems (B.B.A.) Supply Chain Management (B.B.A.) COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES Humanities (B.A.) Non-Profit Management (M.A.) Professional Writing (B.S.) Psychology (B.S.) COLLEGE OF PUBLIC SERVICE Criminal Justice (B.S.) Criminal Justice (B.A.A.S.) Criminal Justice (M.S.) UNIVERSITY COLLEGE Applied Administration (B.A.A.S.) Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.) –8–
YOU in Mind
46% of UHD Students take at least one course online.
14,251 Fall 2016 Enrollment – 10 –
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Student Life A well-rounded student is a successful student. Develop life and leadership skills while having fun in college! UHD offers a number of opportunities to get involved and stay active outside the classroom. Embrace student life, explore your interests and passions, and promote a healthy lifestyle with the help of student activities, sports and fitness programs, the Student Life Center, the O’Kane Theatre and O’Kane Gallery.
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS With more than 75 student clubs and organizations, there are various opportunities for students to get involved. Join an organization to interact with other students, faculty and staff members with similar interests, such as, Greek, professional, academic, service, cultural, recreational or honorary organizations. By joining student organizations, you will have the chance to strengthen your leadership skills, make new friends, and gain access to exciting new opportunities on and off campus. The possibilities are endless.
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STUDENT ACTIVITIES Student Activities is dedicated to supporting the educational mission of the University of Houston-Downtown by enriching students’ college experience outside the classroom. They are the hub of all things social, cultural and community focused at UHD. Student Activities is committed to providing programs and events that complement students’ experience in the classroom and help them develop their life and leadership skills. UHD strives to enhance learning and personal development through programs that are purposeful and fun!
SPORTS AND FITNESS Sports and fitness programs provide fun-filled physical activities aimed at promoting wellness and personal development. Participate in one of 10 competitive Club Sports or one of 10 recreational sports teams to enhance your experience. UHD students embrace a healthy lifestyle, which can strengthen academic studies and build friendships and social skills. Group activities help develop leadership qualities and cultivate a sense of ownership and belonging to the university. The Student Life Center is a three-level, 30,000 square foot facility which features two ball courts equipped for basketball, volleyball and badminton, a multipurpose studio for aerobics and martial arts, and a fitness center with weight and cardiovascular equipment. As a UHD student, you will have full access to all of these amenities.
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A FUTURE YOU CAN AFFORD
UHD is the smart choice for students seeking college degrees. You will pay 18 percent lower than the average tuition of any fouryear public university in Texas, and our Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is here to offer assistance to help fill in any gaps.
UHD offers scholarships to exceptional students. There are a limited number of merit scholarships available for freshman and transfer students. Apply for admission to UHD by December 1 for priority consideration. For more information visit, uhd.edu/financial/scholarships.
The Fixed Tuition Rate Program can help you
plan for college costs. You can get a guaranteed tuition rate for a maximum of 15 consecutive semesters. For more information, visit uhd.edu/fixedtuition. Estimated costs for a full-time student taking 15 credit hours per semester, enrolled in both fall and spring in the 2016-2017 academic year:
TEXAS RESIDENT Tuition and fees $ 7,241 Books and supplies $ 1,210 Estimated total $ 8,451 For updated information on tuition schedules and non-resident tuition, visit uhd.edu/tuition.
Paying for college: it’s easier than you think UHD students have access to scholarships, grants, work-study and loans. A variety of methods can be used to help pay for college. Funds are limited in some programs, so it’s always important to begin the application process early. The priority deadline to apply for federal financial aid is April 1 for each incoming fall class. Visit the Federal Student Aid website at fafsa.ed.gov for more information or to apply. When applying for financial aid, UHD’s school code is 003612. The Financial Aid office is here to help. You can find more information about applying online at uhd.edu/financial. Online videos show other financial aid options and can be viewed at uhd.financialaidtv.com. – 14 –
FRESHMAN CRITERIA You qualify for admissions to UHD if you meet the Texas Uniform Admissions Policy and the requirements below: Class Rank
Minimum New SAT Total* and H.S. GPA
Minimum Old SAT Total** and H.S. GPA
ACT Composite and H.S. GPA
Top Quarter Top 1-25%
Guaranteed Admission Submit Score
Guaranteed Admission Submit Score
Guaranteed Admission Submit Score
Second Quarter Rank 26-50%
930 or 2.5 GPA
850 or 2.5 GPA
18 or 2.5 GPA
Third/Fourth Quarter 51-99% or No Rank
930 and 2.5 GPA
850 and 2.5 GPA
18 and 2.5 GPA
Home School or GED
* New SAT Scores are for SAT exams taken March 2016 and after. The total consists of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores only. ** All other scores correspond to tests taken prior to March 2016. The total consists of Critical Reading and Math scores only. Visit uhd.edu/admissions for more details about freshman admissions requirements.
VISIT UHD! The best way to learn about UHD is through a campus tour! Experience our vibrant downtown location and student friendly campus on a guided walking tour given by UHD students. Campus tours are available Monday through Friday at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Visit uhd.edu/visit for more information and to schedule your visit.
HOW TO APPLY? q Visit applytexas.org and complete the admissions application. q Submit official high school transcript with class rank, GPA, and High School Curriculum Certification/High School Program. q Request official ACT/SAT scores to be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Admissions. q Submit your nonrefundable $35 application fee. Individual Review: First-time freshman who do not meet the criteria above may be considered for admission to UHD by way of Individual Review.
TREx or EDI/SPEEDE is the preferred method for transcript submission. You can also submit official transcripts using the address below: University of Houston-Downtown Office of Admissions One Main Street, GSB 308 Houston, TX 77002
You can check your admission status online by going to uhd.edu/eservices and selecting “My Admission and Enrollment Status.”
Deadlines: Fall: Spring: Summer I & II: Summer III:
June 1 December 15 May 1 June 1
Historic One Main Building is downtown across from Allen’s Landing, the birthplace of Houston. – 15 –
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UHD has the lowest cost of tuition among Houston’s public, four-year universities.
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MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY UHD accommodates the busy lives of students. With the understanding that students need maximum flexibility in course schedules, there is a wide variety of class offerings during weekdays, evenings, weekends and online. There are three UHD satellite campuses to conveniently serve students throughout the Greater Houston area. Many students have earned degrees at these locations, enabling them to maximize convenience and free their time for professional or personal obligations.
VETERANS SERVICES UHD is proud to be certified for the G.I. Bill, is a member of Service members Opportunity College (SOC) Consortium and has been named one of the top Military Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs Magazine. Each year, the Office of Veterans Services assists hundreds of veterans, reservists, guardsmen and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans.
A FUTURE YOU CAN AFFORD The smart choice for students seeking college degrees is UHD. You will pay 18 percent less than the average tuition of any four-year public university in Texas, and the Financial Aid office is here to offer ideas to help fill in any gaps, including merit scholarships, grants, loans and work-study options. Estimated costs for a full-time student taking 15 credit hours per semester, enrolled in both fall and spring in the 2016-2017 academic year:
TEXAS RESIDENT Tuition and fees $ 7,241 Books and supplies $ 1, 210 Estimated total $ 8,451
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FINANCIAL AID Paying for college: it’s easier than you think UHD students have access to scholarships, loans, grants and work-study options. A variety of methods can be used to help pay for college. Funds are limited in some programs, so it’s always important to begin the application process early. The priority deadline to apply for federal financial aid is April 1 for each incoming fall class. Visit the Federal Student Aid website at fafsa.ed.gov for more information or to apply. When applying for financial aid, UHD’s school code is 003612.
The Financial Aid office is here to help. You can find more information about applying online at uhd.edu/financial. Online videos show other financial aid options and can be viewed at uhd.financialaidtv.com.
SCHOLARSHIPS UHD offers scholarships to exceptional students. There are a limited number of merit scholarships available for freshman and transfer students. For more information visit, uhd.edu/financial/scholarships.
For updated information on tuition schedules and non-resident tuition, visit uhd.edu/tuition.
Degree programs are linked to local workforce demands, specifically in business and finance, education, energy and healthcare. – 19 –
UHD is recognized as a Hispanic and Minority-Serving Institution. â€“ 20 â€“
TRANSFER CRITERIA Earned Hours of College-Level Credit
Minimum Cumulative Transfer GPA*
Less than 15 hours
Must meet Freshman and Transfer Admission Requirements
15 or more hours
Student must be in Good Academic Standing at last institution attended. * For a course taken more than once, the highest grade will be transferred. Developmental coursework will not count in the transfer GPA and does not transfer for credit.
HOW TO APPLY? q Visit applytexas.org and complete the admissions application. q Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended. q Submit your nonrefundable $35 application fee ($75 late application fee after posted deadline).
Application fees and official transcripts can be sent to: University of Houston-Downtown Office of Admissions One Main Street, Suite GSB 308 Houston, TX 77002-1014 You can check your admission status online by going to uhd.edu/eservices and selecting â€œMy Admission and Enrollment Status.â€?
Deadlines: Fall: Spring: Summer I & II: Summer III:
August 1 December 15 May 24 June 1
Average student age: 27
Office of Admissions One Main Street, Suite GSB 308 Houston, TX 77002 Phone: 713-221-8522 Email: UHDAdmit@uhd.edu Website: uhd.edu/admissions Visit uhd.edu/visit for more information and to schedule a campus tour.