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UHD is committed to student success Drawing scholars from all fields, UHD’s professors are known for their commitment to student success. With a student-tofaculty ratio of just 22:1, professors serve as mentors, and will help you shape your career goals, find the right degree program and build industry connections. 65 percent of UHD undergraduates are given the opportunity to participate in faculty research – an advantage unheard of among public state universities.


VALUE Faculty connections You will benefit from the small class sizes, where classroom interactions are lively and engaging. And your benefits extend beyond the classroom – many students have found professional connections and career opportunities after graduation through faculty relationships in the industries they represent.

With the lowest tuition of any four-year institution in Houston, you will appreciate a quality education at an affordable rate. With private school benefits at a public institution rate, high-quality education becomes attainable. Our alumni appreciate the value of their degree, with less student debt while offering exciting career opportunities and marketable skills. UHD alumni compete well and often exceed peers from other institutions in the job market. Recent research indicates that UHD graduates are the third highest salary earners of any four-year public university in Texas.

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Learning extends beyond the classroom You will find dozens of options for engaging with the community, participating in faculty research on campus in labs or out in the field, and study abroad programs. UHD faculty and staff continually build contacts with corporations located throughout Houston, partnering with companies to provide meaningful internships for you to build industry experience. Whatever your interests, UHD faculty appreciate the importance of experiential learning, offering students high-impact educational experiences that enrich and enhance understanding and knowledge. 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. UHD has a commitment to increase the number of underrepresented students graduating with STEM degrees and increase the advancement and preparation into graduate or professional degrees in the STEM workforce. Scholars Academy has been a resounding success, with over 500 alumni from the Academy pursuing advanced degrees, and more than 91 percent remaining in STEM industries after graduation. Scholars Academy has awarded over 3,300 scholars approximately $6,000,000 in scholarships. Honors Program The University Honors Program offers high achieving students an enriched academic and co-curricular experience in a supportive environment. From the summer of their first year to graduation, students are immersed in a culture designed to transform academic potential into achievement. Honors students belong to a vibrant community of scholars with a shared passion for learning, exploring and creating. Honors students benefit from personalized advising, mentoring, an innovative curriculum taught by outstanding faculty, small classes, access to study abroad opportunities and Honors only special events and study spaces. The Honors Program is inclusive of all majors and students are connected with faculty from their disciplines within their first semester of study. Core level Honors courses help prepare students 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 competitive with scholarships available for highly qualified applicants.

Not only has the Honors Program helped me grow intellectually, but it has provided me with a more diverse social circle and a real sense of community. Eisha K., Sophomore, Political Science

The opportunities provided by the Honors Program extend beyond the classroom. Before the first day of classes, I had already gotten to know the other Honors students, spoken to an award winning author and found a job on campus. Chase O., Freshman, Fine Arts


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Higher Education Pays: The Initial Earnings of Graduates of Texas Public Colleges and Universities. American Institutes for Research. 2013


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We are proud of the fact that first-year graduates from UHD earn the third highest salaries in the state, and over 18 percent more than the statewide average for any Texas public university.*

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UHD is proud to be certified for the G.I. Bill and is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) Consortium. We’ve also been named one of the top Military Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs Magazine. Our Veterans Services Office assists hundreds of veterans, reservists, guardsmen and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans.


Develop life and leadership skills while having fun The Office of Student Activities is the hub of all things social, cultural and communityfocused at UHD. Whether you are interested in participating in one of our 20 competitive club team sports who compete against other educational institutions, or any of our 60+ student organizations on campus, you will find something exciting and new to enhance your college experience.

Student Life Center This three-level, 30,000 square foot facility 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 equipment in this modern and clean facility.


UHD COLLEGES A variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through five colleges on the UHD campus. UHD groups degree programs by discipline under each of these five degree-granting colleges.

THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS provides learning 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. 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. THE COLLEGE OF PUBLIC SERVICE prepares students for professional careers in urban education, developing future teachers to be successful in urban classrooms; criminal justice, which instills an understanding of the processes of the criminal justice system; and social work, enabling students to work in a variety of settings for human services. 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. 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.


668 DISTANCE EDUCATION Students have convenient and flexible options for completing coursework or degree programs at four locations across Houston. Distance education formats include online, face-to-face courses, and a hybrid format, combining elements of online and face-to-face classroom instruction. For more information on distance education options, visit




University College

College of Public Service

Master of Business Administration

Applied Administration Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies (teacher education) Criminal Justice Social Work

Master of Security Management for Executives

College of Business Accounting Enterprise Information Systems Finance General Business Insurance & Risk Management International Business Management Marketing Supply Chain Management

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Communication Studies English Fine Arts Health and Behavioral Sciences (Starting Fall 2015) History Humanities Philosophy Political Science Professional Writing Psychology Social Sciences Sociology Spanish

College of Sciences and Technology Applied Statistics Biological and Physical Sciences Biology Biotechnology Chemistry Computer Science Control and Instrumentation Engineering Technology Geosciences Mathematics Safety Management Structural Analysis and Design

Master of Arts in Non-ProďŹ t Management Master of Science in Technical Communication Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition Master of Science in Criminal Justice Master of Arts in Teaching Master of Science in Data Analytics (Starting Fall 2015)




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The following degrees are available online: College of Business B.B.A. General Business B.B.A. Enterprise Information Systems B.B.A. Finance B.B.A. Insurance & Risk Management B.B.A. International Business


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M.S. Criminal Justice M.A. Teaching University College B.A.A.S. Applied Administration B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies



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TUITION UHD: One of the best values in higher education UHD offers an affordable choice for students seeking a college degree, with the lowest tuition of any four-year university in Houston. You will pay 16 percent lower than the average tuition of any four-year public university in Texas, and our Financial Aid Office is here to offer ideas to help fill in any gaps, including merit scholarships, grants, loans and workstudy options. Estimated costs for a full-time student taking 12 credit hours per semester, enrolled in both fall and spring in the 2015-2016 academic year:

TEXAS RESIDENT Tuition and fees $ 5,780 Books and supplies $ 1,190 Estimated total

$ 6,970

For updated information on tuition schedules and non-resident tuition, visit


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 for more information or to apply. When applying for financial aid, UHD’s school code is 003612.

Average Financial Aid award last year:


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in scholarships Our Financial Aid Office is here to help. You can find more information about applying online at Our online video shows other financial aid options and can be viewed at

Scholarships 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


ADMISSIONS Criteria FRESHMAN Criteria High School Rank in Class

SAT Scores (Math and Critical Reading) GPA (Grade Point Average)

ACT Score (Composite) GPA (Grade Point Average)

Level 1 Top 25%

Guaranteed Admission (must submit SAT or ACT score)

Guaranteed Admission (must submit SAT or ACT score)

Level 2 Rank 26-50%

SAT ≥ 850 OR GPA ≥ 2.5

ACT ≥ 18 OR GPA ≥ 2.5

Level 3 51-99% or No Rank

SAT ≥850 AND GPA ≥ 2.5 OR Satisfy College Readiness Benchmarks**

ACT ≥18 AND GPA ≥ 2.5 OR Satisfy College Readiness Benchmarks**

GED Home School

SAT ≥850

ACT ≥ 18


SAT <850 Individual Review

ACT < 18 Individual Review

Students applying for admission should complete the following curriculum: English (four credits) • English I

Science (four credits) • Biology

• English II

• Chemistry

• English III

• Physics

• English IV

• An additional science credit

Math (four credits) • Algebra I • Algebra II • Geometry • An additional math credit

Social Studies (four credits) • U.S. History (one credit) • U.S. Government (one-half credit) • Economics (one-half credit) • World History (one credit) • World Geography (one credit)

Foreign Language (two credits in the same language) Fine Arts (one credit) Physical Education (one credit) Speech (one- half credit) • Communication Applications • Professional Communications (CTE) Electives (five and one-half credits)

A high school certification form may be required for out-of-state, private or home schooled students.

How to apply? 1

Visit and complete the admissions application.


Submit official high school transcript with class rank, GPA and High School Curriculum Certification/High School Program.


Request official ACT/SAT scores to be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Admissions.


Pay nonrefundable $35 application fee.

Individual Review: First-time freshmen who do not meet the criteria above may be considered for admission to UHD by way of Individual Review.


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? 1 Visit and complete the admissions application. 2

Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended.


Pay nonrefundable $35 application fee ($75 late application fee after posted deadline).


Submit proof of Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Exemptions may apply.

State of Texas Uniform Admission Standards ** Uniform Admissions Policy, TEC 51.803-51.809 requires that all students must meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible for consideration for admission to a Texas Four-Year public institution. •

Prospective freshman should graduate high school with one of the following diploma types: Distinguished Achievement or Recommended; or

Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor to the recommended or advanced (distinguished) high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or

Satisfy the following College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment: • •

SAT: 1500 out of 2400 ACT: 18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Math and 24 Science

Application fees and official transcripts can be sent to: University of Houston-Downtown Office of Admissions One Main Street, Suite S350 Houston, TX 77002-1001 All electronic PDF transcripts must be sent to: You can check your admission status at


Downtown is our campus The UHD campus will energize you. Our buildings are nestled throughout downtown’s bustling streets. We share sidewalks with Fortune 500 corporations, court systems and law enforcement agencies, entrepreneurial ventures and magnificent historic buildings. Far from being an isolated campus, you will find that our location benefits students through opportunities with nearby corporations, civic and social agencies, and opportunities to engage with the industries that rouse your interests.


Questions? Contact our Admissions OfďŹ ce at 713-221-8522 or email


Quick Facts about UHD

Fall 2014 enrollment

Office of Admissions One Main Street, Suite S350 Houston, TX 77002-1001 Phone: 713-221-8522


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