University description (as per official university website)
he University of Houston - Downtown (UHD) celebrates student success, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, integrity and service. UHD faculty and staff members are committed to providing students with quality educational opportunities and helping them achieve their educational goals.
Diverse student body
UHD is a publicly-supported, urban university located in Houston’s central business district. It draws students from throughout the Greater Houston area. UHD is considered one of the most ethnically diverse liberal arts institutions in the southwest, a distinction that indicates the student body accurately reflects the Houston community's wealth of cultures, languages and nationalities. The University offers all students a specially tailored opportunity for quality higher education, as well as small classes and personal interest from faculty.
Since opening its doors in 1974, UHD has grown in mission and service, and now offers baccalaureate degrees in 48 areas and four master’s degree programs. Enrollment has surpassed 12,000 students who attend classes in four Colleges: Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Public Service and Sciences and Technology. A fifth college, University College, serves as the entry point for all students coming to UHD. Approximately 2,000 students graduate each year with degrees in humanities and the arts, social sciences, business, the sciences and technology, education and criminal justice. As one of the four distinct and separate components of the University of Houston System, UHD offers educational opportunities and access to students from a variety of backgrounds including many first generation college students, students who work full or part time, students who may have family obligations and students who transfer from community colleges and other higher education institutions.
To facilitate ease of access, the University also offers classes at the University Center in the Woodlands, Cinco Ranch and at various campuses of the Lone Star College District. UHD continues to explore ways to be responsive to the needs of students and offers dual credit and dual enrollment options through area community college partners; a variety of distance education options through classes online; and a “hybrid” class configuration, blending online with classroom instruction.
The UHD Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid offers a variety of financial aid programs to assist undergraduate and graduate students in meeting educational costs. The programs include scholarships, grants, loans and work-study, which may be awarded in various combinations and amounts to meet individual student needs. Because funds are limited in many programs, it is important to begin the application process early and complete the necessary applications properly and on time. Priority deadline is April 1 of each year.
Most federal and state aid is awarded on the basis of proven financial need rather than academic achievement. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, talents, and special skills rather than proven financial need.