University of Houston, Downtown

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School Overview

In-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

Out-of-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

With a 20-acre campus in Downtown Houston, and a satellite campus in northwestern Harris County, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-biggest university in the area of Houston, Texas. This university is a four-year state university and a distinct and separate component school of the University of Houston System.

The school was founded in 1974 and has nearly 13,000 students today. It is ranked 26th in the U.S. News & World Report in its Regional Colleges West Rankings. The school serves students in four colleges with nearly 50 programs. It has 45 bachelors and five masters programs. There are nearly 30,000 alumni and UHD awards over 2,400 degrees annually.

UHD offers 45 undergraduate and five graduate degree programs in a quartet of academic colleges: the College of Business, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Public Service and the College of Sciences and Technology.


The school does not have an intercollegiate varsity athletics program. However, it does offer many club sports and intramural sports, which in addition to other fitness programs are coordinated through the Department of Sports & Fitness. Club sports teams are known as the Gators.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

UHD offers work-study, scholarships, loans and grants in various combinations in order to help students defray the cost of attendance. All applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Library System

The W.I. Dykes Library includes collections including: general, oversize, leisure reading, periodicals, microforms, juvenile literature, Texas education and theses.

Student Housing

UHD has no student housing facilities. Students arrange their own off-campus housing.

General Information

Admission Office
One Main Street, Suite 350-S
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 221-8522
Fax: (713) 226-5220

Contact: Jose Cantu
Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Main Address
One Main Street
Houston, TX 77002-1001
(713) 221-8000

Total undergrads: 12,134
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 990
Degree-seeking undergrads: 12,134
Graduate enrollment: 149

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:


Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $4,022 $4,190 $4,392 $4,604 +4.83%
Books and Supplies $1,044 $1,076 $1,076 $1,100 +2.23%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $5,066 $5,266 $5,468 $5,704 +4.32%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $3,294
In-state Student Fees $986
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $8,244
Out-of-state Fees $986

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 627 90%
Grant or scholarship aid 610 87% $3,364,531 $5,516
– Federal grants 453 65% $1,792,840 $3,958
– Pell grants 453 65% $1,616,865 $3,569
– Other federal grants 236 34% $175,975 $746
State/local government grant or scholarships 269 38% $1,275,123 $4,740
Institutional grants or scholarships 184 26% $296,568 $1,612
Student loan aid 529 76% $1,304,863 $2,467
– Federal student loans 522 75% $1,266,489 $2,426
– Other student loans 7 1% $38,374 $5,482

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 2253 40
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 38
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 35
Biotechnology 3
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 940
Accounting 275
Business Administration and Management 114
Business/commerce 97
Finance 204
International Business/trade/commerce 64
Management Information Systems 67
Marketing/marketing Management 80
Office Management and Supervision 1
Purchasing, Procurement/acquisitions and Contracts Management 38
Computing and Information Sciences 23
Computer and Information Sciences 23
Education 9
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Curriculum and Instruction 8
Elementary Education and Teaching 1
Secondary Education and Teaching
Engineering Technology 44
Civil Engineering Technology/technician 18
Computer Engineering Technology/technician 9
Industrial Safety Technology/technician 7
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology/technician 2
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/technician 8
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 42 6
English Language and Literature 30
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 12 6
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 8
Spanish Language and Literature 8
History 35
History 35
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 178 25
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 178 14
Securities Services Administration/management 11
Human Services
Social Work
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 416
Humanities/humanistic Studies 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 413
Mathematics and Statistics 21
Applied Mathematics 17
Mathematics 4
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 234
Biological and Physical Sciences 15
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 219
Physical Sciences 9
Chemistry 5
Chemistry, Other 4
Psychology 156
Psychology 156
Social Sciences 105
Political Science and Government 39
Social Sciences 33
Sociology 33
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 100%

Open admission

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 58%

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Arts – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Microbiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Purchasing/Procurement/Contracts B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Engineering Technologies

Civil Engineering/Technology B
Computer Engineering B
Industrial Safety B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B
Occupational Safety B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B
Technical/Business Writing B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Interdisciplinary studies, education B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Industrial chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Houston-Downtown Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (713) 221-8000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002-1014
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 14,640
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 21%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 6,896 (47% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $6,788
Out-of-state Tuition: $16,916
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 83%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,677

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Houston-Downtown Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Houston-Downtown.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 292
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 3
English Language and Literature/Letters 222
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 2
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 112
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 31
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 1
Grand total 6398

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Houston-Downtown and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,788
Out-of-state $16,916
Books and supplies $1,268

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,774
Out-of-state $15,470

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 804 83%
Grant or scholarship aid 765 79% $9,677
Student loan aid 209 21% $4,418

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 8,640 68% $5,454
Federal student loans 4,522 36% $7,706

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Houston-Downtown. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Houston-Downtown students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 5,617 2,262 3,355
Percent admitted 100% 87% 90%
Percent admitted who enrolled 26% 29% 25%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Houston-Downtown Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 14,640
Undergraduate enrollment 13,136
Graduate enrollment 1,504

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Houston-Downtown Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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