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University of Houston-Downtown

University of Houston-Downtown Rating: 3.9/5 (15 votes)

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Academics

University of Houston-Downtown is also referred to as UHD or UH-Downtown. UHD was established in 1974, and is a component of the University of Houston System. The college offers four master’s degree programs and bachelor’s degrees in over 45 areas. UHD has four academic colleges through which all the study programs are offered:

  • College of Business
  • College of Public Service
  • College of Sciences and Technology
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The University College, also under UHD, does not grant degrees. Undergraduate students are a member of this college until they declare a major.

The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It offers more than 10 minors and 8 undergraduate programs. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers study programs through the Departments of Arts and Humanities, English, and Social Sciences. The College of Science and Technology offers a variety of research programs in mathematics, computer science, technology, and the sciences. Degrees are made available through the Departments of Natural Sciences, Engineering Technology, and Computer and Mathematical Sciences. The College of Public Service consists of the following divisions:

  • College of Public Service Advising
  • Criminal Justice Training Center
  • Department of Criminal Justice
  • Department of Urban Education

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Admissions

At UHD, the Office of Admissions provides every possible type of assistance and responds to all queries regarding admissions. Admissions are granted to three categories of students: freshman, transfer, or graduate students. Candidates need to apply online and submit the required credentials at the Office of Admissions. Once the applications are processed, students will be informed of their status.

While applying to the university, students need to make sure that they fulfill the criteria. The requirements for admission include a high school graduation, necessary credit hours, and submission of GED certificates and other official transcripts. There are specific deadlines for submission of application and credentials for graduate students, international students, and undergraduate students.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is offered through the UHD Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. The deadline for submission of applications for financial aid each year is the 1st of April. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and special skills. State and Federal aid is not based on academic achievement but on justified financial need.

UHD awards students Institutional Scholarships, Departmental Scholarships, and Private and External Scholarships. One can also opt for private scholarships that are awarded according to guidelines set by the bestower. In addition, Access and Success (TEXAS) Grant Program, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP), Towards EXcellence, and Mandated Designated Tuition Grant are available for students. Various work-study programs and loan options are also available.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5576th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

UHD has a diverse student body that reflects the Houston community. The university has learning centers at Cinco Ranch, University Center in the Woodlands, and at campuses of the Lone Star College District. There are a number of activities held at UHD throughout the year. Among these events are the annual awards gala, UHD Mardi Gras, Culture on the Bayou – a spring event, Crossroads Festival, and the UHD Activities Day.

UHD has 8 Greek Organizations including the Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority – Xi Chapter, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority – Colony, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. The university has more than 50 student organizations that are basically in the nature of honor societies, academic and professional groups, student media, programming and political groups, special interest and service organizations, and cultural, social and religious groups.

UHD has a secure technology infrastructure and the campus is Wi-Fi enabled. The university has well equipped academic computing labs with over 630 computers. Students and faculty have access to a state-of-the-art library at UHD. The library has copy-printing services, study rooms, computers and wireless Internet connectivity, as well as an abundant research and reference database.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

A lot of importance is given to sports and fitness at UHD. The university has 30,000 square feet of area comprising two gymnasiums that are equipped for sports like volleyball, badminton, and basketball. The fitness center has cardiovascular units and weight-lifting equipment. The university also has a multipurpose studio, lockers, showers, a horseshoe pit, and a personal training office. The athletics teams of UHD participate in intramural sports and club sports such as basketball, soccer, tennis, and slow pitch softball. Club sports teams play in the Houston Club Sports Conference and are known as the Gators.

Information Summary

Ranks 59th in Texas and 1468th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 91st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 3 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 11,869 0.55
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 198 0.01
Forcible Rape 771 0.04
Robbery 8,054 0.38
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 27,459 1.28
Larceny 68,596 3.20
Vehicle theft 12,281 0.57

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Houston, TX 77002-1014
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population13,289 (13,289 urban / N/A rural)
Households1,776 (1.36 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,588
Families302 (2.46 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4818

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 2868th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,156 $4,156 $12,652
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,122 $1,122 $1,122
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $173 $173 $527
FT Graduate Tuition $5,405 $5,405 $11,012
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,074 $1,074 $1,074
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $300 $300 $612
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $6,338 $6,338 $14,834
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,351 $21,351 $29,847
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,980 $12,980 $21,476

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,786 $5,022 $4,786 $5,022 $12,298 $13,446
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,100(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,600(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $9,398(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $9,398(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,096 (1,289 male / 1,807 female)
Admitted 2,944 (1,226 male / 1,718 female)
Admission rate 95%
First-time Enrollment 1,130 (507 male / 623 female)
FT Enrollment 1,007 (442 male / 565 female)
PT Enrollment 123 (65 male / 58 female)
Total Enrollment13,757

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

ACT Test Admission

1234th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 19%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 20
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 21

SAT Test Admission

1211th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 87%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 380 / 480
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 510
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 800 / 990

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 111 579 868 217 11 613 15 2,435
Accounting 16 46 83 61 50 1 261
Applied Mathematics, General 5 2 3 3 5 18
Biological and Physical Sciences 5 8 3 7 1 25
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 4 5 14 5 6 34
Biotechnology 2 1 3
Business Administration and Management, General 7 24 41 9 32 1 114
Business/Commerce, General 3 19 20 5 25 74
Chemistry, General 1 4 6 4 2 18
Chemistry, Other 2 1 1 4
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 4 2 6 3 5 20
Communication, General 2 31 33 4 20 90
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 3 4 3 12
Computer and Information Sciences, General 3 3 3 6 15
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 2 60 103 14 2 66 2 251
Curriculum and Instruction 4 2 1 2 9
English Language and Literature, General 1 5 5 1 16 1 29
Finance, General 10 23 43 24 1 32 133
Geology/Earth Science, General
History, General 5 5 17 28
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 1 2
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician 1 7 3 1 2 14
Insurance 2 3 1 1 2 9
International Business/Trade/Commerce 6 4 37 4 10 1 62
Management Information Systems, General 9 19 24 17 24 93
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 7 23 3 16 1 53
Mathematics, General 1 2
Microbiology, General 1 2 2 1 6
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 13 155 238 18 5 156 3 595
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician 4 1 5 1 11
Philosophy 4 2 1 1 1 9
Political Science and Government, General 2 16 13 3 9 43
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 1 1 2 7 11
Psychology, General 4 76 69 12 1 33 1 197
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management 4 9 27 10 18 1 69
Rhetoric and Composition
Securities Services Administration/Management 3 5 10 18
Social Sciences, General 1 6 2 2 11
Social Work 7 4 9 20
Sociology 1 19 15 8 1 44
Spanish Language and Literature 2 12 1 15
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 3 6 3 13

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1597th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $66,942 ($69,341 male / $61,751 female)
Number of FT Faculty 320 (165 male / 155 female)
Number of PT Faculty 611
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $6,833,792

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