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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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 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.
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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.
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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.