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University of Houston--Downtown is a public institution that was founded in 1974. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,757, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 24 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Houston--Downtown's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), 26. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,997 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,527 (2012-13).
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The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) provides life-changing educational access and opportunity to individuals living in one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in Texas. UHD is a federally designated Minority- and Hispanic- Serving Institution. Students, including many first-generation college students, enjoy working directly with dedicated faculty in a close-knit environment that provides superb academic- and student-support services. Access is broadened through a philosophy that keeps UHD's tuition and fee structure as affordable as possible; the university's charges for tuition and fees are often among the lowest of public universities in the state. UHD students also find that the university provides flexibility that fits their lifestyles because most students pursue degrees while working full or part time. Students take advantage of online classes, innovative uses of technology such as wireless Internet access, evening classes and classes offered at off-site locations as they pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees. They also find that UHD tailors study abroad programs and other international enrichment opportunities in ways that makes them realistic options for students who also work. UHD offers a wide variety of undergraduate degrees and a growing number of graduate degrees. Students benefit from the diverse array of internship possibilities that exist in the nation's fourth largest city. UHD's colleges and departments cultivate relationships with corporate and public entities to develop hands-on opportunities for students in their respective disciplines. Just minutes from campus, students have access to the largest medical center in the world, distinguished museum and arts centers, professional sports arenas and beautiful Gulf Coast beaches. Students are involved in community outreach projects, working at area schools and non-profit organizations. Intramural sports led by the campus "Edu-gator" mascot provides recreational opportunities and students also are active in student organizations and student-led activities. While UHD is best known for embracing diversity and providing access, alumni often speak about the high-quality curriculum they mastered and how UHD's rigorous standards and expectations helped prepare them for success in the workplace. UHD is a relatively young university and it is one of four separate universities in the University of Houston System. UHD is located on the northern edge of downtown Houston where three major freeways converge, and the city's light rail service stops at the front door. This makes reaching campus convenient from work or home. UHD is a non-residential campus.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to University of Houston--Downtown, it's important to note the application deadline is June 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. The application fee at University of Houston--Downtown is $35. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 96.9 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||96.9%|
|Application deadline||June 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||July 15|
The student-faculty ratio at University of Houston--Downtown is 20:1, and the school has 27.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Houston--Downtown include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 59.5 percent.
University of Houston--Downtown has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,757, with a gender distribution of 38.5 percent male students and 61.5 percent female students.
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Campus Info & Services
University of Houston--Downtown offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Houston--Downtown also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, and lighted pathways/sidewalks. Of the students at University of Houston--Downtown, 55 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Houston--Downtown.
|Students who have cars on campus||55%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
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|In-state tuition and fees||$5,997 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$16,527 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data