University of Houston--Downtown

2014 Quick Stats
1 Main Street

Houston, TX 77002

Phone: (713) 221-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jun. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Regional Colleges (West)

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University of Houston--Downtown is a public institution that was founded in 1974. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,709, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,267 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,887 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Houston-Downtown provides life-changing educational access and opportunities 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 many students pursue degrees while working full or part time. Students take advantage of flexible scheduling and online options as they pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees. They also find that UHD tailors study abroad programs and other international enrichment opportunities in ways that make 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 across many disciplines. Just minutes from campus, students have access to the largest medical center in the world, distinguished museums 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 University's 'Ed-U-Gator' mascot, provide recreational opportunities and students also are active in student organizations and student-led activities. While UHD is well known for embracing diversity, 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 one of four separate universities in the University of Houston System. It 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.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1974
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $35,280,157


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 91.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 91.5%
Application deadline June 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Houston--Downtown is 20:1, and the school has 25.5 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 61.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 1%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 36%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 13%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 12%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 9%
Psychology 9%

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Student Life

University of Houston--Downtown has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,709, with a gender distribution of 40 percent male students and 60 percent female students.

Total enrollment 13,916
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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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, 43 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 43%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Houston--Downtown, 72.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,069.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,267 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,887 (2013-14)
Room and board N/A
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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