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Why Students Should Choose UHD

Students looking for an exceptional education in Houston’s city center will want to consider the University of Houston Downtown. UHD is part of the University of Houston system, even as it maintains its own operations. Located on a perch above Buffalo Bayou, the school offers an urban setting with a host of programs designed to give students real-world experiences that enhance classroom learning.

Service Learning

“We offer many service-learning classes that allow students to gain hands-on experience with community service and reflection to enrich their learning experience,” said Daniel Villanueva, Jr., vice president for enrollment management. “The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning allows students to participate in community activities and develop creative solutions to community issues, benefiting students’ ultimate ability to think critically about the world around them. We accomplish this through academic and co-curricular community engagement activities and by offering various service learning course options each semester.​​​”

The school’s GatorServe event on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and its September 11 National Day of Service see students, faculty and staff giving back to their communities. 

So Many Majors!

UHD offers more than 50 majors that span the humanities, STEM and business fields. Students can consider such diverse options as nursing, data science, history, fine arts, political science, applied statistics, geosciences, human resource management and more. An honors program ensures a challenging curriculum for those looking to be more deeply engaged. Combined with an array of degree programs is a commitment to small class sizes, and affordable tuition. 

“Students leave the university with one of the lowest debt ratios in Texas,” said  Villanueva. “And our faculty and staff genuinely care about students and their success. From admissions to orientation to academic support, UHD’s faculty and staff go above and beyond to ensure students feel a sense of belonging and are set up for success.”

Clubs & Extracurriculars Galore

For those wanting to be involved in a number of college activities, UHD has plenty to keep students engaged. There are more than 40 clubs and organizations that offer opportunities for leadership and joining together with those of like interests.

“In addition, we have eleven Greek organizations and a premier collegiate Esports team. Beyond that, there are club sports teams in soccer, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, baseball, cheer, and dance,” said Villanueva. 

Close to Home

Prospective Gators will discover a school where they are cared for as individuals, where their classroom activities will have direct implications for the community around them and an atmosphere that is welcoming and supportive. Students looking for a school that is close to home but offers a world of opportunity will find UHD to be a strong choice for their college careers.

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