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IPEDS ID: 225432
OPE ID: 00361200
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University of Houston-Downtown
1 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002-1014
General information:  (713) 221-8000
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  14,439 (13,830 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  22 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty322310
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,100$1,100$1,167$1,1902.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$8,600$8,371$8,532$8,7062.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Off Campus$24,120$21,351$22,021$22,5842.6%
Off Campus with Family$15,520$12,980$13,489$13,8782.9%
Off Campus$32,544$29,847$30,709$31,9444.0%
Off Campus with Family$23,944$21,476$22,177$23,2384.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
In-state tuition$6,372
In-state fees$1,112
Out-of-state tuition$12,492
Out-of-state fees$1,112
  • UHD offers a guaranteed tuition rate plan for all mandatory tuition and fees associated with enrollment for new, full-time students with less than 30 hours of transferable college credit. With this plan, the tuition rate will not increase for the student while attending UHD, for up to 12 consecutive long semesters. The student must meet requirements to remain eligible. For more information go to:
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee planX
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid185785%————
Grant or scholarship aid82682%$6,902,062$8,356
Federal grants64264%$3,071,930$4,785
Pell grants64264%$3,044,930$4,743
Other federal grants394%$27,000$692
State/local government grant or scholarships50350%$2,920,026$5,805
Institutional grants or scholarships33834%$910,106$2,693
Student loan aid24624%$1,188,231$4,830
Federal student loans24524%$1,124,381$4,589
Other student loans61%$63,850$10,642
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid18,06960%$39,717,121$4,922
Pell grants6,27847%$24,290,607$3,869
Federal student loans5,60442%$43,572,514$7,775
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$9,632$10,944$7,436
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$8,469$9,772$5,769
$30,001 – $48,000$8,861$10,266$6,103
$48,001 – $75,000$13,753$13,994$10,481
$75,001 – $110,000$18,268$17,541$14,099
$110,001 and more$18,375$16,785$15,060
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment14,439
Undergraduate enrollment13,830
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,424
Graduate enrollment609
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 51%
Part-time: 49%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 40%
Female: 60%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 9%
Black or African American: 24%
Hispanic/Latino: 41%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 17%
Two or more races: 1%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 5%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 51%
25 and over: 49%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 98%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 11%
Part-time: 89%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 13%
Enrolled in some distance education: 29%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 58%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 24%
Enrolled in some distance education: 19%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 57%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $35
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants3,2351,3501,885
Percent admitted84%83%85%
Percent admitted who enrolled36%39%34%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading390470
SAT Math430510
ACT Composite1620
ACT English1319
ACT Math1621
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 66%
Part-time students: 55%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 26 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 19%
Transfer-out rate: 48%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 1%
6-year: 12%
8-year: 19%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 3%
6-year: 19%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 15%
Female: 23%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 10%
Black or African American: 12%
Hispanic/Latino: 24%
White: 18%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 22%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General57--
Microbiology, General3--
Category total75--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General117d320
Business/Commerce, General75d--
Finance, General128d--
International Business/Trade/Commerce52d--
Management Information Systems, General65d--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General30d--
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-11d-
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management68d--
Category total786d43d0
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General110--
Category total110--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General35--
Category total35--
Curriculum and Instruction-6d-
Category total-6d-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician17--
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician21--
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician21--
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician3--
Category total62--
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General32--
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing13d7-
Rhetoric and Composition-0-
Category total45d7-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature12--
Category total12--
History, General34--
Category total34--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies200d19d-
Securities Services Administration/Management-22-
Category total200d41d-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies3d--
Category total3d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General19--
Mathematics, General12--
Statistics, General-0-
Category total310-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences29--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other561d--
Category total590d--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total15--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General20--
Chemistry, Other0--
Geology/Earth Science, General5--
Category total25--
Health/Medical Psychology0--
Psychology, General197d--
Category total197d--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work31--
Category total31--
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General38--
Social Sciences, General13--
Category total75--
Visual and Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, General12--
Category total12--
Grand total2,338970
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 457
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 14
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 32
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $4,151
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,606
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,948
Full-time students: 89%
Part-time students: 75%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges(!)7/1/1976 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations010
Liquor law violations243
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible00
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault001
Motor vehicle theft000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate11.9%12.1%15.1%
Number in default377333356
Number in repayment3,1582,7522,351
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)