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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
Master's degree
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  13,757 (13,486 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  21 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges--Diverse Fields
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
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty320291
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 year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,100$1,100$1,100$1,1000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$8,600$8,600$8,600$8,371-2.7%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Off Campus$21,304$23,884$24,120$21,351-11.5%
Off Campus with Family$12,704$15,284$15,520$12,980-16.4%
Off Campus$28,744$31,396$32,544$29,847-8.3%
Off Campus with Family$20,144$22,796$23,944$21,476-10.3%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$5,405
In-state fees$1,074
Out-of-state tuition$11,012
Out-of-state fees$1,074
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
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 aid195983%————
Grant or scholarship aid89878%$7,102,479$7,909
Federal grants74765%$3,343,129$4,475
Pell grants74765%$3,303,329$4,422
Other federal grants545%$39,800$737
State/local government grant or scholarships55348%$3,120,261$5,642
Institutional grants or scholarships28024%$639,089$2,282
Student loan aid39234%$1,796,573$4,583
Federal student loans38934%$1,736,753$4,465
Other student loans81%$59,820$7,478
  • 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 aid18,00058%$37,164,550$4,646
Pell grants6,50347%$24,280,846$3,734
Federal student loans6,05844%$47,301,084$7,808
  • 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$8,218$9,632$10,944
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 Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$6,892$8,469$9,772
$30,001 – $48,000$7,040$8,861$10,266
$48,001 – $75,000$10,180$13,753$13,994
$75,001 – $110,000$15,829$18,268$17,541
$110,001 and more$15,938$18,375$16,785
  • 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 2013
Total enrollment13,757
Undergraduate enrollment13,486
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,287
Graduate enrollment271
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: 25%
Hispanic/Latino: 39%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 18%
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: 2%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 15%
Part-time: 85%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 11%
Enrolled in some distance education: 27%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 62%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 35%
Enrolled in some distance education: 12%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 53%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $35
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants3,0961,2891,807
Percent admitted95%95%95%
Percent admitted who enrolled38%41%36%
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 2013 (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 Reading380480
SAT Math420510
ACT Composite1621
ACT English1420
ACT Math1622
  • UHD implemented admissions standards in Fall 2013. The first incoming class of students with these standards in place has an average SAT (Critical Reading and Math components only) of 900 and 48% graduated in the top half of their high school class.
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: 63%
Part-time students: 52%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
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, 29 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 14%
Transfer-out rate: 49%
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 2005]
4-year: 2%
6-year: 15%
8-year: 19%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 3%
6-year: 14%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
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: 10%
Female: 18%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 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:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 25%
Asian: 14%
Black or African American: 12%
Hispanic/Latino: 15%
White: 14%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 21%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMaster
  • 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, General34-
Microbiology, General6-
Category total43-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General114d0
Business/Commerce, General74d-
Finance, General133d-
International Business/Trade/Commerce62d-
Management Information Systems, General93d-
Marketing/Marketing Management, General53d-
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-0d
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management69d-
Category total868d0d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General90d-
Category total90d-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General15-
Category total15-
Curriculum and Instruction-9d
Category total-9d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician20-
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician12-
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician14-
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician11-
Category total57-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General29-
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing11d0
Rhetoric and Composition-0
Category total40d0
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature15-
Category total15-
History, General28-
Category total28-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies231d20d
Securities Services Administration/Management-18
Category total231d38d
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies2d-
Category total2d-
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General18-
Mathematics, General2-
Category total20-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences25-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other595d-
Category total620d-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total9-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General18-
Chemistry, Other4-
Geology/Earth Science, General0-
Category total22-
Psychology, General197d-
Category total197d-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work20-
Category total20-
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General43-
Social Sciences, General11-
Category total98-
Visual and Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, General13-
Category total13-
Grand total2,38847
  • 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
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession200
Drug law violations220
Liquor law violations002
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault100
Motor vehicle theft500
  • 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.
  • 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 Year201120102009
Default rate12.1%15.1%14.2%
Number in default333356319
Number in repayment2,7522,3512,233
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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