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Fall 2014 Enrollment Up 5 Percent, Sets University Record

Featured imageThe University of Houston-Downtown's (UHD) fall 2014 enrollment of 14,438 students is the largest in the institution's history.

The fall enrollment exceeds the mark set in fall 2013 with a 5 percent increase in students and a 3.5 percent increase in semester credit hours.

Notably, the University's graduate enrollment increased by more than 125 percent this fall to 610 students, 409 of whom are new. This growth was driven in part by the expansion of the College of Business' Master of Business Administration degree and its tailored certificate programs that allow professionals to specialize in a variety of areas including leadership, human resource management, investment management, finance, and supply chain management. Students can apply all credit hours earned while completing these certificates toward the MBA degree.

This fall, more than 35 percent of all semester credit hours are offered through online and hybrid (combination of online and face-to-face) courses, helping to spur enrollment growth.

Overall student enrollment at UHD is approximately 43 percent Hispanic, 26 percent African-American, 10 percent Asian and 18 percent Caucasian, mirroring the Houston region's ethnic diversity. UHD is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution, federal designations awarded for serving Hispanic and African-American students.

Over the past year, the University took steps to help increase student success, including revising barrier courses, hiring 14 new advisors and increasing peer-to-peer mentoring.

"While we are delighted that overall enrollment is the highest in UHD's history, our primary focus continues to be ensuring students' success through each year of their academic journeys," said UHD President Bill Flores, Ph.D. "We are committed to providing students with high-quality, hands-on learning experiences, essential advising support from the outset, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and faculty- and peer-mentoring as students progress toward graduation."

In addition to its downtown campus, UHD offers courses and degrees at four satellite campuses, including UHD Northwest, Lone Star College-Atascocita, Lone Star College-Cy Fair and Lone Star College-Kingwood. Last year, the University granted diplomas to approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students.