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Hundreds Flock To 'Destination Downtown'

It’s no secret that the University of Houston-Downtown is one of the most diverse and affordable higher education institutions in Texas. 

As UHD ascends into national and local prominence as a unique and accessible University, its Campus Community and prospective Gators have many opportunities to experience these qualities firsthand. 

On Saturday, March 26, hundreds of future students and their families attended UHD’s Destination Downtown to learn why the University is continually recognized for its diversity, high impact, and affordability, and to explore pathways to becoming UHD Gators. 

During the weekend event, prospective students and their parents got a preview of the University’s five colleges and 45 undergraduate degree programs. Visitors were also able to learn and ask questions about the UHD admissions process, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and explore student life, including student activities and Sports & Fitness. 

“Destination Downtown is the first of many state-of-the-art onboarding experiences that UHD will provide to its future students,” Assistant Dean of Students Branston Harris said. “Students were able to connect with one another, their advisors, their colleges, support services, and the Campus Community in a way that was intentional, authentic, and organic. It was amazing to see a room full of new Gators and their loved ones excited to watch their journey at UHD and beyond.”

For questions about UHD’s admissions process, academic programs, student services, and student organizations, contact the UHD Office of Admissions at 713-221-8522 or by email at uhdadmit@uhd.edu​. You can also schedule a virtual or in-person visit online


The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.