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New Graduate Admission Application Makes It a Breeze to Apply


By Marie Jacinto

Interested in one of UHD’s 12 master’s programs? UHD just streamlined the graduate school application experience through a new application as part of the Slate CRM tool. 

UHD joins the more than 1,400 universities worldwide that have implemented Slate by Technolutions, a software development firm that specializes in the research, design, and development of information management systems serving the higher education industry.

Villanueva “As of the first day of class, UHD showed a 10% growth in new graduate student enrollment this fall, and we continue to hear directly from graduate students about their growing interest in our programs,” said Dr. Daniel Villanueva, Vice President of Enrollment Management. “We remain committed to not only increasing graduate enrollment but also streamlining the application experience. This implementation underscores the University’s commitment to ensure graduate enrollment continues to grow.”

Through Slate, prospective graduate students can complete the entire admissions process—from making an inquiry to submitting their application, completing checklist items, and receiving their admissions decision—all on one user-friendly platform, without undue stress.

“This implementation is a testament to the power of collaboration,” continued Villanueva. “Enrollment Management worked with each individual UHD college to customize applications, communication plans, and functional set-ups to provide a tailored experience for prospective graduate students. We also worked alongside our University of Houston System colleagues, especially Senior Application Lead Cynthia Ustoy, as they supported the technical aspect of the implementation.”


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About the University of Houston-Downtown

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.