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President's Message: Happy Holidays!

Dear UHD Community,

2017 is coming to a close, and it’s been a tremendous year for our institution.

This year, UHD received a historic naming gift; received accolades from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; hosted the UH System Board of Regents; presented public forums on topics affecting our community; and celebrated our institution during “Invest In Blue.” UHD wrapped up the year in grand fashion during Commencement Weekend, and I could not think of a better way to conclude 2017 than by congratulating our graduates.

Of course, the University faced a few challenges, but even one of the worst storms in Houston’s history could not impede the University’s progress.

All of our accomplishments this year were made possible by you, the UHD community. No matter your role here at UHD, your contributions factored into the University’s achievements in 2017. Your commitment to our institution’s growth is commendable, and I am proud to serve as this University’s president.

Although the bar has been raised, I know UHD’s momentum will lead to even greater success in 2018.

The University will close at the end of the week for the Winter Break. I hope everyone has a restful and happy holiday season.

Thank you for all that you do to make our University great. I look forward to seeing all of you in the New Year.


Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
UHD President


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.