13:25 PM

President's Message: Hurricane Harvey

Dear UHD Community,

As many of you are aware, the University is closing today at 1 p.m. in preparation for Hurricane Harvey. Faculty, staff and students are being asked to leave campus at that time, so UHD Police can secure the building. Classes and events are cancelled for the rest of the weekend. Further updates will be available soon.

In June, I shared a message regarding hurricane preparations. I encourage you to revisit that note for details on how to receive timely emergency notifications from the University.

The safety of our community is the number one priority here at UHD. I urge everyone to plan ahead for this storm and consult agencies such as the Regional Joint Information Center for additional guidance. Most importantly, exercise your best judgement regarding your well-being.

Whether you remain in Houston or decide to leave the city this weekend, stay safe and stay connected to the University. Regular updates will be shared after 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday through social media (Twitter, Facebook) and on the University’s home page.

We’re in this together as Houstonians and as Gators, and I am confident that our University community will emerge from this storm and be back on campus soon.


Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
UHD President


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.