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) 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.