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President's Message: Returning To Campus

Dear UHD Students, Faculty and Staff,

I’m pleased to welcome so many of you back to the UHD campus today. While we’ve been gone for only a week, it’s been a very long week indeed.

For those of you who experienced losses during Harvey, please know that we are prepared to work with you to ensure a successful semester. We pledge to encourage you, to support you and to work together with kindness and generosity toward our top goal – student success.

Students, I encourage you to take advantage of the resources we offer to support your academic success. And to all of the UHD community, don’t neglect your personal well-being during the days ahead. Hurricane Harvey was a devastating storm, but Houston is a strong, entrepreneurial city with a can-do spirit and UHD is a reflection of Houston.

As Nelson Mandela said “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” In the coming days, months and years, we’ll work together and when we’re done putting our city, our homes and our lives back together, it will be done.

​My sincere best wishes to each of you for an outstanding academic semester.


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.