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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) 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.