President's Message: Enrollment Update
Dear UHD Community,
This summer, we kicked off our ambitious 14,500 Enrollment Challenge for fall 2018. I am pleased to say that as of 10:20 a.m., this morning, early enrollment numbers are in, and we are at 14,564. (UPDATE: As of Aug. 27, enrollment numbers are at 14,666)
I learned of the campaign’s progress while attending yesterday’s University of Houston System Board of Regents meeting. Toward the end of this meeting, UH System Chancellor, Dr. Renu Khator, reviewed UHS institutions’ enrollment numbers and announced our progress to much applause. It was a proud moment for UHD.
The applause should not be limited to the boardroom. I would like to congratulate and thank everyone who worked diligently to support this campaign, including the divisions and departments such as Enrollment Management and the colleges. I also want to show my appreciation for units including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Financials, Office of the Registrar, Academic Advising Center/Gator Success Center, college advising centers, joint advisers, staff members at our off-site locations such as UHD Northwest, Enrollment Communication, University Relations, and Information Technology.
I also want to commend the many Enrollment Heroes, faculty, and staff, who have made solid contributions to this effort. This teamwork reflects the “can do” spirit of our University Community and is yet another example of Gator Grit.
Your hard work and enthusiasm are inspiring … and will motivate our students to achieve great things this semester and beyond.
While this news gives everyone a reason to be proud, our work is not yet done. Our official enrollment will be reflected after the twelfth day of the semester. Although students are enrolled, they still require guidance in navigating our institution and its processes.
Offer assistance to those Gators seeking directions, in need of general assistance, or requiring academic counsel. Support our students and help them find solutions to begin their academic journeys and ultimately, Finish UHD Strong.
Again, thank you for your hard work in meeting our 14,500 Enrollment Challenge. I look forward to sharing more good news on this campaign soon.
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
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.