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President's Message: Gator Emergency Fund

Dear Students,

I hope you and your families are staying well … and staying safe at home.

Your strength in the face of COVID-19 is indeed inspiring. In short time, you have adapted to new learning platforms and are on your way to completing the spring semester.

These are uncertain times, but you can count on one thing during this pandemic … UHD’s support.

The University already has taken steps to offer partial parking refunds and implement an interim grading policy aimed at helping you succeed. Now, the University is taking steps to provide financial assistance for students in need.

The Gator Emergency Fund is aimed at helping students during this pandemic. More details and an application are available online.

I’ve said previously that you cannot control the outcomes of today’s pandemic … but you can determine your academic success by taking advantage of resources such as the Gator Emergency Fund.

Stay healthy, Gators.

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.