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President's Message: Happy Thanksgiving

Dear UHD Community,

The semester is slowly winding down, and I know many of you are completing end of semester projects and possibly preparing for graduation. In spite of any looming deadlines, I hope that all of you have a restful Thanksgiving spent with family and friends.

I could not help but notice that members of the University Community began celebrating early during pre-holiday luncheons and other events here on campus. The festive atmosphere during the past week was certainly a reminder that our faculty, staff and students comprise a vibrant extended family here at UHD.

The collegiality of the UHD Community is just one reason to be thankful for this season. This semester, our institution has had many proud moments. We opened the new College of Sciences & Technology Building, hosted a national news event, welcomed policy makers and thought leaders, celebrated our notable alumni in a citywide billboard campaign, and continued to develop partnerships with other institutions of higher education.

I encourage all of you to reflect on reasons to be thankful this season and to return from the break refreshed and ready to Finish UHD Strong.


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.