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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) – 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.