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UHD Celebrates First-Generation Students, Faculty and Staff This Week

The University of Houston-Downtown is celebrating all Gators who are the first in their families to pursue a college education on the University’s social media platforms starting on Nov. 8 in recognition of First-Generation College Celebration Week.

During the week, current First-Gen students, alumni, as well as faculty and staff will be featured in special posts on UHD’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms. Members of the Gator Community are encouraged to share these posts or identify as a First-Gen student using the hashtag #UHDFirstGen.

In addition, you may also e-mail us your photos to be considered for use on social media at socialmedia@uhd.edu.

The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-Generation Student Success launched the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration in 2017. Given the continued success of this event, COE and the Center now partner to make this celebration an annual event.


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.