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UHD Ranks No. 1 for Diversity Regionally, No. 18 Nationally

The University of Houston-Downtown has long been noted as an institution that embraces diversity in all of its forms. A federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and Minority Serving Institution, UHD takes pride in its multicultural student population and its range of programs supporting inclusivity on campus and in the community.

Now, rankings from the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) reflect what many at the institution and in Texas have known all along … that UHD is the most diverse university in region. 

UHD ranks No. 1 for diversity among colleges and universities in the south according to WSJ/THE and is No. 18 in the nation.  

“Diversity is critical to any university’s mission … but particularly so at the University of Houston-Downtown,” said UHD President Loren J. Blanchard. “As a Hispanic Serving Institution and Minority Serving Institution, the University provides a learning environment that fosters collaboration and cooperation among students, faculty and staff members of varying racial and cultural backgrounds.” 

UHD is the second largest university in Houston and continues to grow its enrollment. More than 50 percent of students attending the University identify as Hispanic, and Black students comprise 20 percent of UHD’s student body. White students make up 14 percent of the University’s learning population with 9 percent of students identifying as Asian. 

In addition to recognizing overall diversity at an institution, the WSJ/THE diversity rankings are based on four primary categories: student outcomes (salaries after graduation, student debt), academic resources, student engagement and environment.  

Among UHD’s centers supporting diversity and hosting dialogues on issues of race and other topics are the Center for Critical Race Studies and Center for Diversity & Inclusion. Additionally, other initiatives and programs include the Lab for Equity in Action in the College of Public Service; SynergiE in the College of Sciences & Technology and  the Center for Latino Studies in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Other efforts to support students include the Men of L.E.G.A.C.I. Student Success Program and Call Me MISTER (aimed at enhancing the number of male teachers of color). 

“One of the great things about the University is that it is a reflection of our community,” said Erika Harrison, UHD Title IX/Equity and Diversity Officer. “Our students come from different cultures and backgrounds and our campus has created programs spotlighting and educating students about the diversity and inclusiveness of people from all walks of life in our campus community. It’s a beautiful thing to see. “ 

The recent WSJ/THE ranking complements other acknowledgements recognizing diversity at UHD. For two years straight, the University earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine. 

“We are extremely proud of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here at the University of Houston-Downtown,” said Dr. Eric Carl Link, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Diversity is a fundamental component of our institutional identity, and it helps shape every aspect of our vision and values.” 

A full report of the WSJ/THE rankings is available online. A subscription may be required but will be complimentary for higher education employees and students. 

“We strive daily to cultivate a sense of inclusive excellence at UHD where all students know that they are valued, they are supported, they are cared for and they belong here within our campus community,” President Blanchard said. “With this synergy between diversity and inclusion, UHD students gain skills and values that empower them for high performance in the workplace and to become effective leaders in their fields and their communities.” 



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.