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Welcome Week Set For August 20-23

To kick-off every semester, the University of Houston-Downtown’s Office of Student Activities hosts Welcome Week. This fall’s events are set for the first week of class, August 20- 23. The event gives new and returning students the opportunity to engage with various campus services, departments and faculty, connect with fellow peers and participate in a variety of fun activities as they settle into college life.

"Welcome Week is a really important tradition here at UHD for new and returning students," said Tremaine Kwasikpui, Director of Student Activities. "We are excited to continue adding new events to our week that will provide students with even more opportunities, resources and activities that will help ensure their success."

Welcome Week seeks to:

  • Enhance the UHD student collegiate experience and to promote school spirit and pride.
  • Help students feel welcomed on campus.
  • Engage current students in a tradition that will encourage them to stay connected to the university for years to come.
  • Explore curricular and co-curricular activities, resources, and services that support a successful onboarding experience to the University.

Each morning of Welcome Week will begin with Coffee with Veteran Services from 8 a.m. to noon. The Office of Veterans Services assists veterans, reservists, guardsmen and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. During the week, students will be encouraged to engage and learn how to connect with this office and other campus departments, including UHD Counseling Services and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences Advising.

Sports & Fitness will host a Sports & Fitness Frenzy on Monday and Tuesday, a bash on Wednesday and welcome table at various times throughout the week.

A standout Welcome Week event for new Gators is the Freshman Convocation Cookout, which is slated from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 23. This event highlights the beginning of the freshmen journey towards graduation and the fulfilment of personal, academic, and professional goals. 

Student Involvement Day on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, features representatives from various student organizations to inform students who are interested in learning how they can get more involved on campus. 

Student Activities are seeking volunteers to help make this week a continued success.

Check out the complete schedule of events!

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.