May 21, 2022  

Welcome from the President

Welcome to UHD

Dear Gators,

Welcome and thank you for making the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) your University of choice.

As a UHD student, you are now part of a rich academic heritage … one that continues to impact our community and the region.

For more than 40 years, the University has provided higher education opportunities for Houstonians from all walks of life. From first-time in college students to professionals returning to our classrooms to complete their degrees, the University’s student body mirrors our city’s diversity.

Just as diverse are UHD’s degrees. Our bachelor’s and master’s programs prepare you for careers in the arts, business, criminal justice, education, humanities, sciences, technology, nursing, social work, and many other industries. And new degrees are on the horizon, further expanding the University’s academic reach into dynamic, new disciplines.

Of course, I must credit the leadership within the University’s five colleges (Humanities & Social Sciences, Sciences & Technology, Public Service, Marilyn Davies College of Business and University College), as well as our outstanding faculty for steering these degree offerings and supporting you during your time at our institution. Likewise, our talented staff members also play a critical role in guiding you on your academic journeys.

Aside from its people and programs, several essential resources are available to you. These include the Writing and Reading Center, Supplemental Instruction Program, Career Development Center, and Tutoring resources. Also, the University’s Keep on Learning website provides tools and tips for online learning.

As our city and county continue to navigate the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, so does UHD. The University closely monitors COVID-19 levels in our region and follows health professionals’ recommendations and the Centers for Disease Control to provide a safe environment for learning.

I’ve said this often, but it bears repeating, our commitment to you begins from the moment you are accepted at UHD. All of us will work diligently to ensure that you emerge from our institution with a diploma in hand, prepared for careers, graduate school, and other opportunities that await you.

So, please know that you’re never alone at our University. Our faculty and staff are here for you, and I am ready to be one of your champions as well. At UHD, Gators work together to accomplish great things … particularly, your success.




Loren J. Blanchard, Ph. D.
President, University of Houston-Downtown