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University of Houston-Downtown: Narrative Description


One Main St.
Houston, TX 77002-1001
Tel: (713)221-8000
Admissions: (713)221-8522
Fax: (713)221-8157
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Houston System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1974. Setting: 20-acre urban campus. Endowment: $13.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $669,019. Educational spending 2003-04: $2751 per student. Total enrollment: 11,408. Faculty: 553 (254 full-time, 299 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 1,838 applied, 99% were admitted. Full-time: 5,699 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 5,562 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 17 states and territories, 76 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 37% Hispanic, 26% black, 10% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 49% 25 or older, 12% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous until 8/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $3170 full-time, $106 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9362 full-time, $364 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $764 full-time, $23 per credit part-time, $37 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: Latin American Student Services Organization, Chinese Student Association, Indo-Pakistan Student Association, Professional Accounting Society, Student Government Association. Major annual events: One Main Event, Cross Roads, Culture on the Bayou. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. W. I. Dykes Library with an OPAC and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.8 million. 1,200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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