Orientation Tours - the University of Houston

Welcome to
Within the section, you'll be informed of key
moments in the history of the University of
Houston-Downtown. Additionally, you'll discover
some terms and concepts that are unique to
UHD, alongside some of the many resources
available to all incoming students.
• UHD is creating an exciting future based on a
fascinating past. The university’s history began
in 1974, when the assets of the private South
Texas Junior College were transferred to the
University of Houston. By 1979, the Texas
Legislature approved the new institution as a
separate entity within the University of
Houston System. In 1983, the name was
changed to the University of HoustonDowntown.
• Today UHD is the second largest institution in
the University of Houston System, which
includes four distinct universities: the
University of Houston, UH-Clear Lake,
University of Houston-Downtown, and UHVictoria. All four institutions are governed by
the UH System Board of Regents. The chief
administrative officer at each university is its
• The history of the university’s campus goes
back even farther. The campus’s One Main
Building was constructed in 1929 on the banks
of White Oak Bayou and Buffalo Bayou. Then
known as the Merchants and Manufacturers
Building, the building served the city for
decades as a center for commerce and
manufacturing. It is listed in the National
Register of Historic Places.
• UHD’s facilities have continued to change
since the university’s inception. In the late
1990s, UHD added the Academic Building,
with more than 40 classrooms and lecture
halls; the Technology Teaching and Learning
Center; the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson
Auditorium; and a food court. While the
Academic Building was taking shape, so was
the Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center, a stateof-the-art facility devoted to student health,
recreation, and fitness.
• In 2004, the university opened the Commerce
Street Building, which houses the College of
Public Service, classrooms, academic labs,
computer labs, meeting spaces and faculty
• In fall 2007, the university opened yet another
showcase facility, the Shea Street Building at the
corner of Main and Shea Streets. The new home
for UHD’s College of Business features a glassenclosed entrance that provides stunning views
of Houston’s downtown skyline. Adjoining this
award-winning new building is a multi-story
parking facility.
• UHD students enjoy the excitement of the
nation’s fourth largest city and enjoy being
just minutes away from Minute Maid Park, the
Toyota Center, world-class museums and art
galleries, and a wide assortment of
restaurants and sidewalk cafes. Getting to and
around campus is easy for students with
UHD’s free shuttle bus, the city’s light rail line
that stops at the University’s front door, and
easy access from two interstate highways.
• UHD’s innovative wireless campus provides
faculty, staff, and students with optimum
service and flexibility. In addition to applying
for admission and registering for classes
online, students can handle much of the
“business” of going to college from laptops or
desktops while at home or at school. And
connectivity makes it easy to meet online with
other students for group projects and classes.
• Since its founding, the University of HoustonDowntown has continued to grow and provide
degrees, programs, and facilities to meet the
needs of students, faculty, and staff. It is all
part of UHD’s commitment to providing access
and opportunity to higher education.
• A UHD-ID, or student ID number, is a nine-digit
randomly generated number that begins with
a 9. It is assigned to you when you apply for
admission to the university. If you ever forget
your UHD-ID, you can look it up on Student EServices. Your UHD-ID will never be released
over the phone.
• The GatorCard is the official identification card of UHD
and is required of all currently enrolled students to
utilize services on campus (library, computer lab, gym,
etc.). An additional functionality of the GatorCard is to
provide those students who choose to do so a faster
means by which to receive their financial aid refund or
tuition reimbursement from the University.
• Students must register for classes before they can take
their GatorCard photo. After having your photo taken
by the Office of Student Activities & Events you should
expect to receive your GatorCard in the mail in
approximately 7 – 10 business days. Your GatorCard
will be mailed to the address you have on file with the
University, please make sure it is current and up to
• There is no fee for your initial GatorCard;
however, there is a $15 replacement fee to
have it replaced if lost or stolen. If you lose
your GatorCard, contact Higher One, the
company that distributes the GatorCard,
& Student E-Services
• UHD offers a variety of student e-services on the web that allow
students to go online rather than stand in line to perform
administrative and academic functions that have traditionally
required face to face interaction on campus. UHD’s student eservices functions as a one-stop student portal. In addition to
providing access to GatorMail and a range of general information,
such as the course schedule and the university catalog, many
student-specific functions are available. Students may apply for
admission, determine their financial aid status, determine their
eligibility for registration, and register for classes if they meet
certain requirements, view their grades, update their address and
other directory information, and obtain information about their
computer account. Students may also make payments on-line for
library fines, parking citations, and tuition.
• To access Student E-Services, click on the
link at the top of the UHD homepage:
• Select the Student E-Services box, shaded in
• Most of the services located under “Online
Status & Set-Up” and “Registration &
Payment” require you to log-in using your 900
UHD-ID. Whenever you log-in to Student EServices for the first time, your pin, otherwise
known as your password, will be your six-digit
birthdate. For example, if you were born on
January 27, 1974, your pin would be 012774.
All admitted students can enter
here to register for approved classes, request
parking permit (if needed) and pay.
UHD Class Schedule & e-Syllibi
Students can click on this button to
search for classes and view the syllabus of
each class.
• Choose the semester to search for classes.
• Choose the location of where you wish to
attend classes.
• You may also search through Student
Courses and Degree completion
• UHD offers many freshman and sophomore
courses online plus upper-level course work
for undergraduate completion degrees and
one graduate degree completely online. Not
only are all the online courses completely
transferable to other accredited institutions,
the curricula in the online courses that UHD
offers are identical to their on-campus
Online Course evaluations
• All admitted students currently enrolled in a
course may access the course evaluation here.
Check you bacterial meningitis
vaccination status
• Once you apply to UHD, you may check your Bacterial
Meningitis Vaccination status by clicking on this button. This is
the screen below you will see. Enter your Network ID or 900
Number and password to enter the site.
Please Enter Your Username and Password.
return to e-services
(Network ID or 900 Number)
Other Options:
 Change My Password (I know my password and want to change it.)
 Forgot Password (I don't know my password and want to get a system generated password.)
 Lookup UHD ID (900#) and UHD Network ID
Legal Notice as Required by the State of Texas
Displaying the following notice pertaining to the use of systems in Texas Higher Education entities is
required per Texas Administrative Code(Title 1, Part 10, Chapter 202):
A. Unauthorized use is prohibited;
B. Usage may be subject to security testing and monitoring;
C. Misuse is subject to criminal prosecution;
D. No expectation of privacy except as otherwise provided by applicable privacy laws.
• All admitted students are issued a GatorMail
email account. Students can obtain their
GatorMail username via Student E-Services
(www.uhd.edu/eservices) under “My Personal
Profile and Emergency Alerts”. Your password for
GatorMail will be the same password that you
use for Student E-Services. UHD assigns student
email accounts as a means of communication
between faculty, staff, and students. Students
should check their email on a frequent and
consistent basis in order to stay current with
University-related communications.
• GatorKnows provides 24 hours a day and 7
days a week self-service help for prospective
students, current students, faculty, staff, and
anyone else interested in UHD. Search our
Frequently Asked Questions to find your
answers or click the Email a Question link to
ask a more specific question.
• The University of Houston-Downtown’s Division of
Student Services and Enrollment Management, under
the direction of the Vice President, offers a wide
variety of services, programs and activities designed to
augment the academic experience of students.
• The division includes the Office of Student Services and
Enrollment Management, Admissions, Registrar, Career
Services, Student Health Services, Scholarships and
Financial Aid, Student Activities & Events, Sports &
Fitness, and Testing Services.
• Suite 380-South, 713-221-8100
• The Office of Student Services and Enrollment
Management serves as a resource to students by
distributing information, assisting with problem
resolution and interpreting university policies,
rules and procedures. This office is also
responsible for carrying out the university’s
student discipline policies. Among the
information Student Services and Enrollment
Management provides to students and the
university community are the UHD Student
Handbook, UHD Registration & Information
Bulletin and the Campus Information Board.
• Suite 330-North, 713-221-8999
• The Registrar's Office maintains all student academic
records including registrations and grades. The
responsibility of this office is to provide valuable and
reliable service and academic data to all UHD students,
faculty, and staff as well as to state and federal
agencies. The Registrar's Office issues transcripts and
diplomas, and certifies loan deferments and veterans'
Students should contact this office in addition to the
Financial Aid Office to officially notify the university of
a name change when applicable.
• Suite 330-North, 713-221-8999
• The UHD Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid offers a
variety of financial aid programs to assist undergraduate
and graduate students in meeting educational costs. The
programs include scholarships, grants, loans and workstudy, which may be awarded in various combinations and
amounts to meet individual student needs. Because funds
are limited in many programs, it is important to begin the
application process early and complete the necessary
applications properly and on time.
• The priority deadline for fall is April 1 of each year.
• The UHD School code is 003612
• Student Financial Aid Flowchart
• Suite 340-North, 713-221-8980 http://www.uhd.edu/career/index.html
• Each student and alumni is unique, and Career Services will work with you
to find out which services you need and how to help you reach your goals.
Generally, your needs will be determined by where you are with your
education. Career Services usually helps:
• Decide on a major.
• Develop job search skills needed to find work while in school, including
resume help, interview guidance, and how to start a job search.
• Access employers via eRecruiting and Career Fairs
• Develop career options related to a particular major.
• Improve job search skills suitable for seeking a more professional job or an
internship related to a particular major or field while in school or once
graduated, including resume reviews, practice interviewing, and
networking guidance.
• Decide about graduate school
• Access employers via eRecruiting and Career Fairs
• Field Experience (Internships)
• Suite 320-North, 713-221-8137
• Student Health Services focuses on health promotion, disease
prevention, and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries. Clinicians
provide the same primary care found in most physicians’ offices
(including women’s health) and offer referrals to specialists in the
community when necessary. Appointments are recommended for
these services. Routine laboratory services, pregnancy testing, and
confidential HIV testing and counseling are provided. The pharmacy
fills in-clinic prescriptions at low cost and offers some nonprescription medications for sale. Nurses provide counseling on a
wide variety of health issues and offer special screenings and
services throughout the year. In addition, educational brochures on
a variety of health-related subjects are available as are applications
for student health insurance.
• Suite 320-North, 713-221-8248 or 713-221-8121 (Toll-Free 24 hrs 1-800-346-3549) http://www.uhd.edu/counseling/index.html
• The UT Employee Assistance Program (UTEAP) provides counseling
services to UHD students Monday through Thursday, during each
Student Counseling Services is designed to help you maximize your
health and effectiveness at home, school or work. Through this
program, you receive confidential, personal support for a wide
range of issues, from everyday concerns to serious problems.
Whether you want advice about a financial concern, need to talk to
someone about drug use, or are simply feeling overwhelmed by
school life, we can help. You have access to both online --through
www.uteap.org -- and in-person support for a wide range of issues.
All records, including medical information, referrals and evaluations,
are kept confidential in accordance with federal and state laws.
• Suite 204-South, 713-221-8573 http://www.uhd.edu/sae/
• The Office of Student Activities and Events encourages and
challenges students to become involved in non-academic
components of campus life that enrich their campus
experience, offer opportunities to develop leadership and
other skills and allow them to make friends from a variety
of educational and cultural backgrounds. The Office of
Students Activities and Events coordinates the functions of
the Student Government Association, Campus Activities
Board and a variety of clubs and organizations. Student
Activities and Events is also responsible for
Commencement, Crossroads Festival, Cultural on the
Bayou, One Main Event, UHD Activities Day, the Community
Involvement Center, Project Leadership UHD and the
Campus Information Center.
Student Organizations
• The varied personal and professional interests
of UHD students are aptly reflected in the
range of active clubs and organizations on
campus. Professional organizations and
departmental clubs provide opportunities for
individuals with similar interest and goals to
meet. There are also social clubs, cultural
organizations and special interest groups. All
clubs offer student educational opportunities
as well as personal enjoyment.
Student Publications
• Dateline Suite 260-South, 713-221-8569 Bayou Review
Suite 250-South, 713-221-2716
• The Dateline is a student-run newspaper. With
guidance from a faculty advisor and the Student
Publications Advisory Committee appointed by the
president, students are provided with a wide range of
experience in journalism.
• The Bayou Review is a literary journal, with biannual
publication of poetry, essays, reviews, photos and
drawings. The journal seeks to promote arts and
humanities at UHD and to provide a forum for students
who have an interest in creative writing.
• Student Life Center, 713-221-8225
• Sports and Fitness provides members with programs and facilities
that offer vigorous, fun-filled, health-promoting, physical activity
conducive to wellness and personal development. Through a wellequipped recreational facility, fitness programs, intramural sports
and sport clubs activities, members will be motivated to embrace a
healthy life-style, which may ultimately enhance their quality of life.
• Membership The programs and services of Sports and Fitness are
open to all UHD students, faculty and staff at no additional fees.
UHD Alumni Society members may purchase a Sports and Fitness
Membership for a fee.
• Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center The three-level, 30,000-squarefoot Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center includes two gymnasiums
equipped for basketball, volleyball, and badminton; a multipurpose
studio designed for aerobics, martial arts, and dance classes; and a
fitness center with state-of-the-art weight equipment and
cardiovascular units. Lockers and showers are available.
• The W.I. Dykes Library (www.uhd.edu/library) occupies the north
portion of the fourth floor and the entire fifth floor of the One Main
Street building. The library may be entered from the Main Street
elevators or stairwells. The north side of the fourth floor houses the
library’s computer lab, thirteen group study rooms, two
presentation practice rooms, two classrooms, an events room,
vending machines, and a comfortable open seating lounge where
students are able to study or relax between classes.
• The UHD Online Catalog lists the books and journals available in the
W.I. Dykes Library, most University of Houston central campus
libraries and the University of Houston-Clearlake library. Books from
other UH system libraries may be requested electronically by
clicking the request button in the online library catalog. Access to
the catalog and electronic databases from a home computer,
wireless locations or from UHD computer labs supports research 24
hours per day.
• Reference librarians at the Information Desk offer
assistance in utilizing library resources. Reference help
is also available through the library’s Ask a Librarian
email service, linked throughout the library’s website.
• The library has two computer workstations reserved
for visually impaired students. Anyone with special
physical or communication needs can ask for assistance
from any library service desk or phone the library to
schedule an appointment for special services. The
library also provides services for UHD distance students
through the ILL Department. Distance students will find
forms for requesting books and articles at
http://www.uhd.edu/library/ILL/index.html on the
library’s website.
• Your GatorCard serves as your library card and
must be presented when checking out
materials. The library is open seven days a
week during fall and spring semesters and
Monday through Saturday during summer
sessions. Check with the library for
intersession and holiday hours. For reference
information call 713-221-8187; for circulation
information call 713-221-8186.
• The upper level (third floor) of the university
bookstore is located near the Main Street
entrance of the One Main Building. It offers
school supplies, clothing, insignia items, and
snacks. The lower level (second floor) houses
new and used textbooks that can alternatively
be ordered online at http://uhdowntown.bkstore.com/. Students can sell
their textbooks back to the bookstore at the
end of each semester.
• Student parking is available at UHD in four different areas:
the Daly Street Lot (North Main at Daly), the Shea Street
Lot (North Main at Shea), the Naylor Street Lot (North Main
at Naylor) and the Washington Street Lot (Washington at
Travis and Washington at Louisiana). Shuttle bus service is
available from the Daly Street Lot, providing service at
regular intervals to the One Main Building, Shea Street
Building, and Commerce Street Building. Students who park
in any UHD parking lot are required to register their
vehicles with the Parking Office and obtain a permit to
display on the vehicle. The university reserves the right to
control the availability of student parking areas to meet the
demand for parking for special events. The parking fee is
subject to change by the Board of Regents.
• A permit is required to park on any of the UHD parking area
lots. Permits are issued by semester: For Fall and Spring,
$50 for student lots, $75 for Shea Street garage, and $60 for
Night garage parking only; For Summer sessions, $25 for
student lots, $50 for Shea Street garage, $35 for Night
garage parking only. Parking permits, maps of parking areas
and parking regulations are available in the Parking Office.
A map is also available at the back of this publication.
• A student with a valid permit may park, day or night, at the
Daly Street parking lot located at 500 North Main, the
Naylor Street parking lot located at Naylor and North Main,
the Washington Street lot located between Milam and
Louisiana Streets and the Shea Street Garage, located at
North Main and Shea Street. Shuttle buses run on regular
intervals, Monday through Friday, between the University,
the Daly Street parking lot, Commerce St. Building and Shea
Street Building.
Monday-Thursday 6:45 a.m. – 10:45
Friday 6:45 a.m. –
Saturday - No service
• The University of Houston-Downtown Police
Department is committed to assuring your safety and
security on campus. The Police Department provides
comprehensive police services 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. Offices are located on the first floor of the
One Main Building, Suite 118-North.
• Information on campus safety and security, including
services such as vehicle jump starts and unlocks and
five-year crime statistics is provided on the UHD Police
Department website at www.uhd.edu/campus/pd/ .
Also available are safety and crime prevention
information, crime alerts, campus policies on alcohol,
firearms and sexual assault, and more.
• The University of Houston-Downtown provides state-of-the-art computing
equipment and software to its students, faculty, and staff. The university
offers wireless computing services campus-wide (www.uhd.edu/wireless )
as well as lab environments and a technology commons to support general
student lab and classroom computing needs. A Technology Teaching and
Learning Center is available for faculty and staff technology training and
support. Also, most of the classrooms throughout the university are
equipped with computer presentation systems.
• The Academic Computing Labs are located in Suite 800-South in One Main
and in Suite C300 in the Commerce Building. Several electronic classrooms
are available within these two labs, as well as within the Technology
Teaching & Learning Center (A700). There are more than 640 computers
represented in these areas, as well as several laser printers, scanners and
laptops for student checkout (available in S800 & C300). The Comet Lab,
located in the Commerce Street Building (Suite C300), has similar
capabilities and support as the computer lab in Suite 800-South. The
Comet Lab is available to serve all students, faculty and staff. All
computers are equipped with the same software available in 800-South.
The Commerce Lab also features scanners and laser printers.
• The Technology Commons area is location in Suite B200 in the Shea
Street Building. There are 70 laptops available for students to
checkout for use in the Shea Street Building. Students can sit and
relax in the Technology Commons area in leather chairs with built-in
tables; or they can sit at one of the café-bistro style tables. There
are also three electronic classrooms in the Technology Commons,
which are utilized primarily for academic classes but are often
opened as lab space when not occupied by classes.
• Each of these facilities (S800, B200 and C300) is available to any
currently enrolled students, has several electronic classrooms as
part of the facility, and provides special devices to aid students with
disabilities. The Student Technology Services group, which manages
and operates the labs, also provides documentation as well as
group and individual consulting to its constituents. Laptops are
available for short-term student checkout at each of these
locations. Presentation systems equipped with computers and
projectors are also available in the electronic classrooms.
• The Academic Computing Lab hours during semesters are Monday
through Thursday from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am to
6:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am to
6:00 pm. During the last few weeks of classes, lab hours are
extended until 12 midnight on Monday through Thursday and until
9:00 pm on Sunday. Special purpose labs are also available to
students. The Department of Engineering Technology maintains
several computer labs. The Department of Computer and
Mathematical Sciences has six computer classrooms of PCs for
instruction in computer science, mathematics, and statistics. The
Department of Natural Sciences has a Science Learning Center that
contains two electronic classrooms, and a Science and Technology
Demonstration Laboratory. The College of Business has three
classrooms for teaching programming, word processing,
keyboarding, and computer information systems. The Department
of Arts & Humanities and English also have several computer labs.
The Academic Support Center also offers learning support software
for individual work in developing reading, writing and mathematical
skills. There are over 40 specialized departmental computing labs
that service subject-specific needs.
• Your student account name can be found in student e-services under "My
Personal Profile & Emergency Alerts." The password for Academic Domain,
Blackboard Vista, GatorMail, and Linux is the same as your e-serivces PIN.
Your PIN or password is good for only 120 days. After the 120 days you will
be required to reset your password through student e-services.
• How to Change Your Password:
• Go to e-services (www.uhd.edu/eservices)
• Click on "My Personal Profile & Emergency Alerts"
• Enter your Student ID number and PIN
• Click on "Change PIN" and follow the directions
• The Academic Computing Labs are located in Suite 800-South in One Main
and in C300 in the Commerce Building. There are over 630 computers
represented, as well as several laser printers and scanners. The Technology
Commons area, B200 in Shea Street Building, provides a relaxed
atmosphere for students to use their laptops. Several computers and
printers are also available. Laptop checkout and computer-equipped
classrooms are available in each of these locations.
• The following grades are included in the
calculation of grade point averages:
Grade Points
A Superior
B Above Average
C Average
D Below Average
F Failure
• The following grades are not included in the
calculation of grade point averages:
• Grade
Non-credit grade
Non-credit grade
Non-credit grade
In Progress
Satisfactory (passing)
Unsatisfactory (not passing)
I (Incomplete)
• An incomplete grade is given only when an unforeseen emergency
prevents a student from completing the course work and only with the
instructor’s approval. A grade of I will be changed to a passing grade if the
missing work is completed satisfactorily by the deadline set by the
instructor but no later than the end of the long semester immediately
following the term in which the grade was received. An incomplete grade
that is not removed by this deadline becomes an F. Repetition of a course
for which an incomplete grade was received does not affect resolution of
the original grade. An incomplete grade earned in a student’s graduating
semester is computed as an F in determining grade point average.
IP (In Progress)
• The grade of IP may be given in some developmental courses and the
Writing Proficiency Exam. In the calculation of grade point average, a
grade of IP is treated as a W. To receive credit for a course in which an IP
was assigned, a student must register for the course again and earn a
passing grade.
S (Satisfactory)
• The grade of S may be earned in field experience courses and certain
other courses. Credit received with a grade of S is not part of the grade
point average calculation.
W (Withdrawal from Courses)
• Students will not receive a grade if they withdraw from a
course by the Official Day of Record.
• Students automatically receive a grade of W for any course
from which they withdraw after the Official Day of Record
but before the end of Thursday of the 10th week during a
long term and Thursday of the fourth week during a
summer term.
• Official Day of Record and withdrawal deadlines are
published in the University Calendar online
(www.uhd.edu/AcademicCalendars ) and may be found in
the Registration & Information Bulletin.
• Class days are defined as days on which the university has
one or more classes scheduled; not the days for which an
individual student is scheduled for his/her particular
• Students may drop and add courses at their own discretion as long
as the “no drop policy” doesn’t apply. However, students are only
allowed to withdraw from 6 classes throughout their entire college
career. FYI: Course withdrawals follow you from public college to
public college.
• Beware of the Refund Schedule. www.uhd.edu/AcademicCalendars
• You are responsible for dropping and adding your own classes!
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• All students enrolled in the following courses must remain in these
courses until they have been successfully completed. Only under
EXTREME circumstances can you drop from any of these courses.
• RDG 1300
• ENG 1300, 1300A, 1301, 1302
• MATH 0300, 1300, 1301, 1310
• In accordance with state law, effective Fall 2004 the University of HoustonDowntown is charging a fee of $65 per semester credit hour for the
• Courses repeated for the third time beginning with the Fall 2002 semester.
If a course has been previously attempted twice (or more) at UHD, the
third (or subsequent) enrollment will result in the additional charge. An
attempt is defined as an enrollment that results in any letter grade
(including F and W). If the course is dropped, the refund in effect at the
time of the withdrawal will be applied to the additional charge as well.
• Enrollment in a developmental course exceeding 18 hours of
developmental work. Once 18 attempted hours of course work has been
accumulated, registration in a developmental course will result in the
additional charge. An attempt is defined as an enrollment that results in a
letter grade (including S, U, IP and W). A developmental course is defined
as ENG 1101, ENG 1201, ENG 1300, ENG 130A, MATH 030C, MATH 030L,
MATH 0300, MATH 1201, MATH 120C, MATH 130L, MATH 130T, MATH
1300, RDG 1101, RDG 1201, RDG 130C and RDG 1300. If the course(s) is
dropped, the refund in effect at the time of the withdrawal will be applied
to the additional charge as well.
• 655-South, One Main Building
• University College is the port of entry for all new undergraduate
students. It offers a support network that assists you in making the
most of your university experience as you transition into and within
the university. Until you declare a major in one of our 4 degreegranting colleges, University College remains your academic home,
whether you are an entering freshman or transfer student. In
addition to the specialized programs to foster student success, it
has 5 major components: Academic Advising Center, Academic
Support Center, Disability Services, Upward Bound, and Talent
Search. The Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences in Applied
Administration and the Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
are found in this college.
• For more information about this college, visit them online at:
• B400, Shea Street Building
• The College of Business (COB) is dedicated to preparing students for
professional careers by stressing not only the skills and knowledge
essential for success, but also the wisdom and understanding necessary to
become productive citizens. Part of the mission of the COB is to provide
education that develops an understanding and appreciation for the
dynamic nature of the forces that shape business.
• The College of Business offers many avenues for students to enrich their
learning experience, including: international study-abroad trips;
meaningful internships and work opportunities related to your field of
interest; active student organizations; and the Executive Speaker Series.
The College of Business also houses several institutes and centers of study:
the Institute for Financial Literacy; Center for Entrepreneurship; Center for
Ethics; Center for Supply Chain Management; and our newest, the
Insurance & Risk Management Center.
• For more information about this college, visit them online at:
1015-South, One Main Building
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers degrees in traditional liberal
arts disciplines and interdisciplinary studies and in select applied programs that
serve important needs in our employment and educational market. The college
also supports and enriches the broader curriculum and enhances the life of the
university community through co-curricular initiatives in the Departments of Arts
and Humanities, English, and Social Sciences and in the work of the O' Kane
Theatre, O' Kane Gallery, Cultural Enrichment Center, and the Center for Public
CHSS promotes the wider mission of the university by supporting general
education and core curriculum components, introducing students to the
intellectual underpinnings of a college education in English composition and
communication, humanities and fine and performing arts, and social and
behavioral sciences; prepares students for entering the job market or continuing
on to graduate and professional education, and living responsible and fulfilling
lives; and encourages the scholarship and professional development of its faculty.
For more information about this college, visit them online at:
• C400, Commerce Street Building
• The College of Public Service is a community based center for higher
learning dedicated to preparing students to enter professional careers in
criminal justice and education. It believes that an educated society creates
thoughtful policy and humanistic practices for the betterment of its
diverse constituents.
• The College seeks to instill critical thinking skills that nurture in students
an appreciation of the use of scientific inquiry to solve the problems of our
time and encourages creativity and the development of new ideas. It
embraces the professional and personal growth of its faculty, staff and
students by promoting intellectual collaboration within the school,
university and community at large.
• The College of Public Service strives to engage in dynamic research that
will improve the quality of our area schools and justice institutions, and
instill scholarship, integrity and responsibility in tomorrow's leaders.
• For more information about this college, visit them at:
• 723-North, One Main Building
• The College of Sciences and Technology prepares
students for careers or post-graduate study and
research in the sciences, technology, mathematics and
computer science. Faculty provide quality instruction
as they bring leading-edge science and technology into
the classroom. The college responds and works with
government and industry through cooperative research
programs and grants which enhance the educational
environment and experiences of our majors
• The UHD Scholars Academy is an academically competitive program
within the College of Sciences and Technology at the University of
Houston-Downtown that promotes scholarship and student success
for undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
• The College of Sciences and Technology offers another unique
opportunity-the chance to do hands-on research in a number of
laboratory and research settings, including the Scholars Academy,
the Center for Applied Polymer Science Research and the Center for
Computational Sciences and Advanced Distributed Simulation.
• Engineering technology programs are accredited by the
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Graduates can
go on to work as members of design teams of engineering firms
and construction companies.
• For more information about this college, visit them at:
• The Academic Support Center houses the Math Lab
and the Writing/Reading Center. Each lab provides
students, in particular those enrolled in core courses,
with support towards improving individual writing,
reading, mathematics skills, and statistics. Students
benefit from one-on-one consultations with UHD
faculty members or with peer tutors, as well as a
variety of learning aids, such as textbooks, study
guides, instructional videos, Writing Proficiency Exam
(WPE) materials and grammar pamphlets. The center
provides access to computers to satisfy course
requirements and a relaxed study area for students.
The center's web site is located at:
• Current enrollment at UHD
• Satisfactory completion of TSI
• A minimum of 30 College-level hours
• 2.0 GPA minimum
• Current transcripts on file in Admissions office
• No holds
• However, each college has additional requirements that
you must meet in order to declare a major. You can review
them here:
• The UHD Academic Calendar is the official publication of all
important dates and deadlines for a given semester, such as
semester begin and end dates, registration dates, payment
deadlines and holidays. Students are responsible for
reviewing the calendar and becoming aware of all applicable
• UH-Downtown reserves the right to change these calendars
at any time as necessitated by university or legislative action.
• Paper copies of the calendar are available in the yearly
publication of the campus bulletin.
The class schedule is available online on Student e-Services. You can search the class schedule by selecting two or more search criteria, such as
subject, days, location, and times. Changes to the class schedule occur frequently as the semester nears.
All registration is done using the Course Reference Number (CRN), a 5-digit number that is unique for each class offering. It is important to
record that number accurately.
For example, the same course may be offered at 8:00 am Downtown and 7:00 pm at Ft Bend. Which one you end up registered for depends
on which CRN you provide, so be careful and always verify your class registration after it is complete by obtaining a copy of your class
In addition to the CRN, other important class characteristics you should be aware of are:
Where the class is taught -- UHD teaches at several locations in addition to One Main Street, so be careful to choose a class offered at the
location you prefer.
Instruction mode -- in addition to standard in-person lecture and lab classes, UHD offers Interactive Television (ITV), taped and computer
courses. Again, be careful to choose the delivery mode you want. (Distance Education courses have additional fees).
Class days -- UHD offers a great variety of class meeting times, including those that meet only once a week or on weekends.
Atascocita Center
D- Downtown
Z- UHD Northwest
9- Online
When you are initially admitted to UH-Downtown, you are admitted to University College as an undeclared major. All students who have not
declared a major are required to see an Academic Advisor.
To find out, simply:
Access student e-services
Select “My Admission and Enrollment Status”
Select the appropriate semester for which you applied
Print out your enrollment status form and follow the listed instructions
If you have already seen an Academic Advisor you can register for classes online. New freshmen will register for classes during orientation.
To register for classes you must:
Access student e-services
Click "Class Schedule"
Select your courses
Click "My Registration & Schedule" (on the student e-services homepage)
Enter the CRN's for the courses that you selected
You must wait for your schedule to be confirmed
Schedule Changes:
Schedule changes take place during the first week of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters and the first day of classes for the Summer sessions.
You may change your schedule at any time before the drop/add deadline (see the Academic Calendar for dates).
**As an undeclared major, you may have to see an Academic Advisor before you drop/add.**
If you wish to drop any or all of your classes, you are responsible for completing a Schedule Change Request Form and submitting it to the Registrar's
Office. Click here for more information about withdrawing.
More of your questions about registering may be answered by selecting AskGator.
Undeclared Majors
When you are initially admitted to UH-Downtown, you are admitted to University College as an
undeclared major. All students who have not declared a major are required to see an Academic
Advisor each semester.
You can register for classes online after you see an Academic Advisor.
To register for classes you must:
Access student e-services
Click "Class Schedule"
Select your courses
Click "My Registration & Schedule" (on the student e-services homepage)
Enter the CRN's for the courses that you selected
You must wait for your schedule to be confirmed
Schedule Changes:
Schedule changes take place during the first week of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters and
the first day of classes for the Summer sessions. You may change your schedule at any time before
the drop/add deadline (see the Academic Calendar for dates).
**As an undeclared major, you may have to see an Academic Advisor before you drop/add.**
If you wish to drop any or all of your classes, you are responsible for completing a Schedule Change
Request Form and submitting it to the Registrar's Office. Click here for more information about
More of your questions about registering may be answered by selecting AskGator.
Declared Majors
As a declared major, you have completed and submitted your Application for an Official Degree Plan to the Academic
Advising Center, and been admitted to one of the following colleges:
College of Business
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Public Service
College of Sciences and Technology
University College
Although you are a declared major, you may have to see an Academic Advisor in the college of your major prior to
registering for classes. Please select one of the college links above for details.
If you have already seen an Academic Advisor or determined that you do not have to see an Academic Advisor you can
register for classes online.
To register for classes you must:
Access Student e-services
Click "Class Schedule"
Select your courses
Click "My Registration & Schedule" (on the Student e-services homepage)
Enter the CRN's for the courses that you selected
You must wait for your schedule to be confirmed
Schedule Changes:
Schedule changes take place during the first week of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters and the first day of classes for
the Summer sessions. You may change your schedule at any time before the drop/add deadline (see the Academic Calendar
for dates).
If you wish to drop any or all of your classes, you are responsible for completing a Schedule Change Request Form and
submitting it to the Registrar's Office. Click here for more information about withdrawing.
More of your questions about registering may be answered by selecting AskGator.
Graduate Students
As a graduate student, you have been admitted to UH-Downtown to one of the following programs:
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Business Administration
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Master of Science in Professional Writing
Master of Security Management for Executives
All new graduate students are required to see a Coordinator or Advisor prior to registering for classes. You may
have to see an Advisor each semester prior to registering for classes. Please select one of the program links above
for details.
If you have already seen an Advisor or determined that you do not have to see an Advisor, you may register for
classes online or in person.
To register for classes you must:
Obtain an Advising Approval Form from an Advisor
Access student e-services
Click "Class Schedule"
Select your courses
Click "My Registration & Schedule" (on the Student e-services homepage)
Enter the CRN's for the courses that you selected
You must wait for your schedule to be confirmed
Schedule Changes:
Schedule changes take place during the first week of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters and the first day of
classes for the Summer sessions. You may change your schedule at any time before the drop/add deadline (see
the Academic Calendar for dates).
**You may have to see an Advisor before you drop/add.**
If you wish to drop any or all of your classes, you are responsible for completing a Schedule Change Request Form
and submitting it to the Registrar's Office. Click here for more information about withdrawing.
More of your questions about registering may be answered by selecting AskGator.
• It is important to remember the payment deadlines so that you can
make arrangements to pay tuition and fees on time and maintain
enrollment in all of your the classes. It is your responsibility, as the
student, to know the due dates for all payments and to meet the
payment deadlines. Payment of your tuition and fees is considered
to be any form of payment made by cash, credit card, loan, grant,
scholarship, or any other method previously approved by Student
• Payments and/or payment arrangements and any schedule changes
must be made through e-services. The Cashier’s Office, located at
S310, can also receive payments or assist you with making payment
arrangements if you wish to make the transaction in person prior to
the dates listed above. Students are required to meet financial
responsibilities to the university and it is important that you know
that if any form of initial payment has been made by you or on your
behalf, your classes will be saved. Failure to meet the payment
deadline will result in cancellation of classes. Please note that Late
Registration carries an additional fee of $50.
• After registering, visit UHD’s e-services at
www.uhd.edu/eservices and access My
Payment Info for an online fee statement.
• UHD gives you two payment options: you may pay in full or
you may pay on the installment plan.
• • Full payment--You may make your payment in full by
check, credit card (VISA, Discover, and/or MasterCard) or
• • Installments--You may choose to make your payments in
three installments. Installments are available for the Fall
and Spring semesters only. Make your installment
payments online via UHD’s e-services
www.uhd.edu/eservices or in person at the Cashier’s Office.
If you have questions, please call the Cashier’s Office,
713/221-8196. Installment due dates are found in the
Academic Calendar at the front of this bulletin.
Emergency Loans
UHD offers Emergency loans to students who are unable to make the required tuition payment by
the due date. The Emergency loan is available online beginning the week before each payment
deadline (please refer to the Academic Calendar for all payment deadlines). It will cover only the
first payment of an installment loan and is only given in conjunction with an installment loan.
The qualifications and terms for an Emergency Loan are:
Must be classified as a Texas Resident and pay resident tuition rates.
Must be enrolled for the current semester.
Must not have any financial holds with the University or have any past due balances.
Five percent (5%) simple interest will be charged from the beginning date of the loan until paid in
Loans can be paid at any time, but must be paid before registration for future semesters will be
For Non-Resident Students needing assistance, contact Student Accounting – 713-221-8108.
Download the online Emergency Loan instructions.
• If you fail to pay any amount due to the
University of Houston-Downtown, your account
may be turned over to an agency for collection. If
an account is referred for collection, you are
responsible for paying all costs incurred by the
UHD for collection of the debt.
• An outstanding debt at ANY university within the
University of Houston System (UH, UH-Clear Lake,
UH-Downtown or UHVictoria) will block you from
enrolling at or receiving a transcript or diploma
from all University of Houston System schools.

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