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UHD Undergraduate Policies - Admissions

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New Student Admission

General Information

Application.  All new students must file an application for admission through the Apply Texas Application ( and submit a $35 non-refundable application fee according to the posted application deadline dates (see below).


Note: If you do not enroll for the semester you applied for admission, you must re-apply using the Admissions Application Update form, pay a $35 non-refundable application fee, and turn in any official documents by the posted application deadline dates (see below).


Freshman Deadlines    
Fall (regular undergraduate)   July 1
  Late application deadline July 1
  Document deadmline July 15
Spring (regular undergraduate)   December 15
  Late application deadline January 7
  Document deadline January 7
Summer I and II   May 15
Summer II   June 15
Transfer Deadlines    
Fall (regular undergraduate)   August
  Late application deadline August 15
  Document deadline August 15
Winter Term   December 15
Spring (regular undergraduate)   December 15
  Late application deadline January 7
  Document deadline January 7
May Term   May 11
Summer I and II   May 15
Summer III   June 15

    Residency Status Documents.  International students and US citizens born outside the United States must provide original, valid immigration documents such as I-551, I-688, I-94, pass­port or US citizenship certificate.


    Transcripts.  A transcript is considered official when it bears the institution’s seal, is signed by the issuing authority, and is sent directly by the issuing institution or delivered in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution. Students with prior college experience must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges regardless of whether college credit was earned.


    Texas Success Initiative.  The State of Texas requires that all students take, or prove exemption from, an assessment test prior to enrolling in college-level courses in a pub­lic institution. Several testing options are available: THEA (formerly TASP), ASSET, COMPASS, or ACCUPLACER. Students who have already taken one of these tests, or who are exempt from testing, must submit official documentation of the scores to the Office of Admissions.


    Application process. Students who are admitted for any semester and do not register for courses or withdraw before the census date must submit a new Apply Texas Application and nonrefundable application fee to apply for any future semester. Any subsequent applications must be in accordance with current admission requirements. New transcripts, test scores, and other supporting documents may be required since files for admitted students who do not register are not retained indefinitely, and to ensure the application file reflects the applicant’s complete academic record prior to enrollment at UHD.


    Orientation. New students will be given information about orientation upon acceptance to the university. It is required that all new Freshman students attend orientation, and highly recommended for all other student types.


    Freshman Admission

    To qualify as a Freshman applicant, the student must have completed at least the 6th semester (Junior year) of high school, received a high school diploma, or hold a GED high school equivalency. Each Freshman applicant must apply online with the Apply Texas Application ( and submit an official high school transcript, $35 application fee and SAT/ACT test score results.   An admission decision is not made until the applicant’s file is complete. All documents submitted in support of an application become the property of UHD and cannot be returned. Offers of admission are valid only for the semester indicated in the acceptance letter.  All students must also comply with the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy as stated below and effective Fall 2013, Freshman applicants will also need to meet new admissions criteria.


    State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy

    Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803-51.809 requires that all students meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible to be considered for admission at a Texas Four-Year Public Institution.


    • Successfully complete the recommended or advanced high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or
    • Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment 
      • SAT – 1500 out of 2400 (Verbal + Math + Writing)
      • ACT – 18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 24 Science; or
    • Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor to the recommended or advanced high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs


    Students that do not meet one of first two requirements must prove they meet the third requirement by having their counselor fill out the High School Curriculum Certification Form and submit to the University of Houston- Downtown. 


    In addition to the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy, beginning Fall 2013, University of Houston- Downtown applicants must meet the following Freshman Admission criteria:

    • Top 25% of High School class Automatic Admission
    • 26% to 50% of HS class Automatic Admission if: SAT I ≥ 850 or ACT ≥ 18 or 2.5 GPA
    • 51% and below HS class Individual Review*
    • (Including GED only or no HS rank)


    * NOTE: Individual review consists of completing the ACCUPLACER and Non-cognitive Questionnaire assessments to determine college readiness and meeting with an admissions counselor and academic advisor to develop an individualized student success action plan.


    Individual Review: Applicants who must undergo an individual review and those who do not meet automatic admission standards, particularly students with less than a 2.0 GPA, will be directed to complete the ACCUPLACER and Non-Cognitive Questionnaire (NCQ) exams and will meet with an admissions counselor. The scores on the two exams will be used to assess the academic readiness of the applicant. Based on these exams and on the meetings with their counselor, an applicant may be admitted without conditions or may be admitted conditionally. An applicant who is admitted conditionally will be required to successfully complete a student success course and specified developmental courses (reading, math and writing) during the first semester of enrollment. Students who are admitted conditionally may be limited initially to enrolling in 9 or fewer semester credit hours.


    Joint Admissions with the Gator Guarantee: Students who do not meet UHD recommended placement test scores or who do meet any of the new admissions criteria, will be referred to a community college near their homes. They will be jointly admitted to UHD and to the community college with a Gator Guarantee and a student success action plan that details the courses that must completed with a prescribed GPA to guarantee re-admission to UHD when the prerequisite conditions are met. Students who elect this program will be required to complete all developmental course work with passing scores as well as 24 hours of core courses.


    Additional Information

    • Freshman-Transfer applicants have less than 15 college credit hours, follow the Freshman Application procedures, and submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
    • Texas Public High School Graduates must submit a high school transcript reflecting that all portions of the TAKS have been successfully completed.
    • Texas Private High School and Out of State High School Graduates are not required to submit TAKS scores.
    • GED Recipients must submit their official GED certificate in person, or a true copy via mail.
    • Home School Students are welcome as applicants for admission. Home schooled students are evaluated for admission on the same basis as students from public and other private high schools. Home schooled students are not required to submit TAKS scores.

    Official Transcripts

    All transcripts sent to UHD must be official; an official transcript includes the school's official seal, the signature of the school official, your class rank and size, and your high school coursework. Copies and faxes do not satisfy this requirement. If your high school does not rank class members, include a statement from your school stating its policy, a copy of your school's profile and grade distribution.


    Transfer Student Admission

    Students should apply as transfer students if they have previously completed any credit courses at the college level after high school graduation, with the exception of those who attend college during the summer immediately after high school graduation (first-time freshmen). Applicants may be attending another regionally accredited college or university and may have coursework in progress at the time of their application to UHD.

    Transfer applicants that are on Academic Suspension from the most recent institution attended prior to applying to UHD, will not be offered  Admissions.

    Transfer applicants must file an application for admission, pay a $35 non-refundable application fee, and submit official transcripts from all previously attended col­leges, regardless of whether credit was earned, to the Office of Admissions by the application deadline. Students applying for admission with less than 15 semester hours of college-level credit should submit an official high school or GED transcript as well as official college or university transcripts. Applicants must provide an official record of their TSI status.


    Academic Fresh Start

    A Texas resident is entitled to apply for admission as an
    undergraduate student in any public institution of higher education
    under the fresh start program.  The university shall not consider
    academic course credits or grades earned by the applicant 10 or more
    years prior to the starting date of the semester in which the applicant
    seeks to enroll. An applicant who is admitted with a fresh start may not
    receive any course credit for courses undertaken 10 or more years
    prior to enrollment. If a student earns a baccalaureate degree, and
    applies for admission to a postgraduate or professional program
    offered by a public institution of higher education, the institution shall
    consider only the GPA of the applicant established by the course work
    completed after enrollment under the fresh start program, along with
    any other criteria the institution uses in evaluating applicants for
    admission. Nothing prohibits a public institution of higher education
    from applying standard admissions criteria to persons seeking
    admission to the institution.


    Transient Student Admission
    Current students who are working towards a bachelor's degree at another college or university and would like to attend UHD for only one semester, may qualify for transient undergraduate admission to UHD.

    To qualify as a transient applicant students must apply online at and submit  completed Transient Student Form available online in the Office of Admissions webpage. The Transient Student Form must include the current academic standing, courses to be taken at UHD, classification and it must be signed by  the Academic College Dean or Academic Advisor of current home institution.


    Post-Baccalaureate Admission

    Post-baccalaureate applicants seeking a baccalaureate degree from UHD must meet all requirements for transfer admission. Post-baccalaureate applicants desiring to earn an additional undergraduate degree are required to submit official transcripts from all institutions attended.  Post-baccalaureate applicants desiring to take undergraduate courses only without seeking a degree, are required to submit an official transcript from the baccalaureate degree awarding institution. Post-baccalaureate applicants desiring to take graduate-level courses, but not seeking a graduate degree, must comply with all requirements of the department offering the graduate degree. All post-baccalaureate students must see an academic advisor before registering for their first semester.  Additional documents may be required by a designated UHD College if enrollment in upper level courses is desired.


    Return of Former Students

    Students who have attended UHD but who were not enrolled during the preceding long semester must apply for readmission. Students who have attended other colleges or uni­versities since last attending UHD must submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Students may apply for readmission online at

    Eligibility for readmission depends on the student’s academic status at the conclusion of the last UHD semester of enrollment and performance on any subsequent college or university work attempted since last enrolled at UHD.  The Office of Admissions reserves the right to require students to resubmit official documents from former institutions at the time of applying for readmission.


    Articulation Agreements

    UHD has worked with area community colleges to devel­op degree articulation agreements. Students planning to transfer to UHD are encouraged to direct their questions about the transferability of their courses to their community college counselor or to the Office of Admissions at 713-221-8522. Transfer students are also referred to information on the Texas Common Course Numbering System. This system ensures that any course designated as a common course by UHD will be accept­ed in transfer as equivalent to the UHD course.


    International Student Admission

    Individuals who hold non-immigrant visas are classified as international students. International students seeking admission to the University of Houston-Downtown must apply through the Office of International Admissions. Individuals who have applied for immi­grant status, but who have not adjusted their status with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, also must follow the procedures below in order to obtain an I-20 immigration form.


    Application.  A new international student must file an applica­tion for admission with the Office of International Admissions and pay the nonrefundable application fee according to the dates listed below:


    by May 1
    after May 1
    by Nov 1
    Nov 1


    Transcripts.  Freshman students must provide official transcripts of secondary school scores, including mark sheets and date of graduation, in their original language. A certi­fied English translation of all transcripts must be included if the originals are not in English. Transfer students must provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. If original transcripts are not in English, a certified translation must accompany the original documents. In addition, all for­eign transcripts must be evaluated by an evaluation service recognized by UHD in order to receive transfer credit. Students transferring from another college or university in the United States must submit a transfer form that has been com­pleted and signed by the foreign student advisor at the previ­ously attended institution. This form must be returned to the Office of International Admissions prior to enrollment.


    Affidavit of Support.  An Affidavit of Support must be sub­mitted showing that a sponsor will be responsible for all educational and living expenses.


    Bank Letter.  A certified bank letter, indicating that the sponsor is financially capable of meeting the student’s education and living expenses, must be submitted. This letter must indicate, either in US dollars or in the local currency, the amount main­tained in the account(s). The letter must have been issued within the past six months.


    Language Proficiency.  A valid Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 for the paper version or 213for the computer-based version, an IBT score of at least 80  or an IELTS score of at least 6.0  is required. Students with a language proficiency score of less than the requirement may attend the English Language Institute (ELI) prior to beginning academic studies at the university. ELI students study noncredit English classes until they are either rec­ommended by ELI for academic study or achieve satisfactory language proficiency score. Graduates of ELI are able to enroll directly into the aca­demic program at UHD without taking the TOEFL. Transfer students may be exempt from taking the TOEFL if they have passed 12 or more college-level hours in the United States, including Composition I and II, with a grade of C or better.


    Health Insurance.  International students must carry health insurance for the duration of their studies. The University of Houston-Downtown requires that students have a minimum of US $50,000 health insur­ance coverage, US $7,500 repatriation coverage and US $10,000 medical evacuation coverage. The deductible cannot exceed US $500. Each semester, in order to receive a UHD health insurance waiver, students must provide updated proof of this coverage, written in English, specifying coverage from the beginning of the semester until the end of the semester. This proof must be in the form of a letter from the insurance company or embassy and it must be submitted to the Office of International Admissions no later than the Official Day of Record which appears in the University Calendar at the front of every Registration Bulletin. Otherwise, students will be charged for health insurance as a part of their registration fees.






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