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Freshman Admission Criteria

You qualify for admission to UHD if you meet the Texas Uniform Admissions Policy and the requirements below:

Class Rank Minimum New SAT Total* (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math) and H.S. GPA Minimum Old SAT Total** (Critical Reading and Math) and H.S. GPA ACT Composite and H.​​S. GPA
Top Quarter 1-25%Guaranteed Admission Submit ScoreGuaranteed Admission
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Second Quarter 26-50%930 or 2.5 GPA850 or 2.5 GPA18 or 2.5 GPA
Third Quarter and Fourth Quarter 51-99% or No Rank930 and 2.5 GPA850 and 2.5 GPA18 and 2.5 GPA
GED or Home School93085018
​* New SAT Scores are for SAT exams taken March 2016 and after. The total consists of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores only.​​​
** All other scores correspond to tests taken prior to March 2016. The total consists of Critical Reading and Math scores only.

​In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) will temporarily implement a test optional policy for the SAT/ACT score requirement for freshman applicants until further notice. Students can submit their SAT and/or ACT scores with their application if they wish to do so, but UHD will also consider applications from students who do not submit their test scores. The test optional policy applies to both domestic and international freshman students applying to UHD for the Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 terms.

The test optional policy provides a level of flexibility and removes a barrier that many students are facing due to testing center closures and cancellation of scheduled exams. Our team of Admissions experts are prepared to review each applicant carefully to ensure they meet our admission requirements.
State of Texas Uniform Admissions Policy
Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803-51.809 (State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy) requires that all students meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible for consideration at a Texas Four-Year Public Institution.
  • Successfully complete the recommended or advanced/distinguished high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or
  • Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor to the recommended or advanced/distinguished high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or
  • Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment
    • SAT: A minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test and a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test (no combined score)
    • ACT: 18 English, 22 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 23 Science

Last updated 5/18/2021 6:36 AM