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University of Houston - Downtown 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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University of Houston- Downtown admissions are available for fresh intakes in the seasonal terms of Fall, Summer and Spring. It is a comprehensive four-year university renowned in the US Education System for providing some unparalleled, quality education at master’s and bachelor's level in nearly 8 and 44 areas of study, respectively.

During the fall of 2019, the university enrolled over 4,000 students. The university is said to have an acceptance rate of 83%. As a result, it is safe to say that it is not very selective with its admissions and any candidate with an impressive academic record and decent overall profile who meets all the basic eligibility requirements and submits an application on time has a great chance at enrollment with the institute.

Important facts about admissions at University of Houston- Downtown are as follows:

  • The deadline of submitting the fee for the fall session is May 1. The deadlines for spring and summer are October 1 and April 1, respectively.
  • The international application fee is 80 USD which can be waived for domestic students on request.
  • The students need to submit a completed application form along with other documents in order to get admission. 
  • Admission interviews are not conducted at the institute.
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores are mandatory for students whose native language is not English. 
  • Financial aid and scholarships are also provided by the University of Houston- Downtown. 

COVID-19 Admission Updates

Due to the current situation of COVID-19, the university has shifted to online mode of teaching on March 23 from in-person teaching. The campus and office is closed as well. However, students can contact the offices by phone or via email.


Application PortalOnline portal
International Application Fee80 USD
Acceptance Rate83.2%
Average GPA3.2
Average SAT Score1021
Minimum TOEFL ScorePaper based: 550
Computer based: 213
Internet version: 80
Minimum IELTS Score6.5
Mode of paymentOnline mode of payment
Intake SeasonsSummer, Spring and Fall
Financial AidScholarships and financial aid provided if the eligibility is being fulfilled

Admission Deadlines

The institute provides a range of courses for international students and the ones interested in apply to the various programs at University of Houston- Downtown are required to submit the completed application form and the required documents before the mentioned deadlines else, their application will be rejected:

FallMay 1
July 15
SpringOctober 1
November 15
SummerApril 1
May 15

International Student Admissions

University of Houston- Downtown grants admissions to international students as well. However, it is important to send the completed application and the documentation before the mentioned deadlines.

According to the university, a student is considered to be an international student if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  1. If a student holds a non-immigrant visa.
  2. The student has applied for immigrant status but has not adjusted his/her status with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Application Portal: Apply at the officiali website using the online application portal.

International Application Fee: 80 USD, which is non-refundable and is valid for a year.

Basic Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum SAT, ACT, and /or TOEFL score
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores
  • Visa and passport
  • Permission Release Form
  • Bank Letter: A bank letter needs to be submitted that should indicate that the students’ sponsor is financially capable to meet their living and financial expenses.

Visa Process for International Students

International students who wish to study at the institute need to obtain a student visa to study in the USA. The type of school and the course of study determine if an F visa is needed or an M visa. For University of Houston an F visa will be required. Students need to complete the online visa application form. They need to print the same and bring it along during their interview.

New students can issue their visa up to 120 days in advance of their university’s start date. For a student visa, additional requirements are also requested:

  1. Transcripts from the schools previously attended
  2. Minimum test scores that are required by the university students wish to attend.
  3. Intent to depart from the USA after the completion of the course.
  4. Mode of payment of the living, educational and travel expenses.

Students can apply at the following contact for any queries or can mail the documents here as well:

International Admissions

One Main Street, GSB 308
Houston, TX 77002
Office: 713-221-8048
Fax: 713-223-7468

English Proficiency Test Scores

The applicants whose native language is not English are required to show testing in order to demonstrate their English Proficiency to the University of Houston- Downtown in the form of tests like TOEFL, IELTS. Some of the acceptable test with their corresponding scores are as follows:

TOEFLPaper based: 550
Computer based: 213
Internet version: 80

University of Houston- Downtown: Undergraduate Admissions

A total of 945 freshmen were admitted across 43 bachelor degree programs in fall 2018. For applying to undergraduate programs, applicants need to pay the non refundable fee of 50 USD.

Application Fee Waiver: Only for domestic freshmen applicants

Basic Admission Requirements:

  • Official Transcripts
    • Students are required to submit official transcripts in order to apply to the University of Houston- Downtown. These include mark sheets, date of graduation of secondary school. These transcripts need to be in English.
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores
    • The students need to submit their ACT or SAT scores.
  • Affidavit of Support: Students need to submit an affidavit of support. This indicated that a sponsor will be completely responsible for their living and educational expenses. 
  • Permission Release Form: The office of International Admissions needs the applicants to provide written permission that should specify the people who may access information about the application. This is done to protect the students’ privacy rights.

University of Houston- Downtown: Graduate Admissions

The university offers eight graduate courses for its aspirants across the globe hoping to study in the USA. The applications are submitted via the Apply Texas Online form. The program specific admission requirements for some of the prominent programs are tabulated below. 

The table below provides the academic requirements of a few most popular graduate programs offered at the University of Houston- Downtown.

RequirementsMBAMS (Criminal Justice)MS (Data Analytics)Masters of Security ManagementMaster of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition
Transcript of a bachelor’s degreeRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
TOEFL Score ReportRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Statement of PurposeRequiredNot RequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Letter of recommendationRequired (2)Required (3)Required (2)Required (2)Required (2)
Work ExperienceOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
ResumeRequiredNot RequiredRequiredNot RequiredNot Required
GMAT Test ScoresRequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
GRE ScoresNot RequiredNot RequiredRequiredNot RequiredNot Required
Financial EligibilityRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Affidavit of SupportRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Copy of passportRequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
MSCJ EssayNot RequiredRequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required

Freshmen students are offered one on one assistance with application for admission under College Countdown. College Countdown delivers expedited admission decisions for freshmen based on their official documents for applications. The admission decision for MBA is provided within three to five weeks

In case of any queries regarding application status, contact the Office of Admissions at Students can get to know about their application status by logging into their student portal, which is, myUHD 2.0. According to the website, students can also know about the status by contacting the Office of Admissions, 713-221-8522.

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