Located in Houston's central business district, UHD is part of the University of Houston System. It offers 43 baccalaureate and four master's degree programs.
A federally designated minority- and Hispanic-serving institution, UHD had 12,900 students in Fall 2010. Thirty-seven percent were Hispanic, 28% were African American, nine percent were Asian, and five percent were non-resident aliens. Students of color were predominantly women: 63% of Hispanic students and 69% of African American students were women. In 2009-2010 academic year, 42% of students received Pell grants.
In addition to administrators' leadership, UHD's Achieving the Dream efforts have benefitted from Faculty Senate members leading student success discussions and using data to inform decisions across the campus.