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Sam Houston State University

  • Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


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  • Level

    4 Years

  • Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

    Not applicable

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  • Student Population Number of Students attending College


  • On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


Sam Houston State University is a public institution located in Huntsville, Texas.

The motto of the university is ‘The measure of a Life is its Service’. SHSU strives to meet the needs of contemporary students, both traditional and online. With a variety of fully online undergraduate and graduate degrees and numerous certificates and certifications, all of which are taught by on-campus professors.

It is more than an institution of higher learning; it is also a great employer.

The university was founded in 1879 and is the third-oldest public college or university in Texas. It is named after Mr. Sam Houston who is regarded as Texas' greatest hero. For more than 139 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement and its motto resonates with all its students.

For more info on programs and tuition.

Sam Houston State University has a student population of 21,213 and a student-faculty ratio of 21:1.

The university has a very diverse student base which consists of white Americans (49%), African American (18%), Hispanic (24%), and a few others. The university has a full-time retention rate of 76%.

When it comes to academic offerings SHSU offers over 90 bachelor's degree programs, more than 60 master’s degree programs and 10 doctoral programs, including the nation’s first Ph.D. in Forensic Science, SHSU offers an exceptional college experience.

The university provides 60 online programs across 21 disciplines. These disciplines include Business Management, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Education, Information Systems, Public Administration, Nursing, History, Sociology, Political Science, Information Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, Human Services, Health Sciences, Homeland Security, Exercise Science, Science, Safety, Environmental Science and Literature.

Sam Houston State University Accreditation

SHSU is regionally accredited and is recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Location & Contact




1806 Ave J


SHSU is a nationally renowned university and its ranking is proof of that.

  • Forbes has ranked it #581 in its national university ranking.

  • US News & World Report has ranked it #281 in its national university ranking.


  • Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

    1st Aug

  • Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


  • SAT Range

    1000 - 1140



  • ACT Range

    19 - 23

  • High School GPA


  • Application Fee


  • Accept Common App


Sam Houston follows a selective admission process which is very competitive. To get into SHSU, you need to perform well academically as well as in the test you have appeared for. 

The last date to apply is August 1 and you have to pay an application fee of $45. The cut off score of SAT last year was 1000 - 1140 while the ACT range of 19-23 is mandatory.

Overall the admission process has the following steps.

Step -1 Complete the Online Application for SHSU.

Step -2 Submit Your Transcripts.

Step -3 Submit your Test scores.

Step -4  Additional Documents (varies for programs).

Step -5 Acceptance letter.

Sam Houston State University Admissions Office

Phone - 936.294.1828

Email - admissions@shsu.edu

Graduate Programs

Phone - 936.294.1971

Email - graduate@shsu.edu

Office Location -
Sam Houston State University
Estill Bldg. Suite 112

Annual Cost to Attend

  • Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


  • Average Annual Cost


Additional Costs:

  • Books And Supplies


  • Other Fees


  • Room And Board The charges for an academic year for ooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


  • Budget For Other Expenses


Total One Year Cost


Now coming to the part which gives you the biggest headache at the time of application, the cost of your program.

The cost of Programs at SHSU is fairly low as it is a public university. The total one year cost comes out to be $22,478.

The net price is $12,516 and average annual tuition cost is $5,616.

The cost includes:

Books & supplies - $1,000.

Room And Board - $9,386.

Other expenses - $3,796.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Most Popular Majors:

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections

    783 Graduates

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...

    379 Graduates

  • Business/Commerce, General

    279 Graduates

  • Psychology, General

    183 Graduates

  • Communication and Media Studies

    175 Graduates

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

    172 Graduates

  • Accounting and Related Services

    146 Graduates

  • Finance and Financial Management Se...

    134 Graduates

  • Communication and Media Studies

    175 Graduates

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

    172 Graduates

  • Accounting and Related Services

    146 Graduates

  • Finance and Financial Management Se...

    134 Graduates

  • Registered Nursing, Administration,...

    94 Graduates

  • History

    86 Graduates

  • Marketing

    83 Graduates

  • Business Administration, Management...

    81 Graduates

  • Animal Sciences

    73 Graduates

  • English Language and Literature, Ge...

    70 Graduates

  • Biology, General

    68 Graduates

  • Public Health

    65 Graduates

  • Music

    61 Graduates

  • Computer and Information Sciences,...

    53 Graduates

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

    44 Graduates

  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

    43 Graduates

  • Political Science and Government

    43 Graduates

  • Agricultural Business and Managemen...

    41 Graduates

  • Construction Engineering Technologi...

    41 Graduates

  • Health Services/Allied Health/Healt...

    40 Graduates

  • Health and Medical Administrative S...

    39 Graduates

  • Human Resources Management and Serv...

    38 Graduates

  • Chemistry

    33 Graduates

  • Management Information Systems and...

    32 Graduates

  • Sociology

    29 Graduates

  • Dance

    28 Graduates

  • Fine and Studio Arts

    27 Graduates

  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

    26 Graduates

  • Business/Managerial Economics

    25 Graduates

  • Geography and Cartography

    24 Graduates

  • Industrial Production Technologies/...

    24 Graduates

  • Agricultural Mechanization

    23 Graduates

  • Graphic Communications

    22 Graduates

  • International Business

    21 Graduates

  • Specialized Sales, Merchandising an...

    20 Graduates

  • Agriculture, General

    19 Graduates

  • Mathematics

    18 Graduates

  • Physics

    16 Graduates

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human...

    14 Graduates

  • Interior Architecture

    14 Graduates

  • Computer Engineering Technologies/T...

    13 Graduates

  • Foods, Nutrition, and Related Servi...

    12 Graduates

  • Plant Sciences

    12 Graduates

  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

    12 Graduates

  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts

    9 Graduates

  • Design and Applied Arts

    8 Graduates

  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business...

    8 Graduates

  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Prof...

    8 Graduates

  • Drafting/Design Engineering Technol...

    6 Graduates

  • Agricultural Public Services

    3 Graduates

  • Philosophy

    3 Graduates

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Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.


Full-time / Part-time

81% / 19%

Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%












Two or more races


Non Resident alien




American Indian/Alaska native


Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander


Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


Out Of State


In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$63,900 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $4,050/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

orange and white

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Southland Conference

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)



Cross Country



Track and Field

Sports Team (Women)



Cross Country





Track and Field


Campus Security

Students who want to enjoy the campus and lodging life can benefit from the on-campus housing facility provided by SHSU. A candidate will be needed to pay a normal expense of $9,552 per year for living on campus. Sam Houston State University has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at SHSU costs around $4,050 per year. To ensure the safety and security of students, the university has a number of campus safety and security measures in place. Some of these features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The number of female and male students at the university are 38% and 62%, respectively.

24-Hour Security Patrol

Campus Emergency Phones

24-Hour Escort Safety rides

Mobile Campus Emergency Alert

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.

$12,197 - $29,000

Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$127 - $301

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving State Aid


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Financial Aid is provided in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. These aids are for the students to utilize to pay fees and meet other requirements at the university.

The eligibility for such provisions depends on academic performance, financial status, nationality or military background of the applicant.

Eligible students are required to apply for financial aid by filling in the FAFSA form with Sam Houston State University federal school code 003606.

Some of the financial aids provided are in the form of gift aid, federal grants, state aid, and institutional grants amounts to $7,776, $4,704, $5,501, and $5,516.

Sam Houston State University Financial Aid Office

The contact and address of the financial aid office is given below.

SHSU Financial Aid Office

1903 University, Estill 201

Box 2328

Huntsville TX 77341-2328

TEL - (936) 294-1774

FAX - (936) 294-3668

Toll Free - (866)BEARKAT

Financial Aid Website

Working Hours

Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 5: 00 PM.

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