B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Sam Houston State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southland Conference
Address
1806 Ave J
Huntsville, TX 77340
Website
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Sam Houston State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
72%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
870-1070
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$12,365/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,997/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,568/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,726/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,391/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,877/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
21:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.202 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.221 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.222 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,117Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 135 responses
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  • Hard Working yet relaxed
    28%
  • Unique
    21%
  • Motivated to be successful while making friends
    16%
  • Successful
    10%
  • How you make it
    7%
  • Outgoing
    5%
  • Hard working and stressed
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.250 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.304 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 166 responses
Report
  • Comforting
    27%
  • Peacful
    22%
  • Amazing
    17%
  • Nice
    10%
  • Proud
    9%
  • Opportunity
    6%
  • Dedicated to teaching a new generation
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
51%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.154 responses
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I really love it at Sam! I feel like I am truly a Bearkat, and I have many so many friends, thanks to all the fun events and activities held on campus. Professors are easy to interact with, and will take the time to teach, unlike teachers I have had in the past. The campus is not too big and students are always willing to help others around. They Pawprint is an awesome place to grab a bite to eat, and spend time with friends, and right outside the pawprint is the mall area. In the mall area, booths are usually set up from eleven in the morning to two in the afternoon, and some kind of music is always playing. My favorite time to be in the mall area is on Thursdays at twelve, when Chi Alpha meets for "Worship at the Square." Sam is a great school for great students and being a Bearkat is my proof!
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One of the first things students learn about Sam Houston State University is the motto: the measure of a life is its service. The whole university--professors, students, and faculty alike--live up to this motto. Combine the friendly people with the beautiful campus, and you have a great university! Not to mention a great education!
So far I love Sam Houston State university! It is my home away from home. The campus is beautiful and the students are kind. Coming from a small town I love how SHSU everyone has so much school pride! Eat em up Kats! Aside from the pride, professors are kind and all they want is to see you succeed. They are seriously there to help you.