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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Sam Houston is an above-average public university located in Huntsville, Texas. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 15,073 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Sam Houston acceptance rate is 79%. Popular majors include Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, Business, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 52% of students, Sam Houston alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,400.
1806 Ave J
Huntsville, TX 77340
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southland Conference

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.

SHSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
79%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1000-1140
ACT Range
19-23
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$12,516/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,776/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
89%

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
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.269 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.270 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
12
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
12
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    40%
  • On Campus
    50%
  • Online
    10%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,073Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,425
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
44%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 181 responses
  • Hard Working yet relaxed
    26%
  • Motivated to be successful while making friends
    22%
  • Unique
    18%
  • How you make it
    8%
  • Successful
    8%
  • Hard working and stressed
    4%
  • 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.298 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.352 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 214 responses
  • Comforting
    24%
  • Peacful
    21%
  • Amazing
    16%
  • Nice
    9%
  • Proud
    8%
  • Opportunity
    7%
  • Dedicated to teaching a new generation
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
52%
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 love the welcoming smiling atmosphere that Sam Houston offers! And the diversity that exists on campus, so that all students are able to connect with a variety of individuals that would not commonly meet. There are many organizations and clubs on campus that as a Junior, I still do not know everything that Sam Houston has to offer. An organization that I love is the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM), I am on the leadership team and I absolutely enjoy meeting new people, especially the freshmen students, and making connections with each and everyone. With all these amazing things there is not much I would change about Sam Houston except maybe the hills, but they also add character to the campus. So, one thing I would possible change about Sam Houston is having electric scooters on campus because of the all the hills. Though, it might not be a good idea because I get my exercise in walking up and down the hills on campus all day.
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I love being a student at Sam Houston State University. I have been pushed outside of my comfort zone around people who want me to express my true self. The people around the school are so friendly and will always give a smile. The professors are relatable and make you want to show up for class every day. Sometimes it does rain, a lot, but that doesn't keep me from going to school events at school. The events are so fun and they really do want you to feel like you are apart of the school. Underneath all the orange and blue there is so much school pride and love between the students and faculty. Plus lots of free shirts! One thing that can get you through a hard day at Sam is, "Eat Em Up Kats!"
I'm a non-traditional student in the final stretch of my BS in Criminal Justice. I have just two classes to take this last semester to graduate in December. My tuition alone is $3,000 for "two classes". Students can't utilize any of the campus facilities we're being charged fees to maintain, yet the fees aren't waived during this pandemic to reduce the financial burden for students. Also though, SHSU alumni donated over a million dollars to help students in need but the information that such help even existed was deliberately hidden from many students such as myself. The application information could only be discovered on SHSU's website under "COVID updates" rather than made available to ALL students through the SHSU email system. ALL students should have been able to apply fairly. Yet, students were deliberately not made aware to reduce the number of applications submitted. I think this school lacks integrity. I'm quite disappointed.