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- Party SceneA-
- Campus FoodB+
- Student LifeA-
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.
Sam Houston State University Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.202 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.269 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.270 responses
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.298 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.352 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.154 responses
Sam Houston State University Reviews
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.
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.