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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  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 14,808 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Sam Houston acceptance rate is 74%. Popular majors include Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Business. Graduating 51% of students, Sam Houston alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,500.
About Sam Houston State University...
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
74%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
1000-1140
ACT Range
19-23
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$11,742/ 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
    $10,140/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,475/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,478/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,251/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,086/ year
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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
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.247 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.248 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,808Undergrads
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 161 responses
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  • Hard Working yet relaxed
    27%
  • Motivated to be successful while making friends
    20%
  • Unique
    19%
  • Successful
    9%
  • How you make it
    8%
  • Outgoing
    4%
  • 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.276 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.330 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 192 responses
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  • Comforting
    24%
  • Peacful
    21%
  • Amazing
    17%
  • Nice
    10%
  • Proud
    8%
  • Opportunity
    6%
  • Dedicated to teaching a new generation
    6%

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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SHSU is honestly a really nice school. There are so many clubs and activities for students to be a part of. It is a very welcoming environment and there is never a dull moment. We have amazing facilities such as our rec center, which has a gym, pool, rock climbing wall, etc. Our LSC building just got done being expanded and it now has a number of food places, like Steak n' Shake. The LSC also includes our Kat Klub Game Room, which has bowling, billiards, video game consoles, pinball, and arcade games! Academically SHSU performs at a pretty high level, which is amazing. Many of my classes aren't just about reading a textbook. We have engaging discussions about topics we learn about. The one and only thing I would change is the places around it. There isn't much outside of the university but because SHSU has so much to offer, it doesn't feel like there aren't enough places to go hang out and have fun.
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I chose to attend Sam Houston State University because I heard that it was a great campus, and I couldn't agree more. I chose to come here also because of the outstanding teaching program that they offer. I have had the privilege of having some nice professors, and learning so much from them. I am glad that I changed my mind and decided to become a teacher. It’s been a journey for sure, but honestly I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I think that anywhere that I am placed that the children will be a blessing to me, and hopefully I’ll be a blessing to them. I’m ready to utilize all that I have been taught by my professors this far, and what I’ll learn in the coming semesters. Sam Houston State University holds high standards for their students, and I’m glad to be part of this challenge. The staff, the professors and even the classmates I’ve encountered have made it a pleasure to attend this university.
My college experience so far at Sam Houston State University has been beyond amazing. What I love most about Sam Houston is the unity. I adore how everyone is so friendly and eager to help one another. The people here are fully of energy. There is so much life and love on and off campus. The diversity on campus is amazing.There are so many resources on campus. We have the student center, bookstore, recreation center, health center, and plenty more. There is always something exciting happening every week. The school also provides a great amount of free food, scantrons, and shirts from time to time. I am just in love with how much this University cares for their students.The instructors here are completely informative and care about their student’s improvements.They are very welcoming and eager to do their jobs. You can tell that everyone here loves being here. There is not one thing I would change about this University. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. Go Bearkats!