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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  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 $37,400.
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

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.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,976/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

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.259 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.260 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,808Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,608
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 173 responses
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  • Hard Working yet relaxed
    27%
  • Motivated to be successful while making friends
    21%
  • Unique
    18%
  • How you make it
    8%
  • Successful
    8%
  • Stressed
    5%
  • Outgoing
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.288 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.342 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 204 responses
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  • Comforting
    25%
  • Peacful
    20%
  • Amazing
    17%
  • Nice
    10%
  • 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
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 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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Sam Houston State University is an absolutely incredible campus, the people are incredible, the classes, and the organizations. Everyone belongs and has something on campus that they can fit into or even create on their own. Not only is it an incredible campus but it’s also a very welcoming campus. My very first day, plenty of kids welcomed me to the campus and even offered to show me around. SHSU is the nicest campus in town, maybe even in the state. Being here makes me proud to be a bearkat, eat em up Kats!
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.