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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

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
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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.231 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.232 responses
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Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,497Undergrads
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 145 responses
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  • Hard Working yet relaxed
    27%
  • Unique
    21%
  • Motivated to be successful while making friends
    17%
  • Successful
    9%
  • How you make it
    8%
  • Outgoing
    5%
  • Hard working and stressed
    3%

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.260 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.314 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 176 responses
Report
  • Comforting
    26%
  • Peacful
    21%
  • Amazing
    18%
  • Nice
    10%
  • Proud
    9%
  • Opportunity
    6%
  • Dedicated to teaching a new generation
    5%

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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Sam Houston State University Reviews

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I am a first year transfer student from Lone Star College to Sam Houston State University. I was apprehensive and nervous about attending such a large, well-known university, but I now feel more comfortable here. I have been making good grades so far (3.5 GPA) and all of my teachers have been very open to student communication. I can tell that they genuinely want to help their students succeed. My only prominent complaint is all of the construction on campus. Maneuvering through the dirty sidewalks and the one-way streets outlined in cones can be annoying. However, I know that the finished structures will improve academics and student life in the long run, and I cannot wait to see what else Sam Houston State has in store for me in the coming semesters!
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I love the diversity here at Sam Houston! There are so many international students that come to study here. It’s a state school and also one of the cheapest colleges near Houston! The professors are very caring and want their students to succeed and all of my classmates have been very helpful when collaborating with me on different projects and assignments. The campus is clean, friendly, and not too big where you cannot find your way around. I am proud of be a bearkat, and so will you if you decide to join the fun!
This college is amazing! SHSU is a little smaller, making things less competitive, more personal, welcoming, and easy to get around. The class sizes range from 20 to 300, but the professors make it really easy to ask questions or make appointments with them. People are really nice! You can make a friend anywhere! There are constant events going on in dorms, on campus, sporting events, and around town. I am really glad I chose to come here!