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Sam Houston State University
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  • 4 Year
  • HUNTSVILLE, TX

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2.12.2024

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Report Card

grade B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B minus
  2. Value
    grade B+
  3. Diversity
    grade A minus
  4. Campus
    grade B
  5. Athletics
    grade A
  6. Party Scene
    grade A minus
  7. Professors
    grade B+
  8. Location
    grade C+
  9. Dorms
    grade B minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade A minus
  11. Student Life
    grade A minus
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

About

1905 UNIVERSITY AVE
HUNTSVILLE, TX 77340
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
From Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 and is named after Texas’ greatest hero, General Sam Houston. Our diverse student body is over 20,000 strong and represents 60 countries, yet we pride ourselves on creating a close community. And, with more than 230 student organizations on campus, you’ll find clubs, activities, and programs that fit your interests and allow you to explore your curiosity with others.

SHSU is located in Huntsville, Texas, a small city of 38,000 residents located between Houston and Dallas. Although only 70 miles from downtown Houston, Huntsville is surrounded by lush forests, lakes, and ranch lands.

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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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
97%
SAT Range
950-1120
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

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Cost

Net Price
$14,287 / 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
$9,492 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
84%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 212 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 306 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 307 responses

Majors

#21 Social Mobility - National Universities

academic spotlight

Social mobility is defined by the extent to which a college or university educates more economically disadvantaged students (with family incomes below the national median) at lower tuition and graduates them into good-paying jobs.

Online

Programs Offered Entirely Online
15
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
15
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    50%
  • On Campus
    32%
  • Online
    18%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,533 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,646
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
42%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 219 responses
  • Hard Working yet relaxed
    26%
  • Motivated to be successful while making friends
    23%
  • Unique
    16%
  • How you make it
    10%
  • Successful
    7%
  • Stressed
    5%
  • Hard working and stressed
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 335 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 389 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 251 responses
  • Comforting
    25%
  • Peacful
    20%
  • Amazing
    14%
  • Nice
    9%
  • Opportunity
    9%
  • Proud
    8%
  • Dedicated to teaching a new generation
    5%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,600 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
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. 159 responses

Sam Houston State University Reviews

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