Sam Houston State University

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School Overview

Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is located in Huntsville, Texas, USA, just 70 miles north of Houston in the forest and lake region of East Texas. It is a member of the Texas State University System and was the first university to be classified as a Doctoral Research University in the Texas State University System (by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.) It was founded in 1879 and is one of the oldest purpose-built universities for teacher instruction west of the Mississippi. It is the first university of its kind in Texas and the third oldest University in Texas. The school got its name from Sam Houston, one of Texas’ founding fathers.

SHSU enrolls more than 17,600 students in 79 undergraduate programs, 54 masters programs, and 5 doctoral degree programs. Education is the most popular major but SHSU is also well known for its criminal justice program as well as its dance program.

General Information

Admission Office
Box 2418
Huntsville, TX 77341-2418
(936) 294-1828
(866) 232-7528
Fax: (936) 294-3758

Contact: Trevor Thorn
Director of Admissions
Main Address
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341
(936) 294-1111

Total undergrads: 14,303
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,144
Degree-seeking undergrads: 14,303
Graduate enrollment: 2,360

Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:


Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 53%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 72%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Recommended
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 10,231
Percent Admitted: 87%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 23%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 440 (25th Percentile)
  • 540 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 460 (25th Percentile)
  • 560 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 19 (25th Percentile)
  • 23 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 17 (25th Percentile)
  • 23 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 18 (25th Percentile)
  • 24 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $4,522 $4,932 $5,394 $5,704 +5.75%
Books and Supplies $1,016 $1,038 $1,063 $1,000 -5.93%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,046 $6,046 $6,744 $6,692 -0.77%
Other $3,390 $3,468 $3,548 $3,644 +2.71%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $14,974 $15,484 $16,749 $17,040 +1.74%
In-state Off Campus $5,538 $5,970 $6,457 $6,704 +3.83%
In-state with Family $5,538 $5,970 $6,457 $6,704 +3.83%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $3,834
In-state Student Fees $1,474
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $9,414
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,474

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,391 67%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,159 55% $8,216,506 $7,089
• Federal grants 590 28% $2,734,544 $4,635
• Pell grants 590 28% $2,141,624 $3,630
• Other federal grants 590 28% $592,920 $1,005
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 1,041 50% $4,983,195 $4,787
Institutional scholarships or grants 222 11% $498,767 $2,247
Student loan financial aid 917 44% $4,833,869 $5,271
• Federal student loans 892 43% $4,347,527 $4,874
• Other student loans 63 3% $486,342 $7,720

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 3288 719 32
Agriculture, General 114
Agribusiness/agricultural Business Operations 47
Agricultural Mechanization, General 9
Animal Sciences, General 50
Horticultural Science 8
Architecture and Related Services 11
Interior Architecture 11
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 68 3
Biology/biological Sciences, General 68 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 858 92
Accounting 131 22
Banking and Financial Support Services 42
Business Administration and Management, General 74 68
Business/commerce, General 307
Business/managerial Economics 38
Fashion Merchandising 26
Finance, General 47 2
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration, General 16
International Business/trade/commerce 48
Management Information Systems, General 25
Marketing/marketing Management, General 101
Operations Management and Supervision 3
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 179 1
Journalism 154
Public Relations/image Management 3
Radio and Television 3
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 19 1
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 6
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 6
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 20 16
Computer and Information Sciences, General 20 12
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance 4
Education 376 20
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 75 5
Curriculum and Instruction 48
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 136 13
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 40
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 14
Reading Teacher Education 11 2
Special Education and Teaching, General 20
Technology Teacher Education/industrial Arts Teacher Education 32
Engineering Technology, General 71 2
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 47
Drafting and Design Technology/technician, General 16
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 4
Industrial Technology/technician 4 2
English Language and Literature/letters 86 11
English Language and Literature, General 86 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 24
Spanish Language and Literature 24
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 9 7
Dietetics/dietitian 7
Music Therapy/therapist 9
History 120 13
History, General 120 13
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 581 38 5
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 16
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 15
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 565 6 5
Forensic Science and Technology 10
Securities Services Administration/management 7
Human Services, General 3
Public Administration 3
Library Science 67
Library and Information Science 67
Mathematics and Statistics 12 11
Mathematics, General 12 4
Statistics, General 7
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 382
Biological and Physical Sciences 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 381
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 125
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 125
Physical Sciences 51 2
Chemistry, General 20 2
Chemistry, Other 15
Geology/earth Science, General 11
Physics, General 5
Psychology 182 55 7
Clinical Psychology 14 7
Counseling Psychology 40
Psychology, General 182 1
Social Sciences 142 10
Geography 15
Political Science and Government, General 68 6
Sociology 59 4
Visual and Performing Arts 207 10
Commercial and Advertising Art 30
Dance, General 25 2
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 38
Fine/studio Arts, General 29
Music Performance, General 20
Music, General 41 8
Photography 24
Work and Family Studies 40 2
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences, General 25 2
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 12
Foodservice Systems Administration/management 3
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations B
Agricultural Mechanization B
Agriculture – General B
Animal Sciences B
Horticulture Science B

Architecture & Related Programs

Interior Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Photography B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Banking/Financial Services B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Fashion Merchandising B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Communications Technologies

Animation/Special Effects B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Engineering Technologies

Construction/Building Technologies B
Drafting and Design Technology B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Industrial Technology B
Manufacturing Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Institutional Food Production B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health Services – General B
Music Therapy B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Academic studies B
Biological/Physical Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Forensic chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Corrections B
Criminal Justice Studies B
Victim studies B

Social Sciences

Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Sam Houston State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (936) 294-1111
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1806 Ave J, Huntsville, TX 77340
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 21,558
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 51%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 10,083 (47% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,536
Out-of-state Tuition: $18,664
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 86%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,995

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Sam Houston State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Sam Houston State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 62
Architecture and Related Services 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 21
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 123
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 22
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 112
Education 4115
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 5
English Language and Literature/Letters 112
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 31
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 72
History 111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1252
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Library Science 1
Mathematics and Statistics 12
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 12
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 41
Psychology 141
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 133
Visual and Performing Arts 73
Grand total 965508

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Sam Houston State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,536
Out-of-state $18,664
Books and supplies $1,372

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,016
Out-of-state $15,612

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,442 86%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,877 66% $8,995
Student loan aid 1,662 59% $5,903

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 12,331 67% $7,323
Federal student loans 9,736 53% $6,970

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Sam Houston State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Sam Houston State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 11,569 3,858 7,711
Percent admitted 100% 82% 84%
Percent admitted who enrolled 25% 28% 24%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Sam Houston State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 21,558
Undergraduate enrollment 18,805
Graduate enrollment 2,753

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Sam Houston State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
    • Osteopathic Medicine (OSTEO) - Programs leading to the D.O. degree
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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