Sam Houston State University in Huntsville

Huntsville, TX

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Sam Houston State University offers 348-degree programs and 57 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 74%. The most popular test is SAT - 68% of students submitted it in comparison to 39% of students who submitted ACT. 39.3% are women, and 60.7% are men. 2% percents of international students. Sam Houston State University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Sam Houston State University is 12237$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $12278 and $20296 per year. 52% of full-time Sam Houston State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is below national average. Average salary after attending is $41,100, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Sam Houston State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Sam Houston State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$10,651
$30,001 - $48,000$10,093
$48,001 - $75,000$13,934
$75,001 - $110,000$17,473

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 4896

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


11531 of Sam Houston State University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 69 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Sam Houston State University number 20 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Texas.

Students at Sam Houston State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition guaranteed plan

Tuition payment plan

Tuition guarantee is a program which guarantees to entering first-time students that tuition will not increase for the years they are enrolled. These guarantees are generally time-bound for four or five years.

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Sam Houston State University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


52% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Sam Houston State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

4 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Sam Houston State University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 4% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 68%, so Sam Houston State University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 6%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Sam Houston State University full-time retention rate is 80% and part-time retention rate is 76%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, good student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Sam Houston State University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
890 - 1090

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 450 - 550
Math: 440 - 540
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Sam Houston State University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
19 - 24

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 19 - 25
Math: 18 - 24
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Sam Houston State University is 21:1, that means that for every 21 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Sam Houston State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Sam Houston State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Texas.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 1803 Ave I address in Huntsville, Texas.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Sam Houston State University with 0.07% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, aggravated assault, and forcible sex offense.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Sam Houston State University offers 348 programs in total: 183 are for Bachelor's degree, 147 - for Master's degree, 15 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 3 are Postbaccalaureate certificate.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 471 universities in Texas state. Sam Houston State University is one of the few institutions in Texas that offers a Doctor's degree-research/scholarship program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 57 distance learning programs that are provided in the Sam Houston State University: 39 are for Master's degree and 18 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Texas state average data to help you compare.


Sam Houston State University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 15163 students with 454894 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1762 with 42289 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Sam Houston State University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

I graduated from SHSU in 2016. There are pros and cons to going to this school, which I have listed below.Cons: -The parking is atrocious. I am angry just thinking about it. I will do my best to explain the parking situation. Imagine you made reservations at a fine dining restaurant where you had to pay a lot of money up front, but by the end of the meal you know you will have paid for something worthwhile. You get to the restaurant with twenty minutes to spare because you figure you can nibble on some bread at the hostess stand. You start to drive around, but there is no parking ANYWHERE. You begin to get frantic; the clock is ticking on as you continue to search for parking. Oh thank god! Someone is pulling out, but just as you are about to pull in here comes BIG-RIMS-ROB to cut you off. You are LIVID! It is time for your reservation, the restaurant is seating someone else at your table that you paid for, and you still cannot find parking. You park five miles away at a grocery store. You have to walk. Up steep hills. It is 105 degrees, raining, and you forgot to wear deodorant. Now, you know how terrible parking is at SHSU. Only this isn't a meal, it is tuition, and you know you are going to be poor for the rest of your life, and you are late for class because the parking is THAT BAD! -If you enjoy the sounds of scraping concrete, then you might want to drive in Huntsville. All over town you can hear the loud cries of bumpers and oil pans being battered to death on the pavement as some unsuspecting low car owner attempts to park. I don't really know why this is such a problem, or why the people designing the parking lots in Huntsville had such a hard time deciphering the angle at which you would need to level the pavement in order for cars to pass over it unhindered (they are probably named Rob). Whatever the case, you will have a very hard time driving in Huntsville, and around the campus if you have a low car. In fact, SHSU should just go ahead and add the cost of a lift for vehicles in with their tuition. -Trying to find a competent person to help you with financial aide, course plans, or your transcript is almost as bad as trying to find a parking spot. -I was required to do numerous group projects, which wouldn't have been a problem, except that I encountered many people that were content giving minimal to no effort, and all grades were affected. This is frustrating when you pay as much as you do for a course, and your grade is hinging on Suzy-gives-no-effs Jefferson to turn her work in. -Many of the courses are offered only at night, which is disconcerting when you are trying to take several, and they are all offered at the same exact time as the other courses you need. Quite a conundrum for those of us who cannot be in two places at once! If only time-turners were real. -There are areas of the campus that are very old and, therefore, grimy. Many of the bathrooms smell of death, and are in desperate need of a remodel. To the credit of the University, funds are being used to beautify and update over time. -Speaking of death, SHSU is surrounded by several prisons, including a maximum security prison and death row within walking distance. All, probably in closer proximity than most of us had to park while going there.Pros: -Small town feel, and small class sizes (especially as you move up in your degree). -Beautiful scenery, large trees, gorgeous views, and rolling hills. -Lovely architecture throughout the campus and surrounding areas. -Friendly faculty. For the most part, I had a lot of wonderful professors, especially as I moved up in my degree and had content specific courses. Many of my professors were dedicated, especially helpful, and knowledgeable. -Decent sports teams -Texan/Campus Pride -Nationally Recognized/Gaining Prestige -Ability to attend online, and at satellite campuses. -Not a far commute from Houston or surrounding areas.Overall, SHSU is a decent school to attend if you can get over the cons.

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Overall Rating:

Gen ed classes are very one sided(heavily towards left) I am tired of hearing one side of the argument without even a little consideration of both sides.. Most of the gen ed classes give me a feeling of being in an adult daycare.. Very sick and disgusted with how college has turned out in general. Althoigh, Solid reputation in Texas and have some decent programs.For tests you are responsible for buying scantrons, the school doesn't provide them.. There are also a lot of huge hidden fees that add up that they won't tell you about.. International student fee, medical fee, college athletic fee all add to your semester bill no matter if they apply to you or not!

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Overall Rating:

Beautiful campus, nice atmosphere for students, and strong police presence. I stopped here just to visit campus because it's one of my favorite universities. SHSU was having campus tours that day and we checked out the library, which is huge.

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Overall Rating:

If you want to dig yourself into debt to a tune of $90k in student loans I would recommend this school. Otherwise, push them into the top 10% at A&M or UT. So much for retirement. If I could give zero stars I would.

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Overall Rating:

Having been here for a semester and working on my second, I have lots of love for this school. Being of the fastest growing colleges in Texas, it is expanding very fast. In fact, it is adding a brand new biology building set to open next year, as well as an expansion to the student center. They also have lots of resources for its students, including tutoring centers for math and writing that are free of cost. So far, I have loved all of my professors. They have shown great passion about what they teach and it makes me want to learn more. Though, with fast expansion comes growing problems. Parking has been a huge problem for students and is an issue that must be addressed. If they are charging for a parking pass, they need to have adequate spaces available. Overall, I highly recommend this school.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 1806 Ave J


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +9362941111

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address:

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