Sam Houston State University Overview
Sam Houston State University is a public institution located in Huntsville, Texas. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Huntsville draws many to the area.
What Is Sam Houston State University Known For?
- Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at SHSU.
- In 2017-2018, 80% of the faculty were full-time.
- A student who earns a bachelor's degree from SHSU makes roughly $44,600 a year. This is 9% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
Sam Houston State University Rankings
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
SHSU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SHSU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards SHSU has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Sam Houston State University?
Contact details for SHSU are given below.
|Address:||1806 Ave J, Huntsville, TX 77340|
How Do I Get Into SHSU?
You can apply to SHSU online at: www.shsu.edu/admissions/apply-texas.html
Admission Requirements for SHSU
|High School GPA||recommended|
|High School Rank||required|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|Recommendations||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into SHSU?
Approximately 34% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 73%, and the acceptance rate for women is 75%.
Average Test Scores
About 76% of students accepted to SHSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 580. Math scores were between 500 and 560.
Can I Afford Sam Houston State University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SHSU, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $5,925 a year. That adds up to $23,700 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at SHSU is 5.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Sam Houston State University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 2,753 graduate students at the school.
Of the 15,311 full-time undergraduates at SHSU, 38% are male and 62% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Sam Houston State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||2,826|
|Hispanic or Latino||3,792|
Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Sam Houston State University. At this time, 29 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 79 countries are represented at SHSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Turkey.
Online Learning at Sam Houston State University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at SHSU has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 11th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of SHSU
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Sam Houston State University was 9.4%. This is the #1,373 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SHSU regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SHSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SHSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SHSU.
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Sam Houston State University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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