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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?

4,343 Undergraduate Awards
$24,633 Avg Cost After Aid
74% Acceptance Rate
  • 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#54 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#121 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#266 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SHSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Library & Information Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Library Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Library & Information Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Music Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Library Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value Social Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SHSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#10 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#10 Best Value Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#17 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#28 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#36 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual

Where Is Sam Houston State University?

Location of Sam Houston State University

Contact details for SHSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1806 Ave J, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1111
Website: www.shsu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/samhoustonstate
Twitter: http://twitter.com/samhoustonstate

How Do I Get Into SHSU?

You can apply to SHSU online at: www.shsu.edu/admissions/apply-texas.html

Admission Requirements for SHSU

Submission Required?
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
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SHSU?

74% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
76% Submit SAT Scores
SHSU has an acceptance rate of 74%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 500 to 580 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 500 to 560 )
200
800
SHSU received ACT scores from 46% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 23. Composite scores were between 19 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 20 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 18 to 23 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 19 to 23 )
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36

Can I Afford Sam Houston State University?

$24,633 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
5.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SHSU is $24,633. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

15,311 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,805 undergraduate students at SHSU, with 15,311 being full-time and 3,494 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SHSU

There are also 2,753 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 15,311 full-time undergraduates at SHSU, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SHSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Sam Houston State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SHSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 311
Black or African American 2,826
Hispanic or Latino 3,792
White 7,355
International Students 206
Other Races/Ethnicities 821

Geographic Diversity

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

3,489 Took All Classes Online
11,265 Took At Least One Class Online
9.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 27 master’s degree programs available online at SHSU. In 2017-2018, 11,265 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SHSU has changed over the last few years.

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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.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agricultural Production 50%
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 10%
Business Administration & Management 7%
Business, Management & Marketing 5%
Communication & Media Studies 1%
Computer & Information Sciences 6%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 11%
General Business/Commerce 2%
General Family & Consumer Sciences 9%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 19%
Health & Physical Education 3%
Health Professions 23%
Health Sciences & Services 33%
History 18%
History 18%
Homeland Security 12%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 11%
Information Technology 22%
Instructional Media Design 20%
International Education 75%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 19%
Liberal Arts General Studies 19%
Mathematics 29%
Mathematics & Statistics 29%
Nursing 15%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 3%
Public Administration 20%
Public Administration & Social Service 20%
Social Sciences 1%
Sociology 15%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 30%

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.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Agricultural Production #3
General Family & Consumer Sciences #6
Music #14
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #23
Library & Information Science #24
Sociology #26
Political Science & Government #28
Library Science #30
History #31
History #31
Teaching English or French #34
Homeland Security #35
Visual & Performing Arts #54
Communication & Media Studies #55
Public Administration #57
Health & Physical Education #59
Information Technology #60
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #68
Instructional Media Design #77
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #78
Curriculum & Instruction #79
Communication & Journalism #84
General Psychology #92
General Business/Commerce #94
Social Sciences #106
Teacher Education Subject Specific #114
Public Administration & Social Service #123
Psychology #128
Educational Administration #157
Computer & Information Sciences #207
Criminal Justice & Corrections #223
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #253
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #255
Liberal Arts General Studies #255
Nursing #295
Education #378
Business Administration & Management #460
Health Professions #487

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.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Criminal Justice & Corrections 884 2 104 8 998
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 383 0 0 0 383
General Business/Commerce 313 0 0 0 313
General Psychology 215 0 8 0 223
Health & Physical Education 177 0 26 0 203
Communication & Media Studies 194 0 3 0 197
Business Administration & Management 87 0 81 0 168
Accounting 137 0 26 0 163
Finance & Financial Management 156 0 0 0 156
History 123 0 33 0 156
Public Health 123 0 0 0 123
Nursing 116 0 0 0 116
General Biology 102 0 11 0 113
Educational Administration 0 0 81 18 99
Animal Science 93 0 0 0 93
Health & Medical Administrative Services 83 0 0 0 83
Marketing 82 0 0 0 82
Construction Engineering Technology 79 0 0 0 79
Library & Information Science 0 0 78 0 78
General English Literature 62 2 11 0 75
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 67 7 74
Music 47 0 15 0 62
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 60 0 60
Computer Information Systems 47 0 9 0 56
Health Sciences & Services 51 0 4 0 55
Agricultural Economics & Business 48 0 0 0 48
Liberal Arts General Studies 47 0 0 0 47
Chemistry 42 0 5 0 47
Human Resource Management 43 0 0 0 43
Political Science & Government 39 0 4 0 43
Mathematics 33 0 8 0 41
Sociology 33 0 7 0 40
Drama & Theater Arts 39 0 0 0 39
General Agriculture 19 0 18 0 37
Geography & Cartography 20 3 10 0 33
Homeland Security 0 0 32 0 32
Management Information Systems 31 0 0 0 31
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 5 19 6 30
Dance 25 0 5 0 30
Graphic Communications 28 0 0 0 28
Special Education 0 0 28 0 28
International Business 27 0 0 0 27
Information Technology 0 12 15 0 27
Fine & Studio Arts 26 0 0 0 26
Student Counseling 0 5 13 5 23
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 22 0 0 0 22
General Family & Consumer Sciences 22 0 0 0 22
Agricultural Mechanization 21 0 0 0 21
Romance Languages 17 0 4 0 21
Entrepreneurial Studies 19 0 0 0 19
Business/Managerial Economics 18 0 0 0 18
Teaching English or French 0 2 16 0 18
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 17 0 0 0 17
Allied Health Professions 17 0 0 0 17
Computer Engineering Technology 16 0 0 0 16
Industrial Production Technology 16 0 0 0 16
Geological & Earth Sciences 16 0 0 0 16
Public Administration 0 0 15 0 15
Plant Sciences 13 0 0 0 13
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 13 0 0 0 13
Design & Applied Arts 13 0 0 0 13
Interior Architecture 12 0 0 0 12
Agricultural Public Services 11 0 0 0 11
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 11 0 0 0 11
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 11 0 11
Agricultural Production 0 0 10 0 10
Instructional Media Design 0 1 9 0 10
Physics 10 0 0 0 10
Statistics 0 0 8 0 8
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 7 0 7
Writing Studies 0 0 7 0 7
International Education 0 0 4 0 4
Other Education 0 0 0 4 4
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 3 0 0 0 3
Philosophy 2 0 0 0 2
TOTAL 4,343 32 872 48 5,295

References

*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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