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Sam Houston State University Overview

Located in Huntsville, Texas, Sam Houston State University is a public institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Huntsville draws many to the area.

What Is Sam Houston State University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$25,328 Avg Cost After Aid
97% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at SHSU is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at SHSU.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 78% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from SHSU with a bachelor's degree make about $52,250 a year. That's 28% more than those who graduate from other schools.

Where Is Sam Houston State University?


Contact details for SHSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1806 Ave J, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1111

How Do I Get Into SHSU?

You can apply to SHSU online at:

Admission Requirements for SHSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SHSU?

97% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
57% Submit SAT Scores
SHSU has the high acceptance rate of 97%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 34% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 95%, and the acceptance rate for women is 97%.

Average Test Scores

About 57% 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 480 and 570. Math scores were between 470 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 480 to 570 )

SAT Math Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 470 to 550 )
SHSU received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 26. Math scores were between 16 and 23. Composite scores were between 18 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 17 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 16 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 18 to 23 )

Can I Afford Sam Houston State University?

$25,328 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
1.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SHSU is $25,328. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SHSU, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $5,728 a year. That adds up to $22,912 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SHSU is 1.2%. 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

14,352 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,288 undergraduate students at SHSU, with 14,352 being full-time and 3,936 being part-time.


There are also 3,324 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 14,352 full-time undergraduates at SHSU, 36% are male and 64% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 281
Black or African American 2,533
Hispanic or Latino 3,794
White 6,783
International Students 151
Other Races/Ethnicities 810

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

5,252 Took All Classes Online
14,047 Took At Least One Class Online
11.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 27 bachelor’s degree and 69 master’s degree programs available online at SHSU. In 2020-2021, 14,047 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.


This school is the 5th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of SHSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Sam Houston State University was 11.9%. This is the #1,322 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SHSU regardless of major.

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%.


*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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