Sam Houston State University

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1803 Avenue I

Huntsville, TX 77341

Phone: (936) 294-1111
2013-2014 Tuition
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Aug. 1
application deadline

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Sam Houston State University is a public institution that was founded in 1879. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,611, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 211 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Sam Houston State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,594 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,214 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Sam Houston State University is one of the most innovative and diverse universities in Texas. Founded in 1879 as the first teacher-training school in the Southwest, SHSU now has more than 18,000 students and 140 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. SHSU, a "Community Engaged" institution, is classified as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and was recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report for being among the best in the country for online graduate programs.

SHSU graduates and alumni include award-winning Broadway performers, state, national and international political leaders, professional athletes, senior level leadership of U.S. armed services, world renowned journalists, authors, film directors, and leaders in education, criminal justice, banking and business. This close-knit University provides students with a personalized experience and supports their academic success through services obtained in the nationally-recognized Student Advising and Mentoring (SAM) Center.

Located in a hills, lakes and forests region of East Texas 70 miles north of Houston, Sam Houston State University is known as one of the most "wired" universities in the nation and is "A Great Name in Texas Education." At Sam Houston State, you can dream and succeed.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1879
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $60,957,219


When applying to Sam Houston State University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Sam Houston State University is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 65 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 65.0%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Sam Houston State University is 23:1, and the school has 22.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Sam Houston State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 23:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 18%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 12%
Psychology 6%
Visual and Performing Arts 6%

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Student Life

Sam Houston State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,611, with a gender distribution of 42.4 percent male students and 57.6 percent female students. At this school, 21 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 79 percent of students live off campus. Sam Houston State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 18,461
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Sam Houston State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Sam Houston State University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Sam Houston State University, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Sam Houston State University.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Sam Houston State University, 62.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,362.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,594 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,214 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,324 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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