Sam Houston State University (SHSU)

Huntsville, TX

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Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University Student Essentials

Sam Houston State University Student Essentials
Region: Southwest
Setting: Small Town Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Bearkats
Website: www.shsu.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Selective
In-State Tuition: $6,608
Out-of-State Tuition: $15,032
Retention Rate: 75%
Enrollment: 20,125
Year Established: 1879

About SHSU

Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, is part of the state university system and one of the oldest public universities statewide. Sam Houston awards bachelor’s and graduate degrees in traditional and rare fields, and is particularly well known for its criminal justice program. The campus is in a rural setting that is still in close proximity to the city.

Sam Houston awards more than 75 bachelor’s degrees, more than 50 master’s degrees and several doctorates. Some majors available at Sam Houston are:

  • Advertising
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Industrial Technology
  • Psychology

Sam Houston also offers less commonly seen majors in such specialized fields as:

  • Bilingual Healthcare
  • Computer Animation
  • Music Therapy
  • Victim Studies

Sam Houston’s student life activities provide plenty of opportunities, including more than 200 student clubs and organizations. Many students also get involved in volunteer activities. The campus is also within an hour from downtown Houston.

Freshman admissions requirements include a completed online application, ACT or SAT scores and transcripts. The minimum combined SAT score of accepted students is generally around 1550.

Sam Houston awards scholarships to help with tuition costs. Criteria for these include grades and test scores, evidence of leadership or participation in extracurricular activities. Sam Houston also participates in federal financial aid programs. Students may apply for such federal aid sources as Pell grants, loans and work-study. To apply for federal aid, applicants must fill out a FAFSA.

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SHSU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 3 Reviews

67% of students gave Sam Houston State University 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Overall Rating

I enjoyed the landscape and scenery of the school itself. The buildings are beautiful and the campus security is outstanding. My tour guide Robin, was a very enthused Bearkat; she made me even more excited and anxious to join the Bearkat family! The book store also is very nice, as well as the on-campus dormitories and eateries.


SHSU Map & Location

Sam Houston State University
1806 Ave J
Huntsville, TX 77340


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Getting Around SHSU

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

10/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Huntsville, TX

Winter
Dec
61
41
Jan
59
40
Feb
63
43
Spring
Mar
70
50
Apr
78
57
May
85
65
Summer
Jun
90
71
Jul
93
73
Aug
94
73
Fall
Sep
88
68
Oct
80
59
Nov
70
50

SHSU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 16,423
Freshman Class 2,413
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 20,125

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 17%
  • African American: 17%
  • Caucasian: 62%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Unknown and Other: 3%
Latino 17%
African American 17%
Caucasian 62%
Asian 1%
Unknown and Other 3%

Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 18%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%
Women 62%
Men 38%
International 1%
Domestic 99%

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