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By the numbers

Undergraduate Enrollment 18,416
In-state Tuition (per semester hour, unless noted) $228*
Out-of-state Tuition (per semester hour, unless noted) $643*
Yearly Room and Board $7,001+
% of Students on Financial Aid 71
Median SAT/ACT 980/21
% of African American Students 18.1
% of Asian American Students 1.7
% of Hispanic Students 23
% of International Students 1.1
Student/Teacher Ratio 23:1
Number of Full-time Faculty 793
% of Male/% of Female Students 38.1/31.9
Greek System? YES
% of Freshmen Who Live on Campus 87
% of Students Who Graduate in Four Years 29
% of Students Who Graduate Overall 51.5
% of Freshmen Who Return 77
% Of Alumni Who Give $$$ to School 8

Sam Houston State University

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1806 Avenue J, Huntsville, TX 77341











  • Classified as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.
  • Over 50 percent of students are first generation.
  • One of the top 15 public universities nationwide for helping students stay on track and graduate.
  • Named in the Top 100 Safest Colleges in America (2017)
  • Named a “Best College for the Money” by College Factual.

NAMED FOR TEXAS’S greatest hero, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is built on an unwavering dedication to intellectual development and service to humanity. With teaching and learning at the core of the SHSU college experience, students are prepared to lead successful lives.

Small class sizes, a high faculty-to-student ratio and classes taught by full-time, tenured and tenure-track professors combine to create an engaging learning experience.

Stepping onto the beautifully manicured and maintained 316-acre campus, students and visitors feel something special at the university. Described as "warm, friendly, and inviting," the environment provides a relaxed atmosphere where students excel at work and study.

With robust enrollment growth, innovative academic and research partnerships, and shifting housing and student life trends, the campus landscape is literally changing. SHSU opened the Fred Pirkle Engineering Technology Center in 2017 along with a new residential complex that draws students together. An additional dining facility, built on a fresh-food concept, will seat over 600 diners daily, while a biology building and an expansion of the student center are now underway.

Across eight colleges, Sam Houston continues to grow relevant academic offerings that meet the needs of today’s students and employers. SHSU’s online program is ranked in the top 20 percent by U.S. News & World Report and was listed as a “Best in State Online College” by affordablecollegesonline.org.

* Fees not included

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