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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 38.1/61.9
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

*Fees not included

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.
  • Recognized as one of the “Best in the West” universities by The Princeton Review.
  • 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 a “Best College for the Money” by College Factual.
  • Named to USA Today’s Top 50 in the U.S. for “Commitment to Civic Engagement and Global Awareness.”

NAMED FOR TEXAS’ 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 in the workforce upon graduation.

Small class sizes, a student to faculty ratio of 23:1, and classes taught by full-time, tenured and tenure-track professors combine to create an engaging learning experience.

Described as "warm, friendly, and inviting," the university provides a relaxed atmosphere where students can excel in academics and take part in a variety of events and activities on the beautifully maintained 316-acre campus.

With robust enrollment growth, innovative academic and research partnerships, and new housing and student life offerings, the campus landscape is continually changing. In 2017, SHSU opened the Fred Pirkle Engineering Technology Center along with a new residential complex housing 684 students and a modern dining facility. Other campus growth includes the Life Sciences building, an expanded student center, and a new arts complex.

Across seven 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

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