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Undergraduate Enrollment 18,805
In-state Tuition (per semester hour, unless noted) $349*
Out-of-state Tuition (per semester hour, unless noted) $771*
Yearly Room and Board $7,001+
% of Students on Financial Aid 63
Median SAT/ACT 1062/21
% of African American Students 17
% of Asian American Students 2
% of Hispanic Students 24
% of International Students 1
Student/Teacher Ratio 20:1
Number of Full-time Faculty 620
% of Male/% of Female Students 37/63
Greek System? YES
% of Freshmen Who Live on Campus 87
% of Students Who Graduate in Four Years 30
% of Students Who Graduate Overall 53
% of Freshmen Who Return 76
% Of Alumni Who Give $$$ to School 6.2

* 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.
  • 55 percent of students are first generation.
  • Student Money Management Center ranked sixth in the nation for financial literacy programs by LendEDU.
  • Named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For.”
  • One of the top fifteen public universities nationwide for helping students stay on track and graduate, according to the Southern Regional Education Board.
  • Named on’s 2019 best colleges list.
NAMED FOR SAM HOUSTON, Texas’s greatest hero, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence. For more than 139 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” resonates among its 22,000-plus students and echoes across seven colleges and beyond its Huntsville roots. With more than ninety bachelor's degree programs, more than sixty master’s degree programs, and eleven doctoral programs—including the nation’s first Ph.D. in forensic science—SHSU offers an exceptional college experience and continually strives to meet the needs of contemporary students. Students earn degrees at Huntsville and The Woodlands campuses, as well as on SHSU Online. Small class sizes, a student to faculty ratio of 24:1, and classes taught by full-time, tenured, and tenure-track professors combine to create an engaging learning experience for students that is continuously expanding. Recent campus development includes residential housing; a new student center, complete with a bowling alley and multiple dining options; a state-of-the-art Life Sciences Building, and a new 71,000-square-foot art complex.
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