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Sam Houston State University is a public institution situated in Huntsville, Texas. The surrounding location of Huntsville is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

116 Undergraduate Degrees
$24,633 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
74% Acceptance Rate

Where Is Sam Houston State University?

Location of Sam Houston State University

Contact details for SHSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1806 Ave J, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1111

How Do I Get Into SHSU?

You can apply to SHSU online at:

Admission Requirements for SHSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SHSU?

74% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
76% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Sam Houston State University is 74%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 34% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 73%, and the acceptance rate for women is 75%.

Average Test Scores

About 76% of students accepted to SHSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 580. Math scores were between 500 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 500 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 500 to 560 )
SHSU received ACT scores from 46% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 23. Composite scores were between 19 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 20 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 18 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 19 to 23 )

Can I Afford Sam Houston State University?

$24,633 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
5.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SHSU is $24,633. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SHSU, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $5,925 a year. That adds up to $23,700 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SHSU is 5.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Sam Houston State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

15,311 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,805 undergraduate students at SHSU, with 15,311 being full-time and 3,494 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SHSU

There are also 2,753 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 15,311 full-time undergraduates at SHSU, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SHSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Sam Houston State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SHSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 311
Black or African American 2,826
Hispanic or Latino 3,792
White 7,355
International Students 206
Other Races/Ethnicities 821

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Sam Houston State University. At this time, 29 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 79 countries are represented at SHSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Turkey.

Online Learning at Sam Houston State University

3,489 Took All Classes Online
11,265 Took At Least One Class Online
9.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 27 master’s degree programs available online at SHSU. In 2017-2018, 11,265 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SHSU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 17th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SHSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Sam Houston State University was 9.4%. This is the #915 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SHSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SHSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Nursing 15%
Registered Nursing 15%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SHSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SHSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Registered Nursing #234
Nursing #295

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Sam Houston State University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 116 116
TOTAL 116 116


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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