Sam Houston State University

1806 Ave J, Huntsville, TX 77340

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Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 and continues today as a public, 4-year institution of higher learning located in Huntsville, Texas.


Sam Houston State University is the third oldest public institution of higher learning in the State of Texas. The school was named after one of the greatest heroes of Texas, General Sam Houston. Today, the university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

The campus sits on 272-acres in the middle of Huntsville. The campus includes many facilities which include a large teaching and research farm, a rodeo arena, planetarium, observatory, 18-hole golf course, and of course the “mall” area of the university which houses two clock towers and a beautiful water fountain. SHSU has over 235 registered student organizations. Students are encouraged to get involved to enhance their college experience. Students also have the capacity to start their own organization with enough student support. Greek life is available at SHSU including social, service and honors fraternities and sororities. The school also has NCAA Division I athletic program. The total enrollment is around 18,478 students. The school also prides itself in its diversity with students representing over 60 foreign countries.

Prospective students of Sam Houston State can fill out an application online through ApplyTexas and pay the $45 nonrefundable fee. Applicants must also have their high school transcripts sent directly from the awarding institution and submit their test scores to the university. All the information regarding application links and mailing addresses is available on the universities website under “admissions”. The admission rate is around 47 percent.


SHSU is a member of the Texas State University System and has an enrollment of more than 18,000 students. The school offers 80 undergraduate degrees, 54 graduate degrees, and six doctoral degree programs, as well as 15 certificates and over 20 online bachelor's and graduate degrees. SHSU is divided into six different colleges which include the following: the College of Business Administration, the College of Criminal Justice, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Sciences. Additionally, there are a couple hundred students in the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College. A couple of the programs that have been nationally ranked include programs within the College of Criminal Justice and the theater and dance programs. The school also has one of the oldest debate programs in the United States with its establishment in the late 1800s. The faculty at SHSU is dedicated to providing the highest quality education to their students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1 with an average class size of around 31 students. About 72 percent of faculty holds a terminal or doctoral degree.


Sam Houston State has a variety of online and distance learning opportunities for both the traditional and nontraditional student. The online undergraduate degrees are completely online and include: Bachelor of Arts or Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business Administration, and a Bachelor of General Studies. There are 21 online graduate programs. They include, but are not limited to: Master of Business Administration in Business Administration, Master of Arts in history, Master of Library Science, Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts in Sociology, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Science in Communication Studies, and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration. Sam Houston State offers one online doctoral degree: Doctor of Education in Development Education Administration. In addition to degrees, Sam Houston State also offers a variety of graduate and professional certificates in subjects such as: cyber security, digital investigation, teacher certification, school counseling certification, youth service libraries, educational technology, data assurance, and principal certification.


Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which all aid applicants are required to fill out. Aid is received either through loans, scholarships, grants or work-study opportunities. About 69 percent of students receive some form of financial aid.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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