Sam Houston State University

1806 Ave J, Huntsville, TX

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Sam Houston State University, located in Huntsville, Texas, was founded 1879. The school is named after Sam Houston, one of the state's founding fathers who made his home in Huntsville and was a student of Austin College, the buildings of which were used by Sam Houston State University after Austin College moved to Sherman, Texas. The school is one of the oldest public institutions west of the Mississippi, and is the third oldest in the state of Texas, and among the first to provide education specifically for teachers. Sam Houston State University has an annual enrollment of over 17,000 students a year and is a member of the Texas State University System which operates post-secondary education institutions throughout the state.

Sam Houston State University offers nearly 80 undergraduate programs, over 50 masters programs and 5 doctoral programs. Undergraduate programs typically take four years to complete, and provide an education in the major combined with general education courses. Students may also pursue minor degrees which allow for the study of a second field of interest or to augment one's major with a related education. Masters programs require one to have earned a bachelors degree and have separate admissions requirements and application and typically take between one and two years to complete. Doctoral programs will require successful completion of a master's program and will vary in length based on the program.

Majors offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at Sam Houston State University must meet the minimum requirements put forth by the school, including successful completion of a high school program (or equivalent) and the minimum required scores on either the ACT or SAT exams. Students must supply a completed application through the online system and provide transcripts and test scores. Once submitted, the application will be reviewed and a decision rendered regarding admission. Admitted students will be notified and be provided the information necessary to begin their academic career.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs at the federal and state level. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used to determine financial need, aid program eligibility, and monetary awards. Students may also apply for external scholarships awarded for a variety of reasons, including merit, cultural, or need. Financial aid must be reapplied for at the start of each academic year and students may be asked to provide additional documentation to ensure the SAR is accurate prior to the disbursement of funds.

The Sam Houston State University Bearkats participate in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. Intercollegiate athletics provide students the opportunity to experience healthy competition in a controlled setting, allowing students to learn skills such as teamwork and discipline, and habits such as good health and punctuality. Students are encouraged to participate in such sports as the allow for the camaraderie that comes from the successes and failures that come with a group of individuals pursuing the same goal. Tryout dates, times and forms are available through the school's athletic department.

Athletic Programs:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

In addition a number of intramural sports are available on campus, allowing students to compete against one another either individually or in teams. Intramural sports allow for friendly extracurricular activity and are considered a good way to meet other students on campus. Individuals may form a team or join an existing one, based on the event. An events calendar is available showing when such events take place and the student center provides information on how to participate.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may provide a better idea of the students Sam Houston State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Sam Houston State University is around 20,000 students, with undergraduate students making up about 87% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,900. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $45 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $5,200-$6,200
    • Out-of-State: $15,000-$17,440
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $220-$260 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $610-$730 per credit unit
  • Some programs may have a frozen tuition rate, which means the tuition will stay the same for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid93%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships74%$8,852
Receiving Student Loans65%$6,395

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Sam Houston State University may offer student services like:

  • Online course work available
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

Sam Houston State University has an overall graduation rate which is close to 51%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years28%
Graduating in 5 Years18%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Sam Houston State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Southland Conference)
  • Basketball (Southland Conference)
  • Track and Field (Southland Conference)
  • Football (Southland Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Bowling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Library Science

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Natural Resources and Conservation

    Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Physical Sciences


    Public Administration and Social Services

    Recreation and Fitness Studies

    Security and Protective Services

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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