Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Sam Houston State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Sam Houston State University was awarded 531 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is applied engineering technologies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, SHSU is ranked #741 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when SHSU held the #824 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 136 colleges in Texas, SHSU is ranked at #36.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SHSU?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 92%, SHSU has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 77% 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 490 and 570. Math scores were between 480 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 490 to 570 )

SAT Math Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 480 to 550 )
SHSU received ACT scores from 32% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Sam Houston State University  ( 18 to 23 )

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Sam Houston State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Sam Houston State University is 21 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Sam Houston State University is 80%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  80 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Sam Houston State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 79% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Sam Houston State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from SHSU have a four-year graduation rate of 30%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  30 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Sam Houston State University.

Sam Houston State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 18,811 undergraduates at SHSU with 15,020 being full-time and 3,791 being part-time.

How Much Does Sam Houston State University Cost?

The overall average net price of SHSU is $14,617. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SHSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,561 $11,634 $14,832 $19,531 $21,077

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SHSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 58% of students took out student loans averaging $5,910 a year. That adds up to $23,640 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SHSU is 8.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do SHSU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from SHSU make around $44,600 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for SHSU students since it is 12% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Sam Houston State University make the most money.

Location of Sam Houston State University

Located in Huntsville, Texas, Sam Houston State University is a public institution. Huntsville is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Contact details for SHSU are given below.

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

Sam Houston State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 77 majors graduated from Sam Houston State University. Of these students, 4,241 received undergraduate degrees and 905 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 852 $35,382
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 424 $44,837
General Business/Commerce 282 $40,515
General Psychology 199 $29,064
Communication & Media Studies 177 $32,365
Health & Physical Education 141 $34,704
Accounting 137 $40,768
Finance & Financial Management 135 $44,244
Nursing 121 $67,304
Public Health 118 $34,420

Learn more about the majors offered at Sam Houston State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SHSU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 13,065 students took at least one online class at Sam Houston State University. This is an increase from the 11,475 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 13,065 4,425
2018-2019 11,475 3,682
2017-2018 11,265 3,489
2016-2017 10,547 3,062
2015-2016 9,456 2,833

Learn more about online learning at Sam Houston State University.

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Notes and References


*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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