Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX, USA
3.82 Average Rating

Founded in 1879, Sam Houston University was the first institution in the Texas State University System classified as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Foundation and is the third-oldest public university in Texas. The university founded the Elite program, which supports minority male freshman who are studying to be the first in their family to receive a degree. SHSU is one of the most “wired” universities in the US and its main campus in Huntsville houses an observatory, planetarium, and an 18-hole golf course. Education, Business, Liberal Arts, and Criminal Justice are the most popular majors at Sam.


Average Net Price
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Institution Type
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed
Level of Institution 4 Year
Campus Setting Town
In State Students
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Acceptance Rate
Average ACT Composite: 22
Average SAT Composite: 997

What Students Are Saying

3.82 Average Rating
Great academic programs without the expensive tuition and stuffy atmosphere of other schools. One of the country's most underrated schools. The best university you've never heard of.
Katherine from Huntsville, TX
Sam Houston State University is an amazing school! If want to go to a school with a small town feel, small student to teacher ratio, and students that have great school spirit, then this is the school for you!
Kathleen from Houston, TX

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