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
In-State Tuition
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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
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
Sam Houston is a school meant for you to do well academically if you do your work. I have met life long friends in just a year and also had the time of my life and I can't wait to go back in the Fall. Just know that it doesn't matter where you are but rather how your time is spent.
Rachael from Highland Village, TX

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