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About Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University is a public, state school in an small town setting in Huntsville, Texas. Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 and now enrolls around 21,725 students a year, including 18,790 undergrads.

Sam Houston State University's endowment was valued at $96,511,717 in 2021. There are 23 Sam Houston State University undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Sam Houston State University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 92%
Mean ACT score 21
Mean SAT score 1060
In-State Tuition $8,512
Out-of-State $18,304

2022 Sam Houston State University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Sam Houston State University's regular decision application deadline is August 1. All regular decision applicants will be notified by July 1.

Sam Houston State University Early Admission

Sam Houston State University does not offer early decision or early action.

Sam Houston State University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Sam Houston State University. Sam Houston State University admitted 92% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 11,123 out of 12,025 total applicants were accepted. ### Sam Houston State University Waitlist

Sam Houston State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Sam Houston State University?

Sam Houston State University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Sam Houston State University, applicants must submit the following items.

Sam Houston State University Application Requirements

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GPA and Test Scores for Sam Houston State UniversityAdmitted students have a mean score of 1060 on the SAT. The mean ACT score for Sam Houston State University students is 21.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Sam Houston State University.

Sam Houston State University Waitlist 2021

Sam Houston State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Sam Houston State University Test Optional?

Sam Houston State University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 81% submitted the SAT. 34% submitted the ACT.


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Dorms at Sam Houston State University

Yes! Sam Houston State University provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Sam Houston State University.

Financial Aid at Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University meets 73% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Sam Houston State University full-time are awarded $12,282 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Sam Houston State University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Sam Houston State University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Sam Houston State University, around 79% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 2,448 students who started at Sam Houston State University as first-time freshman, 838 graduate within four years.

Around 59% of students who started at Sam Houston State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $27,373 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Sam Houston State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Sam Houston State University a good school for you?

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Where is Sam Houston State University?

Sam Houston State University is located in the small town setting of Huntsville, Texas, less than an hour from Houston.

If you want to see Sam Houston State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 45 to Huntsville, or book a flight to the nearest airport, George Bush Intercontinental.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Sam Houston State University and Huntsville are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1905 University Ave Huntsville, TX 77341

Campus Setting: Small Town

Sam Houston State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Sam Houston State University is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Sam Houston State University is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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Sam Houston State University ACT Scores

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ACT Range

18 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above

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18 to 23

Avg

18 and Less

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Sam Houston State University is 21. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into Sam Houston State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 23 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Sam Houston State University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

980 - 1120

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Math SAT Range

480 - 550

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Reading SAT Range

490 - 570

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1120 and Above

Good

980 to 1120

Avg

980 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Sam Houston State University students is 1060. Applicants with SAT scores of 1120 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Sam Houston State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 980 to 1120 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 980 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Sam Houston State University.

Sam Houston State University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$22,997

In State

$32,789

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$8,512
$18,304
Fees
$3,435
$3,435
Housing
$9,670
$9,670
Books
$1,380
$1,380

Student Life

Wondering what life at Sam Houston State University is like? There are approximately 21,725 students enrolled at Sam Houston State University, including 18,790 undergraduate students and 2,935 graduate students. 80% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from TX and 2% percent of students are from other states.

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Full Time

20%

Part Time

98%

In State

2%

Out-of-State

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

21,725

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

92%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$11,947

Out-of-State

$21,739

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Aug 1
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