Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University, also known as SHSU or Sam, is a public university located in Huntsville, Texas. It was founded year 1879 and is named after one of Texas' founding fathers, Sam Houston. SHSU is a part of the Texas State University System and it enrolls more than 15,000 students annually. The campus covers 272 acres.

SHSU offers more than 75 undergraduate degree programs, over 45 master's program and several doctoral programs. The academic departments and programs are organized into five colleges, which are:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Criminal Justice
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The athletics teams of SHSU are known as the BearKats.

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Sam Houston State University
1806 Ave J
Huntsville , TX 77340
General Phone: (936) 294-1111

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Sam Houston State University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts737French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, library science, interdisciplinary studies, geography, political science, sociology, ...
Business and Management720business, business management, operations management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, banking, human resources, international business, ...
Security and Law Enforcement500criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, forensic science, security services management, corrections and criminal justice
Education and Teaching314curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational supervision, special ed, school counseling, health teaching, physical education teaching, reading teaching
Therapy and Counseling248psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, music therapy
Media137journalism, radio and television, public relations, advertising, animation and special effects
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy125health and physical education, dietitian
Science95biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, chemistry courses, geology, physics
Agricultural Science and Management75agriculture, agricultural operations, agricultural mechanization
Drama and Performing Arts60dance, drama
Music60music, music performance, conducting
Animal Science and Care54animal science
Engineering Technician51electronics tech, industrial tech, construction engineering tech, drafting
Family and Social Work44family and consumer science, food and nutrition, foodservice management, public administration
Medical Support and Technology44health service and sciences
Photography and Commercial Art40commercial art, photography
Computer Science and Engineering33computer and info science, computer security
Mathematics31mathematics, statistics
Architecture and Planning18interior architecture
Fine Arts17fine arts
Landscaping and Horticulture11horticultural science
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Sam Houston State University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,69563
Master's degree69637
Doctor's degree284

Sam Houston State University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Sam Houston State University had a total enrollment of 16,496 students (14,955 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 84%
Graduate 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 13%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 24%
20-21 28%
22-24 24%
25-29 11%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Sam Houston State University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 57 %

Sam Houston State University Room and Board (2007)

Sam Houston State University offers campus housing for 3,235 of its 14,955 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Huntsville, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Sam Houston State University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450540
SAT Math460560
ACT Verbal1722
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1923

Application Requirements:

GPAnot required
Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT85%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT45%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Sam Houston State University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,910
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,340
Room and board $ 6,046
Room charge $ 3,254
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,792
Books and supplies $ 1,038
Other expenses $ 3,468

Financial Aid:
Sam Houston State University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 360600)

Sam Houston State University Faculty

Sam Houston State University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track11587
Non-tenured and not on tenure track5274

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year105$86,29023$77,905
Associate professoracademic year71$68,49566$63,888
Assistant professoracademic year102$57,40382$55,046
Instructoracademic year0*2*
Lectureracademic year18$47,74428$43,322
All faculty totalacademic year296$69,723201$58,887

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Sam Houston State University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southland Conference
Basketball Southland Conference
Baseball Southland Conference
Track Southland Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports107282

Sam Houston State University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Mechanization, General
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Interior Architecture

Business And Management
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Fashion Merchandising
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Health Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Horticultural Science

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Library Science/Librarianship
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology
Securities Services Administration/Management

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Music Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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