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Huntsville, TX 77340
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Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University Rating: 4.6/5 (73 votes)

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Introduction

Founded on April 21, 1879 by Governor Oran M. Roberts as a teacher’s college, Sam Houston State University is named for a revered general in Texas history. The institute is located in Hunstville, Texas and is a member of the Texas State University System.

Today, the university awards a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and is classed as a Carnegie Research/Doctoral-Intensive University. Its mission is “to meet the needs of the civilized community by providing to the community educational opportunities and resources of the highest quality.” The emphasis is on instruction rather than research.

Academics

Undergraduate academic tracks of study include degree programs in five colleges, including Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education, and Humanities & Social Sciences. In addition to the various majors offered, there are several pre-professional programs including pre-dental and pre-veterinary medicine.

Schools and Colleges

Sam Houston State University is composed of a number of different colleges: the College of Arts and Science, the College of Business Administration, the College of Criminal Justice, the College of Education, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Master’s Programs

Master’s degrees are awarded in administration, clinical psychology, counseling, English, Library science, music education, reading, and statistics, among others. A master of fine arts (MFA) is available in dance, and several fields offer both a Master of Arts and a Master of Education. The school awards four doctoral degrees, in criminal justice, educational leadership, counselor education, and clinical psychology.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Prospective students seeking admission must send the completed application form, and all the official transcripts, along with their ACT/ SAT scores. Getting transfer to the institute is also very simple. Applicants must send their official transcripts from all previous institutes attended. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission. They are required to meet all the above mentioned admission requirements, and also send their TOEFL or IELTS score.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available through a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. To determine eligibility for financial aid, applicants must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. While family income is a considerable factor in determining need, The financial aid office also considers factors such as family size, age of older parents, savings, and investments. The university offers a variety of institutional and private scholarships, as well as access to student loan programs.

Students can apply for the TEACH Grant programs or the Bearkat Transfer Scholarship. Other types of scholarships include Ray Gordon Dollar Scholarship, Dr. James E. Gilmore Endowed Scholarship, Wesley l. Oakes Endowed Scholarship, Edward James Crawford Scholarship, Faith Foundation Scholarship, and Tommy Metcalf Endowed Scholarship. There are also several work-study programs available through which students can earn money to meet their educational expenses.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3798th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The student life on campus is rich and diverse. There are over 220 registered student organizations on the campus. In addition to the numerous classroom, dormitory, and administration buildings, the school has an on-campus hotel, a planetarium and observatory, as well as a student-operated cable television station and radio station.

The library offers electronic catalogs and online databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site or available through interlibrary lounge. Specialists offers individual assistance to doctoral and master’s students working on their dissertations or theses. The university has a special, confidential legal affairs office to assist students with legal problems. It also offers mediation services.

The campus is home to more than 15,000 students. With over 30 residence halls, there is a community for every student, including family and sorority housing. The residence halls are well equipped with modern facilities for the convenience of the students. The campus is also home to a fully-staffed Health Center, television station, radio station (90.5 FM), and student-published newspaper “The Houstonian”. There are a variety of recreational sports programs, including track, racquetball, and aerobics. SHSU also has a leading intercollegiate rodeo program. Golfers have use of the local Raven Nest Golf Course.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s sports teams in diverse sports categories such as baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, bowling, soccer, softball, tennis, and track & field. The teams participate in NCAA Division I in the Southland Conference. The athletic teams are nicknamed as the Bearkats. The colors are orange and white. Their official mascot is Sammy Bearkat.

Local Community

The town of Hunstville is located 70 miles from Houston. It has a population of approximately 34,500 and is surrounded with by forests, lakes and ranchlands, including Huntsville State Park, a haven for hikers and mountain bikers. Huntsville is also host of an annual folk festival and the “Fair on the Square” downtown.

Alumni

Notable alumni include:

  • Molly Hazlett, 2007 Miss Texas
  • Frank Bielec, notable Trading Spaces designer
  • Johnny Maze, eminent radio disc jockey
  • Steve Sparks, professional baseball player

Additional School Information

The university is particularly well known for its Criminal Justice program. It ranks among the nation’s top programs of its kind and offers a Ph.D. in criminal justice. The Criminal Justice Program has its own set of admissions standards separate from those of the overall university, and interested applicants should contact the department directly. The campus is also home to a world class planetarium and observatory for the study of astronomy and to provide educational services to the public.

Accreditation

Accreditation is granted by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The institute also holds several discipline based accreditations such as AACSB International, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and others.

Information Summary

Ranks 22nd in Texas and 760th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 44 0.25

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 147 0.37
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 16 0.04
Robbery 24 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 269 0.68
Larceny 750 1.91
Vehicle theft 26 0.07

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Huntsville, TX 77340
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population24,293 (17,963 urban / 6,330 rural)
Households8,758 (2.33 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,382
Families4,842 (2.95 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4808

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1405th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,680 $4,680 $13,176
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,342 $2,342 $2,342
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $195 $195 $549
FT Graduate Tuition $4,410 $4,410 $10,782
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,940 $1,940 $1,940
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $599
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,024 $20,024 $28,520
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,714 $20,714 $29,210
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,006 $12,006 $20,502

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,972 $6,608 $5,972 $6,608 $13,484 $15,032
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,108
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,200 $8,092
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,522 $3,556
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,446 $8,608
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,106 $5,160
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,106 $5,160

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$45
Graduate Application Fee$45
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,315 (3,488 male / 5,827 female)
Admitted 6,054 (2,241 male / 3,813 female)
Admission rate 65%
First-time Enrollment 2,413 (936 male / 1,477 female)
FT Enrollment 2,351 (915 male / 1,436 female)
PT Enrollment 62 (21 male / 41 female)
Total Enrollment19,210

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southland Conference

ACT Test Admission

983rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 42%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 22
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 23

SAT Test Admission

879th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 68%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,300
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,854
Board Fee$3,470

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 82 460 642 58 11 2,704 135 4,121
Accounting 3 12 20 2 82 5 127
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 2 44 3 49
Agricultural Mechanization, General 14 14
Agriculture, General 2 33 1 36
Animal Sciences, General 4 5 1 68 2 80
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 2 3 15 20
Banking and Financial Support Services 2 3 10 1 16
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 11 6 3 1 50 6 79
Biomedical Sciences, General 1 1 1 3
Business Administration and Management, General 8 27 20 5 112 8 181
Business/Commerce, General 2 25 34 2 1 182 8 255
Business/Managerial Economics 4 1 11 16
Chemistry, General 6 3 2 2 18 1 32
Clinical Psychology 2 1 18 1 22
Commercial and Advertising Art 3 11 14
Computer and Information Sciences, General 22 1 1 2 23 3 52
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 2 2
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 2 36 3 41
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 3 5 6 14
Counseling Psychology 2 7 3 1 28 4 45
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 3 4 1 22 31
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 6 8 32 5 52
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 5 96 130 8 3 311 14 574
Curriculum and Instruction 17 18 4 52 3 95
Dance, General 4 5 11 21
Dietetics/Dietitian 3 6 9
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 8 8
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 8 1 19 4 36
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 6 17 18 3 44
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 1 2 5 1 9
Educational/Instructional Technology 4 4 1 8 18
English Language and Literature, General 3 8 82 3 97
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1
Environmental Science 1 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 1 4 16 1 22
Fashion Merchandising 4 4 13 21
Finance, General 6 3 9 1 28 1 48
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 1 17 20
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 1 4 15 1 21
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management 1 1
Forensic Chemistry 1 1 4 6
Forensic Science and Technology 1 6 7
General Studies 8 8
Geography 1 2 4 20 1 28
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 13 15
Health Teacher Education 2 7 9
Health and Wellness, General 2 5 9 1 23 2 42
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 10 3 14 1 29
History, General 5 20 87 4 119
Horticultural Science 1 8 9
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 12 3 1 15 1 32
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 2 10 13
Interior Architecture 1 1 1 14 17
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 7 11 20
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 34 28 134 4 201
Library and Information Science 5 17 25 8 55
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 9 11 47 3 72
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 26 10 4 88 4 134
Mathematics, General 2 2 3 4 21 32
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 32 67 1 294 9 405
Music Therapy/Therapist 1 8 9
Music, General 1 2 21 3 1 85 1 116
Philosophy 1 3 5
Photography 1 2 1 10 14
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 4 15 1 20
Physics, General 1 1 3 5
Political Science and Government, General 4 9 33 2 48
Project Management 1 1
Psychology, General 20 25 2 2 117 2 169
Public Administration 1 4 4 1 10
Reading Teacher Education 1 2 9 1 14
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 4 2 25 32
School Psychology 1 1 1 8 11
Securities Services Administration/Management 1 1 3 16 21
Sociology 1 13 7 1 23 2 47
Spanish Language and Literature 1 2 19 1 7 30
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 4 3 16 4 28
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 7 38 46
Statistics, General 5 1 1 7
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 2 1 5 8
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1683rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $65,844 ($71,693 male / $63,349 female)
Number of FT Faculty 615 (342 male / 273 female)
Number of PT Faculty 936
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $11,214,925
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