Sam Houston State University

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Who We Are
  • Founded in 1879 and named after Texas' greatest hero, General Sam Houston
  • Beautiful 316-acre main university campus in Huntsville, Texas with over $250 million in new and renovated facilities
  • 19,214 students enrolled as of Fall 2013
  • Student SAT/ACT test scores above national and state averages
  • Typical tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate student is approximately $3,511
  • A diverse student body representing 60 countries
  • 69% of students receive some form of financial aid
  • NCAA Division I athletic program
  • Student-published newspaper
  • Leading intercollegiate rodeo program.

Awards and Rankings

  • Total annual 2013 budget of $260 million (25% comes from The State of Texas)
  • Classified as a “Doctoral Research University” by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, placing SHSU in top 7% of all U.S. colleges & universities
  • Named by U.S. News and World Report as among the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, Best Online Graduate Education Programs, Best Online Bachelor's Programs (Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice), andBest Online Graduate Business Programs.
  • The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education classified SHSU as a "Community Engaged" university. This honor was awarded in 2010 to only sixty-one public institutions nation wide and acknowledges the university's significant commitment to serving the community
  • Recognized by Princeton Review as one of the “Best in the West” universities
  • Wall Street Journal recognized SHSU funded research with the “Innovative Technology” award
  • Criminal Justice College ranked in U.S. Top 5, Journal of Criminal Justice
  • Department of Dance ranked in Top 25 U.S. programs, Dance Spectrum Magazine
  • Number One ranked Athletic Danceteam, National Dance Association
  • Top 4 ranked Theatre program, Kennedy Center Competition
  • Musical Theater ranked in Top 10, Broadway Theater Project
  • USA Today's Top 50 in the U.S. for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness”
  • Ranked 10th among America's “Safest Colleges,” on the Daily Beast news website
  • Named by U.S. News & World Reportas a university “Growing Fast, Staying Friendly”

Requirements for scholarship

Once awarded a scholarship, please read the terms and conditions in your Self-Service Banner for continued eligibility requirements, if any. If the scholarship is renewable, it may require you to submit a new application each year. You may need to maintain a minimum GPA. You may be required to complete a certain number of credits or specific courses. Scholarships frequently require a minimum level of enrollment. If you fall below the minimum or fail to enroll a semester, you may lose the scholarship. If you struggle with a course and consider dropping, please do not do so until you have talked to your adviser and a scholarship representative from the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office. Dropping one or more courses below full time may impact your scholarship.

Campus life

  • Two agricultural complexes including 1,600 acre teaching & research farm and rodeo arena
  • More than 200 student organizations
  • Recreational sports program with outdoor and indoor facilities
  • Planetarium and observatory
  • University Raven Nest Golf Course
  • 32 residence halls and apartments
  • Student-operated cable television station and radio station
  • State-of-the-art 100,000 sq. ft. Performing Arts Center
  • Students logged over 3,400 hours of community service in 2013
  • Only school in Texas offering a degree in PGA Golf Management, 1 of 19 in U.S.