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IPEDS ID: 227881
OPE ID: 00360600
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Sam Houston State University
1806 Ave J, Huntsville, Texas 77340
General information:  (936) 294-1111
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  Town: Distant
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  19,210 (16,255 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  24 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral/Research Universities
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty680275
Research and public service190
Total graduate assistants-209
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,108$1,1241.4%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,022$7,200$8,092$8,3242.9%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,016$8,446$8,608$8,7081.2%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$17,370$17,694$19,364$20,0243.4%
Off Campus$19,766$20,524$21,484$20,714-3.6%
Off Campus with Family$11,750$12,078$12,876$12,006-6.8%
On Campus$24,810$25,206$27,788$28,5202.6%
Off Campus$27,206$28,036$29,908$29,210-2.3%
Off Campus with Family$19,190$19,590$21,300$20,502-3.7%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$4,410
In-state fees$1,940
Out-of-state tuition$10,782
Out-of-state fees$1,940
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,02887%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,66971%$12,838,723$7,692
Federal grants1,08546%$4,755,620$4,383
Pell grants1,08346%$4,693,667$4,334
Other federal grants251%$61,953$2,478
State/local government grant or scholarships1,26354%$5,163,548$4,088
Institutional grants or scholarships54923%$2,919,555$5,318
Student loan aid1,43561%$9,250,170$6,446
Federal student loans1,42661%$8,832,788$6,194
Other student loans542%$417,382$7,729
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid110,91670%$63,696,589$5,835
Pell grants6,77243%$27,003,376$3,988
Federal student loans9,38160%$69,433,563$7,402
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$7,736$9,599$11,636
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$7,231$9,070$11,096
$30,001 – $48,000$7,644$9,055$10,251
$48,001 – $75,000$11,559$12,952$14,262
$75,001 – $110,000$14,669$15,358$17,081
$110,001 and more$15,423$16,225$17,467
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment19,210
Undergraduate enrollment16,255
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,406
Graduate enrollment2,955
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 82%
Part-time: 18%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 18%
Hispanic/Latino: 19%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 56%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 83%
25 and over: 17%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 97%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 26%
Part-time: 74%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 6%
Enrolled in some distance education: 27%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 67%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 46%
Enrolled in some distance education: 15%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 38%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $45
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012
Number of applicants9,3153,4885,827
Percent admitted65%64%65%
Percent admitted who enrolled40%42%39%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2012 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading450540
SAT Math470550
ACT Composite1923
ACT English1924
ACT Math1722
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 78%
Part-time students: 49%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 49 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 51%
Transfer-out rate: 32%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 27%
6-year: 50%
8-year: 53%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 48%
Female: 53%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 23%
Asian: 30%
Black or African American: 48%
Hispanic/Latino: 55%
White: 51%
Non-resident alien: 38%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations49--
Agricultural Mechanization, General14--
Agriculture, General279-
Animal Sciences, General80--
Horticultural Science9--
Category total1799-
Architecture and Related Services
Interior Architecture17--
Category total17--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General718-
Biomedical Sciences, General3--
Category total748-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Banking and Financial Support Services16--
Business Administration and Management, General90d91d-
Business/Commerce, General255--
Business/Managerial Economics16--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies1--
Fashion Merchandising21--
Finance, General480d-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General32--
International Business/Trade/Commerce20--
Management Information Systems, General0--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General72--
Project Management-1-
Category total668d122d-
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects20--
Category total20--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies134--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric424d-
Category total1764d-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General3715-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-2d-
Category total3717d-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-316
Curriculum and Instruction-95d-
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-44d26d
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision-9d-
Educational/Instructional Technology-18d-
Health Teacher Education-9-
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-29d-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching119-
Reading Teacher Education-145
Special Education and Teaching, General-28-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-8d-
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education-0d-
Category total1304d37d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician41--
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General8--
Industrial Technology/Technician130-
Category total620-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General8314-
Category total8314-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General202d-
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General21--
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management1--
Category total422d-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature255-
Category total255-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health and Wellness, General42--
Music Therapy/Therapist9--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse32--
Category total839-
History, General9128d-
Category total9128d-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other14d--
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-52d-
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies569d5d9
Forensic Science and Technology-7-
Securities Services Administration/Management-21d-
Category total583d85d9
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies8d--
Category total8d--
Library Science
Library and Information Science-55d-
Category total-55d-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General2111-
Statistics, General-7-
Category total2118-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other405--
Category total405--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science1--
Category total1--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science201--
Category total201--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total5d--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General275-
Forensic Chemistry6--
Geology/Earth Science, General15--
Physics, General5--
Category total535-
Clinical Psychology-229
Counseling Psychology-45-
Psychology, General1690-
School Psychology-11-
Category total169789
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-10d-
Category total-10d-
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General435-
Category total9825d-
Visual and Performing Arts
Commercial and Advertising Art14--
Dance, General156-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General36--
Fine/Studio Arts, General20--
Music, General5561-
Category total15467-
Grand total3,25686555
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined9589
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1925 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
Didactic Program in Dietetics6/1/1977 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs4/1/2007 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/22/2014 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1960 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)8/12/2013 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations292128
Liquor law violations211415
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations171621
Liquor law violations181312
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible124
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault111
Motor vehicle theft200
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible114
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault101
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate12.2%10.8%
Number in default413351
Number in repayment3,3813,245
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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