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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:  19,573 (16,819 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  21 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Athletic Graduation
Mission Statement
  Sam Houston State University is an inclusive institution whose mission is to provide high quality education, scholarship, and service to students and to regional, state, national, and international constituencies.
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity
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
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty708248
Research and public service220
Total graduate assistants-161
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 year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,108$1,124$1,124$1,1240.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$8,092$8,324$8,324$8,6764.2%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,608$8,708$8,708$8,7080.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$19,364$20,024$20,296$20,9723.3%
Off Campus$21,484$20,714$20,986$21,3101.5%
Off Campus with Family$12,876$12,006$12,278$12,6022.6%
On Campus$27,788$28,520$28,984$30,3324.7%
Off Campus$29,908$29,210$29,674$30,6703.4%
Off Campus with Family$21,300$20,502$20,966$21,9624.8%
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 Multiyear Tuition Calculator
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
In-state tuition$5,139
In-state fees$2,074
Out-of-state tuition$12,159
Out-of-state fees$2,074
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee planX
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • The Guaranteed Price Plan (GPP) (tuition guarantee) offers eligible students a fixed tuition and fee rate for four full years. There will be no tuition or mandatory fee rate increases for the duration of the plan. Each incoming first-time freshman class pays its unique guaranteed rate tuition for four years.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
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 aid12,11689%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,69471%$14,539,262$8,583
Federal grants1,12948%$5,361,172$4,749
Pell grants1,12948%$5,151,472$4,563
Other federal grants763%$209,700$2,759
State/local government grant or scholarships1,23352%$6,241,845$5,062
Institutional grants or scholarships58325%$2,936,245$5,036
Student loan aid1,46962%$9,479,417$6,453
Federal student loans1,45661%$8,968,119$6,159
Other student loans603%$511,298$8,522
  • 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 aid113,30082%$163,738,368$12,311
Pell grants6,95643%$28,092,613$4,039
Federal student loans9,39958%$85,825,459$9,131
  • 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$9,599$11,636$11,260
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 Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$9,070$11,096$10,651
$30,001 – $48,000$9,055$10,251$10,093
$48,001 – $75,000$12,952$14,262$13,934
$75,001 – $110,000$15,358$17,081$17,473
$110,001 and more$16,225$17,467$18,412
  • 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 2014
Total enrollment19,573
Undergraduate enrollment16,819
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,511
Graduate enrollment2,754
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 81%
Part-time: 19%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 40%
Female: 60%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 19%
Hispanic/Latino: 19%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 54%
Two or more races: 3%
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: 98%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
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: 7%
Enrolled in some distance education: 30%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 63%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 45%
Enrolled in some distance education: 15%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 40%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $45
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants9,1753,3895,786
Percent admitted74%70%76%
Percent admitted who enrolled38%38%37%
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 2014 (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 Reading450550
SAT Math460550
ACT Composite1923
ACT English1924
ACT Math1824
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: 79%
Part-time students: 62%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
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, 48 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 53%
Transfer-out rate: 29%
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:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 27%
6-year: 48%
8-year: 52%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 29%
6-year: 53%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
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: 57%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 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: 27%
Asian: 64%
Black or African American: 51%
Hispanic/Latino: 52%
White: 54%
Non-resident alien: 29%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • 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 Operations59---
Agricultural Mechanization, General15---
Agriculture, General119--
Animal Sciences, General70---
Horticultural Science8---
Category total1639--
Architecture and Related Services
Interior Architecture7---
Category total7---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General455--
Biomedical Sciences, General22---
Category total675--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Banking and Financial Support Services22---
Business Administration and Management, General69d112d--
Business/Commerce, General289---
Business/Managerial Economics14---
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies5---
Fashion Merchandising16---
Finance, General760--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General51---
International Business/Trade/Commerce20---
Management Information Systems, General34---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General68---
Project Management-3d--
Category total788d145d--
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects25---
Category total25---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies129---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric442--
Category total1732--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General4513--
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-17d--
Category total4530d--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-1211-
Curriculum and Instruction-82d--
Education, Other---0
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-57d18-
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision-10d--
Educational/Instructional Technology-14d--
Health Teacher Education-10--
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-27d--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching016--
Reading Teacher Education-8d9-
Special Education and Teaching, General-52--
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-18d--
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education-0--
Category total0306d380
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician1---
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician32---
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General7---
Industrial Technology/Technician160--
Category total560--
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-1--
English Language and Literature, General667--
Category total668--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General182--
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General13---
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management4---
Category total352--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature1611--
Category total1611--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health and Wellness, General54---
Music Therapy/Therapist12---
Public Health, General1---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse67---
Category total13410--
History, General57d23--
Category total57d23--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other34d7--
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-57d--
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies649d15d11-
Forensic Science and Technology-8--
Homeland Security-9--
Securities Services Administration/Management-0--
Category total683d96d11-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies29d---
Category total29d---
Library Science
Library and Information Science-58d--
Category total-58d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General1510--
Statistics, General-10--
Category total1520--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other368---
Category total368---
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0---
Category total0---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science174---
Category total174---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total6---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General1110--
Forensic Chemistry16---
Geology/Earth Science, General23---
Physics, General12---
Category total6210--
Clinical Psychology-249-
Counseling Psychology-46--
Psychology, General180d0--
School Psychology-10--
Category total180d809-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-10--
Category total-10--
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General397--
Category total11427--
Visual and Performing Arts
Commercial and Advertising Art14---
Dance, General224--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General53---
Fine/Studio Arts, General30---
Music, General5015--
Category total17584--
Grand total3,438936580
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 462
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 96
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 63
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 14
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $7,502
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,900
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,130
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $3,016
Full-time students: 97%
Part-time students: 63%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined11798
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1925 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics6/1/1977 -  Accredited
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)8/12/2013 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission 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
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
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship12/1/2000 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession020
Drug law violations281527
Liquor law violations15910
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations21915
Liquor law violations1269
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible44
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault141
Motor vehicle theft022
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible44
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault110
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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 Year201220112010
Default rate8.6%10.5%12.2%
Number in default330383413
Number in repayment3,8173,6333,381
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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