Managing Enrollment Growth

  • Twelfth largest university in Texas
  • Record Fall 2015 enrollment of 20,120 students
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education “Fastest Growing Colleges 2003-2013” report, ranked SHSU 14th among all public institutions

Educating the Texas Workforce

  • Ranked #1 in placing students in the Texas workforce within twelve months of graduation
  • Historically, over 50% of students are “first-generation”
  • Over 71% of undergraduate degrees are awarded to “At Risk” students as defined by THECB
  • Ranked 7th in the nation for African-American graduation rates
  • The Elite program, established in 2010, is a success-oriented program targeting “at risk” first-time minority male freshmen. The program earned a Models of Excellence award from University Business Magazine.
  • Undergraduate degrees awarded increased 74% from 2000 to 2014

Innovating Academic Programs & Services

  • Classified as a “Doctoral Research University” by the Carnegie Commission of Higher Education placing SHSU in the nation’s top 7% of all higher education institutions
  • The Student Advising & Mentoring Center is nationally ranked for helping students stay on track and graduate
  • Named as a “2014 Military Friendly School” – only top 20% of schools nationwide are listed
  • Ranked 1st in state with over 2,250 articulation agreements with community colleges
  • Sam Houston State is home to the Texas Invasive Species Institute, the first comprehensive effort in the state focused on early detection and elimination of invasive species
  • The Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility or “body farm” is one of six facilities in the U.S.
  • SHSU offers 1 Doctoral, 25 Graduate and 5 Undergraduate online degree programs
  • Ranked in top 10 “Best Online Colleges in Texas” by affordablecollegesonline.org
  • For the third consecutive year, SHSU’s online programs ranked in the top 20% by U.S. News and World Report

Building Educational Value

  • Ranked among the “Best Colleges for the Money” by College Factual
  • Less than 1% of classes have over 100 students
  • Over 59% of classes are taught by tenure/tenure track faculty, 10% over the state average
  • Ranked as a “Most Affordable College in Texas” by affordablecollegesonline.org

Contributing to the Community

  • One of 311 colleges and universities in the nation designated as a “Community Engaged University” by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education
  • Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, contributing over 600,000 hours of service worth approximately $8.2 million
  • Over 233 Academic Community Engagement courses have been approved over past five years
  • For six years in a row, SHSU has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • SHSU had a total regional economic impact of $570 million and supported 6,008 jobs
  • For every $1 in state funding appropriated, the university returns $0.68 in tax revenue to state and local governments

Operating Efficiently & Effectively

  • Between 2003 -2012, administrative costs as a percentage of the total operating budget, were reduced in half from 15.5% to 7.7%
  • The university has 11.7 employees per 100 students compared to the state average of 15.6
  • State funding represented 21% of the university’s 2014 annual budget of $277 million
  • Legislated tuition waivers and set asides cost the university 25% of designated tuition
  • SHSU ranks second-to-last in tuition revenue bond (TRB) funding for capital and infrastructure projects

  • great college to work for award
  • NCATE Accredited
  • AACSB Accredited
  • A big Western College - The Princeton Review

    • 2016 US News report awards