Sam Houston State University (SHSU), a member of the Texas State University System, was founded in 1879 and named after Texas' greatest hero, General Sam Houston. It is located on a beautiful 316-acre main university campus in Huntsville, Texas with over $250 million in new and renovated facilities. Additional campuses are located 35 miles south in The Woodlands, and 30 miles north of downtown Houston at University Park in northwest Houston.
Sam Houston State has a student population of approximately 19,000, representing 60 countries, and our students' SAT/ACT test scores are above national and state averages. The University offers over 80 undergraduate degree programs, 50 master’s programs, and 6 doctoral programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is 19 to 1, with an average class size of 31 students. Approximately 75% of the faculty members hold doctoral or terminal degrees. The typical tuition and fees for a full-time undergraduate student is approximately $2,697.
Campus life includes access to more than 200 student organizations; a recreational sports program with outdoor and indoor facilities; a planetarium and observatory; Raven Nest Golf Course; 32 residence halls and apartment complexes; a student-operated cable television and radio station; and a 100,000 sq. ft. Performing Arts Center. The University competes in athletics at the NCAA Division 1 level and boasts state-of-the-art practice and competition facilities.
Sam Houston State University is classified as a “Doctoral Research University” by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, placing the University in the top 7% of all U.S. Colleges & Universities. Sam Houston State was 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), and Best Online Graduate Business Programs. The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education classified SHSU as a "Community Engaged" University, an honor that was awarded in 2010 to only 61 public institutions nation-wide that acknowledges the University's significant commitment to serving the community. Sam Houston State University is also recognized by Princeton Review as one of the “Best in the West” universities and one of Princeton Review’s and PC Magazine's “Most Wired” colleges in the nation. Wall Street Journal has also recognized Sam Houston State's funded research with the “Innovative Technology” award.