Transfer Students

Steps to Apply for Admission as a Transfer Student

Step 1: Complete the Online Application for SHSU

Complete an online application through ApplyTexas.org [what's this?]  and pay the $45 non-refundable application fee at ApplyTexas.

Alternatively, you may pay the application fee directly to SHSU after completing your application through ApplyTexas.org. SHSU will receive your application within 24 hours of submission and after that period of time, you may mail a check to the Undergraduate Admissions Office or pay the application fee to SHSU with a credit or debit card.

Step 2: Submit Your Transcripts

SHSU requires transcripts from all institutions where you have enrolled in a course or courses, even if you did not attend or the course was not completed. Contact the school(s) to send official transcript(s) to SHSU.

  • Mail an official transcript to:
    Sam Houston State University
    Undergraduate Admissions Office
    Box 2418
    Huntsville TX 77341-2418
  • Or ask your school to send an electronic official transcript to Sam Houston State University (code: 003606).
  • Please note that SHSU does not accept fax or emailed transcripts.

Transfer Admissions Requirements

Transfer CreditsRequirements
0-11 transfer credits Meet the Beginning Freshmen Admission Requirements and have a 2.5 GPA on transferable hours.
12-17 transfer credits Minimum 2.5 GPA.
18+ transfer credits Minimum 2.0 GPA.

Will My Credits Transfer?

Transferring classes from a college or university within Texas? See course credit transfer agreements with specific schools.

For transfers from all other schools:

Sam Houston State University accepts 66 academic hours plus four kinesiology hours for a total of 70 semester hours from community colleges.  All academic courses attempted at a four-year regionally accredited U.S. university will be reviewed for transferability. Transferable courses may not be relevant to every degree plan which is reviewed by an academic advisor.

Scholarship Opportunities

Visit our financial aid website to learn how to complete the FAFSA, learn about scholarships like the Bearkat Transfer Scholarship and to complete the ScholarX Scholarship Application. You must be accepted to SHSU in order to complete a ScholarX application. Most scholarships available to fall applicants have an application deadline of February 1.

Transfer Orientation

Upon admission to SHSU, register to attend Transfer Orientation. At Orientation you'll complete mandatory advising for classes and register for your first classes.

Joint Admission

Ease your transition into a degree program at SHSU with joint admission.

What Are the Application Deadlines?

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer I: May 15
  • Summer II: June 15

Contact Us

Undergraduate Admissions

If you have questions please contact one of our Admissions Counselors or staff members at the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Phone: 936.294.1828
Email: admissions@shsu.edu
Office Location: Estill Bldg., Suite 112
Physical Address: 1903 University Avenue

Mailing Address:
Undergraduate Admissions Office
Sam Houston State University
Box 2418
Huntsville TX 77341-2418

Graduate Admissions

Prospective graduate students with questions may contact Graduate Admissions.

Phone: 936.294.1971
Email: graduate@shsu.edu
Office Location: Estill Bldg., Suite 105
Physical Address: 1903 University Avenue

Mailing Address:
Graduate Admissions
Sam Houston State University
Box 2478
Huntsville TX 77341-2478

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