Beginning Freshmen

Are You an Beginning Freshman?

Students who have recently graduated or soon will graduate from high school are considered freshmen, even if a student has completed transferable college credit while in high school. If a student is not a recent high school graduate or received a GED but has completed less than 12 transferable credit hours, then that student is also considered a freshman student and should follow the requirements outlined for freshman applicants. If you have completed more than 12 transferable credit hours, please see admission instructions for transfer students.

Steps to Apply for Admission as a Freshman

Step 1: Complete the Online Application for SHSU

Complete an online application through [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 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.

Qualifying students may submit an application fee waiver request to SHSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applicants must include the required supporting documents to request a fee waiver.

Transfer Student:

  • Please attach a copy of the first page of your Student Aid Report (FAFSA)

Beginning Freshman Students:

  • ACT Waiver Form
  • College Board Waiver Form
  • Letter from H.S. Counselor or Principal

The Applicant should mail the above information to:

SHSU Admissions Office
Box 2418
Huntsville TX 77341-2418

Step 2: Submit Your Transcripts

Contact your high school to send an official transcript to SHSU.

  • Mail an official high school transcript to:
    Sam Houston State University
    Undergraduate Admissions Office
    Box 2418
    Huntsville TX 77341-2418
  • Or ask your high 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.

Step 3: Submit Your Test Scores

Contact the appropriate testing agency to request an electronic submission of your test score be sent to SHSU.

  • Send SAT scores to school code 6643 for SHSU.
  • Send ACT scores to school code 4162 for SHSU.

Freshman Admission Requirements*

Texas Uniform Admission Standards

Per state law, TEC 51.803-51.809, Uniform Admissions Standards (UAS) requires applicants to four-year public universities to meet college readiness standards through completion of a high school graduation program or equivalent or through SAT or ACT score benchmarks.

Automatic Admission for Freshmen

Prospective freshman should graduate high school with one of the following diploma types: (UAS) Recommended, (UAS) Distinguished, (HB5) Distinguished Achievement or HB5 Foundations with Endorsement(s)**. Additionally, students must meet the SAT/ACT requirement by class rank quartile indicated on the chart below.

Class RankingACTSAT
(Critical Reading and Math only)
In top 25% Automatic acceptance† Automatic acceptance†
In 2nd quarter 20 960
In 3rd quarter 23 1060
In 4th quarter Considered by review only. Considered by review only.

*The requirements summarized in the above table are for Texas high school students on the UAS recommended, UAS distinguished, HB5 Distinguished Achievement, or HB5 Foundations with Endorsement(s) high school plan. Graduates of a non-accredited high school, home-schooled students and students who earned the GED must meet the requirements listed in the SHSU Undergraduate Catalog.

**The Endorsement earned must be noted on the transcript provided.

†Students automatically accepted into SHSU still need to submit test scores to be considered for certain scholarships.

See Summer Admission Requirements

Scholarship Opportunities

Visit our financial aid website to learn how to complete the FAFSA and to complete the Scholarship4Kats Application. You must be accepted to SHSU in order to complete a Scholarship4Kats application. Most scholarships available to fall applicants have an application deadline of February 1.

What Are the Application Deadlines?

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

Contact Us

Undergraduate Admissions Office

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

Phone: 936.294.1828
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

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