Transfer Students

Junior Shares Insights On 'Assimilating' As Transfer

Criminal justice major Jasmyn Vallier got involved in activities both within her college as well as across campus, to help her feel more at home at SHSU after transferring in as a junior. She believes getting involved is the best way for other transfer students to acclimate to campus. —Photo by Brian Blalock

Identical Twins Driven To Improve Lives, Build Careers Helping Others

Varion and Darion Walton are senior business majors who have worked to rise above their childhood circumstances. Both are extremely involved at SHSU and are planning careers that will allow them to help others in the ways they needed help growing up. —Photo by Brian Blalock

Program To Encourage Leadership In Transfer Students

“These mentors have previously been through the Emerging Leaders program and tend to be upper-class transfer students who have not only successfully transferred to SHSU academically, but tend to be successfully engaged in student organizations, campus and community employment.”- Max Walling, associate director of Leadership Initiatives

Apply for a Terry Transfer Scholarship!

Apply for a Terry Transfer Scholarship before the deadline on April 15th. Nearly 2,000 college alumni and nearly 1,000 current undergraduate students at universities across the state of Texas have been changed for the better by the Terry Foundation's unique combination of academic scholarship support and strong emphasis on personal guidance and mentoring.

Get Advised today!

Get advised today and register for the upcoming semester. Registration starts on March 28th.

Explore the Honors program

The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College is a place for highly-motivated students looking for a unique educational opportunity.

A transfer student is an applicant pursing a bachelor's degree with more than 12 hours of college-level credit from a community college or other institution.

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.

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

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

The Applicant should mail the above information to:

SHSU Admissions Office
Box 2418
Huntsville TX 77341-2418

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.

*Transcripts and other supporting documents will be retained by the university for 6 months.

Transfer Admissions Requirements
Transfer Credits Requirements
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.

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.

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 Scholarship4Kats 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.

Joint Admission
What Are the Application Deadlines?
  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer I: May 15
  • Summer II: June 15