Transfer Students

  • Transfer Student Ray Yates Improvises, Adapts and Overcomes
    Transfer Student Ray Yates Improvises, Adapts and Overcomes
    The road to a college degree is unique to every student. There are challenges along the way that everyone will face. Ray Yates, a senior healthcare administration major, has a unique transfer story, as he is also a United States Marine Corps veteran.
  • Junior Shares Insights On 'Assimilating' As Transfer
    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
    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
    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
  • Explore the Honors program
    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 [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 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).
    • If transcripts are from a school outside of the U.S., the document must be translated and evaluated by a NACES accredited service or SDR Educational Consultants. International college transcript evaluations must include a course by course evaluation.
    • 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 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 college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 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 priority deadline of November 1 with recipient selections through February.

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