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Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX


  1. SHSU was named 2019 Safest Campus in Texas & top 30 in the US by ASecureLife.com
  2. SHSU has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA recipient since 2014.
  3. Top ranked for placing students in the Texas workforce.

About This Campus

SHSU was established in 1879 and as one of the oldest institutions in Texas we are rich in history and tradition. Today SHSU has over 20,000 students across over 80 undergraduate, over 60 masters, and 10 doctoral degree programs in 8 colleges. Even though SHSU’s student population has grown quickly we still have a small campus mentality where we want each student to been seen and feel at home. Sam Houston State University’s motto is “The measure of a Life is its Service” and this is something that the whole campus takes to heart offering volunteer opportunities as well as course projects in the local community. The 300-acre campus is a good representation of the surrounding nature with a very green and tree-filled campus. Notable programs are education, criminal justice, music, math, psychology, supply chain management, psychology. Sam Houston has more than 250 student organizations and club sports offering something for all students. 360° virtual campus tour: https://bi

Location Information

The campus is located in Huntsville and is 70miles north of Houston. With around 40,000 inhabitants Huntsville has that small-town charm with access to anything you could need. The city’s historic downtown provides boutique stores, a variety of food, and big annual events. Located in the green Piney Woods of east Texas Huntsville has a lot of outdoor activities to offer with easy access to surrounding Sam Houston National Forest, Huntsville State Park, and many lakes.

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Fast Facts

Location | Huntsville
Population | 41,000
Enrollment | 21,558
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/17-12/9
Spring | 1/13-5/12

Campus Diversity

White | 50%
Black | 17%
Hispanic/Latino | 24%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 3%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
Closed Programs

Biology, Dance, Music, Music Therapy, Theatre, Musial Theatre, Art, Studio Art, Animation, Film and TV Production, Photography.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Criminal Justice
  • Mathematics

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Journalism
  • Agricultural Technology Management
  • Animal Sciences
  • Animation and Special Effects
  • Art
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Network Security
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Exercise Science
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Food Science
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Administration
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Law Enforcement/Police Sciences
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Studio Art
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, N/A computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Plan B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/08/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $200 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $216 Year Plan A & B Optional
Records Fee $12 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/08/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 18% living on campus
  • Double: $4835 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 4
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 4
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $700
  • Proximity to campus: 1
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2045 per semester for 20 meals per week.
  • $2015 per semester for 15 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
$2,145 All Access meal plan (unlimited dining hall access) All meal plans also come with $125-225 Bearkat Bucks (pre-paid balance account that can be used to purchase items at the dining locations on campus).

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/08/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $3506 Year Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes about Health Insurance
SHSU offers an optional insurance product through United HealthCare that students may purchase by visiting the Academic HealthPlan site at shsu.myahpcare.com.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,808 per year.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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