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Study at Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University, also known as SHSU or Sam, is a public university located in Huntsville, Texas. It was founded year 1879 and is named after one of Texas' founding fathers, Sam Houston. SHSU is a part of the Texas State University System and it enrolls more than 15, 000 students annually. The campus covers 272 acres. SHSU offers more than 75 undergraduate degree programs, over 45 master's program and several doctoral programs. The academic departments and programs are organized into five colleges, which are:
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Criminal Justice
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The athletics teams of SHSU are known as the BearKats.

Profile of Sam Houston State UniversityThe main campus of Sam Houston State University is in Huntsville, TX (a town not particularly near any major cities). The school is a public school. Sam Houston State University offers degrees up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school students most commonly major in a field related to drama and performing arts and security and law enforcement.

Sam Houston State University Selectivity

Sam Houston State University does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 420 to 530. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 430 or more. Students attending Sam Houston State University come from a variety of places, in and out of state.

The school offers tenure to reward and retain some professors.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Sam Houston State University had 16, 496 enrolled students.

Student Life
Student athletes at the school belong to the Southland Conference for major sports.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Sam Houston State University is a multicultural institution whose mission is to provide excellence by continually improving quality education, scholarship, and service to its students and to appropriate regional, state, national, and international constituencies. "Sam Houston State University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management720business, business management, accounting, marketing, finance, MIS, human resources, banking, . . .
Liberal Arts685interdisciplinary studies, English, history, library science, political science, speech and rhetoric, Spanish language, sociology, . . .
Security and Law Enforcement446criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and administration, corrections and criminal justice, forensic science
Education and Teaching271educational administration, curriculum and instruction, educational supervision, special ed, physical education teaching, reading teaching, school Counselling, health teaching
Therapy and Counselling226psychology, Counselling psychology, clinical psychology, music therapy, school psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy129health and physical education, dietitian
Media107radio and television, public relations, journalism, animation and special effects, advertising
Agricultural Science and Management95agricultural operations, agriculture, agricultural mechanization
Science91biology, chemistry, physics, biological and physical sciences, chemistry courses, geology
Drama and Performing Arts62drama, dance
Photography and Commercial Art52commercial art, photography
Engineering Technician46construction engineering tech, drafting, electronics tech, industrial tech
Music42music, conducting, music performance
Medical Support and Technology40health service and sciences
Family and Social Work36family and consumer science, public administration, foodservice management, food and nutrition
Animal Science and Care35animal science
Computer Science and Engineering29computer and info science, computer security
Mathematics27mathematics, statistics
Fine Arts18fine arts
Architecture and Planning14interior architecture
Landscaping and Horticulture13horticultural science
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental science
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy
Contact: Sam Houston State UniversitySam Houston State University

1803 Ave I

Huntsville, TX 77341

General Phone: (936) 294-1111


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