Chances of getting into Sam Houston State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
78.5%
Admission Difficulty for Sam Houston State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery Easy
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into SHSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 79% acceptance rate ranking it #45 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 9,283 out of 11,819 applicants were admitted making Sam Houston State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 58 percent. Sam Houston State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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SHSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1000-1140
Applicants Submitting SAT
79%
SAT Scores for Sam Houston State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for Sam Houston State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 580
SAT Math 75th 560
SAT Composite 75th 1140
Average SAT Score 1070

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Sam Houston State University?

Sam Houston State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 60 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 930. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1070 out of 1600. The school ranks #33 in Texas for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 79 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Sam Houston State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1140 and Above Good >86%
1070 to 1140 Avg + 79%-86%
1000 to 1070 Avg - 69%-79%
930 to 1000 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 930 Low <57%
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SHSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-23 
Applicants Submitting ACT
39%
ACT Scores for Sam Houston State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Sam Houston State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 23
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into SHSU?

Admission data indicates that SHSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 21 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #34 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Sam Houston State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Sam Houston State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
23 and Above Good >86%
21 to 23 Avg + 79%-86%
19 to 21 Avg - 69%-79%
17 to 19 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 17 Low <57%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.25*
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need above average high school grades to get into Sam Houston State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Sam Houston State University was 3.25 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #45 in Texas for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.25 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as SHSU accepts 79% of all applicants.

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High School Class Rank

87% of Sam Houston State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Sam Houston State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 14%
Top 25% of class 38%
Top 50% of class 87%
Bottom 50% of class 13%
Bottom 25% of class 1%

Admission Statistics

Sam Houston State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,764 4,055 11,819
Accepted 6,131 3,152 9,283
Acceptance Rate 79% 78% 79%
Enrolled 1,812 1,071 2,883
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 34% 31%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
58

Applicants have 58 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to SHSU before the Aug 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Jun 6 Jul 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Jun 13 Jun 23
Jul 18 Jul 28

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Sam Houston State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Sam Houston State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Neither required nor recommended
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Sam Houston State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=227881 IPEDS survey data for Sam Houston State University.

Frequently Asked Questions

79% of students submit their SAT scores to SHSU. 39% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

79% of those who apply are granted admission to SHSU. Admission competition is and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1000 and 1140. 79% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 23. 39% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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