S
#16 Best Public Universities in Texas

SHSU Admission Requirements

Huntsville, Texas

 1 Reviews

Chances of getting into Sam Houston State University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
92%
Admission Difficulty for Sam Houston State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into SHSU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at SHSU is 92%.  It ranks #0 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. Sam Houston State University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 11,123 out of 12,025 applicants were admitted.

The school has very easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 64 percent (SAT 970/1120 ACT 18/23). Sam Houston State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.25. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The SHSU application fee is $45 and applications are due by Aug 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Sam Houston State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

SHSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
970-1120
Applicants Submitting SAT 
79%
SAT Scores for Sam Houston State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 970
SAT Scores for Sam Houston State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 550
SAT Composite 75th 1120
Average SAT Score 1050

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Sam Houston State University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 66 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 970 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 890. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1050 out of 1600. SHSU ranks #0 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.

Find other colleges with similar SAT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Sam Houston State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1120 and Above Good >96%
1045 to 1120 Avg + 92%-96%
970 to 1045 Avg - 86%-92%
895 to 970 Reach 76%-86%
Less than 895 Low <76%
Calculate My Chances 
Connect with SHSU

Engage with counselors on a personal level to demonstrate your interest in their school and get answers to all of your admissions-related questions.

Sponsored by CollegeVine

SHSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
18-23 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
39%
ACT Scores for Sam Houston State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Sam Houston State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 23
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 20

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 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #0 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Sam Houston State University.

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >96%
20 to 23 Avg + 92%-96%
18 to 20 Avg - 87%-92%
16 to 18 Reach 80%-87%
Less than 16 Low <80%
Calculate My Chances 

SHSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into Sam Houston State University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into SHSU. 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 #0 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 92% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

Explore more colleges with similar GPA requirements

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.25 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

Other Colleges to Consider 

High School Class Rank

53% of Sam Houston State University freshman were in the top twenty five percent 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 33%
Top 25% of class 53%
Top 50% of class 81%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Sam Houston State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,000 4,025 12,025
Accepted 7,428 3,695 11,123
Acceptance Rate 93% 92% 92%
Enrolled 1,825 1,018 2,843
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 25% 28% 26%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
244

Applicants have 244 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Sam Houston State University is $45.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Sam Houston State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Sam Houston State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
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.

FAQs

Does Sam Houston State University prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Sam Houston State University?

92% 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.

What SAT score is required for Sam Houston State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 970 and 1120. 79% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Sam Houston State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 23. 39% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.