Sam Houston State University (SHSU)

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Sam Houston State University can be found in Huntsville, TX, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at SHSU number around twenty four thousand each year, and is one of the largest schools in the state.

Many of the students accepted into this school earned an SAT score in the range of 990 - 1140, or got accepted with an ACT score between 19 - 23. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the SHSU average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.98 - 3.18. 83% of all those who apply are admitted to Sam Houston State University, from which 30% choose to enroll. When applying historical data, we have projected that the SHSU acceptance rate 2021 will be around 73%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SHSU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Sam Houston State University was reported as 83.4% in Fall 2020 with over 11,600 applications submitted to Sam Houston State University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SHSU ACT Scores: 19 - 23
  • SHSU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into Sam Houston State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of SHSU is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Sam Houston State University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 71.9%
  • 2017-2018: 74.4%
  • 2018-2019: 78.5%
  • 2019-2020: 83.4%
  • Projected SHSU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 73.3%

How Does SHSU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Sam Houston State University is forty-seven percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Texas A & M University-College Station57.8%
University of Houston65.0%
Stephen F Austin State University68.0%
Lamar University83.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SHSU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading500 - 580
Math490 - 560
Total Score990 - 1140
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 26
Math17 - 22
Composite Score19 - 23
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