Sam Houston State University: Narrative Description
SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY H-21
Huntsville, TX 77341
Tel: (936)294-1111; (866)232-7528
Web Site: http://www.shsu.edu/
State-supported, university, coed. Part of The Texas State University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1879. Setting: 1,256-acre small town campus with easy access to Houston. Endowment: $23.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $1583 per student. Total enrollment: 14,371. Faculty: 584 (417 full-time, 167 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 5,598 applied, 79% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 43% from top quarter, 81% from top half. Full-time: 10,402 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 1,895 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 47 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 15% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 17% 25 or older, 27% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 64% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at The University Center, American Institute for Foreign Study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.
Options: Common Application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.
Costs Per Year:
Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $3030 full-time, $101 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,770 full-time, $359 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1230 full-time, $444 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $4336. College room only: $2224. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.
Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 147 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 9% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Residence Hall Association, NAACP, Baptist Student Ministry. Major annual events: Bonfire, Block Party, Sam Jam. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 3,500 college housing spaces available; 3,297 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Newton Gresham Library with 1.2 million books, 1.2 million microform titles, 4,521 serials, 21,848 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.8 million. 552 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.
Huntsville, population 35,222, is located in the pine belt 70 miles north of Houston. This was the home of General Sam Houston, and local museums commemorate his honor. The average temperatures are 51.1 degrees in winter and 82.6 degrees in summer. The community has a hospital, various fraternal, civic, and veteran's organizations, and is served by bus and U.S. Highway I-45. A nearby state park offers fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, and camping. Part-time employment is available.