Location
Huntsville, TX
Undergrads
12,968
Tuition (in-state)
$15,032 ($6,608)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is a college town. Some strange attractions, like a prison. Lots of activities to keep busy and shopping is relatively easy access.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel secure, I am not one to go looking for trouble. There is crime, but no more than any other school.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is not a large need for a car on campus, but it helps. Parking can be a problem, but if you are on time you can usually find something.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I have my own car, so have no need for the local transportation.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an intership. I will be taking that on next year, I certainly have concerns, as it is just like finding a job.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I feel to overall program is good. I would follow the same path were I to begin again. I would like to have a farm that produces income and want to own a bar.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of binge drinking happening. I am not sure about the drugs since I do not partake.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: As for my major, the program is decent, the workload is tough, curriculum is average.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: I have my own laptop, so I do not have to go around looking for a computer, but they are available.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Way to expensive. $2000 for 5 1/2 months is a lot of money to come up with if you are a poor college student.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus eating is average, although if you are eating off campus you are usually spending money you do not have to spend. Since I have a car it is easier for me to get around if I so choose to eat out and it provides a larger variety of opptions.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off-campus but have many friends who do.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The typical student at Sam Houston is here to learn, they really are not intered in how others dress to go to class. Individuals social life usually revolves around thei inner circle of friends. Many house parties are had and lots of drinking goes into the average students weekly activity. I think that having a relationship while in college is hard for the average student, your stress level is already on overdrive and putting a significant other into the mix can make it more difficult. Of course that does not stop them all from trying.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am now only able to receive student loans. I am assuming that this is because my parents income has increased. That being said, my parents have 5 children, one married son that is 28, me a college sophmore that is 21, a son that is a high school sophmore that is 16, a son that is a high school freshman that is 14 and a daughter that is a middle school 6th grader that is 11, there is no way that 67,000 a year between the 2 should be considered income enough to take care of the 3 children at home and continue to help me get thru the last 2 years of college. At this time I stll owe 1864.00 for this year and have no idea how I will pay. I work as a waitress to help pay for my auto and my schooling, I am doing my best to try to take care of this, but find myself at a lose. I have given you all this information to help you understand why I think it the financial aid is not adequate. I believe 67,0000 is low income, maybe not poor, but if society considers a 200,000 home a middle class neighborhood, why do my parents have to live in a 3 bedroom apartment.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I have not experienced any troubles while attending Sam Houston. I have heard about crazy pool partied being stopped by police officers.

Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I have not had the opportunity to live off campus but my older brother has and he says it is great. You have more freedom and privacy, the cost is much less, you can cook your own food, and the proximity to campus is convenient. He lived at the Arbros of Sam Houston, which is only about a ten minute walk from campus. The apartments are clean, comfortable, affordable (some do offer scholarships to help cover rent), and safe.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: SHSU offers a Honors program, I heard it is very challenging. The average workload is 16 credits per semester, the registration process is easy to do online but you do have to be quick to enroll in the classes that you want. I love to study outside of the library or on the picnic benches in the mall area on nice days but when that is not possible I go the the third or forth floor of the library.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I am pleased with my program. I am a biology major and my science professors are very helpful and knowledgeable. I aim to be an optometrist and I do fear about my future and being able to find a job in my biology field. I have this fear because I do not see myself as being very competitive when compared to other students. I do have friends that have graduated and have found jobs in their fields.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: This is my first semester at a four year university so I have not seen all of the opportunities my program has to offer. I have heard about being a TA for labs, many of my peers are TA and they do get paid while practicing similar principles in their field.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Printing is free at SHSU, the network is fast and the computer labs do get full during peak hours of the day. I do have my own laptop and I do use it often. The library does loan out laptops but they have to stay inside the building, that is why I sometimes bring my own laptop just so I can study outside when the weather is beautiful.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Almost every college student here drinks. It's really the only thing to do in Huntsville. So there is always a party or bar hopping going on somewhere.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains a lot in Huntsville so there is a lot of running to class. Sometimes we don't even know how the weather is going to be and then we get stuck outside in the rain or it's extremely hot making it a pain to climb the hills and stairs.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not every Greek is rude at the school but a majority are. They act like they are better than you because they are a Greek.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I don't really look for anyone in school. However, everyone seems fairly clean by appearance.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is everywhere on the campus. And everyone is very accepting there.

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Roberautrice Eddie
Hometown
Hanau, Germany
Major
Broadcast Journalism
Grad Year
2013
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Sam Houston State does a great job of helping students find their calling and pursue their dreams with confidence. For any student looking for a school that offers a great overall experience, SHSU not only lives up to this, but also exceeds it. Sam Houston is a fun school where it is easy to make life-long friends, while receiving a quality education from instructors who care.

Freshmen come in with a lot of unanswered questions and always receive competent answers. The professors do a good job of teaching valuable life lessons along with sharing their experiences in their field. The faculty at SHSU cares about students and keeps their best interests in mind by offering guidance and knowledge to all those who seek it. This is made possible because of the great faculty-student interaction, which is pretty unique for such a big university. SHSU has a small-town feel and is full of school spirit, and while there may not be as many things to do here as in bigger cities and schools, SHSU’s campus is close to the town, making it is easy to travel and explore all that Huntsville has to offer. Many SHSU students say that if they were given the chance to do it all over again, they most certainly would.

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