Academics

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

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

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.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I love the education program here at SHSU. You get to meet some of the best people in these courses and the professors are very understanding to your needs. Workload is very minimal. Sure you have a few projects in your course but there is plenty of time to do them.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are challenging and I feel that I am learning in every class I am enrolled in.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Beause not very many people know of my major so I find it great to inlighen them.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 149th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 604th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 808th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 879th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 893rd
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roberautrice Eddie
Hometown
Hanau, Germany
Major
Broadcast Journalism
Grad Year
2013
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Students at Sam Houston State are generally satisfied with the academics here. The University is especially known for its strengths in mass communications, education, and music, and, most notably, its criminal justice program. These are among the popular major areas pursued by students, so they are seemingly more emphasized here. The reputations of these programs are justified in many cases, but since SHSU is growing at such a quick rate—the number of incoming students drastically increases every year—some feel that there are not enough resources to accommodate all of the students who need them. In terms of the professors, there is quality communication between students and professors, and students say their professors all know who they are and that their professors’ communication skills are good. The faculty is also very knowledgeable about their subjects, and many of them have quality work experience in their fields.

The advisers can sometimes be helpful when assisting students with their schedules, but most of the time they refer to a course curriculum of required classes instead of actually hearing what a student wants to study. Advisers that are specifically affiliated with a certain field are more helpful in guiding students in that field rather than a mixed match, such as a political science adviser guiding an education major. Class registration is set up so upperclassmen and honors students get the first pick of courses, which is understandable. The workload throughout each semester isn’t too bad at all, but once the basics are done with and the advanced major courses come in, the workload increases slightly. Overall, the academics at SHSU are satisfactory.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
25:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
601
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
170
Total FT Faculty
601
Faculty with Terminal Degree
70%
Average Faculty Salary
$69,416
Full-Time Retention Rate
75%
Part-Time Retention Rate
49%
Transfer-Out Rate
34%
Graduation Rate
48%
Programs/Majors Offered
82
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 22%
  • 20 to 49 students: 64%
  • 50 or more students: 14%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Criminal Justice
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication
  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Sciences
  • Honors College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 3%
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies: 7%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: 5%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biology or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
SHSU Online, the online degree program at Sam Houston State, is steadily growing in participants and course and degree options. SHSU Online offers a bachelor of science in criminal justice, as well as several graduate programs, including business administration, criminal justice leadership and management, history, public administration, and teacher certification. There are also more than 50 undergraduate online courses offered. A typical online course consists of modules based on class notes or readings that need to be completed on a weekly basis. Teacher-student interaction is pretty timely, considering the main source of communication is through email.
Best Places to Study
  • Lowman Student Center, especially Einstein Bros. Bagels on the second floor
  • Newton Gresham Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask around to find out which professors will fit you the best.
  • It is very important to study and to be timely and organized with assignments—avoid procrastination!
  • Join organizations on campus and get involved in recreational sports—these are both good ways to socialize and make new friends.
  • Use your time at school to network. Anyone can turn out helpful in the future.
Did You Know?
When SHSU opened in 1879, the student-to-faculty ratio was around 20 to 1. It remains close to that today, even with a dramatically larger student body.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 88 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 86 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 41% Dan Rather - newscaster
  • 32% Marcus Luttrell - Navy SEAL
  • 14% Richard Linklater - film director and screenwriter
  • 14% Lionell Hilliard - film producer

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