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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Accounting is awesome, I learn so much. Easy to understand.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Easy to get help, helpful staff, and lots of study places.

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4 College Junior

Academics: There are several places on campus available for students to study and do homework.

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5 College Senior

Academics: The professors here are all very highly qualified for their area of study. They are always there when I have questions.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: There is a lot support to be a Criminal Justice major at SHSU. You have plenty of people that can help you and many others that are going on the journey with you so they can help you out also

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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 93 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 91 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 30 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 28 responses

  • 49% Dan Rather - newscaster
  • 34% Marcus Luttrell - Navy SEAL
  • 10% Richard Linklater - film director and screenwriter
  • 7% Lionell Hilliard - film producer

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 31 responses

  • 23% This was my dream school.
  • 71% This was one of my top choices.
  • 6% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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