Sam Houston State University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,856
4.27% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$13,055
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
8.4%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
83.4%
11,569 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
21,558
74.2% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
52.1%
1,221 Graduates

About

Sam Houston State University is a higher education institution located in Walker County, TX. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Sam Houston State University were Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (837 degrees awarded), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (383 degrees), and General Business (313 degrees).

In 2019, 5,295 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sam Houston State University. 64.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,884 degrees), 2.46 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1172 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sam Houston State University is $5,856, which is $−22,644 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Sam Houston State University is $5,856, which is $−22,644 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,055.

In 2019, 67% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 53% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,856
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Sam Houston State University was $5,856. The cost of tuition at Sam Houston State University is $−22,644 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$13,055
2019 Value
4.31%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Sam Houston State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,055. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Sam Houston State University grew by 4.31%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,386
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sam Houston State University was of $9,386 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 4.72% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 8.76% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

67%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
53%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

67% of undergraduate students at Sam Houston State University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 6.94% with respect to 2018, when 72% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
8.4%
2017 Default Rate
367
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Sam Houston State University was 8.4%, which represents 367 out of the 4368 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Sam Houston State University received 11,569 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 2.12% annual decline. Out of those 11,569 applicants, 9,649 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 83.4% acceptance rate.

There were 21,558 students enrolled at Sam Houston State University in 2019, and 78% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Sam Houston State University has an overall enrollment yield of 30.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

83.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
9,649
Accepted Out of 11,569

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Sam Houston State University was 83.4% (9,649 admissions from 11,569 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 78.5%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −2.12%, while admissions grew by 3.94%.

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SAT Scores

78%
Submission Percentage
2,296
Scores Submitted

78% of enrolled first-time students at Sam Houston State University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Sam Houston State University has a total enrollment of 21,558 students. The full-time enrollment at Sam Houston State University is 16,003 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,555. This means that 74.2% of students enrolled at Sam Houston State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sam Houston State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 49.7% White, 24.2% Hispanic or Latino, 17.2% Black or African American, 3.02% Two or More Races, 2.08% Asian, 0.603% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.111% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Sam Houston State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (28.7%), followed by White Male (19.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (16.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.4%), followed by White Male (17.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (11.6%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

74.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sam Houston State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 21,558 students. The full-time enrollment at Sam Houston State University is 16,003 and the part-time enrollment is 5,555. This means that 74.2% of students enrolled at Sam Houston State University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

75%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Sam Houston State University was 75%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Sam Houston State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    10,723
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    5,223
  3. Black or African American
    3,702

The enrolled student population at Sam Houston State University is 49.7% White, 24.2% Hispanic or Latino, 17.2% Black or African American, 3.02% Two or More Races, 2.08% Asian, 0.603% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.111% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 340 students (1.58%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 1501 more women than men received degrees from Sam Houston State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Sam Houston State University is white (2,884 degrees awarded). There were 2.46 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1172 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sam Houston State University is Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (837 degrees awarded), followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies (383 degrees) and General Business (313 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Sam Houston State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Library Science (78 degrees awarded), Protective Services (1,030 degrees), and Agriculture (233 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sam Houston State University are Other managers (144,299 people), Police officers (141,462 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (133,108 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (112,475 people), and Secondary school teachers (75,554 people).

The most specialized majors at Sam Houston State University are Library Science (78 degrees awarded), Protective Services (1,030 degrees), Agriculture (233 degrees), History (156 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (383 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sam Houston State University are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Sam Houston State University are Library Science (78 degrees awarded), Protective Services (1,030 degrees), Agriculture (233 degrees), History (156 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (383 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sam Houston State University are Justice, public order, & safety activities (363,403 people), Elementary & secondary schools (291,638 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (159,795 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (139,865 people), and Legal services (114,676 people).

The most specialized majors at Sam Houston State University are Library Science (78 degrees awarded), Protective Services (1,030 degrees), Agriculture (233 degrees), History (156 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (383 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Sam Houston State University.
Most Common
  1. 837 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 383 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 313 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sam Houston State University was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 837 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,897
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
3,398
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,897 degrees were awarded to men at Sam Houston State University, which is 0.558 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,398).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 351 degrees were awarded to men at Sam Houston State University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 0.666 times less than the 527 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 527 degrees were awarded to women at Sam Houston State University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 1.5 times more than the 351 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

29%
100% Completion Time
51%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 29% of students graduating from Sam Houston State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 51% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 55% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Sam Houston State University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.41% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,884 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,172 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    681 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sam Houston State University is white (2,884 degrees awarded). There were 2.46 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1172 degrees).

1.79% of degree recipients (95 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,778 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,106 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    794 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Sam Houston State University is white female (1,778 degrees awarded). There were 1.61 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,106 degrees).

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Operations

Sam Houston State University has an endowment valued at nearly $120M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $5.27M (4.4%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Sam Houston State University had a total salary expenditure of $395M. Sam Houston State University employs 230 Lecturers, 188 Associate professors, and 186 Assistant professors. Most academics at Sam Houston State University are Female Lecturers (136), Male Professors(115), and Male Associate professors (110).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sam Houston State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 452 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 222 employees, and Service with 173 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$120M
2019 Endowment
4.73%
decline from 2018

Sam Houston State University has an endowment valued at about $120M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Sam Houston State University declined 4.73% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $191M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $8.05M - Federal
  2. $18.9M - State
  3. $3.98M - Local

As of 2019, Sam Houston State University received $8.05M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $18.9M from state grants and contracts, and $3.98M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$152M
2019 Salaries
5.24%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Sam Houston State University paid a median of $152M in salaries, which represents 38.4% of their overall expenditure ($395M) and a 5.24% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.36% growth from 2017 and a 0.302% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$57M
Instructional Salaries
781
Number of Employees

In 2019, Sam Houston State University paid a total of $57M to 781 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Lecturer
Most Common Instructor
230 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
452 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sam Houston State University were Lecturer with 230 employees; Associate professor with 188 employees; and Associate professor with 186 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sam Houston State University were Office and Administrative Support with 452 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 222 employees; and Service with 173 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Lecturer
  2. Male Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sam Houston State University was Female Lecturer with 136 employees, Male Professor with 115 employees, and Male Associate professor with 110 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Sam Houston State University.

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