Undergraduate Application Deadlines
- Fall: August 1
- Spring: December 1
- Summer I: May 15
- Summer II: June 15
Faculty: View the SHSU Online Instructional Continuity Guide, a step-by-step guide designed to minimize disruption to campus-based courses.
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Students who have recently graduated or soon will graduate from high school are considered beginning undergraduates, even if a student has completed transferable college credit while in high school. If a student is not a recent high school graduate or received a GED, but has completed less than 12 transferable credit hours, then that student is also considered a beginning undergraduate student and should follow the requirements outlined for beginning undergraduate applicants.
If you have completed more than 12 transferable credit hours, please see admission instructions for transfer students.
Complete an online application through ApplyTexas.org and pay the $45 non-refundable application fee at ApplyTexas.
Alternatively, you may pay the application fee directly to SHSU after completing your application through ApplyTexas.org. SHSU will receive your application within 24 hours of submission and after that period of time, you may mail a check to the Undergraduate Admissions Office or pay the application fee with a credit or debit card.
Qualifying students may submit an application fee waiver request to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applicants must include the required supporting documents to request a fee waiver:
The Applicant should mail the above information to:
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341-2418
Contact your high school to send an official transcript to SHSU.
Please note that faxed or emailed transcripts are not accepted.
Contact the appropriate testing agency to request an electronic submission of your test score be sent to SHSU.
The university will notify you about the status of your admission application. Alternately, you can check your admission application yourself by using the Application Status tool. Once admitted, visit the SHSU Online Newly Accepted Students page for your next steps.
Eligible prospective freshmen should graduate high school with one of the following diploma types: Recommended (UAS), Distinguished (UAS), Foundations with Endorsement(s) (HB5)**, or Distinguished Achievement (HB5) plans. Additionally:
|High School GPA Range||ACT||Old SAT Scores*
(Critical Reading + Math only)
|New SAT Scores*
(Evidence Based Reading/Writing + Math)
|3.5 - 4.0||17||850||930|
|3.0 - 3.49||19||930||1010|
|2.5 - 2.99||22||1030||1110|
|2.25 - 2.49||25||1140||1210|
|2.24 & below||considered by review only||considered by review only||considered by review only|
If GPA and/or test scores do not fall within the ranges listed on the above table, applications will receive individual review.
The requirements summarized in the above table are for Texas high school students on the Recommended (UAS), Distinguished (UAS), Foundations with Endorsement(s) (HB5)**, or Distinguished Achievement (HB5) plans. Graduates of a non-accredited high school, home-schooled students and students who earned the GED must meet the requirements listed in the SHSU Undergraduate Catalog (catalog.shsu.edu).
* Old SAT Scores are SAT exams taken PRIOR to March 2016 and New SAT Scores are for SAT exams taken March 2016 and after.
** The Endorsement earned must be noted on the transcript provided.
Previous SAT - The Essay (included in the Writing score) will be required and may be used for borderline decisions.
New SAT - The Optional Essay (separately scored) will be required and may be used for borderline decisions.
ACT – The Writing section will be required and may be used for borderline decisions.
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Per state law, TEC 51.803-51.809, Uniform Admissions Standards (UAS) requires applicants to four-year public universities to meet college readiness standards through completion of a high school graduation program or equivalent or through SAT or ACT score benchmarks.