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Sam Houston State University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 22nd 2019By -  Sugandhi Sood

Admissions at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) are quite selective, especially for international students. In 2018, the university admitted only 1.1% of international applicants out of 75% of the total admitted students. Furthermore, the minimum GPA accepted from admitted students was 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

While the SHSU application portal is the same for all, there are various application aspects that are different for domestic and international applicants. Hence, both types of applicants are advised to check and even contact their academic advisor for specific admission requirements.

  • Admission deadlines for international applicants are two months earlier to that for domestic applicants.
  • The application fee for international and domestic applicants is different.
  • International applicants must get their transcripts evaluated from an authorised foreign evaluation service like SDR Educational Consultants, NACES, etc.


Application PortalUG/PG: ApplyTexas Application
Application Fee (non-refundable)International: 75 USD
Domestic: 45 USD
Acceptance Rate75%
Average SAT Score1070
Average ACT Score21
Mode of PaymentDiscover Card/MasterCard/VISA/American Express
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall/Summer/Spring
Financial AidLoans, grants, work-study, and scholarships

Sam Houston State University Admission Deadline

Sam Houston State University admission office has common deadlines for undergraduate and graduate programs. However, the university has separate application deadlines for domestic and international applicants.

Domestic Applicants
Fall semesterAugust 1
Spring semesterDecember 1
Summer semesterMay 15
International Applicants
Fall semesterJune 25
Spring semesterNovember 12
Summer semesterApril 9

Sam Houston State University International Admissions

Sam Houston State University admissions for international applicants are managed by the Office of International Programs. The office’s main aim to assist the applicants and help them complete their admission application.

Admission Requirements for International Students

International applicants must ensure that they submit the following documents before the admission deadline:

  • Submission of the application form along with the non-refundable fee.
  • Official transcripts from all the previously attended universities
    • Evaluation of the transcripts from an accredited foreign credential evaluation company. The evaluation must include a GPA on a U.S. 4.0 scale.
    • Applicants need to submit English translations of all the original documents which are in any other language.
  • Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. They can also opt for the English Language Institute (ELI) program at the university.
  • Evidence of financial stability for at least one year at the university.
  • Submission of Standardised test scores.
  • Supporting documents: Personal statement, resume/CV, and list of co-curricular achievements.

English Proficiency Test Score

SHSU accepts the following English proficiency tests, along with the minimum scores:

Test NameMinimum Score Required

Checklist for Accepted Students

  • Register for the I-20 form.
  • Activate the individual SamWeb account.
  • Submit the Airport Pick-up Form to request transformation
  • Apply for the International Orientation and housing
  • Check the registration website and learn how to register for the classes

Sam Houston State University Undergraduate Admissions

Applicants applying for undergraduate programs at Sam Houston State University must apply through the ApplyTexas application. The application fee varies for different applicants.

For domestic applicants, the application fee is 45 USD whereas for international applicants, it is 75 USD

To be considered for admission, undergraduate applicants are required to meet the following admission requirements

  • Official high school records and transcripts
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • letter(s) of recommendation
  • Personal essay and supporting material
  • SAT/ACT score, if required
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants

Apart from these general admission requirements, students might need to submit additional documents for particular programs.

Sam Houston State University Graduate Admissions

To apply for any graduate program at Sam Houston State University, an applicant must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or 2.8. Graduate admission applications are accepted through Apply Texas. Along with the submission of the application form, applicants are required to pay 75 USD as the application fee.

Applicants who want to apply for assistantships are advised to apply at least 2 months to the application deadline.

Popular Courses at Sam Houston State University

CourseApplication Deadline*Academic Requirements
MBAFall: June 25;
Spring: November 12;
Summer: April 9
A minimum GMAT score of 500
MS MathematicsFall: August 1;
Spring: December 1
Minimum GPA of 3.0; GRE score
MS Forensic ScienceFall: December 1UG Degree in Chemistry, biology, forensic or natural sciences; GRE score
MS StatisticsFall: August 1;
Spring: December 1
Minimum GPA of 3.0; GRE score
MS ChemistryFall: June 1;
Spring: November 1
Major in Chemistry; Minimum GPA of 2.5; GRE score

*Applicants must note that the application deadlines may occasionally change. In that case, applicants must contact their academic advisor for complete information

Supporting Documents: Transcripts, a document of intent, Letters of recommendation, CV/resume, work experience, writing samples.

The submitted applications are sent directly to the applied program. According to the SHSU admission office, each program only reviews those applications which are complete and were submitted before the notified deadline.

Since the admission recommendations are decided by the programs separately, the announcement of decision varies. The applicants must keep a track of their application status on the university's SamWeb portal.

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