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Sam Houston State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Hitaishi Bhatia Hitaishi Bhatia
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The intake for Sam Houston State University admissions in the fall includes 11,819 people who applied for undergraduate courses out of which 9337 people got admitted. However, the intake for international applicants is based on some strict requirements. The acceptance rate of this renowned institute of the US Education System is around 79% which means having a good academic record and fulfillment of all the requirements can easily secure a place in the class. 

The university offers variousundergraduate and graduate programs in more than 99 and 55 fields respectively, with Agriculture, Business Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Health Professionals and related programs, Law and Security, Psychology and Visual and Performing Arts being the most popular courses. 

Some salient points reading admission at Sam Hosutaon State University are as follows:

  • International applicants have to submit the duly filled Apply TexasApplication (International) form and a non-refundable fee of 75 USD through MasterCard/American Express/VISA/Discover Card/money order/check drawn from a US bank. 
  • Admissions are open for the fall, spring, and summer sessions. 
  • International applications should be completed and received 90 days before the commencement semester of enrollment if the applicant is not from the US. 
  • 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.

COVID-19 Admission Updates

  • Due to the COVID- 19 crisis, the university is also accepting Duolingo scores of at least 105 temporarily. 
  • Furthermore, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the University will continue online and remote classes for the summer sessions. 
  • For the Summer and Fall 2020 sessions, the candidates who have not taken SAT/ACT will be required to complete other admission requirements and then they will be contacted by the admission office for the next steps. 
  • International students accepted for the Summer 2020 session, currently overseas will have to defer their admittance to Fall 2020. 


Application Fee (non-refundable)75 USD
Acceptance rate79%
Average SAT score1070
Average ACT score21
Mode of PaymentMasterCard/American Express/VISA, Discover Card/money order/check drawn on a U.S. bank.
Academic CalendarSemester based
Academic CalendarFall/Spring/Summer
Financial AidLoans, Grants, and Scholarship
Official website

Admission Deadlines

Students applying for admission at Sam Houston State University are required to submit their applications before the deadlines. The deadline for the intake sessions are as follows: 

Fall 2020August 1, 2020
Summer 2020May 15, 2020
1, 2019 Spring 2021December 1, 2020

*US international graduate applications differ as per the program. See the list of majors for the deadline in the application itself. 

International Student Admissions

Sam Houston State University accepts international applications from all around the world with some specific requirements. All the international applicants must have completed secondary education from a recognized university/college, must submit the Apply Texas application prior to the deadline, must have verified financial aid, should fulfill the minimum grade point requirement and submit the official academic records. 

Application Portal:  The students have to apply using the Apply Texas portal available on the official website of the University. 

Application fee: The application fee is 75 USD and is non-refundable. 

Some other requirements are: 

  • Must declare a major other than general studies in the application. 
  • Official transcripts from attended colleges/universities, course by course, translated and evaluated by a NACES accredited service or SDR Educational Consultants. 
  • The high school transcripts should have a GPA higher than 2.5 or higher on a US scale of 4. 
  • Proof of financial support in the form of a sponsor bank statement or letterhead with an amount equivalent to estimated expenses for one year at the university. 
  • Copies of immigration documents (i.e., passport photo page, visa, and I-94) 
  • Scores of Entrance Exams to Study in the USA

English Proficiency Test Scores:

International applicants have to mention their TOEFL, IELTS, and/or SAT scores to show proficiency in English. The minimum requirement is: 

Test acceptedMinimum Scores
TOEFL(iBT)79 Overall
TOEFL(PBT)550 overall

*Or it can be shown through the successful completion of the English language program at the state university itself. If a student's first language is English TOEFL may not be required. These countries qualify for TOEFL and/or IELTS waiver: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Overseas U.K. territories, Overseas U.S. territories, South Africa, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United Kingdom. 

Visa Process for International Students

Students can apply for a Visa to Study in the USA. Once you are accepted in a Student and Exchange Visitor program approved school; you will be issued an I- 20 form. After submission you can schedule an interview with the US embassy. 

The students are required to submit the following documents at the university’s Office of International Programs8: 

  • Passport 
  • Visa 
  • Stamped I-20 
  • I-94 
  • Driver’s License (if applicable) 
  • Social Security Card (if applicable) 

Sam Houston State University Undergraduate Admissions

Sam Houston State University offers a variety of undergraduate courses in Agriculture, Business Management and Marketing, Communication, Health Professionals and related programs, Law and Security, Psychology, etc.

Application Portal: The students have to apply on the Apply Texas portal on the website. 

Application Fee: 75 USD (non-refundable). 

Admission Requirements: Applicants must submit the following documents at the time of admission: 

  • Official transcripts of High school. 
  •  Home country address 
  • English proficiency test score for international applicants 
  • ACT/SAT Scores [ ACT Code: 4162 & SAT Code: 6643] 

Sam Houston State University Graduate Admissions

Sam Houston State University offers graduate programs in Agriculture, Banking, Business Administration, etc. for applicants seeking to study in the USA. International students have to apply using this email id: Students must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or 2. 

Application Portal: All the applicants have to apply on Apply Texas portal on the official website. 

Application fee: 75 USD for international applicants. 

The table below mentions some of the courses offered by the University along with their Application Requirements. 

RequirementsMS (Computing and information science)MBAMS (Psychology)MS (Accounting)M.Ed. (Special Education)
DeadlineFall: August 1; Spring: December 1; Summer: May 15 Fall: June 25; Spring: November 12; Summer: April 9.Fall: February 15Fall: June 25; Spring: November 12; Summer: April 9.Spring: November 15; Summer: April 15.
Letters of RecommendationRequired (2 letters)Not requiredRequired (3 letters)Not requiredRequired (2 contacts)
GRE/GMAT scoreGRE required.GMAT (minimum score of 500)GRE requiredNot requiredGRE required.
Personal statementNot requiredNot requiredRequiredNot requiredRequired
English Language Proficiency scoresRequired.RequiredRequiredRequiredRequired

*COVID- 19 updates: if the applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher, the College of Business Administration will waive the requirement of GMAT score. The College of Sciences and Engineering Technology will waive the GRE score requirement. 

Please note that the deadlines for the programs are subject to change so keep a track from the official website of the university. The university entertains only those applications submitted prior to the deadline. Each program decides the admissions separately, so the announcement of the decision varies accordingly. 

The applicants can refer to the specific master's program webpage for more details regarding the application. The applicant can keep track of their application through the university’s Sam web portal. Also, the admission decisions will be posted on the SHSU Self Service Center and sent by email to the applicant. 

For any further issues you can reach the university: 

Sam Houston State University

1905 University Avenue 

Huntsville, TX 77340 




Ques. What undergraduate GPA do I need to be accepted into the Graduate School of Sam Houston State University? 

Ans. A minimum of 2.5 to 2.8 GPA is sufficient to get admission in the Masters or post-baccalaureate course at the Sam Houston State University. However, please refer to Program-specific requirements for more details. 

Ques. How do I check my application status at Sam Houston State University? 

Ans. Once the application has been submitted on the Apply Texas portal to Sam Houston State University, you will receive an email with details about how to create an account. The status can be checked on the account made. 

Ques. What is the GRE code of Sam Houston State University? 

Ans. You can send your GRE scores to Sam Houston State University via a testing agency using the code 6643. You don’t need to specify the details of course. 

Ques. What are the application fee and mode of payment at Sam Houston State University? 

Ans. The application fee at Sam Houston State University is 75 USD for undergraduates as well as postgraduates. The mode of payment includes credit card, money order, cash, and electronic check. 

Ques. Is there an option to get a GRE or GMAT waiver at Sam Houston State University? 

Ans. Yes, students with a GPA greater than 2.75 can contact the Admission office of Sam Houston State University and request from being waived of these score requirements.

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