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As everyone knows, Texas is a very big state. Thousands of students choose to attend college or university in Texas every year. The Lone Star State ranks near the top of the list in terms of the number of colleges and universities and the number of students enrolled.
There are many good reasons to choose to go to school in Texas. Students enjoy the mild winters and warm springs as well as the diversity of landscapes and people the state has to offer. In addition to being national leader in business, technology, agriculture, aerospace, and biomedicine, Texas also has the advantage of being one of the safest and most affordable states to live in.
Here are the top 16 universities in Texas that provide excellent education and quality of living.
16. Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston State University is a public institution that was founded in 1879. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,255, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 211 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.
Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,932 (2014-15); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,792 (2014-15).
Sam Houston State University is one of the most innovative and diverse universities in Texas. Founded in 1879 as the first teacher-training school in the Southwest, SHSU now has more than 19,000 students and 140 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.
SHSU, a “Community Engaged” institution, is classified as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and was recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report for being among the best in the country for online graduate programs.
SHSU graduates and alumni include award-winning Broadway performers, state, national and international political leaders, professional athletes, senior level leadership of U.S. armed services, world renowned journalists, authors, film directors, and leaders in education, criminal justice, banking and business.
This close-knit University provides students with a personalized experience and supports their academic success through services obtained in the nationally-recognized Student Advising and Mentoring (SAM) Center.
Located in a hills, lakes and forests region of East Texas 70 miles north of Houston, Sam Houston State University is known as one of the most “wired” universities in the nation and is “A Great Name in Texas Education.” At Sam Houston State, you can dream and succeed.
When applying to Sam Houston State University, it’s important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Sam Houston State University is $45. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.9 percent.
The student-faculty ratio at Sam Houston State University is 24:1, and the school has 24.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.
The most popular majors at Sam Houston State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies.
The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.5 percent.
Sam Houston State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,255, with a gender distribution of 41.1 percent male students and 58.9 percent female students. At this school, 21 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 79 percent of students live off campus.
Sam Houston State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
Sam Houston State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance.
Sam Houston State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Sam Houston State University, 60 percent have cars on campus.
Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Sam Houston State University.
Cost and Financial Aid
At Sam Houston State University, 62.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,842.