Sam Houston State University School of Agricultural Sciences

Huntsville, TX

Founded in 1879

"Individual attention to its students in every teaching format."

Small Town





Acceptance Rate

$4,648 / $9,332

Tuition In-state / Out-of-state


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Ranked among the top U.S. non-Land Grant universities in enrollment and widely recognized for its outstanding academic programs, the Sam Houston State University School of Agricultural Sciences program offers a wide variety of educational centers to allow for experiential learning to complement concepts taught in the classroom.

The Agricultural Sciences program has multiple educational centers and complexes including the Fred L. Pirkle Engineering Technology Center, Agriculture Center Complex, Plant Science Field Lab, William R. Harrell Agricultural Engineering Technology Center, and the 1,740-acre Gibbs Ranch Education and Research Facility. Many of the agricultural-related majors can be obtained in conjunction with a Teaching Certificate.

SHSU provides automatic admission when eligible prospective freshmen are in the Top 10 percent of their high school graduating class in one of the two school years preceding the academic year for which they are applying for admission with either a Distinguished Achievement or Distinguished diploma type. 


Agricultural Degrees Offered

  • Agricultural Communications
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agriculture Business
  • Animal Sciences
  • Equine Science
  • Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Plant, Environmental and Soil Science
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Wildlife
  • Interdisciplinary Agriculture
  • Interdisciplinary / Agriculture Education
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Total Enrollment: 18,498

Agricultural Students: 1,115

Male Female Student Ratio: 36%/64%

Acceptance Rate: 84%


Application Fee: $45

Application Deadline: December 1

Target GPA: 3.1

Target SAT Score: 1010

Target ACT Score: 19


In-State: $4,648

Out-of-State: $9,332

Student Fees: $500

Room and Board: $4,707

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Religious Affiliation: non-denominational

Faculty/Student Ratio: 24/1

Various educational centers and complexes

The 1740-acre Gibbs Ranch is an educational, research and service facility, located north of campus on Highway 75, serves as a living laboratory for all aspects of agricultural and natural resource education and is managed by the School of Agricultural Sciences The ranch includes a high quality 50+ head herd of Angus cattle and 100+ commercial cattle, 30 Boer and commercial goats, a 400 tree olive orchard, rodeo training arena and riding area, Show Team Facilities, 100+ acres of managed timber and the SHSU/Mustang CAT educational, research and training facility, as well as various structures common to a working ranch. There is also the Fred L. Pirkle Engineering Technology Center, the Agriculture Center Complex (which has a greenhouse, covered arena, and meat science laboratory), the Plant Science Field Lab with two greenhouses and laboratory facilities, and the William R. Harrell Agricultural Engineering Technology Center to provide students with hands-on experience in wood and metal fabrication, electricity and electronics, hydraulics, structures, alternative energy resources, and soil and water conservation.