Awards and Recognitions

The mission of SHSU Online is to provide high-quality distance education and support to Sam Houston State University faculty and students. We’re proud to be recognized by the organizations and publications listed below for our excellence in online education.


2014 US News and World Report Awards

SHSU Earns National Recognition in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 Online Education Rankings

For the third consecutive year, Sam Houston State University has earned national recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of online education programs.

Of the four programs SHSU submitted for review in the 2014 report, three of SHSU’s online programs received a ranking in the top 20 percent in the nation and one program garnered a national ranking in the top ten.

The overall rankings placed SHSU No. 7 among “Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs” and also earned a No. 1 national ranking in the “Student Engagement” indicator for the category.

SHSU also received national recognition with a ranking of No. 20 among “Best Online Graduate Education Programs,” No. 41 among “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” and No. 43 among “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”

The rankings effectively garnered SHSU in the top 10 percent in “Best Online Graduate Education Programs,” top 19 percent in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs,” and top 15 percent in “Best Online Bachelor's Programs.”

See our 2014 US News & World Report Rankings page for details


SHSU Earns High Marks in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 Best Online Programs for Veterans Rankings

Several of Sam Houston State University’s online programs performed very well in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of 2014 Best Online Programs for Veterans, which the magazine announced on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Specifically, high-performing SHSU online programs ranked as follows:

  • Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans - #2
  • Best Online Graduate Education Programs for Veterans- #5
  • Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans- #12
  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans - #15

SHSU is proud to have earned these rankings, which place the university near the top in each case, and proud to provide outstanding service to students who have served their nation in the armed forces.


SHSU Ranked Among Most Technologically Savvy Online Schools

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The Online Schools Center has included SHSU in a list of the top U.S. online schools that “offer the discerning learner the finest education using the most progressive technology.” SHSU ranked #15 on the list, in the company of institutions including UCLA, Johns Hopkins and Boston University. Learn more about Online Schools Center’s Rankings for SHSU.


SHSU Ranked Fourth in National “Most Affordable Online Colleges” Report

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Sam Houston State University has been named one of the nation's most affordable online colleges. AffordableCollegesOnline.org ranks SHSU as the most affordable online university in Texas, and the fourth most affordable in the nation. Learn More About AffordableCollegesOnline.org's Rankings for SHSU.


Top 25 Best Buy Online MBA/AACSB

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Get Educated.com surveyed 85 business schools to develop this fact-based, data-driven ranking list of Best Buys for AACSB online MBA degree programs.

To appear on a Get Educated Best Buy list for online learning affordability, the MBA program profiled must objectively cost less than the average cost of all the distance masters degrees surveyed in the comprehensive, national data set.


#20 Best Buy Online Computer Science and Information Technology (IT) MS

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SHSU ranks #20 in a Get Educated.com Best Buy ranking. This ranking is based on a national survey of 77 regionally accredited universities that offer 115 different online master's in computer science and IT. The survey covered a wide range of computer science majors, including information systems, database mining, information assurance and technical communication. The rankings highlight the 45 best affordable online degrees in this field.


Top 25 Incredible Veteran Support

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"Another Texas school lauded for how well it treats students who have served in the Armed Forces by the voters at GI Jobs. Its world-class Criminal Justice department is actually considered a Military Preferred Program, and it allows for majors to mold their courses around whatever personal or professional challenges that might materialize."

                                                                --BestCollegesOnline.com


2014 Military Friendly Schools

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The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. 

These schools offer military students the best services, programs, discounts, scholarships, clubs, networking and staff. Our media and list also explain the Post-9/11 GI Bill and offer articles and advice for planning and executing a military education.


2013 Online College Rankings

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Sam Houston State University ranks in the top 25 2013 Online College Rankings, according to Guide to Online Schools. Each year, Guide to Online Schools ranks online schools to help prospective students get the most for their education dollar. Quality and affordability are the two main yardsticks by which schools are evaluated. The data and statistics used in these rankings have been compiled from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)—the primary governmental department responsible for gathering education-related data.