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Sam Houston State University

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About Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University is a public institution that was founded in 1879. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,819, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 211 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.

Sam Houston State University's ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. 

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For more than 130 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The Measure of a Life is its Service,” echoes across SHSU’s seven colleges and beyond its Texas campus through student research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more.

Named for Sam Houston, Texas’ greatest hero, SHSU continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence that includes exceptional teaching from faculty members who care as much about their students’ success as they do about furthering the knowledge of their fields.

While embracing its legacy, SHSU also strives to meet the needs of contemporary students, both traditional and online. With over 20 bachelor’s and graduate degrees available entirely online, and more in development each semester, SHSU online is quickly becoming one of the best online universities in Texas.


Sam Houston State University provides the perfect environment for an on-campus living experience!

All 26 of our residence halls and apartments provide economical and convenient living for students. We house approximately 3300 Bearkats, providing one of the widest varieties of living options in this region of the country. 


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 3 Agriculture Studies 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 1 Law 1 Mass Communication & Media 1


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