Freshman Checklist

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Once you have been accepted for admission:

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Activate your computer account through SamWeb. Contact the IT@SAM Helpdesk at servicedesk@shsu.edu or call 936-294-1950 for assistance.

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Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn about scholarship opportunities.

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Submit FINAL high school transcript upon graduation to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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Submit proof of meningitis vaccination at least 10 days prior to the first class day or 10 days prior to move-in date if living on campus. Documentation should be sent to the SHSU Health Center. For more information visit Meningitis Vaccination Requirement.

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Check your SHSU email account for your TSI Status approximately five days after your acceptance email. If you are not exempt, you will be given instructions on how to complete a pre-assessment activity in order to take the TSI Assessment test. You must be compliant with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) law in order to be advised and register.

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Apply for on-campus housing through the Department of Residence Life. All first-year students who have been out of high school for less than a year are required to live in university residence halls and participate in the university meal plan. For assistance contact 936-294-1812.

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Get information on First-Year Experience in Academic Building 4, Suite 202.  They can be reached at 936-294-3422.

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Submit official college transcripts (upon course completion) of any dual credit/college coursework taken during or after high school to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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Sign up for Freshman Orientation through New Student Orientation Programs. Freshman Orientation is required for all incoming freshmen.

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Meet with your academic advisor in the Student Advising and Mentoring (SAM) Center, located in the College of Humanities & Social Science Building – Suite 170. It is highly recommended that you meet with your advisor BEFORE attending Freshman Orientation. For assistance call 936-294-4444.

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Visit the Registration website for information on registration for your courses.

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Request your Bearkat OneCard, the official ID of SHSU, in person (Main campus - Estill Building, Suite 230 or The Woodlands Center- One Stop Shop) or online. You must present a valid government or state issued photo ID in order to request your Bearkat OneCard.

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Pay your tuition and fees by the deadline stated on your fee statement. To pay in person, visit the Estill Building – Suite 103.

To pay tuition online:
  1. Log into My Sam
  2. Click on the “My Account” tab
  3. Click on “Make Payment through the Student Account Center”

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