Veteran 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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Veteran Dependents apply for Veteran Affair (VA) Benefits at www.gibill.va.gov.

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

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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.

  • Veterans should visit with the Veterans Affairs Coordinator after registering. Visit the Veteran Resource Center on first floor of Academic Building III. The Veterans Affairs Coordinator can be reached at 936-294-1046 or veterans@shsu.edu.
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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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