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Teaching a "Valuable" Lesson

When Sam Houston found himself facing enormous political pressure to swear an oath of loyalty to the Confederate States of America, he refused to compromise his personal values and those on which the state of Texas was built.

“Fellow citizens, in the name of your rights and liberties, which I believe have been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the nationality of Texas, which has been betrayed by the Convention, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the Constitution of Texas, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of my own conscience and manhood, which this Convention would degrade by dragging me before it, to pander to the malice of my enemies … I refuse to take this oath.”—Samuel Houston

He understood the importance of staying true to one’s values and was willing to “do right and risk the consequences.” Texas was not kind to Sam after his refusal to take the oath. He was ousted as governor in 1861 and shunned. But, General Houston and the values for which he fought and defended would prevail. Today, he is recognized as the most important figure in Texas history.  Read More...


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Letter From the President
Much has changed since Sam Houston State University was established in 1879 as a teacher’s college. Just in the last two decades, the university has seen a boom in enrollment growth, significant academic program expansion, a substantial rise in national rankings and recognition, major capital improvements, and unprecedented donor support.  Read more...


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SHSU students strive to achieve a higher level of excellence in education and their careers. Our students are empowered through academic and industry partnerships. Details.

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From the beginning, Sam Houston State has strived to innovate the educational process. Starting out as a teaching college, SHSU has now expanded into almost every discipline. Details.

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From the beginning, Sam Houston State has strived to innovate the educational process. Starting out as a teaching college, SHSU has now expanded into almost every discipline.
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Sam Houston State University has a long history of traditions. The motto, "The Measure of a Life is its Service" is exemplified each day at SHSU. This year Hurricane Harvey made all of Houston and the surrounding areas come together for the greater good. Details.