About Sam Houston

Sam Houston Statue on SHSU Huntsville campus in front of Austin Hall

A Great Name in Texas Education

Named for Sam Houston, Texas’ greatest hero, Sam Houston State University continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence that includes exceptional teaching from faculty. For more than 139 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a Life is Its Service,” resonates among its 21,500+ students and echoes across eight colleges and beyond its Huntsville roots.

While embracing its legacy, SHSU also strives to meet the needs of contemporary students, both traditional and online. With a variety of fully online undergraduate and graduate degrees and numerous certificates and certifications, all of which are taught by on campus professors, SHSU Online has the option you’re looking for to reach your academic, personal, and professional goals.

SHSU is more than an institution of higher learning; it is also a great employer. For the past eight years, The Chronicle of Education has named SHSU a “Great College to Work For.”  

 

Academic Offerings

With over 90 bachelor's degree programs, more than 60 master’s degree programs and 10 doctoral programs, including the nation’s first PhD in Forensic Science, SHSU offers an exceptional college experience. SHSU continually strives to meet the needs of contemporary students, both traditional and online.