Next Steps for Admitted Students

Admitted to the Honors College?
Take these steps now!

1. Turn in your Participation Agreement

All students should submit a signed Participation Agreement which can be found in their acceptance letter before they can attend New Student Advising and officially be enrolled as a member of the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College. To access this document electronically, view our HONORS COLLEGE PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT.

2. Schedule an Honors New Student Advising Appointment

Newly admitted students are required to be advised by an Honors Dean prior to their first semester in the Honors College. New Student Advising is a simple 30-minute appointment during which students meet an Honors Dean, plan their Honors coursework for their first semester, learn more about the many benefits Honors has to offer, and have the opportunity to ask questions. New Student Advising does not require any fee or payment.

Incoming freshman students are encouraged to attend New Student Advising during their Bearkat Orientation dates. If you would like to attend earlier than that, please email honors@shsu.edu to verify your eligibility for doing so. Prior to attending Honors New Student Advising, students should attend Academic Advising at the SAM Center or with their academic department. To schedule a New Student Advising appointment, email us at honors@shsu.edu with your availability from 8AM to 5PM on Monday through Friday. Our office is open all summer long.

Current and transfer students may attend New Student Advising anytime prior to the start of the upcoming semester. For example, if admitted for the Fall 2019 semester, please attend advising prior to the start of the Fall 2019 semester. Prior to attending Honors New Student Advising, students should attend Academic Advising at the SAM Center or with their academic department. To schedule a New Student Advising appointment, email us at honors@shsu.edu with your availability from 8AM to 5PM on Monday through Friday. Our office is open all summer long.

3. Receive your New Student Packet & Honors T-Shirt

During your New Student Advising appointment, you will be provided a New Student Packet and complimentary Honors T-Shirt. This packet will include important documents such as a Calendar of Events for the upcoming semester, an Honors Courses & Seminars list for the upcoming semester, upcoming event information such as Welcome Retreat & Parents Luncheon, and access codes to the private Honors facilities on campus.

4. Apply for Honors Housing

Incoming freshman students have the opportunity to live in Sam Houston State University's newest residence hall, Piney Woods Hall. Accepted students are not required to live in Honors housing unless they are a Sam Houston Honors Scholar. (Students that are Sam Houston Honors Scholars will be made aware of this housing requirement when signing their Honors College Participation Agreement and be reminded of the requirement during their New Student Advising appointment.) For more information on Honors housing and details on how to apply, visit our HOUSING WEBPAGE.

Current students that are already registered for on-campus housing have the opportunity of selecting a room within the designated Honors Housing in Sam Houston State University's newest residence hall, Piney Woods Hall. To do this, select Honors Housing via the Residence Life portal used to select your current on-campus housing. 

Transfer students and current students that are not registered for on-campus housing, per Residence Life policy will not be placed as priorities for on-campus housing in the designated Honors Housing. Transfer students and current students not registered for on-campus housing are encouraged to secure off-campus housing as soon as possible. For more information on off-campus housing, visit RESIDENCE LIFE'S APARTMENT LISTING RESOURCE.

5. Register for the Honors Welcome Retreat

The Honors Welcome Retreat is an event exclusively open to students newly admitted to the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College for Fall 2019. The purpose of the retreat is to familiarize incoming students with the Honors faculty, administration, and Student Ambassadors. The event also includes a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities for students to enjoy. For more information on the Honors College Welcome Retreat, visit our WELCOME RETREAT WEBSITE. 

Did you hear about Welcome Retreat from an Honors Dean during your New Student Advising appointment? Ready to register? REGISTER HERE.

6. Join our social media network!

Like us on FACEBOOK

Follow us on INSTAGRAM

Follow us on TWITTER

7. Check Out Our Blackboard Page

After the official 12th class day, all newly admitted students will have access to our Honors College Blackboard page.

We use Blackboard frequently for:

  • Community Service Opportunities
  • On-campus Job Listings
  • Honors College Events
  • Honors College Deadlines & Reminders

Welcome to Honors!


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The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College

Academic Building IV Suite 201 | Box 2479 | Huntsville, Texas 77341-2479

Phone: (936) 294.1477 | Email: honors@shsu.edu

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