Are you ready to join the Bearkat Family?

If you’re a top 25% student in the Bearkat Advantage Program, then you’ve earned AUTOMATIC ADMISSION to Sam Houston State University!

SHSU is proud to support eligible college-bound students from Goose Creek CISD and Hunstville ISD with automatic admission and financial assistance, along with enhanced services to guidance counselors. At SHSU, we believe "The measure of a Life is its Service," and we're ready to serve you and your family. Located just an hour north of Houston, Sam Houston State, with its beautiful campus charm, has a Texas small town feel with large scale opportunities including top-ranked degree programs.

We're also ready to waive your application fee! Take the next steps:

  1. Apply to SHSU
  2. Select "Request a Fee Waiver"
  3. Submit your transcript

Your hard work can pay off!

Each participating high school will also receive $1,000 annually to award eligible students on their path to SHSU!
...and you can find even more scholarships, grants, and aid to help pay for college. Check out the Smith-Hutson Scholarship, Honors College , and Bearkat Promise opportunities!


Current High School Partners:

If you attend a high school in one of these districts and qualify for the Bearkat Advantage Program, then you’re automatically in at SHSU!

  • Huntsville ISD
  • Goose Creek ISD

Don’t see your district? Contact us to learn more about our partnerships.

Students, find out more about SHSU!






We appreciate your interest and want to learn more about you so please answer the questions below:


Who can you contact with questions?

Shannon Ritchie
Greater Huntsville and North East Houston

Office: 936.294.2313