Be A Bearkat - First-Gen Students

Start Your New Adventure

Are you the first person in your family who will complete a bachelor’s degree in the United States?

If so, then you are considered a first-generation student and we are proud to welcome you to our Bearkat family! You should first know that you are not alone. At SHSU, approximately 50% of our current undergraduate students are first-gen.

SHSU and its First-Generation Center are dedicated to helping you and your family navigate the university experience. Visit the First-Generation Center to learn more.

We hope that this site helps you open doors, navigate higher education, and connect with SHSU’s community of first-generation students, faculty, and staff who will support and encourage you throughout your entire academic journey.

The Admissions Process...

How do I apply to Sam Houston?
What is automatic admission?
What is dual credit?

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Support Your Journey

At SHSU, we have many resources available to help you along your journey to becoming a Bearkat!








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

SHSU At A Glance
  • Region
    • US - South
    • Online
  • Type of School
    • 4-Year Public
  • Campus Size
    • Large (>20,000 students)
  • Campus Setting
    • Rural
  • Application Types
    • Regular Decision
    • Rolling Admissions
  • Application Style
    • State-wide College Application
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Who can you contact with questions?

For assistance, support, and guidance with admissions, financial aid, degree discovery, and more, contact the SHSU Admissions at 936.294.1828 or

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Accepted, Now What?

Congratulations on your acceptance to Sam Houston State University! Your transition to SHSU should be easy and our office is here to help as you continue your Bearkat journey.