Be A Bearkat - First-Gen Students

Start Your New Adventure

Are you the first in your family to attend college?

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 about 50% of our current undergraduate students are first-gen.

At SHSU, we recognize that as a first-gen student, you may not know all the jargon, be familiar with our traditions or even what’s expected of living on campus. We are here to help guide you through the unique experiences you will face as you begin this exciting journey.

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...

Admissions Steps
Automatic Admission
Dual Credit



Support Your Journey

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

Get To Know SHSU Better...

Check out our Bearkat Blog, watch a quick tour video or sign up for a full in-person tour, see what life is like at SHSU.

Bearkat Blog
Commonly Used SHSU Terms








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


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.