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Named for Sam Houston, Texas’ greatest hero, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) continually strives to honor its roots through academic excellence. For more than 140 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The Measure of a Life is its Service,” resonates among its 21,000+ students and echoes across eight colleges and beyond.

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.

You are considered a freshman student if...

Freshman Requirements

  • recently graduated or soon will graduate from high school OR
  • recently graduated or soon will graduate from high school and has completed transferable college credit while in high school OR
  • is not a recent high school graduate or received a GED but has completed less than 12 transferable credit hours

Completed more than 12 transferable credit hours after graduating high school? Go to transfer students admission instructions.

International students can learn more at

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Estimated cost per semester: Tuition & fees: $4480; Books: $285; Residence hall: $2940; Meal plan: $2450; Total: $10155. Based on Fall 2022/Spring 2023 rates and subject to change.

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Who can you contact with questions?

For assistance, support, and guidance with admissions, financial aid, degree discovery, and more, contact SHSU Admissions at 936.294.1828, or find your admissions counselor.

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Support Your Journey

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

Know Your Deadlines

September 1: Scholarship4Kats application opens. October 1: FAFSA opens for following school year and housing application opens to new students. November 1: FAFSA & Scholarships4Kats priority date.

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.

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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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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 start your next adventure. To begin your Accepted Student Journey, click the link below.