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Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is here to assist our future Bearkat students with the support, opportunities, and resources they need to develop as creative and critical thinkers. SHSU was recognized as Safest Texas College Campus in 2019, and is located just north of Conroe. Ensuring your future Bearkat is cared for can make it a little easier to send them off to college.

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. Sam Houston State University is here to support future Bearkats and their family every step of the way!

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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.

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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Support Your Journey

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

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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 continue your Bearkat journey.