Student Life

Lowman Student Center (LSC)

The LSC is a great place to grab some lunch, hang out with friends, or get some study time in between classes. Grab a seat on the stair-step benches, enjoy the view out of the floor-length windows overlooking The Frank Parker Plaza, and get a first-hand look at campus life from the comforts of an air-conditioned building – a much needed rescue from the Texas summer heat!

The LSC houses great food options at the Paw Print on the first floor, or stop by the second floor Starbucks for your caffeine fix. Stop by the University Bookstore for all your Bearkat gear!

SHSU Rec Sports

Interested in more competitive games? Check out Intramural Sports and work as a team to compete against other on-campus teams, or join a Club Sports team and challenge other schools for victory.

SHSU OrgLink & Greek Life

Get involved in one of SHSU’s more than 250 student organizations and clubs or join SHSU’s Greek Life.

SHSU Traditions

Traditions are an integral part of campus life at Sam Houston State and help define our culture. From Homecoming to the Tree of Light ceremony, these long-standing traditions can be shared across generations and bring Bearkats together with a sense of pride and belonging. These enduring traditions provide us with a sense of timelessness and continuity; whether it is attending every Bearkat football game, paying homage to members of our Bearkat community who have passed away at the annual Raven’s Call or marching to Sam Houston’s gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery on Texas Independence Day, these traditions are entrenched in student life and allow us to connect with our classmates, alumni and alma mater.

SH ELITE & Evolve

SH ELITE & Evolve are dedicated to fostering intentional community and meaningful campus engagement.

SH ELITE (Establishing Leadership In & Through Education) is a success program established in 2010 to help increase retention and graduation rates of under-served students.

Evolve is a student support program housed in Academic Affairs that provides retention-based support services for transfer students. We want students who transfer to value their undergraduate experience and complete their journey at Sam Houston State University.


SHSU offers great campus dining options. Find out more about our locations, daily menus, health and wellness programs and much more. On-campus dining includes two dining halls, numerous fast food restaurants, conveniently located PODs & vending machines, and Aramark also offers catering services. See all your dining choices here.