Bearkat Orientation

Bearkat Orientation is here to help you succeed in your transition. Sam Houston State University’s Bearkat Orientation program is a wonderful opportunity to get questions answered and get started navigating the logistics associated with starting college or transferring from one school to another. It is also an opportunity to make friends and have FUN! The Bearkat Orientation Program hosts organized, purposeful, and positive introduction sessions for all new SHSU students and their families.

All 2018 - 2019 high school graduates are REQUIRED to attend (transfer hours do not count). Students who are needing to complete Online Orientation are encouraged to visit our office to receive their orientation material.  Students are encouraged to complete the Accepted Student Checklist found online

Optional for all students who graduated high school BEFORE the 2018-2019 academic year

  • Orientation Dates


    Session Dates

    Registration Status


    Session Dates

    Registration Status

    Friday, January 11th CLOSED Friday, January 11th CLOSED
    Thursday, June 6th – Friday, June 7th CLOSED Monday, June 10th OPENS FEB. 15th
    Thursday, June 13th – Friday, June 14th CLOSED Friday, August 2nd OPENS FEB. 15th
    *Thursday, June 20th – Friday, June 21st CLOSED
    +Thursday, June 27th – Friday, June 28th CLOSED
    *Thursday, July 11th – Friday, July 12th CLOSED
    Thursday, July 18th – Friday, July 19th CLOSED
    Thursday, July 25th – Friday, July 26th CLOSED

    Sessions marked with (*) are our StrengthsQuest sessions, please visit the FAQ page for more information
    + Sessions marked with a (+) are the sessions we've designated for our out-of-state students, please visit the FAQ page for more information

  • StrengthsQuest Workshop & Orientation

    The Bearkat Orientation Program and Leadership Initiatives are collaborating to host StrengthsQuest Workshops for those students that are interested in learning more about there Strengths!

    Students must be registered for the June 20th - June 21st session or the July 11th - July 12th session and will be provided access to take the CliftonStrengths inventory.  Each workshop will take place a day before their orientation. Lodging and dinner will be provided.  Spaces are limited and on a first come first serve basis.

    Register here for Session 3 (June 20th - June 21st) StrengthsQuest Workshop taking place on June19th

    Register here for Session 5 (July 11th - July 12th) StrengthsQuest Workshop taking place on July 10th

  • Contact Information

    Need some help? Call or stop by the office.

    Phone: 936.294.1782

    Office Location:

    Sam Houston State University
    Ragsdale Visitor Center
    2nd Floor

    Physical Address:

    Sam Houston State University
    1905 University Ave
    Huntsville, TX 77340

    Mailing Address:

    Accepted Students & Bearkat Orientation
    Sam Houston State University
    Box 2195
    Huntsville TX 77341-2195

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