Here to Help

"Here to Help" highlights the many student services available at SHSU. Often these services are provided at little or no cost with a Bearkat OneCard. If your department would like to be featured email

Inside the Tripod Thrift Shop. There is plenty of clothes and other amenities in the store.

Tripod's Thrift Shop

At Tripod's Thrift Shop, students can come pick up clothing and necessities from 1-5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays or 3-6 p.m. on Tuesdays. All they have to do is swipe their Bearkat OneCard upon entry.

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A SAM Center advisor helping a student select classes for the next semester.

SAM Center

The SAM Center is here to help Sam Houston State University students plan each step in their educational careers and ensure that they select classes related to their degree plan.

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A doctor handing a student a brochure in the Student Health Center.

Student Health Center

The SHC offers a wide range of services through a primary care clinic, a nurse clinic, a laboratory and a pharmacy dedicated solely to SHSU students.

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An IT@Sam employee works on the internal parts of a computer.


IT@Sam works hard to provide students with all the resources they will need to succeed in their coursework on and off campus. Learn more about resources students have free access to through IT@Sam.

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Student working on a laptop in the Academic Success Center.

Academic Success Center

Now inside the first floor of Newton Gresham Library, the Academic Success Center provides opportunities for supplemental instruction in historically difficult courses. From tutoring, peer mentoring and academic recovery support, the team aims to cultivate a growth mindset within each student client.

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Two people collaborating in the Student Money Managment Center.

Student Money Management Center

The SHSU Student Money Management Center is a financial outreach and educational program with the mission of empowering students to achieve financial independence.

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Career Services

Career Services helps prepare students for the professional world. This free service sets up Bearkats for success by providing quality resources, programming and compassionate support needed to educate and empower students and alumni to achieve a life-long fulfilling career.

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Title IX

Sam Houston State University continues to go above and beyond to ensure student safety with help of the Title IX office. Title IX aids victims of sexual assault or any type of sex or gender discrimination on campus and their services are available to all members of the SHSU community including students, faculty, staff and visitors.

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Two students collaborate on a paper.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center, a division of the Academic Success Center helps students create ideas for essays, identify their target audience, organize their papers, improve writing styles, and teach them how to proofread. They can even help students after the paper has been turned in and graded by interpreting the comments left by instructors and help students to avoid making the same mistakes.

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Food Pantry volunteers pose in the shelves full of food.

The SHSU Food Pantry

Born out of a need to serve students who struggle with food insecurity, the SHSU Food Pantry provides quality and nutritious meals during distribution days twice a month. However, this new space, located behind the Katpost at 1108 17th street, is also open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday’s from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Two people go over Tax papers.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center

For many SHSU student workers, filing Federal Income Taxes is uncharted territory. For those whose household income is $56,000 or less, Sam Houston State University’s Bearkat Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center will provide free federal income tax assistance.

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A view of the Newton Gresham Library from the interior of the S.H.S.U. campus.

Newton Gresham Library

During typical times, the library supports and enhances the development of critically thinking, educated, and informed lifelong learners. Today, during the COVID-19 health crisis, its mission remains the same.

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A student smiling at their laptop.

Therapy Assistance Online

At Sam Houston State University, the Counseling Center is committed to students’ well-being. This support includes helping students to manage emotions and be more effective in relationships with others. Currently, for pandemic safety purposes, sessions are being conducted via remote therapy, which is generally done through video.

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A student holding up a t-shirt with the Phrase 'Bearkats Get Hired'.

Bearkats In The Workforce

Sam Houston State University has new initiatives in place to help get students and alumni into the workforce including virtual career and internship fairs and a new online program, The Jobs Show, which is now livestreamed on Zoom at 2 p.m. every other Wednesday.

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The staff of the Counseling Center pose in their office.

Counseling Center

The SHSU Counseling Center provides services within the university environment that contributes to the academic success, personal growth, and positive social contribution of Sam Houston State University students.

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The staff of Student Legal and Mediation Services pose with their award.

Student Legal and Mediation Services

Located in the Lowman Student Center, SHSU has an experienced attorney on staff to inform current students of their rights and responsibilities.

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The Print Services Crew posing with their printer.

Print Services

Services are available to all students for the purposes of student organizations, projects, events and general, pre-approved advertising on campus. The team specializes in producing just about anything you could need like programs, posters, magazines, flyers and brochures just to name a few.

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Dietetic nutritionists showing off their equipment.

Dietetic Nutritionists

Students seeking health and fitness advice have the option to meet with graduate interns from the Dietetic Master’s program when visiting the Recreational Sports Center.

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