Named for a Texas hero, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) honors its historical roots through academic excellence. For more than 140 years, SHSU has prepared students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a life is its service,” resonates among its faculty, students, eight colleges, and well beyond its Huntsville roots.
Sam Houston State offers top-ranked degree programs and was ranked third among
“The Best Value Online Colleges in Texas” by TexasOnlineColleges.com. From bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral programs—including the nation’s first Ph.D. in forensic science—SHSU provides an exceptional college experience for every student: traditional or non-traditional, first generation, international, or online.xxxIn 2020, SHSU welcomed its inaugural class of student doctors into the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the third college of osteopathic medicine in Texas. Its mission is to train physicians to serve the healthcare needs of rural and underserved Texans.
At SHSU, the student-athlete experience is defined by Bearkat Athletics, with seventeen teams competing at the NCAA Division I level in the Western Athletic Conference. The thirteen-team conference provides the best opportunities for program and student success while continually raising the profile of SHSU’s athletic teams, including the 2020–21 FCS NCAA Division I championship football team and nationally ranked men’s golf team.
With SHSU’s array of recognized academic programs, exceptional student support services, volunteer opportunities and more, Bearkats are well-prepared to respond to the workforce needs of a rapidly changing world and stand ready to serve their community.