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Sam Houston State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 2,407 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 48 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

58% Women
42% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Southland Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $90,709)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $54,945)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 52 46 - -
Baseball 35 - Yes -
Basketball 18 15 - Yes
Bowling - 7 Yes -
Football 119 - - -
Golf 14 13 - Yes
Soccer - 24 Yes Yes
Softball - 20 - Yes
Tennis - 8 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 16 Yes Yes
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.6%
Black/non-Hispanic 17.5%
Hispanic 16.8%
Non-resident alien 2.1%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.2%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 58.9%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 1
Drug Law Violation 29
Liquor Law Violation 21
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 7

Notable Alumni

  • Richard Linklater (attended), Film director and screenwriter, known for "Bad News Bears," "Before Sunrise," "Dazed and Confused," "Fast Food Nation," and "School of Rock"
  • Dan Rather [Class of 53], Newscaster
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Misti from Rowlett, TX
  • 2
  • in my experience, the dorm life is unappealing. many of the dorms are too small and too old. in one of the nicer dorms, students were noisy and running around…

  • Jan-22-2012 Read More
  • Peyton from Huntsville, TX
  • 4
  • dorm life is never boring, and there is always programs and activities going on to help you meet new people and interact with people you live around.…

  • Feb-25-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • David from Austin, TX
  • Aug-07-2014 I am a current student here

    There are always places to eat but some of the food, especially in Old Main Market, is not very good.

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  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • Apr-12-2014 I am a current student here

    On campus they have a dining area known as Old Main, it is a bit pricey if you do not have a meal ticket or bearkat bucks to get the food, I have never eaten at Old Main but the food does look good, and I know a number of people who do enjoy eating their meals here. Other options on campus is in the lower part of the LSC building where they have Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, Quiznos, Burger King, and then upstairs is Einstein Bro's. Then Over at South Paw they have a subway, starbucks, and burger place. Also the library contains a Starbucks.

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  • 4
  • Haylee from Crosby, TX
  • Apr-07-2014 I am a current student here

    We have a full buffet which you can either by meal plans or just pay for it at the register. The food is descent and gives you many options to choose from. They will cook special food for students with allergies and such.

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  • 5
  • Savannah from Spring, TX
  • Jan-14-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Food is delicious and have great value. Ease and on the go for students in a rush. Very good to have and convenient on campus.

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  • 4
  • Kayla from Houston, TX
  • Dec-31-2013 I am a current student here

    Old Main is set up as a buffet style and has many different types of foods prepared fresh everyday. South Paw has fast food lines and you only get one go through and only certain things are on the meal plan; the plus side to southpaw is that there is a starbucks located there ready to service your coffee needs (its at a really convenient location if you have a class in the Chemistry and Forensic Science building).

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  • 4
  • Rebeckah
  • Dec-19-2013 I am a current student here

    The dining experience at Sam isn't exactly a five-star experience, but it is decent. First-year students are required to purchase a meal plan, which allows you a certain number of swipes a week to use at the main dining hall, and it allots a certain amount of Bearkat Bucks, which you can use at on-campus places such as Starbucks, Chick-fil-a, Pizza Hut, Subway, and others. As for off-campus dining, make sure you try Farmhouse Cafe! It's affordable, great-tasting homestyle food, and the service is always great! It's quickly become a favorite spot of mine and my roommate's...we always hit up Farmhouse when we don't feel like eating on campus.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Houston, TX
  • Dec-17-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is a huge part of the Sam Houston, not only are they about tradition and having a good time, but they play big roles in the Sam Houston and Huntsville communities by volunteering and helping them to become a better place.

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  • 0
  • Lindsey from New Waverly, TX
  • Nov-25-2013 I am a current student here

    I am a proud member of Alpha Delta Pi and joining has been the best decision I have made being in college! You meet so many people who will help you along the way to your career and you get to experience some great community service opportunities.

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  • 0
  • Christen from Cypress, TX
  • Sep-27-2013 I am a current student here

    I'm not apart of it, but I walk through sorority hill every day on my way to class. Everyone is active and they always look like they're having a lot of fun.

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  • 0
  • Amanda from Midlothian, TX
  • Jul-10-2013 I am a current student here

    There are all kinds of sororities and fraternities. There are even ones in the School of Music and other random places that you wouldn't expect.

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  • 0
  • Thalia from Houston, TX
  • Jul-01-2013 I am a current student here

    I'm not interested in Greek life so I don't know what to say about this. I've heard it's awesome though!

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