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  • 07/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    54 out of 57 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Sam Houston State University is a GREAT school for anyone trying to pursue any major in the Criminal Justice field. Located a block away from one of Texas' Department of Criminal Justice Prison centers, criminal justice majors are able to get hands on experience in the criminal justice system. Sam Houston is also good for Business and Education majors. Their programs are recognized around the world.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a college student, networking is an important part of your lives. On the first day of classes, make sure you introduce yourself to your professors. Try to meet as many people you can who can help you in the long run.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston is a great school with a great price. Tuition is less than other universities and still provides a outstanding education to their students. Though Sam Houston is not a big ivy league university, students are not cheated out of a good education. You will get a bang for the buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    Though Sam Houston is located in a small town with little to do, the campus does put on various activities during the day and on weekends. Student Activities at Sam Houston during school hours are located in the court yard with numerous prizes given out on the daily. Fridays' on campus is Wear Orange Day and if you wear the school color orange, you will be given a prize.

    Am learning a lot

    At Sam Houston State University you will not only broaden your education, but you will also broaden your understanding of other people. Going off to college, you will learn a lot about other people who are not like you and be introduced to new activities.

  • 08/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 out of 34 people found this review useful. 2 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Sam Houston is great for the students that like a small town, small classes for more one on one direction, and enjoy community. In reality, I think Sam could cater to any type of student. It truly is an awesome institution!

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips I can give all of you new freshman or transfers is to get involved. There are so many different organizations to get involved in so to make friends, build resumes, help your community, and to just have fun. Also, if you wear orange on Fridays, you get free stuff. I also advise you to go to all school activities because Sam gives you so many opportunities to win free stuff.

    Bang for the buck

    I did not, and do not, have the luxury of having a lot of money. I work hard, but college, especially 4 year institutions, has gotten so much more expensive. Sam is very affordable considering how nice the campus really is. Sam provides a large scholarships, loans, grants, and a low tuition cost so that students may get a quality education and more for their money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Sam Houston is really a beautiful campus. I like that it is in a small town and not in a busy city. It allows you to get used to being on your own but not so much that you are overwhelmed. It is very much a college town and it is nice that everyone seems to know everybody. You see many familiar faces through out the day.

    Am learning a lot

    College is a time to expand the knowledge you already have and pursue new knowledge for use through the rest of your life. Sam Houston has allowed me to do both. In just the two semesters I have been here, I have learned more than I ever did in High School. The college atmosphere and college teachers teach you not only about what ever subject you are learning but how it applies to life as well.

  • 08/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 21 people found this review useful. 3 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who like scenic locations. Students who aren't sure about specific majors (there is a variety of major options available) Students who like agriculture, criminal justice, business, theater, music, art, and sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Apply early and apply for housing early, more likely to get your first choice especially if you want to live in Sam Houston Village. - Always take the initiative to talk to your professors, take advantage of any and all help that is offered.

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the least expensive colleges in Texas and for the money you are paying, you are getting an excellent deal. The education level is outstanding, there are tons of student services offered to you included in your tuition to help you make the most out of your college experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being here at Sam because there is always something going on here on campus. The campus is beautiful and I enjoy just sitting on on the hill while doing homework. Everything you need is in such close proximity you can practically walk anywhere you need to go. My college experience here has been fantastic so far and I can't imagine going anywhere else.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here make you eager to learn as much as you possibly can. If you are willing to make the initiative, they are willing to dedicate as much time as you need to help you. There is so much to learn here at Sam Houston State University and the classroom environment makes it even easier to learn.

  • 01/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 4 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a great place for people majoring in education, criminal justice, business, theater, and dance.

    Tips for prospective students

    If it is your first year going to college, try getting a dorm. Many people think that dorms are very small and messy. While they are small, the dorms are relatively clean and are very close to everything on campus. If you do not have a car, getting a dorm is the best way to go.

    Bang for the buck

    This really is a great deal for a university. It is fairly cheap and I am able to pay what I can when I am able. Also, there are a lot of events on campus that give away free stuff from t-shirts, to school supplies, and even food. Its almost as if you are getting your money back.

    Am enjoying being here

    I cannot express how great it is to be going to Sam Houston. Other than weather, this school is amazing! Everything is close by like a small town within the campus. There are also so many different organizations here, its hard to pick only a few to join.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are great. Most of them want to get to know their students one on one and are very understanding to each students needs. Also, most of the classes are relatively small in size which makes it easier to excel in the classroom.

  • 12/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 5 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Loves learning Loves great scenery Loves to just have fun and Enjoys freedom

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for quality education without skyrocket tuition and a caring environment this is the school for you.

    Bang for the buck

    The education that you receive is worth every penny of your dollar. The professors genuinely care and they give you your monies worth not only in class but outside of class when you need them. They do not run and hide when you need them during office hours and most of them are really good about emailing you back when you have a question.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love living on campus. Most people say it is boring because there really isn't anything to do in Huntsville, but I love that everyone leaves on the weekends and it is so quiet and peaceful. Then during the week when everyone is on campus it is not crowded to the point where you bump into shoulders trying to get to your next class.

    Am learning a lot

    At this school there is a great opportunity to learn outside the classroom. There are plenty of workshops that are available for you to attend that help with financial aid, getting a job, even leadership workshops. The professors are also generally willing to help a student if they ask for it. Most of them are actually concerned about their students and wants them to achieve. This is an advantage to most schools because its not a if you do not get it oh well type of atmosphere.

  • 12/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 6 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Its the number 1 Criminal Justice university in the country, number 1 teaching university in the state. and every other dept here ranks up there as well. Sam Houston may not be Harvard or Princeton, but it is ranked above almost all universities in the state. (Also its not a huge university, so it's great for anyone wanting that small town feel)

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, adn start the financial aid process EARLY.. That is the only downside... Once it get's busy, the financial aid office is almos impossible to work with

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely worth the price. While some universities are charging upwards of 10,000 a semester, I usually end up with $2800 - $3000 a semeseter, and With the grants and scholarships they offer, I never even spend close to that

    Am enjoying being here

    Huntsville may seem boring at first, but once you get used to it, this place is amazing. There is something going on on campus every single day. They try and make the experience as fun as they possibly can.

    Am learning a lot

    Sam Houston is a great learning environment, Every professor I've had has been extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I've walked away from every class with a completely new outlook on that subject.

  • 12/04/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you enjoy being in the country-like area, here's the place for you to be. The weather might be a bit crazy, but it's Texas, what else can you expect? The school spirit is completely amazing, especially when the holidays are around. Music program and Criminal Justice will cradle you in nicely!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure you've got your studying habits in check because these classes aren't easy if you don't know how to focus in school. Be ready to see friendly people and haul yourself up and down a giant hill. There's plenty of organizations to choose from and expect to make a lot of long-lasting friendships.

    Bang for the buck

    It's one of the cheapest schools in Texas and for all the help we receive from teachers it's perfect. Everything is within reach of the school and when it comes to eating or books, there's a variety of places to get everything from.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a beautiful campus full of the friendliest people you'll ever meet. Smiles are passed around even when it's raining cats and dogs, and if you ask for help anyone is willing to help. It's calm at night and rowdy during the day, we've got enough school spirit. The city is nice to travel around in and we're not too far from any place. It's the perfect getaway.

    Am learning a lot

    Sam Houston isn't too big of a school, but it's not very small either. It's just the right size, giving classrooms the perfect amount of students for professors to handle. Teachers give attention when you need it, and if you don't feel like teachers are enough, there are different centers from writing to reading around campus to help tutor you.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great here. There are places you can call for help everywhere on campus so no worries. Someone is always willing to escort you to your car.

    Greek Life

    Greek life was not the best but the new lines coming out will be awesome. This upcoming semester we should see life in the Greeks.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Fox and shenanigans are the two main clubs here. I only go to the Fox because I hate smoke!

    Great for these types of students

    I am a nursing major and i absolutely love to be out and about. If i am not studying then i am out meeting new people. We all call each other Sam Fam because we become so close here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't any unusual traditions but come out to the football games they are so fun and they have free food for days.

    Bang for the buck

    Get meal plans only if you do not have a kitchen to cook. You will save a lot if you know how to coupon or just use them!

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports is great here at SAM. Be involved and get into some clubs. I love going to the Fox(a club) and the fair grounds with the Greeks.

    Food and Dining

    South paw and Paw print have all of the fast food you'd ever desire. Old main pit has the home cooked meal you need to feel good and keep your energy high for a long day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great if you love twin beds. I wish i had more storage as a freshman and a bigger bed. SHV is the best place to live as a freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are great if you get the right professor. If you do not then your semester will suck. Always ask upperclassmen on who to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your own everything; it might sound mean but sharing often gets you in many fights with your room mate if you do not know them very well. Live on campus; you save gas and get a workout in because everything is walking distance.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston has a great atmosphere. I love the campus life because they always have a program available to attend and meet new people. The activities that are provided keep you in shape and up to date on everything going on not only on campus but off campus community service projects as well.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are stations throughout campus that have phones to call upd if there is an emergency.

    Greek Life

    there are many awesome sororities to choose from!

    Clubs and Activities

    shsu is always coming up with new clubs and organizations. everyone will find somewhere they fit it!

    Great for these types of students

    students who like to study one-on-one with professors will love sam houston.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every friday is spirit day and you wear orange and represent your love for the bearkats!!

    Bang for the buck

    tuition and housing prices are very low, and what you get in return exceeds what you pay.

    What to do for fun

    there is a duck pond that is nice to go when you want to just relax. the movie theater is very cheap, it's only five dollars to see a film at night and on weekends, which is a steal compared to the ten you have to pay in larger cities on campus student activities hosts many fun events.

    Food and Dining

    shsu recently built a new dining area. the food is great quality and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm rooms have just the right amount of space for everyone. shsu built a new dorm building a year ago, it is very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    all of the classes are accredited and the professors are very helpful. there are tutoring centers in every department! it's awesome!

    Tips for prospective students

    study, study, study and go to class. don't slack in the beginning it makes everything that much harder.

    In three sentences

    sam houston state university has an amazing environment. the teacher-student ratio is perfect. the atmosphere is perfect for anyone who doesn't want to get lost in the crowd.

  • 05/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those students who want to major in Criminal Justice should definitely attend Sam Houston State University.

  • 05/16/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    SHSU is excellent for those who are looking for small classes and don't want to be just another number. You can really get to know your professors. Also, anyone who prefers to be away from big city life would love the environment.

    Will enjoy being here

    I attended Saturdays@Sam and the moment I set foot on campus, I loved it. SHSU has such a peaceful setting, in a non-hectic environment. There's even a park nearby which would be a nice and quiet place to read a book or sketch some wildlife.

  • 06/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Honestly, you have to pay attention in class. Be respectful. Do not be afraid to ask questions. DO NOT BE LATE FOR YOUR CLASSES. Keep up with your studying and your grades. Professors recognize their hard-working students (they have special rewards for you at the end of the semesters). You just have to make sure that you keep up with all of your homework and all of your deadlines.

    Am enjoying being here

    The students are so energetic and friendly. There are many events happening on campus that lots of students attend. They also make you feel at home. You'll be surprised by how many different majors you can meet.

    Am learning a lot

    Sam Houston State University has great professors. They love working with their students and love seeing them work really hard. However, if you do not ask them for help, they will simply think that you understand their materials. Do not be afraid to email them or contact them. They are there to help you learn. Take advantage of them.

  • 11/03/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    The town is BEAUTIFUL, and eveything is close together.

    Will learn a lot

    There is alot of One on one time with the professors.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    unfortunately, there have been some sexual assaults and car break-ins. upd is constantly roaming the school, and there are numerous emergency call posts all over campus. i typically walk with someone at night to get home safely.

    Greek Life

    there are many sororities and fraternities for students to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's something for everyone. there are tons of clubs for people to join and it's what you make it. the school encourages its students to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    this school is great for students who want a small classroom experience. many classes have about 30 students in specific areas but some freshman core classes have under 200. it's a great campus to walk around to get a work out and the school appeals to those who want a college experience for a cheaper price.

    What to do for fun

    the weekends can get pretty boring but sometimes, i have found things to do. there are dancing clubs close to campus such as shenanigans and the jolly fox. also, there is a movie theater about 5 minutes from campus that plays new movies for $3 before 6 pm. there's a mall in the woodlands but it takes about an hour to get there by car. other than these options, there are football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, and more athletic games you can attend.

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall has its good and bad days. sam houston opened its new dining hall this year that prepares meals in front of students and offers a variety of food options for every meal. there is also a place for fast food such as chick-fil-a, burger king, sushic, etc. these can be paid for with bearkat bucks. however, much of the food is unappealing or overused as time goes on.

    Dorm Life

    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 the halls, leaving messes for janitors to pick up.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes aren't too hard but you have to study a lot. many classes have lectures and assigned reading that you have to pay attention to for finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    some professors will give you homework or papers way in advance on their syllabus. do not wait until the last minute because you will be craming and stressing out during finals. try to get involved in the campus because we're all about helping the community and servicing others.

    In three sentences

    sam houston offers classes that are high-school size and entertain students. professors are very easy to contact and many will learn who you are to better enhance your learning. however, the school can be a bit lonely and boring because many students go home for the weekends. the school is safe and there is tons of school spirit.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    trying to attend a school where you are far enough from home that you don't have to stay with your parents, but you can still go home anytime you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    take every opportunity available, and meet as many people as possible. you will learn a lot and have fun doing it.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is fairly priced.

    Will enjoy being here

    The clubs seem awesome and the students really try to make you feel accepted into the group.

    Academic Rigor

    the staff is very nice and friendly. they don't try to make you feel like a number in the school but an individual.

  • 09/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    I would reccommend anyone to come to Sam Houston it really is a great school and a great community!

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other Universities, SHSU is a real deal when it comes to tuition costs!

    Am enjoying being here

    Huntsville is a great little town and I love living here!! Everyone here seems so genuine and nice!!

    Am learning a lot

    SHSU is a wonderful school. The professors here are truly helpful if you take the time to ask questions and really try hard they will help you as much as they can! Study for everything!! The schoolwork is not that difficult if you actually try!!

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that love a small town, classes, and school. They even built more buildings to add more majors to their list. Very diversity school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great school if you want to interact closely with your teachers and also if you want to meet great people. SHSU is like a close-tight family. I'm happy to have graduated from here.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition at SHSU is very good. The price is perfect for such a small town

    Did enjoy being here

    In the small town of Huntsville, the school is the best place to go to college at. Great way to meet people quickly with alot of activities to enjoy going to.

    Did learn a lot

    SHSU classes were so small that I was able to have one on one conversations with the teachers and they were more understanding than other colleges.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 244

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    sam houston offers a variety of social events in order for you to get to know your fellow bearkats. school interaction is somewhat of a big deal here which is a great source for networking.

    Food and Dining

    sam houston state university has a brand new dining hall built to satisfy your every need. your dinner is prepared right in front of you, not to mention the variety of lines to cover whatever you happen to be in the mood for.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life at sam is no where near as bad as i figured; in actuality its a lot more spacious and comfy.

    Tips for prospective students

    best advice i can give, once here, do not procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    1. sam houston state university has opened many doors for me and it is only my first year attending. 2. sam houston state university has an outstanding criminal justice program that happens to be nationally ranked. they also have an amazing education program. both programs will send you off in the correct direction and you'll be in great hands. 3. while attending sam houston state university i have learned so much in and outside of the classroom. sam offers a welcoming environment in and out of the classroom whether it be with your fellow classmates or your fellow bearkats on campus.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is something that i do not worry about here. i get updated emails and text messages whenever weather or criminal events happen. campus police are always around the next corner and are very friendly.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 200 organizations and clubs offered at sam houston with more being added each year.

    Great for these types of students

    here at sam, we are known for our forensic science programs. we also offer a great fine arts program. i am involved in the agricultural department and can say that it was a good choice for me.

    Bang for the buck

    sam houston was the perfect choice for me and many others. its hard not to be happy here.

    What to do for fun

    at sam houston life is never boring. there is always some sport event going on, or you can participate in your own rec sport team. yoga, pillaties, excersising is also provided. concerts, lectures, dinners, tournaments are always going on around campus. also at the student center the kat center has wall size tv's, air hockey, pool tables, etc offered.

    Food and Dining

    sam houston takes pride in the dining halls available. a brand new dining facility has just been opened and it is top notch along with the other dining halls on campus.

    Dorm Life

    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.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes here are challenging yet passable with a high grade. the teacher to student ratio is ideal and the teachers take time out to help the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    it is very important to get a good advisor that will help you not hinder you in choosing your class schedule. forget high school, college is a whole new level!

    In three sentences

    the campus is a very relaxing and yet active. students take pride in wearing our school colors and supporting are many sports and organizations. some of the most personable staff/students you'll ever meet on a campus!

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    sam houston is awesome when it comes to campus safety. they have their own police force and about every ten to fifteen feet is a security pole. if you have a late night class and you don't feel comfortable walking in the dark, you can activate one of the poles and a sam houston police officer will escort you to where you want to go!

    Great for these types of students

    if you're new to the college scene or prefer a smaller college experience, sam houston is the place to go. if you like to sit out in nature in between classes, sam houston offers gorgeous, texas hill country scenery. the local squirrel population is booming and the little things are pretty used to people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there's demon road which a lot of sororities and fraternities like to use for induction. actually, there's about five or six demon roads since people tend to move the legend around. sam houston has a storied rivalry with stephen f. austin state university. each year when the two teams play, it becomes a really big deal. the campus bookstore sells all sorts of t-shirts for the games. my personal favorite is mamas don't let your babies grow up to be lumberjacks! a rip off the famous song mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys. eat 'em up, kats! is the sam houston battle cry.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition isn't that high, and for what you pay, it is really pretty nice. the campus is beautiful and clean. there's a large, open courtyard in the middle of campus and so many computer labs i've lost count. the courtyard has low walls, iron benches and woven metal tables with ivy climbing them. on the pretty days, it's the most populated area on campus.

    What to do for fun

    sam houston has all sorts of clubs and organizations to join. i belong to chi alpha--which is actually a nationwide, college-aged christian ministry. there's also all the theater groups, the english honors society (which recently took a trip to new orleans) as well as the japanese club. just about everybody goes to shenanigans on thursdays to dance. thursdays seem to be the big party nights around here. there's a movie theater and a small mall in town. there's an even bigger mall and much nicer theater only 20 minutes away in conroe or 45 minutes away in the woodlands. houston is an hour's drive and galveston is just beyond that. late at night during the week, a lot of people flock to walmart just to stand in the only open line with their five things. that's one of the best entertainments in hunstville!

    Food and Dining

    sam houston has so many different food choices, it's amazing. there are at least six different dining halls on campus. old main and belvin hall offer more buffet style eating while south paw and pawprint offer everything from mexican food to pizza and sushi. my favorite place to eat is southpaw because it has both starbucks and subway in it. on cold days, i grab a sub and a venti mocha and eat while checking my facebook on one of the computers southpaw offers for its patrons.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is pretty good. most of the ra's are very nice and try to solve your problems. there really isn't a strict curfew and, for the most part, the noise level isn't too bad. almost all of the dorms are real close to campus and will save you plenty of money on gas if you walk.

    Academic Rigor

    while sam houston certainly isn't harvard or yale, it has some challenging courses if you're willing to look for them. the professors aren't lazy and want to teach you everything they know in the shortest amount of time. depending on how many hours you take, it's more than possible to balance your homework load by spreading your classes out a little more.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want to live in a dorm, apply for housing as soon as you possibly can. that way you can get a better choice of where to live. if you're lacking on the friendship side of things, sam houston has all sorts of clubs and organizations you can join.

    In three sentences

    sam houston is a great university for those looking to transfer smoothly between high school and a larger university. its faculty and staff are extremely helpful. it has more than enough dining choices to fit any preference: from sushi to beans and rice!

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there is always police on campus. it has a criminal justice college so that makes sense, but all of the cops are nice. they ticket a bunch for parking, but have always been around to make the campus feel safe even sitting next to a prison.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is something for everyone. there is quidditch. la-cross, band, student government, social sororities, academic sororities, tons of youth groups associated with church. it's so easy to get involved in something you really love.

    Bang for the buck

    i feel like i'm going to a big leage school, in a small town setting. my tuition is 1/4 what i would pay at one of those schools though.

    What to do for fun

    i go on picnics in nice weather. there's lots to do on campus, and there is always some sort of event going on somewhere.

    Food and Dining

    the dining halls close by 8 pm which kind of stinks. particularly if you have a sport that practices later than that and you didn't get a chance to catch dinner.

    Dorm Life

    i love living in the dorm. you meet new people, and it becomes a home away from home.

    Tips for prospective students

    as silly as it sounds, get your leg muscles working! the campus has lots of hills. also, never be trying to park during meal hours by the dining halls. learn to parallel park.

    In three sentences

    i absolutely love sam houston, and it is the perfect college for me. the campus is smaller and really pretty to walk through. but the most important thing is the teachers, and they are by far the best ones i've ever had.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can feel safe on this campus. There is a campus-wide notification by e-mail, text, or phone call in case of emergency. Locations throughout campus with emergency call boxes, campus security escorts, and a well lit campus make SHSU safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are groups for every student to find a niche they will love. The Student Activities office is also a great office to assist in finding any organization that you seek.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SHSU has undergone many transformations from when I first was a freshmen in 2007. No longer will you walk campus and see a ton of other university t-shirts. You'll see our SHSU Orange. The traditions and spirit of campus are a growing fashion now.

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the cheapest universities yet we are ranked in the top for many of our academic fields. Criminal Justice. Education. Business. And others.

    What to do for fun

    While most students would say there is nothing, that is because they've made no friends and connections in Huntsville. You're either a commuter student or you enjoy the company of your friends who are in town.

    Food and Dining

    With the new dining hall, Old Main Market, opened now, the food quality has gone up some. It is what it is. Campus dining. As for the other eating locations on campus, they are expensive comparably to how much it would cost to eat off campus and especially to those who cook at home.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at SHSU isn't how it's portrayed in movies. You can easily go through without ever meeting anyone who lives in your dorm. This isn't for a lack of effort with events done by the dorm staff. As for any conflicts that may arise, the dorm staff is great in helping fix the situation quickly.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses will challenge you if you take the right professors but at the same time, they are there to help you. You can complete your degree with little trouble if you seek the help you might need and stay current and on top of your coursework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared. Always stay on top of your financial aid information. Stay current in class and actually get to know your professors. It is much easier to do at SHSU than other universities as it is smaller classes.

    In three sentences

    The campus is small enough you feel welcomed but large enough you get the who university feel. It's a great place to live and continue your path of education. I've loved it every moment I've been here.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 244

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    What to do for fun

    Hiking, horseback riding, hanging out with friends!

    Food and Dining

    So much to choose from on campus and around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Apartment housing is the best!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have any questions, just ask! Everyone on campus is so nice!

    In three sentences

    I love the campus and everyone I have met so far... I can't wait to start classes!

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    I believe that our school safety is top notch. All dorms get fire drills once a month. And the school was once put on lock down because there was a boy walking around with a Nerf Gun. They take it pretty seriously.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to join and they are all very interesting. Clubs ranging from an anime clubs to poker clubs. Almost anything is available. And with the right resources, you might be able to make your own club.

    Bang for the buck

    Of all the colleges that i had been accepted to. Sam Houston was the most affordable. Even without much money to my name, i am still able to work enough to pay my tuition. I recommend it to anyone who is looking to go somewhere affordable.

    What to do for fun

    As i said before, the fun is in any group that you join. You're bound to make friends and you may learn a lot of things.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the school is delicious. We have three different cafeterias. Each of them serving their own type of food. My personal favorite is South Paw, where they serve great foreign food like sushi and fajitas.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. I believe all the dorms have little activities planned our through the year. Make sure to always participate in the dorm activities, you'll be sure to make a new friend.

    Academic Rigor

    No matter what school you go to, as long as you try hard, you should be able to make it through. Don't let anything get in your way of your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any prospective students, make sure you're ready to join a club. In clubs, and sports, it is much easier to make friends. And you may even be really good at it.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston state university has a great community of people. With it being in a small town, communication is a bit easier. Unfortunately there are not a lot of places to go to.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    Sam Houston is probably the safest campus on the planet. With the heart of the Texas prison system being located here, criminals want to get away from this place. Sam Houston has their own police force, along with the cities police, all of the county officers are located in town, and the prison also has several hundred staff.

    Greek Life

    Not involved so I couldn't give an opinion.

    Clubs and Activities

    You have the option to get involved anywhere you would like.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who want to go off to a decent size school, but still want to be known by their professors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the ring ceremony for seniors that happens in April. They also light up a huge Christmas tree every January. Probably the coolest tradition is the Battle of the Piney Woods football game between Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin. The past three year the game has been held at Reliant Stadium where the Texans play.

    Bang for the buck

    The value can't be beat. A top grade education for a very reasonable price.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 300 organizations on campus to choose from. There are also many ways to get involved in the community. I personally served an off-campus Christian organization, and got super involved with following the football team. There is something for everybody.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans are expensive and you don't get great selection. They just built a new dining facility last year, but it costs upwards of $7 a meal.

    Dorm Life

    If you have to live in a dorm definitely go for the newer built ones. I stayed in an older dorm to save money and it wasn't worth the money I saved. Also, it is nice to get to pick your roommate or meet them ahead of time so that you can see if you'll get along.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes weren't too difficult for me. I was also an honors student and it was a great program to be in.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely go to Sam if I had to do it all over again. The experience and the affordability can't be matched.

    In three sentences

    I have enjoyed my time at Sam Houston. It's a beautiful campus that is not too big. You can see the same people and meet someone new everyday.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    UPD is great, they have call stations placed all over campus and will escort you home from the library late at night. Also they have the wonderful Kat Safe alert system that sends a text to your phone if there is a campus emergency.

    Greek Life

    From what I've experienced the greek life at sam is not nearly as much fun as at some of the other schools I've visited and there are only four panhellenic sororities. Also the sorority houses are on campus dorms (which can cause a lot of limitations) and none of the frats have houses. Although in all fairness there are quite a few students who really enjoy greek life here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are some amazing groups on campus to join. Something for every interest!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a great education and like a fun and open atmosphere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a museum and duck pond just across Sam Houston Avenue, and there is a giant statue of Sam Houston at the state park. The high security prison (with death-row) is just a few blocks away.

    Bang for the buck

    Some of the best programs for criminal justice, theatre and dance, and education in the entire country, without the inflated tuition of a private university.

    What to do for fun

    Football Tailgating, intramural sports, and various on campus and rec center events. Also head across the street to the park to feed the ducks and chickens and check out the museum.

    Food and Dining

    The Old Main Market cafeteria has a lot of great food and decent hours on weekdays. There are also a lot of other dining options on campus (Starbucks, Quiznos, Chik-Fil-A, Eintstein's Bagels, and convenience store) that all take Bearkat Bucks. Not many options on the weekend though.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the buildings are just too old, and

    Academic Rigor

    Great Honors College, teachers, and small class sizes. All without the stuffy and pretentious atmosphere of a lot of other prestigious schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with campus organizations and apply for housing early!

    In three sentences

    Great academic programs without the expensive tuition and stuffy atmosphere of other schools. One of the country's most underrated schools. The best university you've never heard of.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    If though Huntsville, is known for its prisons, we have SO much police here, its crazy. There is campus police, Huntsville police, county police that patrol all the time. You wont go a day without seeing a police car around, which is comforting for those who might be scared to come!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is present here on at Sam. I would do research on it before coming to college so you can decide what sorority/fraternity is best for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and organizations here on campus! Over 200+ clubs to join. If you cannot find one of those to fit your needs, you can make one!

    Great for these types of students

    Sam is so diverse! All kinds of people are here at Sam, and everyone is really nice and friendly!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing unusual, just lots of orange Bearkat spirit!!!! LO

    Bang for the buck

    SHSU is one of the cheapest universities in the state of Texas. You will get a good education here and wont break your bank or leave you will lots of students loans. It is VERY affordable, one of the main reason I came here myself!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do for the most part at Sam. Movies, a sporting event, the club, a house party, or small restaurants to hang out with friends, there is plenty to do if you get involved and meet people.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is pretty good! We have a new facility, Old Main Market that was built in the summer of 2011 which has a great variety of food. We also have other fast food places on campus, like Paw Print and South Paw. What ever your fix or crave, you can get it at Sam!

    Dorm Life

    Sam Houston State has some of the biggest dorm rooms compared to other colleges in Texas. There are no more than 2 people in a room, and the lowest end dorms share a bathroom with 4 people. There are lots of events to do within your dorm too, so get involved!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Sam is not the hardest...but its not the easiest either. It really depends on what you are majoring in and studying. The professor s are very personable though and you can always go to their office hours for extra help or just to chat!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. Come to a football game. Go visit a class. Visit the shops in Downtown Huntsville. Really engage yourself to the college atmosphere when you come so you can make a good decision if Sam is the right school for you.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is an amazing school! If want to go to a school with a small town feel, small student to teacher ratio, and students that have great school spirit, then this is the school for you!

  • 10/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 244

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    Great for these types of students

    Criminal Justice: Huntsville is also home to the Texas State Penitentiary. Theatre/Musical Theatre/Dance: The MT and Theatre and Dance staff are great, and even if you don't get cast, being a theatre student here is a feather in your cap for auditioning in Houston.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get used to eating at Tortilla Fresca or Old Main. You have to be on a meal plan as a freshman, so you may as well make the most of it.

    Bang for the buck

    The expected cost semester is $8,000-$9,000, but you only pay about $6,000 per semester to the university. If you know how to stretch your dollar, personal expenses won't cost you as much as the school thinks it will.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is nice, and there's a pretty good level of school spirit, especially when it comes to football.

    Am learning a lot

    The quality of education here is good, especially for CJ and fine arts students.

  • 11/01/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 29 of 244

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    Will learn a lot

    I'm looking at five different schools and SHSU is one of my choices. I sent my app off yesterday. I hope I get accepted.

  • 11/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 244

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students looking for a small community feel. Classes are typically small and everyone is so friendly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a meal plan! The cafeteria is brand new and delicious. The food is made in front of you and served to you. Campus is hilly so you don't feel bad for getting seconds in the dessert line, which you will want to do. Last week they served chocolate chip cookies on a stick dipped in chocolate and had toppings laid out like sprinkles and nuts.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston State University is priced very competitively! Tuition is reasonable and the dorms are nice for the price.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many organizations to get involved in at Sam Houston State University and a lot of near by organizations also. Huntsville is only 30 minutes from the Woodlands, which has a mall and many restaurants.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at Sam Houston State University really get to know every student and are willing to spend time after class with confused students.

  • 11/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 244

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    Great for these types of students

    If you do not mind a quite, small campus, this university will be great for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is helpful to make a curriculum calendar and make sure to take the required courses for a major. Stay focused and remember to meet all deadlines for assignments as well as for school payments and financial aid.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is inexpensive compared to other public universities in Texas.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 32 of 244

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    Great for these types of students

    Interested in business, focused, with vehicles, and want to stay fit( college on hills requires lots of walking).

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend Jr college first, don't just jump off into a university. Their is no public transportation system and things are kinda far i would recommend a vehicle for this school

    Bang for the buck

    its really expensive. if u want to go here please be sure to start saving early to prepare yourself financially

    Am enjoying being here

    it really boring there isn't much to do.

    Am learning a lot

    its okay as long as u do what ur supposed to do, stay focused u'll do fine!!!

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 33 of 244

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    Am enjoying being here

    It has a great environment and activites.

    Am learning a lot

    They have professors who really enjoy their job and are excited to teach about it.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 34 of 244

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    What to do for fun

    whatever the school have to offer here for their students, but most of all the football games.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you come here you will love it, you will fit in, and this school will become your new home.

    In three sentences

    sam houston state is a great school. wonderful people here, great professors, and helpful people as well. sam is the place you want to be.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    great

    Bang for the buck

    small classes and great price.

    Food and Dining

    good.

    Dorm Life

    great. the dorm i live in is quiet and i have my own room with a door.

    Academic Rigor

    high.

    Tips for prospective students

    take a tour of the campus and visit with the college you are intersted in.

    In three sentences

    shsu is a great university. i don't feel lost. i have great contact with my professors and feel like they know me.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    San Houston is ranked one of the top safest colleges. I have no problem walking around campus because I feel safe.

    Greek Life

    They have sorority houses provide on campus Sorority Hill

    Clubs and Activities

    They're several clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for all types of students. I recommend Sam Houston.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Friday if you wear orange you receive a free school shirt.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I typically watch movies with friends, go to the Woodlands mall (its 30 minutes away) and go out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    They have a variety of types of food. They have food such as sushi and they even have Chick Fil La.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice. They just built a dorm over the summer and are currently remolding one. The RA's are really cool.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors aren't rigor at all. They are very enthusiastic and are willing to help students if necessary.

    Tips for prospective students

    They should use the student services provided. The classes aren't very large there only few classes that have 100 students but they're very helpful teacher assistants.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston has many student service centers including a Writing Center, Math Lab and Reading Lab. The professors are very helpful. The students are very friendly, it's a great environment.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had an incident

    Great for these types of students

    Criminal Justice majors, people who like to walk, people who like to save money

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots! Some places on campus are haunted, so be sure to look into Demon Road and Black Jesus if you get the chance.

    Bang for the buck

    Like I said, it's inexpensive. I got a degree in animation $100,000 cheaper than if I had gone else where.

    What to do for fun

    There's the Blue Lagoon if you have a diving permit, and also the State Park nearby if you want to swim, hike, or have a cook out.

    Food and Dining

    If the campus food isn't for you, there's a lot of nice and inexpensive restaurants in the area.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoyed my dorm experience, especially because my dorm was right next door to the dining hall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to walk a LOT.

    In three sentences

    It's a pretty good school. It's fairly inexpensive compared to other colleges in the state. Just don't neglect your studies!

  • 03/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 244

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    Clubs and Activities

    Oh my gosh, there are a ton. I know they have a few just for Criminal Justice students. They have a karate club, Quidditch, camping club, and PLENTY more. My camp advisers said they have over a 100 different clubs. And Intermural sports.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I know the prison facility is right next to the campus, so you can drive past that and the prison rodeo which is no longer in business.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely one of the cheapest schools I looked into and my mom and I love it!!

    What to do for fun

    The camp was Criminal Justice based, so we did a lot of things related to that, but on our free time we went bowling, to a restaurant with an arcade, and to a very nice park. I've even heard they have a cheap movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    It was the middle of the summer and we visit the Paw Print. Not all the places were open so we went to the Chick-fil-A. We had to use cards that were limited, so we didn't get the best quality of food. However, if we were allowed to spend more, the food looked appealing. Also, some of the other places in the Paw Print that weren't open were places I love.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'm doing everything I can for scholarships and I'm going to get comfortable with the teachers so I'm not afraid to ask for help. I've heard they are so helpful in taking the time to work with you.

    In three sentences

    I attended a camp at Sam Houston over the summer. The whole town was gorgeous and comfy, it didn't feel overwhelming. And the students that were apart of the camp were so welcoming and helpful, I can't wait to go.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency buttons all around campus, and there are always security around to serve and protect

    Greek Life

    Since I am personally apart of Greek Life, I enjoy it. There is always something new to do within the whole council. I recommend this for anyone that is interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of student activities around campus, all you have to do is find it in LSC which is right in the center of campus.

    Great for these types of students

    For outgoing types of students. But there are clubs for every single major so there is always something to do on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Farrington Pit. It is usually where probates are held.

    Bang for the buck

    The refund money just needs to be spent wisely because there are plenty of fast food places around town but besides that, the town of Huntsville is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Join Greek Life or clubs/organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Our cafeteria is called Old Main Market, that place has different varities of food. It has healthy food that is served in great prortions so that the student does not over eat. The chef's really work hard to satisfy and keep smiles on the students faces with their friendliness. We also have Paw Print which consists of Chick-Fil-A, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Quizno's. This is a great eating establishment because here Bearkat Bucks could be used. Another place to use them is South Paw which has Subway, Starbucks, Sushic, and Tortilla Fresca. Tortilla Fresca is where students can use their meal plan if OMM is inconvenient at the time. Other places are Einstein Bagel Bros and Java City. Sam Houston really offers a lot of great places for students to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice sized and I have nothing negative to say about them. When you are assigned a roommate it is best that you have rules and get to know each other right off the back. The roommate evaluation forms are usually pretty accurate.

    Academic Rigor

    It is easy to make excellent grades here, but you MUST apply yourself. Try your best not to procrastinate and do all of your work on time. Tutoring is very easy to find and the best part about it is that it is free so take advantage of all the help there is offered here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take advantage of ratemyprofessor.com because this information helped me a lot, and it resulted in me having great understanding professors.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great university. There is always something to do here. The professors are awesome.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe and makes you feel like you can go anywhere.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of places to go around the university and within the university. There is a fantastic recreation center and many more things to enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    Food is delicious and there are many options for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I have heard it is amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    Very attention and educationally focused university that is here to help you succeed in the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to people, get to know current students and faculty. Take advantage of the organizations around campus and the services they provide.

    In three sentences

    It is a diverse, yet homey school that makes it clear the everyone is welcome. It has a lot of opportunities for students and people seeking employment. The people are helpful, understanding, and informative.

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 244

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends. Campus programs and the club which is not for me but if you like it than yeah.

    Food and Dining

    Since I live off campus I always cook for myself which is a plus when it comes to saving money.

    Dorm Life

    I was a transfer student living off campus which is nice. So after your first year you will have the option of living off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Film major I enjoy my classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Study than have fun it all pays off at the end.

    In three sentences

    The teachers here are very helpful and are willing to help you as long as you ask. Also try study and get good grades from the start because some teachers will say if u like your grade you don't have to take the final. And also join organizations it will help i you to get to know people.

  • 08/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 244

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    What to do for fun

    There are always activities to do around campus.If none of those seem fun, most things around town are in walking distance.

    Food and Dining

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

    Dorm Life

    Everyone in my dorm has been very friendly and there are always activities in the residence halls.

    Academic Rigor

    So far the workload has been challenging but not overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing ASAP. Don't sign up for more classes then you think you can handle and give yourself plenty of time in between classes. Sign up for classes ASAP

    In three sentences

    The campus is small. The teachers are extremely helpful. The environment is great.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 43 of 244

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    What to do for fun

    i like to play sports or read in my free time.

    Food and Dining

    the food at the school is very good

    Dorm Life

    dorm life will help me become more independent.

    Academic Rigor

    i think that sam houston st. university will help me better my education.

    Tips for prospective students

    do all you can for your future.

    In three sentences

    sam houston st. university is a good school. sam houston st. university is good fit for me. sam houston st. university will help me better my education.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    i like how shsu got the exact major/s i want to pursue. both undergrad and grad!

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    sam houston state has huge cafeterias with all sorts of foods. there are three i know of and they smell good all throughout the day.

    Dorm Life

    i do not live in a dorm so i cannot truely give an accurate statement on the dorm life .

    Academic Rigor

    it is very prideful about the students education. the teachers are close with the students and care for them. the acedemic world here is awesome in that everyone expects to do good.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    fraternities and sororities multi-cultural

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is always music and dancing going on around lunchtime on campus. it's really awesome.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't the academics of sam houston by the town it lies in, because the school is much more up-to-date than the old town of huntsville.

    In three sentences

    sam houston has been a blessing to me because of the incredible professors that actually try to teach rather than just throw information at you. i transferred from a two-year college and wasn't performing as well as i am at this university and i couldn't be happier with my decision. overall, i've learned more and have become a better person from the time of my arrival at sam houston.

  • 03/03/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 244

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    In three sentences

    it seems like sam is a perfect fit for me. i am looking to pursue a career in forensics, i hope i get accepted!

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    its okay but could improve greatly

    Dorm Life

    i love my roommate but living in a dorm you meet alot of characters.

    Academic Rigor

    its challenging, like any college would be, but there are so man people who love to help you learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    get plugged in with something. no matter how busy you tend to get, having an orgnization of people who care helps as a stress releaver.

    In three sentences

    i love how the campus is very open but it is also very secure. i enjoy the different organizations at sam and i love how diverse the people are.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 49 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    no clue

    Bang for the buck

    no clue

    What to do for fun

    Houston, Austin, Dallas.

    Food and Dining

    Normal.

    Dorm Life

    no clue

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself.

    In three sentences

    It has very friendly faculty. It has very good relationship with Houston companies. School is affordable.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not only are their campus police everywhere but also emercengy call buttons.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have pretty much any type of club or activity you could possibly want.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know if it is considered an unusual location but we have a dog grave on campus from a past mascot.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything from the courses to the dining hall are very well priced for the quality you get.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities going on here. They have many movie nights and activities like that that they plan to make the student life here more enjoyable and not just strictly learning.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall here is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on the dorm they can be amazing or if you live in say, a small house, they can be kind of interfering.

    In three sentences

    SHSU is really interactive with it's students. It has something going on the the square almost every day. It has many centers that are meant to help it's students to further their education.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something to do on campus! On holidays they usually have little activities to do and there are lots of clubs to fit anyones intrest.

    What to do for fun

    If it's a nice day, Sam is a great place to walk around, relax, and play sports. There's also decent places outside of the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The new dining hall call Old Main Market is really nice and offers a variety of meals that are well balanced in nutrition.

    Dorm Life

    Descent rooms, RA's are usually pretty nice, and it's convenient to be on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors here challenge you to learn and apply your knowledge to real world activities. Most of the professors I've had are really understanding and want to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is really awesome! On a nice sunny day you can sit outside and do your homework or throw a frisbee around.

    In three sentences

    Sam is a very fun school with lots of activities to be involved in! There are many clubs, intramural sports, and many friends to be made. It's small enough to get to know a lot of people but big enough to not feel stuck.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    You can go to the gym to workout, do zumba, or other fun activities. They have many events that I plan on attending throughout the year.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Sam Houston Are beautiful! You have your own privacy and space.

    Academic Rigor

    Sam Houston is one of the best academic schools in the state. They have an amazing teaching program which I plan on persuing.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a very family oriented college. It will provide me with hands-on teaching and support. Also, I plan on making life long friends.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Somewhat limited but its easy to make your own fun, just find a good group of friends.

    Food and Dining

    Limited dining hours but Old Main will go out of their way to accommodate any dietary needs you may have.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of the dorms are really nice with plenty of private space. But not all it depends on what you want to pay.

    Academic Rigor

    If you get a bad teacher it happens sometimes but most teachers go out of their way for you to do your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think ahead of where you want to live, you may say it won't matter but believe me it will. The campus is great and everything is in close walking distance. However the dining halls have limited hours.

    In three sentences

    I love this school!! its great if you don't want a giant school. Some say its small but I think its a great fit, I only live an hour away but I feel like I'm in a whole different place and separated. It has great opportunities for students to be involved or not.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for all types.

    Great for these types of students

    All types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The SFA vs Sam Houston game is a big tradition here.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of events always going on, on campus and I try my best to attend all of them. I like to go to the rec center, and also the pool is open all year.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is a great place to eat (3 courses a day).

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus will help you meet people. Before I moved into the dorm I did not know anyone here, now I have plenty of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Sam Houston is the school to go to if you want academic success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and have a good time- These are the only tips that I can give. Studying will help you get good grades, and have fun will help enjoy your college experience.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a very diverse school, and the students and faculty here help create a strong community. Attending Sam Houston Will enable you to feel like you belong. Sam Houston is a great school, and I would not want to attend any other school.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great education at a reasonable cost.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of different foods to chose from.

    Dorm Life

    I lived off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are fairly easy, while others require time and a good amount of studying. If you invest the time, they are not so bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Speak with a counselor to help you with selecting your major and what classes to take.

    In three sentences

    I loved my experience at SHSU. Beautiful campus, interesting course selections, and some of the best professors who are always available for additional help or questions. I would highly recommend SHSU to anyone interested in a degree in criminal justice.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SHSU has campus escorts who you can call any time and they will walk you to your dorm. Campus is not too big, so it would take someone less than 10 minutes to get to their dorm from anywhere on campus. parking is horrible so once you find a parking spot you may not want to move your car all semester.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of sororities and fraternities on campus but all of them are overshadowed but Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship which continually has more members that all of the Greek life combined and it is free so you don't have to pay thousands of dollars to be a part of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is every kind of club found on campus and students from different countries. SHSU spends a lot of money on free activities for students so that is a plus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who live on campus and want to be involved during college. The school is still small enough that you can be a big fish in a relatively small bowl.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a place called the pit on campus where an old building burnt down decades ago and now there is a brick hole in the ground, it is called the old main pit. SHSU sometimes puts on parties there and bands sometimes play there.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to most universities, Sam Houston is by far the best priced with the most nationally recognized programs. The faculty and staff go above and beyond to bring exciting and key people to campus, you just need to pay attention to announcements!

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of free things to do other than go to clubs and house parties, such as Avenue L coffee House, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, SHSU student activities' program counsel and residential programs. If you want to meet tons of people join Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship because they are the largest organization on campus and they have tons of free activities at all times of the day.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great new dining hall called old main, which as lots of variety from veggies to pasta and desserts. They give you small portions you can come back as many times as you like. The dining halls are not open 24 hours so plan when you will be hungry, and make sure to buy a prepaid meal plan or you will have to pay $10 every time you want to eat there.

    Dorm Life

    There are many new dorms like Lonestar and raven village, these are a lot nicer than king hall, Jackson shaver, and the small houses. If you need a quiet dorm ask to live on an academic floor because these are quieter. All dorms have digital card access so it is safe for students but really hard if you loose your card.

    Academic Rigor

    you can go to rate a prof.com and check out most of the professors. If one has all bad reviews don't take their class; the professor can make the class easy and fun or horrible, so watch out. From my experience, all the professors really tried to help each student who asked for help and never purposely flunked anyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you check out the dorms that you like best and sign up for one asap. there are nice new ones and old not-so-nice ones. Go to new student orientation and get advised for classes and ask lots if questions so that you are not lost when classes start.

    In three sentences

    It is a decent looking campus and the school takes pride in providing fun free activities to students. The close community makes it easy to get involved in several activities if you choose to do that. The classes are challenging but not overly hard, It is not too hard for anyone to make an A if they try and go to tutoring.

  • 04/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    LOTS to do that comes free with your student ID. Almost all sports games and things like that are free, which makes it very easy to have cheap fun.

    What to do for fun

    There is definitely a lot of things you can do for fun. There are hundreds of student organizations and you can even go to the beach, which is only 2 hours away. Houston is about an hour away and you can have fun there too. It's a great location and has lots to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options on and off campus for food. The dining hall also has lots of options as well.

    Dorm Life

    Having had 3 room changes, dorm life is great when you get to the right room with the right roommate. Luckily, the residence life staff makes it very easy to fulfill your needs and is there when you need them.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not too terribly difficult, but enough to where you're challenged and not completely bored.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for things that you don't think you would have done in high school. College is so different from high school and you never know what you're going to like here. So just put yourself out there, it's a great way to meet new people and learn new things.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a great school for those who love diversity. It is rich in plenty of different cultures and makes a way to incorporate every single one of those cultures together so people learn to accept diversity. It is also great for those that love extra curricular activities and has hundreds of things to do besides class.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Shenanigans and The Jolly Fox

    In three sentences

    SHSU is a wonderful university! Classes are relatively small, professors know their students and it's very community oriented.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sam Houston offers several activities throughout every single week.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans here are expensive, and the food at the cafeteria is not worth it.

    Dorm Life

    This depends on how quickly you register for dorms. Sometimes you get lucky and get an amazing dorm, or get stuck in a small cramped room.

    Academic Rigor

    Not only does Sam Houston challenge you, it makes challenging exercises fun. I find myself wanting to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always research professors before signing up for a class. Never allow yourself to become lazy or slack off. Your GPA will appreciate it.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston has created several oppurtunities for me. I am challenged here and I work diligently because of the high standard professors hold me to. Sam Houston State University is growing and continues to impress me.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is THE number one thing they this university that is on top. There are so many on-campus police around and they even have a system to have someone walk with you to the parking lot if it is really dark and you are worried that something might happen. I had to learn in one of my criminal justice classes all the crime being committed on campus in Texas, including Sam Houston. I found out that Sam Houston did not have any crime being committed on campus, which really amazed me because a majority of schools out there did.

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't know about clubs because I spend most of my time studying and doing homework rather than to attend some meetings for clubs. But, activities are great that are on campus. Like I said before, the university tries really hard to bring all the students together and participate in any activity that the hold.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm not quite sure what this mean, I apologize. If this statement means about tuition fees, the prices are very reasonable. Of course, I'm taking a full 6 classes, 18 hours, so my tuition is high up there, which is why I'm trying so hard to apply for scholarships. My parents are pushing 70 years old (a good 20, 30 years old than most people I know's parents), so gaining a scholarship is very much helpful for a $5,000 a semester tuition. It's a bit pricey, but I can't help it... I'm trying to achieve so much.

    What to do for fun

    There are different bars around the campus that are fun to go to that are 18 and up. Of course, they always ID you if you order a drink. There's always a club to go to called Shenanigans/Confetti's. It's an amazing way to socialize. I don't go to these bars and club much at all and have only been a few times my first couple of semesters, but from what I remember it was a fun experience. Not only going out is fun, but there's almost always something going on on campus during the day and even night. Food will be passed out and games will be played. A few months ago, there was a festival that was held that I attended and a couple of months ago, there were a lot of food and games to play the week before spring break. They even have famous people to come onto the campus which is really exciting!

    Food and Dining

    There's a new building that just opened up that the buffet was relocated that is bigger and about two different on campus fast food building that has numerous fast foods inside, plus about five different other eateries in other buildings called Java City. Java City are in buildings like the library and the Criminal Justice building.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm, but I live in an on campus apartments. The dorm life in amazing. You can either decide whether you want to live on your own or live with a roommate. I decided to live with a roommate and every single one I was paired up with was an amazing experience to have. The apartment managers always paired me up with a person by how my residential profile looked like.

    Academic Rigor

    They are very strict when it comes academic stance. When I say that every professor and adviser pushes you to excel in your studies, they really mean it. Every time you struggle, they keep pushing you to go to the professor's office and/or the tutoring center and when you have to even register for classes you have to go to your advisers every time.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest to be very social and take advantage of the library! Huntsville is a small town, so all the students are very friendly when you talk to them. And the library is such a great place to check out books and use the computers for school work. They have every topic of books including numerous of textbooks if you decide not to buy or rent a book that is required for class. The library has four floors dedicated to them and even has a small eating area in the building to eat and study.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a very comfortable environment. Every professor and advisers push you to pass and excel in your studies. The one thing I especially love about this campus is that safety is the number one thing they stay on top of.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    University police is always driving around so safety is not a big issue.

    Greek Life

    The Greeks are fun and really friendly. They are always putting on different, free events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs to join. You will definitely find one that suits you.

    Great for these types of students

    Friendly, engaged, serious, likes to party but get work done

    Bang for the buck

    Sam is a very affordable school and given the cost, you get way more than what you pay for. I can't stress enough on how beautiful the campus is.

    What to do for fun

    Honestly, being that Huntsville is a small time, on weekends it is dead. During the week, students begin partying and going to the clubs on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The nearest mall is 45 minutes away in The Woodlands, Texas. It is very lavish. During the week though, our program council puts on very fun events.

    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent. We are ranked as having one of the best dining services in America. At the end of the year though, meals begin to repeat their selves.

    Dorm Life

    The freshmen dorms aren't all that bad. There are no community bathrooms but you do share a restroom with three other people. There are 2 people to a room but the bathroom separates you from your suit mates. Given that the freshmen dorms are older, there are sometimes problems with the AC but nothing too crucial. Upperclassmen dorms are lavish. Majority are fairly new and are being remodeled. The rooms consist of two people who share one bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    At Sam you will find that even though it is a party school, students strive to get their work done. The library is always filled and the computer labs are are always preoccupied. There are different resources available so any help that you need can be easily solved by either the staff or students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to attend Sam, make sure you are prepared to walk up and down hills everyday! Rain boots and umbrellas are a must especially during the fall semester and given that there are about 4 bookstores on campus and surrounding the campus, I strongly advise that you do text book comparing because some places are way cheaper than others.

    In three sentences

    SHSU has a beautiful campus that I think people from all walks of life can appreciate. The people are friendly and the campus is very diverse. Activities are always going on, which helps keep the students engaged.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The old belvin was great. This new one that they just built, I'm not too sure about because I don't live on campus so do not eat there.

    Dorm Life

    I loved it! I lived in sorority housing and it was great. All the sisters that got the chance to live in the house were closer than the ones living outside the house.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes themselves are not too hard. It mostly depends on the professor you get and if they are willing to help out with the work. Also depends on if they intend to teach or just sit on their butts during lecture.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State is a great college for first year students. The professors are willing to help make the translation from high school to college learning. Overall, beautiful campus and friendly people.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The fact that Huntsville is the prison town of Texas makes it have a lot of police. There is always a policeman around the corner if you can't see one. It is very safe!

    Greek Life

    I never got into the Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    XA or Chi Alpha is a must try, it is not a fraternity or sorority. It is a lot of fun, and everyone is made to feel welcome and can find a place there. If you cannot, all that is needed is to ask.

    Great for these types of students

    It is probably the best Teacher College in the area (many teachers who have student teachers prefer to get them from Sam Houston because they are the best prepared).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Old Main Pit is the site of the old music building now used for concerts, events, games, and relaxing. It is located on the top of hill. The football games are home of the couch potatoes where people bring their own couches and actually sit in the in-zone.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe this is the least expensive 4 year college in Texas.

    What to do for fun

    Since it is a smaller town most places close earlier than you would like, but there are inexpensive entertainments available in town such as $3-5 movie theatre, many city parks, national park, state park, and many museums. If you don't want to be in Huntsville there is a short drive on the highway to the younger and more college friendly town of The Woodlands and Houston.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good compared to a lot of other campus food places.

    Dorm Life

    Depends which dorm you get into, but since it is a small campus even the not so nice dorms have their perks being in the middle off everything. Most of the nicer dorms are on the outskirts of the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some classes that are quite challenging due to a great professor, but just about all classes have at least one professor who is more lenient than others. (All though some courses only have one option, depending on the demand of the class).

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework/projects/study for exams with some drive and you will get a passing grade. Make an effort to talk to at least one or two professors a semester and try to understand their life as a teacher. This may come in handy one day when you need a reference as well as make the class more interesting while you are taking it.

    In three sentences

    Great smaller school with beautiful campus. High Professor/ low student ratio allows students more individual attention than the larger schools. Professors are genuinely interested in you as a person and a student and are willing to go the extra mile for you to do well as long as you also show effort on your part.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a plus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic advisors are very friendly and helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is the best college so far that I have attended. If you are on the wrong track they make sure you get where you need to be. Also they have many useful resources to help you along your journey.

    In three sentences

    My first year at Sam Houston State University has been a rewarding experience. I love this college because the staff aims at making sure you take what is required in order to obtain the degree desired.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SHSU is ranked one of the top safest campuses in Texas. There are always campus police officers circling the campus and in the evening you can call the local campus security to escort you to wherever you need to go.

    Greek Life

    There are four different councils at SHSU including NPC, NPHC, IFC, and MGC. There is a greek organization for everyone. All councils are involved with each others events and there a many friendly competitions between each other.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of different types of clubs and organizations ranging from academic to athletic and everything in between.

    Great for these types of students

    -Science, education, and criminal justice majors.

    Bang for the buck

    SHSU is a very inexpensive university, but you still recieve a great education. There are many options offered to help students pay for college including student scholarships sponsored by SHSU and on campus jobs.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of organizations on campus and free activities put on by program council every month.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria Old Main Market has multiple food options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the facility is very clean.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms are very close to the center of SHSU. The academic buildings, library, and cafeteria are only a minute away by foot.

    Academic Rigor

    SHSU has excellent professors but many only take test grades into account for yor final grade so study hard and do not get behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for classes and on campus housing. When it comes to parking it is very limited so find a parking early if you do not live on campus. Be prepared when it rains, since SHSU is on a hill there are places where areas tend to flood.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a diverse campus with many organizations; anything you are interested in Sam Houston State University has a organization for you. There are many free resources for students at Sam including a writing and math tutor center and a free gym. Overall Sam is an excellent school for those who enjoy being active and wanting a great education.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Sam Houston State University has a vast choice to feed hungry students throught the day. With resturants such as Burger King, Chick-fil-a, Subway and even a Starbucks, students need not worry about going hungry when they are on the run.

    Dorm Life

    I live away from campus, but from what I can tell, the living quarters are a bit old, but maintained from what I can tell. I would say the droms are on par with other schools the same size as SHSU.

    Academic Rigor

    I am just now at the end of my junior year at SHSU, and to date, my classes have been focused, well taught and challenging. I have enjoyed the quality of instruction, as well as the learning environment. With an average class size of around 40 students per class, interaction with professors has been easy and enlightening.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Intramurals, night life, and students groups, camping, fishing, hiking, so much to do.

    Great for these types of students

    All students all walks of life.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition runs about $1200 - 1500 a semester depending on how many classes you take and any additional fees for labs, etc. Very reasonable freshman to graduate level college.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do if you just try to get involved. Intramurals, night life, and students groups are very popular here. I would just stay in college at SHSU forever if I could!

    Food and Dining

    SHSU has a very nice campus atmosphere, an eco-friendly college environment. They offer a superior educational experience, with smaller teacher to student class sizes. The people and staff are friendly and willing to help you accomplish your educational goals Get connected and network with other students. Excellent food choices and plenty of “bang for your buck”, on campus and off.

    Academic Rigor

    Plenty of educational options and degrees, the courses are challenging but achievable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get connected and network with other students.

    In three sentences

    SHSU has a very nice campus atmosphere, an eco-friendly college environment. They offer a superior educational experience, with smaller teacher to student class sizes. The people and staff are friendly and willing to help you accomplish your educational goals

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Dance and Musical theatre!

    Food and Dining

    Just finished building our new cafeteria. So many options and cheap! Other great places to eat on campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    Can't say anything. Haven't lived in the dorm

    Academic Rigor

    I love Sam's classes and professors! I have made all A's so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Should really consider Sam.

    In three sentences

    I love Sam Houston! Not to small and not to big! I love campus and everyone on it!! Tuition isn't to expensive either!

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    As far as doing something for fun goes, if you are a part of an organization there is so much to do. Besides that not too much is available for fun around Huntsville unless you know the right people.

    Food and Dining

    Great selection of food. SHSU has its own dining facility as well as a variety of fast food restaurants available right on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The apartment style dorms SHSU provides are some of the best places to live in. There is privacy, comfort, and plenty of space in these dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the professor and subject you take

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure FAFSA is done ! Also, RateMyProffessor is a great website when selecting professors and classes. Make sure you wear walking shoes! The hills will make you tired and regret not having done so.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is one of the smallest yet most lively campuses I have ever seen or been to. The people here are so friendly and making friends has never been easier. The best professors teach here and always make me wish I could retake them.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great...they give out lots of tickets!

    Greek Life

    Good

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs,

    Great for these types of students

    Small Town People who want to stay in a small town.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not a lot of traditions

    Bang for the buck

    It's OK

    What to do for fun

    Walmart, Target, Mr. Hamburger, Kats for Christ, Galveston, Houston, The Woodlands

    Food and Dining

    Great!

    Dorm Life

    Alright

    Academic Rigor

    Do your work and you will excel!

    Tips for prospective students

    Hope you are a creative person because you are going to need to plan alot of trips.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school with great faculty but it is stuck in the middle of nowhere....I was thankful Houston was close!

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I think the reason why the campus is so safe is because it's small. You can walk on campus, but you can't get into the dorms without a card. Everything is communicated so that students can feel safe. They even have a feature where is there is a situation, and the campus is on lock-down, you'll be notified in a number of ways: 1. The loud alarm that's hard to miss 2.On twitter 3. On Facebook 4. By text message.

    Greek Life

    BORING.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have yet to join a club or extracurricular. However, whenever I would be on campus, I'd see a lot of clubs inviting newcomers with welcoming arms. These people really have a lot of BEARKAT pride.

    Great for these types of students

    -People who do not want to go to school with a large population. -People who want safety -People who like the small town setting -People who pay attention to the campus surroundings (it's BEAUTIFUL! Especially in the Fall)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most unusual thing I've witnessed on campus so far is the mascot, whose name is Sammy. What is a BEARKAT? is it even a real animal?

    Bang for the buck

    This college is great if you want the feel of a private school with a small population. Even though it's like a private school education, the price for attendance is affordable. Also, it doesn't hurt that it's one of the top schools in Texas.

    What to do for fun

    I really wouldn't know, because I did not live on campus. My advice because it's such a small town, is to go to the sports games, have get togethers, and go out of town.,

    Food and Dining

    Their cafeteria food isn't all that great, to be honest. I would recommend just eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Or the occasional visit to your favorite eatery. They have a lot of restaurants on campus, that offer great food choices.

    Dorm Life

    I have not been able to live on campus because I live too far away. However, I have visited my friend in one of the dorm buildings, and the way they had everything set up made me feel safe- such as being able to enter the dorm with your ID card.

    Academic Rigor

    It's serious. If you do not get your assignments in on time, then that's you, as it should be in every college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that if you know you cannot afford to live on campus, then GET A SUMMER JOB. Also, even if you cannot live on campus, and want to take online classes like I did, know one thing: if you like a classroom setting then you probably won't like it. If you enjoy learning by yourself, then go for it! Study hard, and do your best.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is full of pride. The campus at SHSU is beautiful. The people at this school are very warm, friendly, and helpful.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sam Houston State University is one the top ten safest schools in the state of Texas. The university police make sure the students feel safe away from home.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is interesting. A person can see or look up the background of each and how they were founded. It is important to get involved in the one that best defines you because those will be your brothers or sisters for life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities to get involved in. It all depends on your interest and where you fit in. The best thing to do is look into the different organizations and see what they are about. Then choose the one that will make you happy.

    Great for these types of students

    Sam Houston State University is a good criminal justice, dance, and math school for students to attend. Anybody majoring in these areas will enjoy this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are really no unusual locations on campus because it is such a small campus, so the students know their way around.

    What to do for fun

    The college will have different events held on campus and off campus. Different organizations, clubs, and Greek life have several events around the courses of the year.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall will make sure that you are well fed. Do not eat too much or you will gain freshman 15. Eat some healthy foods because that weight will start packing on as you get older. It is important to be in the best shape of your life while you are still young.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is a chance to meet new individuals. Having a new roommate could be a good or bad thing. I encourage will incoming freshman to live on campus so they can meet new people while they are there.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics should be the number one goal in college. Study hard and if a person has any problems they should go to the professor because they are there to help you. Maintain a good GPA and take the materials and lessons being taught to heart and it will all pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is what you make it, so just do the work and you feel be fine. Do not party too much because your grades should come first. Also, surround yourself with positive people that want to lift you up rather than bring you down.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University has a close knit community. The university has a small student to teacher ratio, which provides more interaction with the professor and students. Sam Houston State University faculty that is committed to their students learning as well as success.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am currently in a sorority and it has been the best decision I have ever made. I am more involved in the community, my grades are much higher, and I know a lot more people and have had a lot of doors open up to me because of my sorority.

    Bang for the buck

    For the price, SHSU is definitely one of the best universities there is! The professors are amazing and the tuition is very cheap compared to bigger universities.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 200 student organizations which provide something for everyone! There are also intramural sports teams for almost every sport which students can become apart of.

    Food and Dining

    For the price, the meal plan is definitely worth it! The on campus cafeteria has a huge variety of food and is delicious! There is also a subway, chik-fil-a, pizza hut, quizno's, and burger king on campus which accept Bearkat Bucks.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are fairly nice, and are very convenient because they are located on campus, meaning you can walk to the dining halls or class in just minutes.

    Academic Rigor

    For being such a small university, SHSU is known for its amazing professors and academics. SHSU's College of Criminal Justice is known world wide, the College of Education is one of the best in the nation. Sam Houston is also known for it's dance program, mass communication program, and many more!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get too caught up in all of the partying. College is a blast but always make academics your first priority.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is the perfect sized university for students coming from high school, it's not too big and not too small. Huntsville is a pretty small town but it's not so bad, its got just about everything a college student could need.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Normallly for fun we just go to the HKC and play basketball but generally there are many things to do, its all about your preference.

    Food and Dining

    Starbucks, Chic Fil A, Burger King, Subway I can go on!..

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty average here. Some good some bad, but I live off campus so I really never experienced the on campus dorms, but I have been inside a lot of them.

    Academic Rigor

    Ive learned more in Criminal Justice than I thought I would have ever learned. I love this school. Academics are a priority here. One of the best Criminal Justice programs in America today.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to save your money, it will become very important that you learn money saving tips before you come to SHSU.

    In three sentences

    Bearkats!...I give Sam Houston State a 4/5 Paws up for there great academic and campus life status. Its a beautiful campus and also very friendly. No other school I would want to be at.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Being that Sam Houston is located in Huntsville where the big prison is, safety is an utmost priority!

    Clubs and Activities

    Sam Houston has a lot to offer in this area! Recreational activities are bountiful.

    Bang for the buck

    All colleges are expensive, but Sam seems reasonable for what it offers!

    What to do for fun

    Huntsville is not a huge town, but there is shopping of course! as well as a movie theater and just fun people to hang around!

    Food and Dining

    All of the options and South Paw dining and other surrounding places seem great!

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived there YET, but I am looking forward to staying on campus in the fall!

    Academic Rigor

    Since I am not a current student I cannot be entirely sure but it certainly seems promising!

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend definitely being on top of things and getting a head start with registering for classes/orientations/dorms because they definitely fill up quickly!

    In three sentences

    I thought Sam Houston seemed so comfortable and close-to-home feeling in comparison to other schools I visited. The campus is beautiful and a lot of the workers there are really nice! I am looking forward to going there in the fall!

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a real big deal here. They school provides escorts from the police station. It is helpful if you are like me study late at the library just call the station and they will send someone over to escort you back to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    I am what the greek life calls a GDI. Although I do hang out with and study with a bunch of different greeks I do have to say that I wish I was financially able to rush, because these people are kind and polite, as well as, very studious.

    What to do for fun

    If you are a church person there are multiple groups to join in on; for example, I go to Chi Alpha because I feel a special bond with in this particular group. There are also multiple activities on and off campus to have fun with.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is pretty standard fast food ie. Chick-Fill-A, pizza hut, burger king, Starbucks, subway, & quiznoes; but, they do have dining facilities that provided healthier options as well.

    Dorm Life

    I did not have a great roommate when living in the dorm, but that should not sway your opinion on living in the dorms. If you live in the dorms you can mostly guarantee that you have the quiet you need to study; also, depending on where you live you can be right next door to a number of classes. If you would like to know more people of your dorm I highly suggest living in a small house.

    Academic Rigor

    Most courses can be easy a's but I like to challenge myself and I am the only junior I know that has taken senior level courses while being a sophomore; also, I have made a's in my major study classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you put forth the effort to showing up to class, asking questions, talking to the professors one can pass. Put forth the effort to learn, read, and study the professors will know if you are trying or not.

    In three sentences

    This school challenges me to do better everyday and put forth the effort to do the best I can each day. I love the campus and the staff here is amazing. The professors are incredible and are willing to help if you put forth the effort to learn.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Chi Alpha!!

    What to do for fun

    Chi alpha!!

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't terrible at old main at least most of it is usually edible.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorms but its a dorm! You won't be able to have everything you want.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors are hard but for the most part they are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join Chi Alpha if you want a great christian fellowship with others on campus. You will meet friends for life here.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is an amazing school. You meet so many great people and it has a beautiful landscape. The only part that will kill you is the hills!

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Plenty of parties to go to.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is great! Better than High School.

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful dorms. Not really spacious, but enough.

    Academic Rigor

    Great, but not awesome.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused.

    In three sentences

    Love the campus. Friendly people. Everything within walking distance.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is really safe. I've never felt threatened while on campus, even at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sam offers many great clubs and activities to join. Program Council always has something going on for students.

    Great for these types of students

    Sam is great for students who want a quality education for a great price. Also those who want a small campus feel but with a good sized student body.

    Food and Dining

    Old Main Market offers good food. If buffet all you can eat style so you can always leave full.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are getting better. Sam Houston Village, Raven Village, and Lonestar are the best dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    My first year was not to rigorous academically. I suggest looking up your professors to see how rigorous their classes are.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great school with a great price. Professors really care about giving students quality education. There are plenty of great organization to join and get involved with.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    If you need a family away from home Greek life at Sam Houston State is one of most wonderful things. I am first generation college student and I needed a family away from home and deciding to be a part of Greek life was one the best decision I ever made. Plus Greek life is always working together to help out the community. either by cleaning up our city or donating money, food or needed stuff.

    What to do for fun

    Huntsville is a small city but you could always go to the state national park, or visit the Sam Houston statue. If you are willing to drive you could also visit Houston, which is only an hour away.

    Food and Dining

    At Sam Houston State we currently have a new food and dinning facility and it is great. The food is fresh and they have plenty of variations from which students can choose.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Sam Houston State is very safe. Nobody that it is not permitted can get inside the building. Plus the RA's take care of any disturbance. Also residents life is pretty good when it comes to paring roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    If you do not study for a test or are not well prepared, yes it will be hard and you will fail. But if you take good notes, study with partners and ask questions before the test, the test will be very easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a freshman in college I noticed that it is important for a student to have a strong communication with the professor. Always introduce your self and make sure that the professor knows who you are. Make sure as well that you sit in front of the classroom and attend class. Do not procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is one of the best Universities in Texas for Criminal Justice. Sam Houston State classes are not to big, so it helps the student to have a better communication with the professor. Sam Houston State Univ. offers the best services to help out students. For example the writing center, career services, and the reading center.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sam Houston is the home of the 3rd largest Criminal Justice program in the nation, so you can only imagine how amazing the campus security is. The campus is filled with security stations, which when activated, the campus police will be there within 5 minutes no matter what time it is. Police escorts are also available if for any reason you feel unsafe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have to recommend intramural sports. Also, the non-denominational Christian group Chi Alpha is phenomenal. They meet every Thursday night and have contemporary worships that include live music and 3 pastors/youth ministers.

    Great for these types of students

    All type of students can find a home here, however the more laid back you are, the better your experience here at Sam will be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best tradition here at Sam is the Battle of the Piney Woods. Our annual football game against Steven F. Austin University is held at Reliant Stadium, the home of the Houston Texans, every year! If you enjoy an intense football game, you won't find one better than this!

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston is one of the cheaper 4-year institutions in Texas, however you won't lose out on anything by coming here. All of the great college activities can be found here, just a tad bit cheaper than a UT or Baylor.

    What to do for fun

    I am involved in intramural flag football and club ultimate Frisbee. I also work out at the REC center regularly and occasionally play Frisbee golf in the park. There are activities for everyone at Sam Houston.

    Food and Dining

    Sam Houston has just opened a state of the art dinning facility that is open to everyone. Any student can purchase a meal plan which allows eating to be very routine and convenient. There are also many restaurants on campus that allow for convenient meals in between classes.

    Dorm Life

    New dorms are being build fast and furious all throughout Huntsville. In my experience, 1 year, the dorms had many activities to help residents become acquainted, and the living areas were well kept and very comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The mainstream classes (all except the honors courses) have been taught by amazing professors in my experience, and they do a great job of applying a basic understanding at the beginning of the semester, and gradually building on top of it as the semester progresses.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first and most stressed tip I can give is to become involved with an organization. The more groups you become active in, the more fun you will have and the better your experience will be.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a remarkably comfortable campus. The compact design makes the walks very minimal, yet very enjoyable. In addition, the faculty is immensely helpful and genuinely cares for their students.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe on campus. One night I went walking by myself, within an hour and a half nine cop cars passed me. The Criminal Justice center was near my dorm so there was always cops, campus and otherwise around. I never worried.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and Organizations are abound. They have everything from a Quidditch team to Banking and Finance Club.

    Great for these types of students

    All.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We always have the lighting of the Christmas tree. It's a huge tree, several stories tall, where we light it just before we leave for Christmas break, there are candles and everything. Then the Battle of the Piney Woods is energetic and everyone has fun!

    Bang for the buck

    The experience at Sam Houston, I believe was worth the cost. I have made some of the greatest friends there. You definitely get a great education and the school becomes a part of who you are.

    What to do for fun

    You could go to a game, the gym or the pool. My personal favorite was walking around campus. It is so beautiful there.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall was great. They had good hours and they had reusable carryout trays. The service was always wonderful, the food was healthy but good. There were lots of options.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in a dorm. There was all kinds of different people living in the dorms. We always had some kind of activity going so we could meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors will work with you, but you have to put in the time and effort. Attendance is key, if you miss a class, they won't give you the notes. You have to be responsible for your own work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't freak out. There are plenty of people to talk to, to help you adjust. There are multiple clubs and organizations to get involved in.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a beautiful campus. The people at Sam are nice and easy to get a long with. Sam Houston cares about their students.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ranked 10th safest school in the nation! Yes we are right next to the high security prisons, but if you think about it...if an inmate escapes they are gonna get the heck out of Huntsville, either north to Dallas, south to Houston, or east to San Antonio or Galveston.

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about the greek life, but they are really involved in the school and always putting on shows, doing charity events, and just saying hi to everyone on campus, especially in the middle of campus between 11:30am and 1pm.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many things to get involved in on campus, there is a little bit of everything for everyone! I know it sounds cliche, but its totally true.

    Great for these types of students

    great for small town and country people, if your from a big city you might think Huntsville is pretty boring.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of traditions around Sam Houston himself, birthday parades, fairs, museums, and parties thrown at different times of the year.

    Bang for the buck

    The school itself is pretty cheap comparatively, but academically it doesn't reflect a cheap school. They are pretty on top of things all around.

    What to do for fun

    There is a country bar that most students like to go dancing at. If that's not your kind of scene there are many many christian organizations that do tons of stuff during the week. Truth at UHBC on Tues, Kats For Christ on Wednes, Chi Alpha (XA) on Thurs. and those are just to name a few.

    Food and Dining

    We just got a brand new dining hall, that slightly on the expensive side if you don't have a meal plan, but its all you can eat and 98% of the time really good! The dining hall staff are super friendly too!

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are kinda old and need some repairs and deep cleaning, but there are a couple new dorms on campus that are super nice!

    Academic Rigor

    the chemistry and math departments are pretty difficult, but its usually pretty easy to help help around campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Its better to go to your actual teachers and department heads for advising than the student center. If you don't know what you want to do, the career center is a great place to help you figure it out and they are super friendly and helpful. And if you don't get at least one free meal a week on campus your not involved enough!

    In three sentences

    SHSU is a great place to live, work, and of course get educated, the people are friendly. There are many people, places, clubs and organizations to get involved in. Most of the teachers are really passionate about their field and love to teach about it and help others love the field too.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The on campus dining was great. Loved the variety of choices and the speed of getting through.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of most classes is low but in the education program, it tends to increase.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard but not too hard. Keep up with classes but you MUST schedule in some down time or fun time.

    In three sentences

    SHSU is a great school. Great education program with high standards. The school holds their students to a high level of expectation when it comes to getting into trouble but they also give students many chances.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out and enjoy the bars. They usually end up being fun I promise

    Food and Dining

    Brand new. That is all I have to say. Beats most other small schools

    Dorm Life

    I would rate it a 2.7. The dorms are quickly improving with the addition of a couple of new ones, and the renovation of others.

    Academic Rigor

    I would rate it a 3.5. You have to go to class to pass, so go!

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to join groups on campus. Be social. Don't go home one the weekends!

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a school that you have to make your own fun at. The best way to do that would be to join organizations on campus and make as many friends as possible.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are 5 different precincts governing the Huntsville Area. University Police are always surveying campus and the surrounding areas. Emergency phones and call stations are all over campus and you can even make reservations for a University Policeman to walk you around at night on campus. KatSafe is a electronic emergency call center that texts, calls, and e-mails students and faculty when any kind of emergency arises.

    Greek Life

    I am not a member in the Greek Life of SHSU but I do know that it is very common to be in a fraternity or sorority at Sam Houston.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all kinds of clubs at SHSU wishing to fill any desire or need of any student.

    Great for these types of students

    Criminal Justice, Education, Agriculture.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The battle of the Piney Woods is an old school rivalry between SHSU and SFA that has been going on since the 1920's. Both schools compete in different athletic sports to try to win the Piney Woods Trophy. In 1982 the Old Main Building on the North side of campus burned down. This Building was a beautiful gothic style mansion, it was the first permanent building constructed by the state for teacher training. Now known as the Old Main Pit it hosts many social gatherings.

    Bang for the buck

    SHSU's prices are very reasonable for a university of it's merit.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of outdoor activities to do. The Huntsville State Park is only a couple of miles down the freeway with also many historical places and museums located in town. In Texas, the Prison Museum is a must-see and who can forget the 67 foot statue of General Sam Houston himself! Social eating places are on almost every street.

    Food and Dining

    There is a pretty good selection of food around campus and many meal plan dining places to choose from. The places to eat around town are very diverse and will appeal to everyone.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are well maintained and security of its students is number one on the schools list.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are not meant to babysit you and expect an adult when coming to class and completing your work. You study on your own time and take care of business. College classes are not meant to be easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate! Keep up with your studies and remember for every one hour you spend in class, you should be spending three hours studying for it. Also study a little bit each day instead of cramming everything from a month ago into one night. Your brain will thank you later.

    In three sentences

    I love the atmosphere of this university. The people in the community and on campus are very nice. The professors are truly interested in their students.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I don't know because I don't live in Huntsville.

    Food and Dining

    I don't know because I haven't attended.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know because I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't know because I haven't attended yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Watch out for permit parking. Make sure you go through your checklist, because if you miss something registering is a pain. If you are attending their Woodlands Center, make sure you talk to that campus before registering.

    In three sentences

    Everyone at the college when visiting for mandatory advising was very helpful. The campus is very large and a little hard to navigate around. The parking situation is difficult because even though you are visiting you have to pay.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to attend any college self-help seminars while in school.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a very genuine college that provides the basics. As any other school in outskirt towns, you get acclimated to the little town atmosphere after a while. You get to meet a diversity of people as well.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is great for the colleges that it advertises, such as Criminal Justice and Education.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do except going out. There are two clubs that are very popular, especially on Thursdays. Shenanigan's and The Jolly Fox. You have to be 18 to get in. Shenanigan's is a country club, where you two-step and the other side of it (Confettis) is a hip-hop club. The Jolly Fox has dancing, but it's mainly a bar. And hanging out at Target is something a lot of people do. Or they join a club or intramural sports. Going to the REC center was also really fun.

    Food and Dining

    Old Main is really delicious. It has a lot of options for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was my favorite because they had an omelette station. The staff is really nice all the time. The best thing they ever had was sugar cookies. I ate six of those everytime they had them.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are really nice, but then some of them aren't the nicest. I stayed in Belvin-Buchanan and it smelled like cat pee in the lobby. And the ground floor (where I stayed) has a cricket problem during the warmer months. It sucks. They get in your room and hide in things all the time. But the nicer ones are the newer ones. Go for those.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are really easy, but then there are the ones that are fairly difficult. If you get the right teacher (make sure to check them out at ratemyprofessors.com) then your class with be mostly easy. Most of the professors are really nice and will help with anything. Nothing is too difficult for homework or studying either.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you come to Sam, just make sure to pack rain boots, a rain coat, and an umbrella. Walking on campus when it's raining sucks. But other than that, the school is amazing.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is an amazing school. The teachers are amazing, and so are the people. When you walk on campus, it's the most beautiful thing in the world.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At first glance, the large orange poles in parking lots and on sidewalks seem odd and out of place, but in actuality they can be life savers. Strategically placed all over campus and surrounding areas, there are large orange and blue security poles that dial directly to campus police when activated. These can be used for emergencies, car problems, or even if its late and you just need an escort to your dorm or car. Other safety precations SHSU takes are card entry dorms that lock as soon as the door has closed.

    Great for these types of students

    Sam Houston is great for any student that wants or needs a tight knit, family-like community. Because SHSU is nestled into the small town of Huntsville, you definetly get the small town feeling, even when your surrounded by so many people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On campus, Sam Houston is home to some of the oldest education buildings in Texas. Due to a fire in the early 1980's, one of our original buldings was lost, but in the year since, we've made good use of where it once stood. The basemeant area of what we once called Old Main (est. 1889) is now known as the pit. Fall and Spring Rush events are held here along with tons of other activities. When activities arn't being held, its a great place to go sit and relax between classes, have lunch or take a nice nap.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally feel like I'm getting an amazing education for an even more amazing price in comparison to other colleges in the state of Texas.

    What to do for fun

    Campus is almost always buzzing with some sort of activity. If its not step shows on the square, its karaoke at the pit, or movie night in the student center. In the two years that I have been at Sam Houston I've taken place in multiple late night capture the flag tournaments, ultimate frisbee, snowball fights and sledding (with a snow machine of course), movie nights, film contests, plays, gingerbread house competitions, scavenger hunts, bonfires, light of the Christmas tree ceremonies, football games, and so much more. We've even had guest speakers such as Dan Rather and other Alumni.

    Food and Dining

    Along with the addition of Lonestar residence hall, Old Main Market opened its doors for the 2011-2012 school year. All the food served by Old Main is provided by the Fresh Foods company, so Sam Houston is able to ensure safe, healthy food choices on campus. Beside Old Main Market, their are four more dining locations which house several eateries. Paw print is located in the heart of campus and houses a Quiznos, Burger King, and Chic-fil-a along with other random assortments of salads sandwiches and snacks. South Paw is at the South end of campus and houses a Starbucks, Tortilla Fresca, and Subway. We also have a Java City, and Einsteins Bagels on campus. Overall. dining experience on SHSU campus is fantastic and full of choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at SHSU is anything but typical. I personally have stayed in two different dorms, both of which were a pleasant experience. This past 2011-2012 school year, we celebrated the opening of brand new, semi-private dorm by the name of Lonestar Hall. This makes 26 halls, houses and on-campus apartments available for students to choose from. Some perks of staying in a dorm are a sense of community and safe living, along with all of the fun activities that residence life sets up. These activities vary from volley ball tournaments to movie nights to haunted houses.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor set forth by Sam Houston is relatively high. Our programs such as Nursing, Performing Arts, Teaching and Criminal Justice require students to perform beyond normal standards to ensure that only those who can truly succeed have the Sam Houston seal of approval. The college of Business Administration also sets a high standard by requiring major specific classes be passed with higher letter grades. Also, our signature W.A.S.H. program for beginning art majors require students to produce over 100 projects and participate in 2 gallery shows per semester before starting major specific art classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the biggest tips I can provide for prospective students would be to be involved with anything on campus that catches your interest, if you don't or if you choose to get involved with things off campus, you can tend to lose sight of why your actually there, which is to better yourself academically and to develop a network for your future. Another tip would be to not be ashamed to want or need your parents. No one is too good to call their parents and vent.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is one of the most friendly campus', where everyone treats you as family. The staff, administration and faculty go above and beyond what is asked of them to make sure their students are accommodated. Sam Houston provides a safe and at home feeling that other campus' lack.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've had times where I've had to walk across campus at 5am to print out a paper from the computer lab, and wasn't scared at all. There are multiple safety buttons on campus to push if you feel unsafe, and there are also escorts to call if you really don't feel like you should be walking across campus alone. I have never felt more safe on a college campus.

    Great for these types of students

    People with school spirit! We may be a small school, but we've got a lot of pride. Eat 'em up, Kats!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite place to study, or just relax is the water fountain in the mall area of campus. You can stick your feet in it on a hot day, or soak up some sun on a cooler day. Also, fun fact, whenever one of the teams on campus accomplishes something, such as our football team going to the championship last fall, they light up the main Sam statue orange!

    What to do for fun

    Be creative! It's a small town, and a small campus. That's why it's so important to get involved on campus; so you have things to do! You can either sit in your dorm all day doing nothing but watch tv, or you can get out and be productive, and enjoy your time at Sam Houston :)

    Food and Dining

    This past year, a new dining hall was opened for the campus, and it's extremely nice! All the food is cooked right in front of you, and you get multiple choices for food. The only problem is that if you don't have a meal plan, eating there can get expensive. We have 2 other places on campus to eat that have places like Burger King, Chick Fil A, Subway, Sushi, and Tortilla Fresca. It's over all nice, just a little pricey without a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm there. I had a randomly selected roommate, and got extremely lucky since we ended up becoming good friends, and now have an apartment together with some other friends. My only regret in on-campus housing is that I didn't apply early enough to get one of the nicer dorms. There's no such thing as a bad dorm there, though. Just apply early!

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are challenging, and you have to keep up. Unlike how you were always told in movies, or larger universities, most professors DO take attendance, and going to class is a big deal here. Don't skip! You'll regret it come test time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are so many different organizations through the college, and it really can make your college experience so much better. Whether you like, football, comics, animals, music, or movies, there's something for you there. Find it, and get involved!

    In three sentences

    I love being a student at Sam Houston. It's an extremely beautiful campus, the professors genuinely care about you, and you feel like you're really part of something great just by being on campus. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly, and the small-campus vibe is totally there.

  • 07/10/2012

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    Bang for the buck

    For the awesome programs they offer it will be worth it!

    What to do for fun

    Im not really sure yet, I haven't exactly moved up there yet, but one this that was kinda cool was the game room under the bookstore!

    Food and Dining

    The food is better than your high school cafeteria!! You have more options of what you want to eat, and the best part is it's different choices everyday so you won't get tired of the food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life will not be easy staying with a stranger, but soon (according to my older sister) you will bearly be in your room because you'll be hanging with friends and going to class.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers care about your grades. And yes you have to go to class to pass!! The class sizes are generally small, so you get more one on one time with the teacher!

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice would be just to be yourself, because you will meet the greatest friends ever!! Remember this isn't high school anymore, being yourself will get you further than pretending!

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston was just a perfect fit for me. I couldn't have chosen a better school, it's close to home yet far enough where I didn't have to come home every day. The people there are super nice and really welcoming and I can't wait to get there in teh fall!

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No college has perfect security, but I can guarantee that you couldn't be any safer if you tried. The campus police can be put on speed dial, there are always emergency posts for standby police/ambulance assistance, and we have a safety feature installed in our emails that can also be transferred to your cellphones if you want it.

    Clubs and Activities

    You just need to know where to look. We have various recreational activities as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well Sammy, our college mascot, is a bearkat - a hybrid animal of a bear and a wild cat. He does push ups for every touch down we gain at our games.

    Bang for the buck

    The band for the buck quality is fair to say the least, but watch out for some of the competing stores near the campus. Some are cheaper, but some are outrageous as well.

    What to do for fun

    There are various clubs and activities available. You just need to know where to look - mainly the flyers posted across campus.

    Food and Dining

    New dining hall opened up. Better grab yourself a plate.

    Dorm Life

    It takes some getting use to when it comes to living in a complex with various people, but like any college it's doable.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor suits the course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, because the professors may want you best interest at heart, but that doesn't mean that it will be easy.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is all that I have dreamed of. It is a prestigious college and all I've expected when it came down to my desired major. I couldn't be happier anywhere else.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    SHSU campus is very safe. Not only does Huntsville have their own police department but they also have University Police. I personally know some of the cops and they are the nicest people you will ever meet. Their first priority is to make sure the students attending Sam are safe and never feel like the campus is being threatoned. Sam has never had any kid of threat or shooting.

    Great for these types of students

    Sam is great for outgoing people. There are alot of really fun and crazy people that attend SHSU and being loud and Bearkat proud is something the students pride themselves in. Its easy to fit in and make friends at Sam and if you have not come out of your shell yet then Sam is the place to be when you do.

    What to do for fun

    Sam has a very sucessful Student Life program, they hold activities all the time that range from book readings to glow bowling, trips to the state park and opportunities to meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    The food at SHSU is actually really good. They have a brand new cafe with all different kids of food. They also have a food court that is very diverse. They offere afforadable meal plans as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Sam are alot of fun. There are many different doorm buildings but they are always full of out going and spunky people. The doorms all have fun hand out places where students can get together and talk, shoot pool, read, or just hang out for the night.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors at Sam want each student to gain as much as they can during their experience at SHSU. They push each and every student to their full potential and always give them a new challenge, something different to strive for.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips would be to go see the campus, you will fall in love. All of the people that work for admissions and all other departments are truly dedicated to helping you find the right college and degree plan that best fits you. Do not be afraid to ask questions!

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a beautiful campus. I love the diversity of the campus student life. The staff is also very helpful, it is easy to find one on one help and step by step guidence when you are not sure what you are doing.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe and the Sam Houston Police are always on duty.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different types of activities and clubs to join, and they all are going to sound interesting.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do at Sam and you will not have to ask that question once you get there because all the activities will come to you. There will be flyers and posting for different events that are going on on campus. Also if you stay active and join organizations you will not have to worry about what to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is buffet style for the most part, you get what you want and how much of it you would like. The food is great, when i went for orientation the breakfast was the best, the dinner was good, and also at the other places that they have on campus I heard that they are good to.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms are well equipped to be lived in and they are very clean, but the thing people have to take in prospective is that the closet space might not seem as big or there is not as much room. But none of the rooms are dirty and they are all great places to live if you want to stay on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Sam Houston wants every student on their campus to be successful by any means necessary. The can set up tutorials and different things of that sort to help you, and the library is open 24 hours if you need to go in and study for something.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring walking shoes and rain boots. Don't worry about material hings or if your hair is not curled right because at Sam no one really cares. Your education is what matters most to those at Sam, and of course interacting with others.

    In three sentences

    Sam has beautiful scenery with a home like feel to it. There is always something for you to do, no matter what. The class are not as big so you will be able to connect with your professors.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are at least 3 different police units around Sam Houston and the campus police are always around. They are always available to help if you need their assistance.

    Great for these types of students

    Self motivated, school spirited, family oriented and very community involved students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The town itself is pretty historical and there are a lot of events that revolve around SAM Houston.

    Bang for the buck

    When choosing my college i was looking for a good education at a low price that was just as good as any other state school. Compared to other schools it is among the less pricey average tuition for 15 hours is about 3,000 not including dining and housing.

    What to do for fun

    There is usually always something to do around campus, many parties and student organizations but make sure you are having safe fun because the police are always on patrol.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. There are many places on the campus to eat . If you are seeking fast food your best bet would be the lowman student center and if you like well prepared food in a clean environment you should head to main market where there are a variety of healthy choices.

    Dorm Life

    If possible, try to get into the newer dorms because the older small house are small and cramped. Your best bet would be Sam Houston Village which was remodeled Summer 2012.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of classes are fairly small whch makes it easier for you to learn. The teacher try to keep the class involved and provide as much information as possible on blackboard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you keep a schedule of the work you have due and never lose focus of trying to attain the highest grade. Be sure to stick out to your professor and try to sit in the front of the classroom when available. Take the time out of your schedule to study because it is easy to get distracted.

    In three sentences

    A very beautiful campus, the groundskeepers do an excellent job but beware of the crickets. The teacher are very helpful and try their best to make you feel comfortable. The area is very homely and the students will instantly make you feel welcomed.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The SHSU campus is constantly busy. Theater, sports, and greek activities. It's easy to get too involved in campus fun and loose track of your academic goals.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is delish. The options are always changing.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    SHSU has attainable expectations, and challenges students to become disciplined and accountable.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Manage your time. 2. Manage your money. 3. Work before play. 4. Don't procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    SHSU has many opportunities for students who are pursuing their education while working a full time job. The tuition at SHSU is manageable and the advisors are very helpful. SHSU has improved their reputation within the Texas Higher Education Community, and is now a very honored degree to hold.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Going to parties is too dangerous. There is too much temptation and too much to lose. Is something illegal happens, you could get punished by the school or law. Most importantly, your life would be in danger. Also, it is not safe to walk around campus by yourself at night. Sam is a big campus and it gets really dark in the winter time around 6 pm. (I had a class in the late evening). Thankfully, there seems to be a lot of policemen around.

    What to do for fun

    I think that hanging out with your friends between classes or getting something to eat together is the best way to have fun on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The Old Main Market (cafeteria) has good and ok days when it comes to the taste and quality of the food. The workers are really friendly. There are a lot of fast food places on campus. Some are good and others ok.

    Dorm Life

    Your enjoyment of your dorm will depend on your RA, roommate, and dorm building. Make sure to follow all of the rules, guidelines, and procedures when it comes to moving in and out each semester. When leaving for Winter break or coming back for the spring semester, be responsible and make a checklist of things to do and clean if necessary. Because if you forget to do something, then you WILL be charged.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses will be challenging but (in my experience) most professors are understanding. However, if a professor says that you need to read the textbook for the class, they're not kidding. You really do need to read the book.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for fafsa early. Inquire the financial aid office about grants very early. Fill out an application for scholarships within SHSU early. If you want specific classes and teachers, register for classes early.

    In three sentences

    SHSU is a beautiful campus. It has professors who are passionate about there subject. They have a lot of great programs such as there Education and Criminal Justice programs.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The Dining and food that is accessible to Sam Houston State University is top notch for the students. It may be all fast food, but when you're on the go, jetting around campus, fast food will be a God's-send.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm can have its pros and cons. The pros are that you get to meet new people and have a great time on campus. The cons would be something such as being away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic rigor is not as difficult as many claim it to be. Academics can be as challenging, or as difficult, as you make it to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students is to try as best as you can to put yourself out into the community. Doing this will allow yourself to be known and possibly gain scholarships.

    In three sentences

    I believe Sam Houston State University is a great school which offers a broad spectrum of majors to apply yourself to. The university has a colorful and amazing campus, as well as the people in the community. Being in Huntsville, the campus is a nice and relaxed place to be.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are big polls located on campus that you can press if you feel uncomfortable at any time so a university police can come and escort you where you need to be.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is ideal for the hard working dedicated individual who is also out going and very social

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    From aerial view the criminal justice building connected with the university hotel are the letters UT. Because the designer actually graduated from the University of Texas.

    What to do for fun

    There is a gym with many fun activities like rock climbing and swimming. There is also a game room with tons to do for fun like play pool they have game systems as well as computers to complete school work.

    Food and Dining

    From what I have experienced the food on campus is made fresh. There is wifi all over campus so it is easy to catch up on home work while having lunch.

    Dorm Life

    Haven't moved in yet

    Academic Rigor

    Haven't started classes yet

    Tips for prospective students

    Join as many clubs as you can handle. Do not be scared to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    Unique in a way that only small town people would understand . An at home kind of atmosphere as soon as you walk on campus you feel welcoming. Everyone including the students are nice and helpful I feel I will be successful attending this school.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police escorts are always available.

    What to do for fun

    There is an organization for everyone. Never a boring moment as long as you try to get involved.

    Food and Dining

    Great options for all students and inexpensive prices.

    Dorm Life

    Reasonable accommodations for everyone

    Academic Rigor

    Uncomplicated schedules

    Tips for prospective students

    Speak to advisers, professors, mentors, and current students about everything you need or want to know. They are your best resources.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a beautiful campus. They work with each individual student to ensure that you succeed throughout your college experience. I recommend them to every person who is looking for a smaller campus.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very Secure, to enter any building one has to slide your ID Card in which is basically everything you need to have to move from class to class or even your dorm. There are even fines for blocking your door! Each student must enter to a room, close door and wait for the other student to open it. A very well done measure of security.

    Clubs and Activities

    Two words: A LOT.

    Bang for the buck

    Another great option In why I choose Sam Houston State University if because of its affordable price since it lets me have the right financial Aid with the minimum price per-class and book selection!

    What to do for fun

    There are a huge quantity of activities at Sam Houston State University including sports not so common such as Quidditch, yes, the Harry Potter sport in where the goal is to score to the opposite side while riding a broom and Frisbee, dodge ball, and a combination between intramural sports, extracurricular activities, voluntary service and events that only at Sam Houston University can offer you!

    Food and Dining

    Another Five star rate to the food since this University counts with a special Dining program in where the student can go to a state-of-the-Art cuisine in where he can choose like in a buffet any type of food he wants ranging from the fruit all the way to pasta, pizza, salad, and a very huge diversity.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a luxury in Sam Houston State University, with a very good space, the student can feel free to prepare himself for any test, exam, or homework with the maximum security and accessibility that the University can offer

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very well since the school doesn't make you go to classes. Every-thing's up to you and this is a very good experience since it teaches you a lot of responsibility towards your future outside-world experience

    Tips for prospective students

    Students to-be will always feel at home because the environment is Eco-friendly and the students, teachers and staff are by far, the most dedicated to their works giving every bit of their dedicated lives to their fellow students.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a great University that combines both modern technology with old style education because it not only helps students with every type of things such as computers, counselors, books and more, but it is also a place in where you can be in touch with nature, with friends and better than everything, it is a home away from home experience.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sam Houston National Forest

    Food and Dining

    I hear food is good!

    Dorm Life

    I hear it's great!

    Academic Rigor

    Rigorous, but manageable

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet all deadlines

    In three sentences

    Great for doctoral students! This is a great research school.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Huntsville is a small town so there's not much to do there, but the school offers more than enough sports, events, and outings to keep you busy. Plus, if you decide to live off campus many of the apartment complexes also host events for students. (My place has a basketball and volleyball competition)

    Food and Dining

    They've just completed a brand new dining facility that offers freshly made meats, pastas, breakfast and fruits. They also have the typical food chains like Chick-fil-a, Wendy's, Subway, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I am staying off campus, but I've heard that they've just built some very good dorms in the Lone Star Hall and Cougar Village.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you show up to class and do your homework you will be fine. The teachers are more than willing to help if you are falling behind. In fact, academic counseling is required if your GPA is too low.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing early, all the good places fill up quick. Same thing with scholarships. There are plenty to go around, but you have to apply early and often.

    In three sentences

    This is a great small town university for those looking for a good college experience. The teacher to student ratio is great, and the school it self is the perfect size so you don't feel like you are just a number. The entire faculty is very caring and is focused making sure you get good grades, graduate, get a job, and have fun doing it.

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Does not apply to my educational goals, but I'm sure that the University accommodates a variety of dining experiences. Including food choices that will fit any dietary requirements needed. But when I go to campus, I will check out the food and dining experience while I'm there.

    Dorm Life

    Does not apply to my educational goals seeing that I have a huge family at home. It sometimes feels that my home is a dorm for my adult children. But, if I had to do it all over again, I would have finished school when I was younger.

    Academic Rigor

    This is my first year as a student at Sam. But I believe that there are rules and guidelines that everyone should follow. I can update later on the academic rigor of the university.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston University has been very helpful in answering any and all questions that I've had in regards to registration, admissions, and financial aid assistants. The helpful professionals at Sam Houston University helped to relieve the stress of actually deciding what classes to take in order for me to achieve my career goals. I would have been totally lost in the process of everything if not for the understanding and quick communication of the professionals at Sam Houston State University.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe with call areas located all over the campus. If anything happens, the entire campus will go off in alarms putting the campus on lockdown. Also, if you are an online student, the school will send you text messages about dangers in your area, such as hurricanes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Years ago, one of the first buildings on the campus burned down. The remains of the cathedral appearing building still remains which is where many students enjoy sitting and relaxing during the school year. It is called the Pit.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston cost less than most colleges which really helps get your degree. It is one of the reasons I choose to remain at Sam Houston until my Bachelor's degree is achieved so I save more money for my Master's.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many places to hang out with friends! You can go play tennis, visit the work out area, etc. Even better, every Friday students gather in the courtyard. There is a frisbee golf course close to the university as well.

    Food and Dining

    There is a new dining area that looks like a five star restaurant! The food is fantastic and surroundings are even more appealing. More restaurants circle the campus and wait just across the street for anyone who wants to hang out with friends.

    Dorm Life

    There are new dorms around the campus with plenty of living areas close by.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and the teachers make you learn what you will need to continue your education and do well in your career. Most classes require a lot of studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always check out the teachers online. Focus on what the teachers test on, who gives extra credit, and how to boost your GPA as much as possible. Try to live close to campus and look for different locations such as the Woodlands Center to see if you can get the same degree from Sam Houston there.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a great place to go to school if you want choices and options for the degree you want at a great price. There are many different locations, scholarship options, and extra activities. Everyone finds a place to fit in at Sam Houston and I've never known anyone to regret going to school here.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe because the University Police Department is always on duty and available if you need them. I can walk home from work on campus to my dorm when it is dark because I am confident in the safety of our campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different and fun organizations to join for every kind of person such as campus ministry, sports, and even clubs related to your major. Everyone has a different personality and enjoys different things and Sam Houston offers an opportunity for every student to be able to do what they love and meet others with the same passion as well. I have had the blessing of being able to join organizations that were best fit for me and have enjoyed getting to know others who I can relate to as well. There are also very many fun activities and events that Sam Houston has going on throughout the year such as Sammy Palooza. Sammy Palooza is a big event with a lot of free food, free music, free t-shirts, and so much more free stuff as well as the event itself. How could it get any better than free?

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston was definitely worth the price. I have definitely enjoyed going to a smaller university and still being able to have the college experience of being away from home. Sam Houston has so many different opportunities to be able to have an enjoyable college experience as well as being able to achieve your future success.

    What to do for fun

    There are many different things you can do for fun here in Huntsville. Sam Houston usually has a great number of fun free events for college students to attend such as football games, Sammy Palooza, and much more. There are also your usual get together places such as restaurants, a movie theater, a bowling alley, the park, and the great outdoors. You can always find a number of things to do and being spontaneous and discovering the town is also a lot of fun as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food was absolutely delicious here! I was a freshman last year so I got to experience my first time with Sam Houston's new dining hall Old Main Market. There were so many different choices whether it was the salad bar, a sandwich, or a variety of different foods the cooks were making. If you wanted a break from Old Main, there is also many food chain restaurants such as Chickfila, Burger King, Subway, Quiznos, and much more. You have so many different and wonderful choices to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms your freshman year is one of the best living and learning experiences you could have. You get the wonderful opportunity to be able to meet a lot of new people who are starting a new chapter in your life just like you are. Itâ??s also really nice that simply going to do your laundry or walking down the hallway or sitting in your dorm lobby, you can get to know a number of people. The dorms also host fun social events at least once a month so that youâ??ll get to know everyone that lives on the same building as you. The resident assistants are also very helpful because they are upperclassmen and have very wise advice that will help you. They want to guide you into a successful future and are always just a couple doors away. It is also very convenient living on campus because you can walk to your classes in a very efficient time frame. It is very nice that you donâ??t have to get in your car and drive to school every day because it saves time and money!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here at Sam Houston are very excellent. It's wonderful that your goal is definitely achievable. It is not always extremely easy but challenges help you learn and grow. And you will not have to do it alone because all the professors are extremely helpful. They always are open to helping a student succeed in their class. They offer tutoring and have office hours and various ways to contact them if you need the extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    My suggestion is to come into school with a positive attitude and expect great things. Great things can come in little packages so I advise to enjoy and cherish every single little thing and moment. Be friendly and don't be afraid to approach other people because they are just as nervous as you are. Get involved with organizations that you enjoy doing and the many events and opportunities that Sam Houston has to offer because it is a great way to meet tons of people. Definitely seek help and guidance from an upperclassmen who has made mistakes that they wish they knew before entering school. Keep yourself disciplined with your studies, once you work hard, then you can play hard and the all the studying will pay off once you get your grades back and even for your far future when you are able to pursue your dreams. And finally the most important thing is perseverance. Do not give up no matter what because practice makes perfect. Once you keep going, you will see your results improving so never lose hope.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a very inviting campus because the moment I stepped foot on this campus I was welcomed to many opportunities to help me exceed in my future. The school is extremely encouraging and every faculty member and peer push you to achieve your goals. Everyone wants to be a part of helping you obtain a successful and life-changing future.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus with the emergency stands spread around campus and attentive campus police.

    Greek Life

    Greek life has some great parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities for anyone and everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    All students. Sam Houston is known for its extremely diverse student population.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston is more afforable than other larger schools, and you get the opportunities to get to know your professors and have relationships and intellectual conversations.

    What to do for fun

    Huntsville is small and there is not much to do. There are two dance clubs and a few bars. Hang with friends or go to Sam Houston State National Park a few miles away.

    Food and Dining

    I love the cafeteria food and I don't even live on campus anymore. I believe it is too expensive to purchase single meals, but with a meal plan the cafeteria is a great choice! The other fast food dining services are wonderful and South Paw is the BEST for ANYONE!

    Dorm Life

    I loved living on campus freshman year. You are only required to live on campus first year, but I know several people who stayed longer. It is nice being walking distance from class and being close to friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on who you take and your own work ethic will determine who hard Sam Houston will be for you. Sam Houston can challenge you and be a great experience if you're up to the task.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do something you love, don't let money drive your future. Money will come when passion drives.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a wonderful university! The quality of education is top notch and the diverse student body is great for learning about the world! Sam Houston has some of the best educators that really love their jobs and teaching students eager to learn.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security and safety are great.

    Greek Life

    Every group you can find on http://www.shsu.edu/~slo_www/greeklife/

    Clubs and Activities

    SHSU BSM, every type of club you can imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for working students and older students returning to school, also great for new students with balanced of big and small classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Really cool town park with 1900's era buildings.

    Bang for the buck

    Great amount of classes for you money.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, always something going on in the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    A Lot of chooses and Chick-fil-a!!

    Dorm Life

    Very Fun, lots of nice people.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have questions or need help don't be afraid to ask. There is someone to help.

    In three sentences

    Great school with a lot of history, Fantastic teaching staff, fun activities for everyone to enjoy.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are lots of Emergency Contact towers around campus - just press the button and the authorities are contacted. These towers are also lit up by a blue-green light at night, so finding one is never hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Right across the street from the Campus Visitor Center is a gorgeous park. The park has a lovely duck pond, tons of huge trees to keep you cool when you're there, and lots of historical buildings - the park is actually Sam Houston's original homestead!

    Bang for the buck

    As a college student, it's natural to want to save as much money as possible. There are lots of places around town to eat at that offer special deals on certain days, and I know of 5 different (big) grocery stores within 5 mile radius of the school, so you can take your pick.

    What to do for fun

    There are two well-known clubs in town - you'll hear more from the students about those.

    Food and Dining

    Although it can get tedious eating the same things, there are many different cafeterias around campus to choose from - all within walking distance. My favorite is the Sushi in the Southpaw dining area. Go check it out!

    Dorm Life

    So much fun! It's really easy to make friends, since everyone else is just as lonesome as you are. So don't worry about finding friends - they'll find you!

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of your classes vary depending on your major. Just stick with your passion, and if things get tough, seek help like tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved - make as many friends as possible, and create/join as many study groups as possible. Sometimes having a peer explain something to you makes the concept much more clear.

    In three sentences

    A beautifully small and connected University! Many events are hosted year round to make students feel more welcome here. Classes are small, and teachers care about you on a personal level.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The cops here are willing to work with you and escort you if you are afraid. I always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is great! I do recommend joining the one that fits you, it helps make connections and new friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs here are very active. Everyday they are always practicing or doing something.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that like to experience new cultures, study, and make good friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not really seen any.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston is insanely cheaper than other colleges. You really do get a great education for the money you paid! If you are interest in Criminal Justice, then this is the place for you.

    What to do for fun

    Honestly at Sam, there is a lot of parties! If you are not in a party, then you are probably playing sports, or just hanging with friends. Either way, there is ALWAYS something going on.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great Every day they serve different kinds of foods for everyone to enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very comfy here, but i do think that they could be better. Some are not as nice as other colleges, but they are not the worst.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here are very nice, but require you to do their work and stay on top of things, so that you learn all the material you need to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply to a dorm early. Have all your financial aid ready, as well as making sure that you're all set to live on your own.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is full of school spirit. They are a proud university, with a diversity of people. Everyone is very friendly, which makes it easy to make new friends.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never seen so many patrols and police officers in one place before. There are cops everywhere and are very cautious. I feel extremely safe in this university. If you even need a little help with feeling more secure, you could have an escort walk with you on campus at night if you want to be sure it's safe.

    Greek Life

    I do not know much about Greek Life but I have talked to some of these fraternities and they have told us all about how they would help us improve ourselves in school and how much they would benefit us.

    Clubs and Activities

    So far I have decided on joining five different organizations. Criminal Justice's Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Minority Male Initiative, Martial Arts Hapkido, Chess Club, and Soccer Club. There are much more organizations and clubs here on campus but these are some of the ones that interests me. I love that there is so much varitey and choice here at Sam.

    Great for these types of students

    Sam Houston is great for Criminal Justice students because we are ranked one of the top ten school in the nation with a great Criminal Justice program. Sam Houston is great for students who are friendly and outgoing; making friends here was an easy task. Overall Sam Houston is great for ALL students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One amazing tradition that I would love to talk about it Bearkat Camp. I attended freshman camp and I had an amazing time. I met many new friends, learned a lot about the unviersity, and was taught all about spirit, pride, and tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston is proving to challenging financially to me but I am doing all I can to try to complete my education because it is worth it. Not only do I have a lot of fun here, but I am also trying to get the most out of Sam's Criminal Justice program.

    What to do for fun

    Some of the things I do for fun are play soccer with friends, go to the gym, hang out, and attend many of Sam Houston's events. There are lots of things to here at Sam, too many if I may add, that sometimes I get upset about not being able to go to all of them due to school work, or other things that clash with the time; but I'm not down for long cause Sam always has something planned.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing. At Old Main Market, Sam's main dining place, they have a wide variety of food whether it's breakfast or lunch. There are also lots of great places on campus to eat such as Subway, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and others.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very expensive but it is still great. If you get along with your roommate, it makes it even better. Right now, I have absolutely no problems with my roommate and are very talkative and sure about how to live together and use our dorm without any confrontations.

    Academic Rigor

    Here academics is very important. The professors are extremely nice and helpful when needed. Also many organizations are out there in case you need a little extra push such as tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some helpful tips would be to be outgoing and talkative. Everyone is friendly and is sure to talk back to you. Also, procrastination is not acceptable here because getting your work done first means not having to stress out about it last minute and having more time for fun at the end. Another great tip would be to sit in the first three rows; this gives the professor the oppurtunity to get to know you better and gives you the oppurtunity to pay more attention in class.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is an amazing university that has done wonders for me. The professors are very nice and helpful and everyone in the university is extremely friendly as well. I have only been here for about a week but this has been one of the best weeks ever as I have met tons of new friends, met with old ones, and had lots of fun here at Sam Houston State,

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    KAT Safe program

    Greek Life

    I plan on joining greek life next year.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't experienced the clubs yet. I am a multiple athletic scholar.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None yet.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus offers alot.

    What to do for fun

    Games, organizations, sports teams, and the KAT club.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is good and has a variety of selections. Stays open after 6pm.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are newly built or remodeled. Dorms are apartment style.

    Academic Rigor

    High standards.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early.

    In three sentences

    It's a friendly environment. The dorms are nice. The cafe is good.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sam is a secure campus for all students especially since in Hunstcille Texas the police and jail departments are well at service and under great supervision.

    Greek Life

    I did not join the Greek Club

    Clubs and Activities

    I joind the Kats Club, Kappa Gamma, and the honor club and life and they perform a series of community service to dancing and fundraising for our school.

    Great for these types of students

    At sam there is a bit for any student that wants to major in accounting, history, education, crimal justice, biology, ect.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My unsual location and events is that their are students dancing in the plaza with our Sam Wildkat outside every time after we win a game.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam is not an expensive school unless you know what your doing and know what classes your taking and makes easier if you have a job.

    What to do for fun

    I joined the Kappa Gamma and the Kats Club organizations in which you perform community service in huntsville and raise money for school. I also paint and draw when I have the chance and go to the mall for relaxion from home and school.

    Food and Dining

    the food is great because it does not taste like high school cafeteria food and the kat buck or dining meals are as low as $400 for communers.

    Dorm Life

    I commune from home to school but the housing there is great you know who you roomate is right away and they pair you up with a roomate that is almost like you.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers at Sam are strict and know what they are doing and will expect that you listen and take notes during their lectures and study fortheir exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students need to be at the top of their game one-hundred percent and studey hard to graduate in their dregree. Also, join study groups and organization and make friends.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a diverse school where students can interact in organizations and study groups. Its once of the top universities in Texas State. Also the teaching program they offer is great for students majoring in Education.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are safety spots in which emergency buttons are located around campus to suppy help.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons to chose from and all fun!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is always the lighting of the tree. This is a gathering in the mall area during christmas in which we all gather up our holiday spirit and watch the lighting up of our giant tree.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expansive, but the experience and knowledge is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    As previously stated, there are tons of fun clubs to join. Many people like to go out at night and there ares several hot spots such as the Jolly Fox (more of a sit down bar) or Shennanigans which is a combination of country in one room and hip hop in the next.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of restaurants to chose from and what's on campus is pretty good too.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty active and very friendly, but if you hope for a quite place to relax you'll have no trouble finding that too!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your interests and classes, all of the courses are challenging in one form or another. Hey, that's what college is about!

    Tips for prospective students

    For any college student it is key to stay on top of your studies and be involved with volunteer and club opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Sam is a beautiful campus with excellent and highly qualified teachers. The campus life is always a buzz and there are tons of clubs and organizations to pick from. There are a great number of degrees to pick from so whatever you're interested in, you'll find it here!

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sam Houston State has been ranked many times as being one of the safest campus in Texas and the nation. UPD is always around and we even have an escort service available so just in case you are out late one night somewhere and you don't want to walk alone to your dorm they will be there to escort you safely home.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life here is good. Everyone there is very open to anyone who wants to join and they always have something for other students to do on campus. They host many events and they are an all around good time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of different organizations on campus that each have something different and unique to bring to the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Criminal Justice majors, creative/artsy people, nursing majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the biggest traditions on campus is around Christmas time, when students gather around to light the huge Christmas tree in the court yard.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a really good education for about half the price of other colleges.

    What to do for fun

    Even though the school is located in a small town like Huntsville, there is a lot of things to do. There are many organizations on campus that always have something for you to do. There is also small places to go to in town if you don't want to stay on campus. By getting involved in something I can guarantee that you will never get bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is good. There is always a variety of choices and you will definitely find something that you like no matter how picky you are.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a lot better than I thought it would be. I've met a lot of great people this way and in a way y'all become like a small family that takes care of each other.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some easy classes but there are also those hard classes that every school has. It all just depends on which professor you have and your overall major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind! College is a completely different experience and attending a relatively small school like Sam Houston State you will see a lot of things and do a lot of different things you may not be used too but all in all you will have a good time here no matter what.

    In three sentences

    If you're looking for a super friendly environment, then Sam Houston State is the school you should go to. Everyone is super supportive and friendly. You also learn a lot of things you won't learn in class because the people who go here a really diverse and unique in their own way.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police ALL over campus! Not to mention it is located in Huntsville so the chances of there being a school shooting is slim. We are way to close to death rowe

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always some club to join or activiy to do around campus. It is very entertaining to see all the options students have.

    Great for these types of students

    Study aboraders, astronomy, Criminal Justice

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sam Houston actually has an observarotry off campus and it is used for their astronomy program but it is really cool. They also have a planeterium which only a few Texas campus' have.

    What to do for fun

    Sam Houston has so many things you can do for fun! They have sporting event to go watch. They have intermural sports. They put on pep rallies for all the big games. They are have sorioties and fraternities you can join. There are dance teams and cheer teams. You have the Jolly Fox and Shennigans if you like going out dancing. And there is almost always a party somewhere.

    Food and Dining

    SHSU has mulitple different places you can eat on campus and it is great. You have a lot of different options

    Dorm Life

    I don't actually live in a dorm at Sam but I do see them everyday and they have some really nice dorms and then they have some really sketchy dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Sam has it's programs that are really hard but at the same time if you are responsible and study you will do fine. They do have a really hard astronomy program but I am fully convinced that it pays off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure SHSU is the right school for your major. Sam has multiple areas where it has great reputation and there are some programs that it is lacking. Aside from that it was a wonderful school and if you want to study abroad I highly recommend this school

    In three sentences

    Sam is a great school! I love their astronomy program. They have put a lot of money in making it a great program. I also love that SHSU has multiple different study abroad programs. I plan on majoring in international studies and I am a firm believer in thinking students and people should travel. So I love that SHSU gives it's students those opportunities.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Fresh out of high school.

    Bang for the buck

    Not as expensive as out of State Universities.

    Food and Dining

    Too many to name.

    Dorm Life

    Has alot of variety of dorms and also people to blend with.

    Academic Rigor

    Very focused.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy and explore the many options it has.

    In three sentences

    Great atmosphere!

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police everywhere here. Huntsville is surrounded by prisons, which sounds scary but it really is a safe place to be. We are a criminal justice school so there is a great sense of safety here.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very avid here, and it is relatively cheaper than greek life at other schools. There are only 4 Panhellenic Sororities here, ZTA, AXO, ADPi, and TriSig. There are a greater number of fraternities, and multicultural frats/sororiites.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of student organizations here, you really just have to know people to find them. The student org website is bad at putting out information.

    Great for these types of students

    Perfect school for commuter students. Students from small towns would fit in better here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Of course we wear orange on Fridays, you will even get a prize if certain people see you wearing orange on Friday.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston is significantly cheaper than other universities, and it really does go far. There are always student activities going on, free fear, etc.

    What to do for fun

    There is not a lot of fun things to do in Huntsville. We have a movie theatre that is very cheap, and there is the rec center which has a rock wall. Everyone goes to the country dance bar Shenanigins on Tuesdays and Thursdays, that is about the funnest thing there is to do here.

    Food and Dining

    Old Main is the only cafeteria we have on campus. Most of the time the food is good, and it does not really feel like a cafeteria. The downside is lines, and hours of operation are inconvenient. There are two food courts with various fast food restaurants that you can use you bearkat bucks at.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms at Sam are in good shape, and are not too small. You can pay more money to live in apartment style dorms, that are nicer and have kitchenettes. I live in an old residence hall and I love it here.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are small here, so there is a lot of possibility for one-on-one help. Typical freshman classes are easy, and some do not even have midterms. This makes the classes almost feel like high school courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sam Houston is lively on the weekdays but it is dead on the weekends. If you're looking for a place that really feels like home away from home you might no get that here.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great place for people from small towns around the area. It's predominantly a school for Criminal Justice and Education majors.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel perfectly fine walking around campus at night even with a high security prison half a mile away.

    Bang for the buck

    SHSU seems pricey, but it's still one of the most inexpensive colleges in Texas.

    Food and Dining

    Old Main Market (the cafeteria) is okay, but there's fast food at the student center too.

    Dorm Life

    Currently living in a dorm that was closed last year for renovations and it's the biggest dorm on campus. People are nice, but don't be surprised when a car alarm goes off at 3 in the morning.

    Academic Rigor

    Just like any college, some classes are hard and some classes are easy. It's all about personal preference and who the professor is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to sign up for classes as soon as you can because classes fill up quickly!

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous and most of the staff and faculty are wonderful. Would not suggest coming here if you can't handle hills and stairs because they are everywhere! Definitely glad I decided to make this my college though!

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out on campus!

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food!

    Dorm Life

    I thought they were awsome!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply early for the most $$$$$$.

    In three sentences

    This is a great college with a great community.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go dancing, and hanging with friends.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a beautiful and welcoming school. The professors are very helpful and care for the students. I feel right at home.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities for all. You name it they have it!

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options on campus and many close by.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are living on campus you don't need a car because most places are within walking range. Campus is very diverse and therefor there will be something for you to take part of.

    In three sentences

    The staff here is awesome. All my professors this semester love their job and do it well. Highly recommend this campus to all.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Huntsville is a very small town and there is not much to do for fun. That is a main reason I recommend joining activities on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is ALOT of hills on campus, a bike or good walking shoes would be very handy. Try to get involved as much as you can as a freshman. The more activities you are involved in the more likely you are to enjoy your college experience.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a great campus because everything is close together and it makes it very convenient on college students without vehicles . The student to teacher ratio is also very helpful for freshman that are trying to adapt to the bigger size classes. There is numerous activities on campus for students to get involved and help out the local bearkat community.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    In a small town with more students coming in from out of the city, you can meet new friends and have new experiences. I find myself going to movies alot with my new friends and we always have a great time in groups. We also just enjoy each others company at our respective living spaces and always find a good time together.

    Food and Dining

    There are always new and different types of food avaliable at Old Main where students can socialize and greet each other while enjoying some food and entertainment. The LSC is also a great place to meet with friends and get a variety of food from public vendors as well. I find the workers and cashiers very friendly and communitive

    Dorm Life

    I get along with a dormmate as we respect eachother's space and privacy. The dorms are kept clean and safe for students. mY dorm advisor has also been generous with his time on the new students.

    Academic Rigor

    They have new and inivative programs that assit the student in the curriculum and assignments. The professors are very patient with the student and explain the context if there is difficulity. I find the work enriching and helps me understand the course better

    Tips for prospective students

    It is an adjustment from home. If you haven't before, you should get use to sharing space with someone new. Also make sure to keep your work and assignments in place, becuase they can get out of hand real quick.

    In three sentences

    I have had new experiences here at the Univeristy and Huntsville. It has been an adjustment moving away from home and starting this new chapter of my life. Sam Houston has made this transition more easier with social events and get togethers with new freshman students.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Are tuition is very low compared to other schools and we still get the essentials.

    What to do for fun

    Sam always has fun little activities weekly. For Free.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great because we have multiple choices.

    Dorm Life

    My apartment is nice and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are very helpful if you try to help yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy rain boots

    In three sentences

    Sam is a great school if you like to live in a small communtiy. Its not to small or to big, it's just right to the average student. At Sam you are not just a number, you are a student who matters and people know who you are.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If your involved in campus then the fun just comes to you. It's a very diverse campus but once you find your hobby

    Food and Dining

    Old main has very good food. Also south paw is awesome as well.

    Dorm Life

    Don't stay in Jackson Hall it's horrible. Make sure you always and I mean always pay your deposit on time.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest visiting the campus twice just so you can make sure that SHSU is really the school for you.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy attending SHSU. There are a lot of student organizations on campus. The atmosphere is amazing here.

  • 11/07/2012

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    Tips for prospective students

    you should visit the school, its really breathtaking when you see the whole environment.

    In three sentences

    I remember going to this school during my freshman year and i loved the environment there. The college has a great criminal justice center as well. Going to school there seems like a very great idea for those pursuing a criminal justice degree.

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You may think that because the school is right next to a prison that we are always in danger. We aren't. There are students that are apart of a safety patrol and they walk around the campus at night time to make sure everyone is safe at all times.

    Greek Life

    I am not in a Greek organization but they do look promising if you wish to join. They put on step shows and will step on the courtyard frequently and they are pretty active in communities.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not involved in any clubs but they do put on events that I've been to that have sparked my interest. The activities that go on, however, are extremely fun. There are plays, bonfires, pep rallies, fashion shows, parades, etc. And the football games are always fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't any unusual traditions that I can think of. Nothing that you wouldn't see on a normal campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is always a hassle. I'm glad I came to Sam Houston but others may not be as glad as I am. Everybody jokes about paying so much to attend here, but making things worth the money is all up to you. Only you can waste your money.

    What to do for fun

    There are TOO MANY things that you can do for fun. Join a club, work out, join club sports, intramural sports, etc. Find things that appeal to you and your interests and you'll easily find a niche for yourself.

    Food and Dining

    There's a nice variety of things to choose from on campus and even off campus. The cafeteria that everyone eats at, Old Main, tends to have those off days but most of the time you will find at least one thing that you like in there.

    Dorm Life

    The earlier you apply for acceptance, the better dorm you will receive. Make sure you choose a roommate that has similar habits as you do, otherwise problems will be in your near future. Others weren't as lucky as I was.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the classes all depends on the teachers most of the time. If you put forth zero effort, then things will be harder than the teachers intend them to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage prospective students to look into Sam Houston for more than just the education. The experiences you have outside of the classroom are just as significant as the ones inside of them.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a very friendly community. The teachers try their hardest to make sure you get specifically what you came for. Everyday is another learning experience, one way or another.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We live by a prison, and we get emails or text if anything bad happens.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We had a bonfire before out homecoming game. There was a haunted house on halloween.

    Bang for the buck

    It is fairly cheap around here. We have three dollar movies, and things to do on campus are not too expensive.

    What to do for fun

    My friends and I play volleyball at Sonic every Tuesday, and different people come each week. There are many different sporting events o go to. You can join an intramural team, or go to the rec center and work out in various ways. There are of course sororities and fraternities, but they also have religious groups, leadership groups, and many other different clubs. There are many different dancing halls to go to. We live in a small town, so we go to Walmart half the time and mess around in the toy section.

    Food and Dining

    Up until last week the food at our dining place was relatively good. We have quite an assortment of food during the week. It is unlikely though, you will find fresh vegetables or any milk on Saturday or Sunday. Last Monday i had to miss class after getting sick from eating breakfast at the dining hall. I was scared to eat there again until last night. I felt fine after eating the food.

    Dorm Life

    I live in an all girls dorm that sometimes seems like the building is falling apart. The first two months we had an infestation of crickets. The room itself looks extremely beaten up. They ran out of rooms, so some rooms have three people instead of two. There are plenty of activities to do with the people in your dorm, so you can get to know each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers will give a lot of help to their students to help them succeed and receive better grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    When your teachers give you an assignment, try to get it done that day. Do not study on your bed, unless you plan on falling asleep. Stay on campus to study and do your work. Get involved in different organizations.

    In three sentences

    This school has an enormous amount of opportunities to meet people and become a part of an organization that can help you later in life. This school is not a large school, but it is large enough for students to feel a part of something that was bigger than high school. Sam Houston is not my home, but it makes me feel like I am close to being home.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The Clubs And Activities At Sam Houston Are A Great Way To Meet New People.

    What to do for fun

    Shenanigans Is A Fun Place To Attend With Friends.

    Food and Dining

    There Is A Great Variety Of Food At Sam Houston.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life Is Awesome, Everyone Is Like One Big Family.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending On Your Major Could Make It Harder/Easier For You.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make Sure You Research For The College That Is Best For You.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston Has Great People And Staff. There Are Lots Of Activities To Participate In. Football Games And Tailgating Are The Best!

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There is a new dining hall that is fantastic, they have real chefs and very fresh ingredients.

    Dorm Life

    Havent lived in the dorms but from what ive seen they are pretty decent

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes have an ok amount of homework but nothing extreme

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of registration, it really stinks to get stuck scheduling classes you dont really want or need

    In three sentences

    As a whole i do enjoy this campus, it is well kept and a good size without being too big. I also really enjoy working with the professors in the business department, for the most part they are very dedicated and use real application in their classes (which i've found other colleges i've attended did not).

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State is a fantastic school to start your college with and they are very attentive about making sure you have the best grades possible. There are many groups on campus that can help you with anything from Politics to Karate clubs, there is something everyone. I encourage anyone to to choose this school because you feel welcome with small classes so the teachers can talk to you one on one if neeed be.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Read!

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but I hear it is wonderful

    Tips for prospective students

    Sam is a great school to attend, there are many opportunities. It's not too large so the profs really get to know their students.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great school that give and opportunity to accomplish your goals. The prof are very passionate about what they teach and they will try to help their students succeed in their classes. Sam Houston University has a pleasant view and a calming atmosphere.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    KatSafe alerts always let me know what's going on!

    Greek Life

    Also very visible.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very visible on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Criminal Justice (the prison is literally right off campus).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sam Houston's grave and home are just off of campus!

    Bang for the buck

    Way less than I paid for 4 years of undergrad at a private school!

    What to do for fun

    Get involved, go support the sports teams, work out on campus or off, nice state park nearby. Not a whole lot of night life in Huntsville other than the one club Shenanigans but there are a few great dives just down from campus and Conroe, The Woodlands and Houston aren't far away!

    Food and Dining

    Great options, great food, very available.

    Academic Rigor

    Graduate classes are tough but they challenge you to grow in your field and promote self-learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make as many contacts and connections as you can! When it comes down to it..its all about who you know!

    In three sentences

    Great campus life. Professors that care. Opportunities at your fingertips.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The only people you really have to worry about being safe from are the cops. They're everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    It's a fun way to meet people.

    Bang for the buck

    You go broke very quickly, but that probably goes for every college.

    What to do for fun

    Make friends, play rec sports. I reccoment dodgeball.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good, but there is only one cafeteria and they try to get you to spend a lot of money on all the other food stores around campus.

    Dorm Life

    It's nice, the walls in my dorm are paper thin though. Also, only Freshman live in dorms, everyone else rent out apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are easy depending on the classes you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here.

    In three sentences

    The athletic facilities.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have not heard of any incidents at SHSU that should be of major concern.

    Greek Life

    I hear it is fabulous!

    Clubs and Activities

    I receive constant emails on the clubs and activities going on at SHSU campus. SHSU seems to be very interactive with the students. I only wish I could be a part of that!

    Great for these types of students

    I recommend SHSU if you want to live on campus and enjoy the college atmosphere. It seems like SHSU would be a fun campus to be at and enjoy all the activities they offer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am not the best person to ask since I am on online student.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive! SHSU charges a convenience fee for online courses. I do not think that is fair!

    What to do for fun

    I play guitar and read books for fun.

    Food and Dining

    I do not dine at SHSU

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm at SHSU.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of writing. I think that is a great quality because it forces you to become a better student as well as a better writer.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest visiting ratemyprofessor.com before selecting a professor. It is very helpful. Also, if you take online courses, you must be self disciplined and motivated!

    In three sentences

    SHSU is a expensive. The professors take a long time to respond or never respond to e-mails when requesting a letter of recommendation for scholarships. Other than that, I think it is a great university.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have lots of Security around campus 24/7 at Sam Houston their number 1 priority is to keep its students safe. We have emergency poles all over campus in case there ever is an emergency just find on and press the button and cops are on their way.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is into everything here at Sam Houston, I know that they do things for their own organization but they also hold fundraisers to raise money for awareness in a lot of different things. They hold biweekly blood drives and are very nice about it.

    What to do for fun

    If you want to have fun like on the weekends then go to Sorority Hill around 7 or 8 o'clock and find out what party they are hosting. If you don't like the party atmosphere then there is always the gym, the local park off of Sam Avenue, and at Hastings which is our local bookstore they have something going on every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is awesome! Apart from the Paw Print ans South Paw which has restaurants in them like Subway and Pizza Hut and Chick-fil-A. We have Old Main Market which is a cafeteria buffet like style of a dining hall. We have chefs recipes and everything is seasoned and cooked to a T. I love going to Old Main Market its always fresh food and very good food!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is different for all the dorms here. I'm living at Lone Star Hall and everyday there are people playing ping pong and playing pool, or they are just sitting on the couch chilling with friends watching TV. The dorm overall is very quiet at times but when Lone Star is holding an event in the lobby it gets real loud and fun real fast. But overall Lone Star is a great hall to be in.

    Academic Rigor

    Your professors are there for you whenever you need help. We have free tutors on campus that will help you with what ever subject you are struggling in. Also you must study there is NO way to pass your classes if you don't study. Time management is the key to having a load of classes. Ex. 18 credit hours The rigor is much more than that in high school you must read and you must do things in order to pass not just to get by. Don't wait till the night something is due to do it.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you are scheduling your classes NEVER get an 8 am class. Do All extra credit teacher is offering. Make sure you don't go out and party if you have a test the next day. Study! Procrastination is not helpful, do assignments before it is time to hand them in. Keep in touch with your professors if you are having trouble with something they will help. Make sure to eat a good meal at the start of each day!

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a school that cares about it's students safety and well being. Sam Houston wants you to succeed so they have free tutoring sessions for Math, English, Science whatever class you have trouble in for free. At Sam Houston everyday is a fun filled adventure, so you will never get bored.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's lots to do especially if you are constantly meeting new people on campus. It just depends on what you prefer to do in your spare time.

    Food and Dining

    We have a cafeteria called Old Main Market here on campus. All of their food is freshly made and it is totally different from high school food.

    Dorm Life

    The newer dorms are great especially Lone Star but you have to apply early since they are filled fast. There are very old dorms on campus too that are not so great.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on the types of courses you take. Some classes are more laid back than others while some demand a lot of time and knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't waste time or put things off till the last minute to tend to. As soon as you get an assignment, start on it. Also don't just rely on your notes to study, read your textbook too.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University overall is an excellent university. The teachers here are very thorough with their teaching subjects. Also the staff makes sure you have everything you need to succeed.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school seems safe to me.

    What to do for fun

    Go and socialize with friends. Go out to eat or the movies.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good. They are the best. They are better than other colleges.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know. Didn't live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very rigorous. They keep me studying and learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the financial aid office and make sure you have enough money.

    In three sentences

    The school is very active., Everyone seems to be happy. I really like the professors.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nothing really happens here. Just a little bit of arguments and some drunkards at night parties. At least from what I can tell.

    Greek Life

    I do not have information, check the school's site.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many various types, check the school's site.

    Great for these types of students

    Ones that like to walk uphill a lot.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    Some fees seem pointless, but it can be worse.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much in town other than the school's events and the night club. You basically have to make your own fun. Trips to Wal-Mart or Home Depot with friends can be surprisingly fun.

    Food and Dining

    Many restaurants within walking distance. Variety.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms aren't exactly pretty to look at, but they are not bad either. Some decoration goes a long way.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers push further, some do not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to walk uphill alot. Don't spend a lot on fast food.

    In three sentences

    Very hilly, good community, lots of events, stores and restaurants in walking distance and in variety.

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety poles at almost every corner and campus police are always a phone call away for an escort home late at night if youre a little spooked.

    Greek Life

    If Greek Life is your thing then Sam is a great place to get involved without getting washed away with the number of people involved. Activities are always booming and welcoming others.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY! I get lost and dont know where to even begin. Check it out for yourself

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, lookin for a good time, friendly

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We light a giant Christmas tree in the middle of campus during the winter with all the organizations ornaments on it. So beautiful and unique

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! There are tons of clubs and organizations. There's a club for just about every major for those who want to get to know people with the same interests and then there are clubs for almost anything else you can think of. Trust me.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great new dining hall with made to order food! Many stations ranging from pizza and sandwhiches to chinese. Theres an entire desert bar available all day too!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be great if you can get along with your roommates. The halls organize activities for you to get to know your RAs and those who live with you too. There is always something going on and someone to talk to.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can get tough but there is always someone there to help. The acedemic centers are always available if your professor is not and there are tons of people willing to set up study groups too. Studying is fun at Sam Houston.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont overlook Sam Houston. While it is in a small town and not a huge name school, it is a wonderful place to find yourself and meet some of the greatest people. You can become friends with your professors as well as your classmates and you arent just a number in a crowded classroom. Your professors will come to know your name and better your education every day.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University has the small town feel with great potential to host good time. There is always something fun to do on and off campus. Also there are plenty of great places to buckle down for a good study.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sam has many activities to choose from. There are intramural sports teams. There are fun activities in the Lowmen center and plenty to do at the rec center. Lots of clubs and organizations for you to join. There is always something going on and it is fit for whatever you like.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Sam is wonderful. Old Main Market has really fresh ingredients and plenty of choices for you to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are wonderful. Everyone on the floor is great and respectful. If there is a problem you can always talk to them or the R.A. on duty.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Sam can be tough in their own way, but if you work hard and don't get behind you should have no problem. The professors do all that they can to help you gain the information that is needed for you to succeed. If you are struggling in a class there is always someone willing to hell you with your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    The friends that you meet at Sam Houston, most likely, are going to be your friends for a long time. Everyone on campus is friendly and nice. It is a very well rounded school.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is great for anyone going into education. Sam Houston started off as an education school and is still a top education school today. All the teachers there are very well trained and ready to help you reach your potential.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Great variety!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your education a priority not your college experience. In other words study more and party less!

    In three sentences

    I believe SHSU is a great school for traditional students. I believe improvements can be made when assisting non traditional students.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is very safe. There is an escort service for people who stay late in buildings on campus. They will walk you back to your dorm and make sure nothing will happen to you.

    Great for these types of students

    Like small towns

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the beginning of the semester Sam Houston provides a free welcoming concert that has famous people come and preform.

    Bang for the buck

    With the right group of friends, this is a great place to be.

    What to do for fun

    Sam Houston has a great gym and classes the gym offers. It is a great place to go to meet people. There is a wide variety of clubs to join on campus. Huntsville is the location of a huge state park. If you are of age huntsville provides many bars to go and socialize at.

    Food and Dining

    Sam Houston has just recently built a new dining facility. It is very nice, clean, and modern. The facility has many choices of things to eat. There is a salad bar, international section, home cooking section, cereal section, and dessert section. Overall it is a great place to eat if you have a meal plan. There are also other places to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Sam Houston has many dorms to choose form. Some of the dorms are old and have been there for a long time. Those dorms also have old furniture in them which makes it feel a little dirty. Then again, there are new dorms that are very nice and clean. The newer dorms have more privacy than the old ones. Most freshman go home during the weekends which makes it hard for people who stay during the weekend.

    Academic Rigor

    Sam Houston is not one of the hardest colleges out there. Although, it is college, so classes are going to be challenging. There is a wide variety classes and professors to choose from. They have free tutoring for most classes which is a huge help.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are coming from a big city like Houston or Austin, this town may not be the right place for you. When I first arrived here I was very bored because the town had little things to do. To have a good time you need to get involved on campus and find a group that you want to join. Making friends is the key to enjoy this little town. Otherwise, it is a great place to leave.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a medium sized school that has a great campus located in a quaint/ small town in Huntsville, Texas. There are many dorms located on campus and cafeteria has a wide variety of food to choose from. The night life if okay and there are many bars to choose from.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    University police are pretty great. There are pillars all over campus and if you are away from your dorm late at night, you can call for an escort.

    Bang for the buck

    It's great! Sam is one of the cheaper universities in Texas, but that doesn't hinder the education you receive.

    What to do for fun

    Go to games, students usually get in free! I've heard Shenanigans is fun, but I've never been. There's a sand volleyball court at the Sonic on Sam Houston Avenue. There's always something going on for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Old Main is the new dining hall on campus and the food is always pretty good there. They have a bunch of different stations, so there's always going to be something you might like. There are also a couple of other dining places on campus that are great.

    Dorm Life

    I've been in two of the dorms, Lone Star Hall and Sam Houston Village. They're both really nice, but I personally like SHV better because you get your own room. There's a kitchen and a living room. There are common areas in all the dorms, with games and tv.

    Academic Rigor

    I know a lot of people think that college is a place to have fun and not worry about classes, but at Sam, classes aren't really something you have to worry about. The professors are really good at making things interesting; they do like for you to show up and pay attention in class. But if you're there and you pay attention, then it's going to pay off, because you'll do well in the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get started early on everything - applying, turning in the FAFSA, signing up for other scholarships.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great school. Huntsville is a small town, but everyone is really nice and you get to meet people from all over. I'm so glad I chose to go to Sam!

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Honestly maybe too safe. There is definitely a large number of campus police officers patrolling at all times, waiting to bust even the smallest trouble-maker!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is growing at Sam Houston.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs available to join at Sam Houston, from sports clubs to interest clubs. I suggest one jump right in and become apart of one they have interest in. The sooner you become a member, the sooner you may hold positions in office and make great contributions to the clubs you think will benefit you most!

    Great for these types of students

    Sam Houston is great for any type of student. Whether you are an over-achiever or a person who wouldn't have imagined going to further your education. At Sam, the sky is the limit.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Yard is the location where we socialize with our friends to come together, laugh, pray, or even just look at each other and the latest fashions. It is right in the center of our beautiful campus, and it's most likely crowded with friends and laughter.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston is a great facility because it is beautiful, peaceful, and your education is exceptional for a much more reasonable price than most.

    What to do for fun

    Depending on what you like there are many things to do for entertainment. Aside from being involved on campus in things that interest you, there are several clubs and places for partying in town.

    Food and Dining

    I never really ate on campus, yet there are many popular places one might enjoy dining at such as Chick-fil-a, Pizza Hut, etc. Bearkats Buck, or money to be used by students to buy these foods, are very beneficial.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in an older dorm, yet I still enjoyed my experiences there. There are also many new ones now as Sam always seems to be looking for ways to improve the appearance and amenities of the campus!

    Academic Rigor

    At Sam Houston, you will be challenged, but there is no class or professor that is impossible to please as long as you put forth your best efforts.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for a prospective student would be to take advantage of all the opportunities presented to you at Sam. Become part of organizations that interest you, meet people who might benefit you in the future, and ask questions because there are so many resources and ways to succeed if you look for them.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University gets a 10 because of it's balance between reasonable tuition and awesome education. It is located in a small town where one may enjoy the college experience, yet avoid the chances of being distracted by a large city atmosphere. The Bearkats are friendly and helpful towards one another, and staff respond quickly to all inquiries to the best of their abilities!

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party, hang with friends, kat club, shenanigans, jolly fox, bowling, movies, figure something out

    Food and Dining

    Food is generally fresh and well prepared. Portions are small though and the food gets to be a bit repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    Great way to make new friends for incoming freshman. However this does come with complications such as small rooms, no privacy, and sweating a lot in the upstairs dorms. But it is an experience every college student should have, make it fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not easy but they are not hard at all. Balanceing your time is the key and actually going to class makes this very easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply for student financial aid. Ask questions, do not be afraid to ask. Check every book store for the best deals.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston St. is a great university to attend. It is not to big and not to small for those who want to leave a small hometown jr. college and not too big for those who are intimidated by something as large as college. Great professors and great place to be.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There tons of things to do here and around Sam Houston. There are movies, which are always showing the latest shows. There are also the mals.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be depending upon how you are as a person

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not hard and the instructors actually take the time to make sure you understand the lessons before moving on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose Your Classes wisely

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston University is a great school with people that actually care. When they say here your not just a another student their telling you the truth. The faculty and staff make you feel at home.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since Sam Houston has a majority of Criminal Justice majors, just be rest assured that you are safe at all times. There is a cop around every corner.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very wide range of activities and clubs. Any club you decide to be in, they will welcome you with open arms and never take advantage of you or your year.

    What to do for fun

    Go out to the hill, bring a blanket and your laptop and watch a movie. If you have a sweet tooth and not much money to spend, there's a frozen yogurt place called Three Spoons that won't burn a hole in your pocket but will hit the spot in your stomach for the night.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I live in is relatively quiet and conveniently placed right next to the dining hall. The other girls in the dorm are friendly and our RA is always on top of her game with everything that happens on our floor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't spend all your bearkat bucks in one place! ;]

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University had always been my first choice as a college I would attend. The staff is unbelievably helpful and friendly and I have come to love all of my professors within a few months. It's the best school to attend if your career includes Education or Criminal Justice.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All the buildings have a key card access, so keep your card on you at all times. When threats come in, they lock the buildings down. They will also send e-mail to the student body informing them of what's happened or going to be happening.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The LSC and the waterfountain area are HUGE hang out areas during the lunch hours. Honestly I avoid the food areas between 11-2, it is crazy busy. South Paw usually is not that bad as long as you catch it at the half hour versus the hour mark. That where I grab my lunches and snacks.

    What to do for fun

    There is a movie theater, a few strip malls, and a couple of bars that are awesome to go out and dance or have a few with friends after a stressful week. It's a small scale community, not a lot to be distracted with, but just enough.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining, it is hit or miss just like any regular cafeteria. The food purcahse with the Bearkat Bucks is great and has a range of choices, even special treats such as coffee.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome. There are individual activities, group activites. The RA is always within reach, no matter which dorm. My preference would be the smaller dorms, they are more home like.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to think outside of the box yet inside of the box at the same time. The material is current, always changing, and almost everything could have several answers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the study skills and MAP programs. Do not wait until it is too late to seek academic help, even if you think you can handle it.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston does their best to support and provide the most recent technolgy and teaching strategies with their students and professors. They are focused on helping each student succeed!

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very adequate. I have not encountered any problems here whatsoever and I feel safe on this campus. I can leave things out without worrying about others trying to take it. Not that I would suggest doing that in any normal given situation!!

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of Greek life, but many students around me seem to enjoy it. There are posters around campus that were encouraging people to pledge. It seemed like a fantastic way to meet new friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities seem wide open. Every day that I way by someone is inviting me to go to a club or group. It seems like a fantastic way for anyone to meet friends, I only wish I had the time.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus is scenic and students who love to take pictures will enjoy this place. Students who love to be outside and relish in nature will enjoy this place, especially with the outside courtyard, it is truly a beautiful campus and I feel fresh and renewed anytime I am outside!

    Bang for the buck

    The college itself is a great deal for your dollar. The surrounding areas are cheap as well, as well as the entire Huntsville community.

    Food and Dining

    The food is absolutely wonderful! The new dining hall that was just recently build is beautiful, modern, and has amazing food.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus, therefore I cannot comment on dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    I am constantly challenging with questions each class day. The professors do not cover you in assignments and homework, but they encourage reading, are very detailed in lectures, and they expect the very best from their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you come to Sam Houston State University, come with an intention of finishing. It is a wonderful univeristy and should be taken seriously as with any university.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus. Sam Houston State University offers the best to those who are willing to work toward their education. It offers chances after graduation as well.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ranked one of the safest with their own security team.

    Greek Life

    Not interested in this side of college life

    Clubs and Activities

    The Rodeo Club and the Kat Krazies is all I have time for.

    What to do for fun

    Being a member of the Kat-Krazies has been fun. We cheer our football team at every game. I am a member of the National Championship Rodeo team. They are a big part of my spare time

    Food and Dining

    There is a good variety of food available and our meal ticket options are flexible.

    Dorm Life

    I live in one of the oldest if not the oldest dorms on campus. The rooms are a little larger than some of the new ones. I have been very happy with my room and room-mates

    Academic Rigor

    All academics are work but you can find all the help you need. I like the study groups that they assign freshman students with the same classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    By all means, tour the campus when you are a junior or senior in highschool. Be sure to attend the 3 day Bear Kat Camp in early August, it will pump up your school spirit. Recognized campus for several fields of study. Law Enforcement & Teaching come to mind.

    In three sentences

    The best most school spiritfor all students. There are activities available to all students. We have access to many things both on and off campus. Huntsville is a wonderful College Town.

  • 03/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe but if you every feel like you don''t want to walk to your dorm or car alone at night there is a number to call and campus security will send an escort to walk with you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Im not sure if any of our traditions are unusual but every year there is the Homecoming parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony around Christmas, a huge bonfire before the football game against our biggest rivals.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition for SHSU isn't as much as many other universities and with what you are paying they always try to give back. At the beginning of every fall semester there is Sammypalooza where they bring in bands and artists to perform and it is free of charge! They also bring in a comedian in the spring and tickets for that are also free for students.

    What to do for fun

    On campus there is a place called the Kat Klub where you can go blow off steam and have some fun. There are video games, pool tables, ping pong, air hockey, foosball, and sports projected on the walls all day long. It isn't free but the prices are unbeatable compared to anywhere else in town.

    Food and Dining

    The new dining hall at SHSU is amazing! There are 7 different stations with all different types of food like italian, stir fry, dessert, salad bar, comfort foods, and more. You will never eat the same thing within a month because the menu is so broad, and also very tasty.

    Dorm Life

    I went in to the dorms expecting to hate it, but in the end I realized it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I met great friends, and for those who aren't extremely outgoing the dorms will make it easier for you to do the same. Being around all of those other students pushed me to go have fun at activities without worrying about having to go alone.

    Academic Rigor

    Just like any university you will have classes that challenge you more academically than others. If you are struggling all of the professors are willing to help do what it takes so that you pass the class. You will have to put in the work but in the end you will gain so much more knowledge than you first realized.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to attend SHSU you will have to live in the dorms your first year, but don't look at this as a bad thing. Embrace the experience and do everything offered to you on campus because I made some of my best friends from the dorm I lived in. Get in groups and do volunteer activities or join a club, branch out, and you could make ties that last a lifetime.

    In three sentences

    In the last 2 years I have spent at SHSU I have had nothing short of an amazing college experience. There are always activities to participate in, no matter what your interests, and it is the universities goal to put students first. I have yet to come across a professor I didn't like, and have been able to reach out to some of them to write recommendations for me.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been some minor safety issues but the police patrols more often.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to join as well as activities such as fairs.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like a small class size and out of the city.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the online classes are more expensive this enabled me to start school and still work. The school is cheaper than other universities.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do on campus as well as off. For the outdoor people there is Sam Houston State Park.

    Food and Dining

    There are several options for dining. A new dining area has opened and can't wait to try it out next semester.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    I had applied to the university the week before classes started. One of the professors helped me to plan my classes and evaluated my transcript in no time. I was able to register for that semester. Most of the people there are helpful.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a great college that offers many classes on campus as well as online enabling me to finish my degree quickly. They have great support for online issues and account problems. I was able to order my books online from their bookstore and this option worked out great for me.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel as if Sam Houston is one of the safest schools on the planet. I am constantly seeing police and security, and Sam Houston even supplies an alert system that provides email and text to notify if there is any emergencies taking place on campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not currently involved in Greek Life, but I know many people who are and absolutely love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to join! Sam Houston provides many opportunities to get involved, almost everyday there are new clubs and organizations setup in the quad to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Sam Houston State University if great for students who would like a small private school setting, but simply can not afford to go to private school. Sam Houston provides a sense of small school pride, while achieving all the great things of a large university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One really neat tradition that sticks out to me about Sam Houston, is that we have spirit all year round. Every Friday, is wear orange Friday. It is of course out of spirit for our school, but it gives this sense of community and belonging.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston State University is absolutely awesome. I love how close it is to my home, and compared to prices from other universities it is perfect! Of course, I do need help with receiving scholarships, but everything about Sam Houston is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    There are many organizations to get involved in on campus. Including sororities, fraternities, various clubs, and sports. I was involved in playing intramural soccer, and absolutely loved it. The sport was completely owned by students, which made playing more fun, because you got to meet a lot of new people.

    Food and Dining

    Sam Houston provides awesome food and dining. The cafeteria is wonderful, and available for all meals throughout the day, and even provides day time snacks! I also love that fact that I can eat various food options on campus, using bearkat bucks. I love drinking my daily Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    I transferred in as a sophomore to Sam Houston. I never got the chance to experience the dorm life, but I have heard great things. I am also grateful, for all of the available off campus housing, I love it!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes and curriculum can be challenging, but the professors are really engaged. If I ever have a problem understanding any subject matter, I am able to email my professor and receive instant feed back, or visit in office hours to get help. If you apply yourself, classes will not be too difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be advised early and get involved.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston has a sense of community, with a small feel, without a tiny campus. The classes can be challenging, but professors are with you every step of the way. Sam Houston State University, helps me achieve a brighter future.

  • 03/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is quite awesome. Their are tons of different fraternities and sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    Criminal justice if thats the degree you want then come here

    What to do for fun

    Theirs not a lot to do hear but if you do join something or are a great people person and make friends you can always find something to do

    Tips for prospective students

    Join an organization it helps get to know all kinds of people and can be really fun

    In three sentences

    I like the enviroment of sam houston and the opportunites it has offered me so far as a freshman minority.

  • 03/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always alerted and campus security is always around, feel very safe when i am there.

    Food and Dining

    Food is always available and a variety of different kinds and styles.

    Dorm Life

    Did not live in a dorm so i cannot speak to that.

    Academic Rigor

    Keep up with you studies, do assigments by due date, turn in your completed studies. Always ask for help when needed. Do projects when assigned.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure and know your teacher and what they expect. If you follow their guidelines, you will do fine. Don't hesitate to ask for help when you need it and don't procrastinate, do you homework before it is due.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great university. It has the student to teacher ratio that i enjoy, the classes are not too big and not too small. Very easy to talk to and reach your teachers and professors if you need help.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Undergrads and Masters programs

    What to do for fun

    Athletics

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for on-line courses that are convenient and real!

    In three sentences

    Personalized, flexible programs that are conveniently located! Mentor professors that are masters in their field, and provide real-life teaching! A master's program that gives you real results in your job search!

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Online studies

    Bang for the buck

    I highly recommend SHSU by the experience I am having and have had.

    What to do for fun

    I use SHSU online for my education.

    Academic Rigor

    If I can do it, you can too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Give it your all, and you will be noticed and rewarded.

    In three sentences

    Highly rated professors. SHSU staff are honest and caring. Feeling of comfort and success.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are very many kickbacks and parties to go to. The campus also holds carnivals and many other events to bring together the students.

    Food and Dining

    Old Main had a variety of food and they even did different cultural's. The staff was very nice as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice! I stayed in Raven Village and they had a very homey feel. The only negative thing about the dorms is not having a stove to cook on.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are struggling in classes, the professors are there to help. The professors will help you as long as you are helping yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for prospective students is to make sure to stay focused. College comes first!

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love Sam Houston! The college is so diverse and the professors are very helpful. Sam Houston also likes to get the students involved.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you like to party, there are a few clubs close to the campus, but the best way to have fun is join some organizations around campus. you will meet plenty of new people and participate in a host of events.

    Food and Dining

    there are many different places to eat on campus from old main to south paw, you have a wide range of options.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus, but i have heard that dorm live is pretty legit. you are close to class, and it gives you a good opportunity to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the classes here is not to bad. Sam is a relatively small University so getting help in a class is not hard at all. And of the professors that i have had, they are very understanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get everything done early. whether it be trying to get into the school or assignments to do once you get here, getting things done ahead of time will save you a lot of stressful nights.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great school all in all. It is perfect for anyone who wishes to stay focused and achieve their best. There are many programs to help build you up academically as well as an all around person.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    great campus police force

    What to do for fun

    prison museum, sam houston museum, night life, hang out in my apartment.

    Food and Dining

    Many options, meal plan recommended

    Dorm Life

    live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a music major involved in ensembles as well as classes it is quite rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    keep up with your work.

    In three sentences

    Small university with all the quality of the landmark universities in the country.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    such a small chill town

    Greek Life

    Amazing sororities and frats too

    Clubs and Activities

    Rec Sports is the best!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The HKC is the place to be

    Bang for the buck

    Best bang for your buck on price to go here.

    What to do for fun

    Rec Sports, parks and recreation, and good night life.

    Food and Dining

    Great little resturants and plenty of variety

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great and full of amazing people

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and stay involved.

    In three sentences

    Great campus and professors. Small classes are so nice. Location is perfect.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    LOTS of variety!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are ready to work hard and have fun doing it come here.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Join student organizations!!! And Houston is not too far away.

    Food and Dining

    From waffles to tacos, pizza to sushi, if you want something you can probable find it.

    Dorm Life

    Personally I hated living in the dorms but there are several options for housing.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard, but they are hard for a reason!

    Tips for prospective students

    Huntsville is not the best town in the world, but there are several student organizations to get involved in. This is a school you can be proud to go to. There are many opportunities for SHSU students.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy studying at SHSU! The professors care about their students and help a lot to make sure that students understand the material. The student body is also active in the community.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Highly safe and quick to react.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are various activities. The only way to know which is best is to try them yourself!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The football games are a tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    It is getting a little expensive wish it was so expensive for one class.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports are quite fun, and football games.

    Food and Dining

    Good foods, and many selections to choose from. Chick-fil-a is the best to eat at.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Fairly doable and can be easily done.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming out of high school, don't think it is as easy. Be prepared for tough courses and study your material everyday.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is above all a great college. I really like the learning environment that I feel here. The people you meet here are amazing as well, make friends and life will be great.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Team work in communication for students who walk or travel alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Lambda Alpha Epsilon Criminal Justice Fraternity

    Clubs and Activities

    Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Society

    Great for these types of students

    Great place for students who wish to seek a social networking atmosphere.

    What to do for fun

    Spend quality time with my child.

    Food and Dining

    Nutritional and health conscious dining.

    Academic Rigor

    5 stars

    Tips for prospective students

    Increase your writing ability and research techniques for study.

    In three sentences

    Excellent online university for criminal justice professionals who seek to advance their college education.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Top rated degrees for thousand less a semester compared to other universities in the area.

    What to do for fun

    They have great prices and try to get the students to the athletic performances.

    Food and Dining

    Have quite a few selections for dining. I stop into the Bearkat cafe fairly often.

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay in a dorm. So I can't say much about them.

    Academic Rigor

    They expect a lot out of the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up early as this school fills up fast.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great school. It is on of the top ranked criminal justice programs in the nation. Great small town atmosphere in Huntsville TX.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind when arriving at Sam Houston. The small town may seem boring and rural but give it time and you will learn to love and appreciate the quaintness of Huntsville,TX.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a wonderful university that is able to provide excellent classes as well as the best college experience. A small town atmosphere allows the students to create close bonds with teachers as well as local residents. Overall my experience has been awesome and I have been able to create some of the best memories here at Sam Houston State University

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I am currently in Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and Men of Honor. Sam is a great place to meet new people and have friends and classmates that who may be able to network with in the future.

    Food and Dining

    Great tasting food with many different options.

    Dorm Life

    Although I only lived in the dorms for one semester it was a great experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work but professors are very helpful.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great school to attend. It is very diverse and a great place to receive a higher education. I enjoy going to this school and would refer anyone to go here.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    i attend events on campus, go to the local mall or theater

    Food and Dining

    great food services.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is very fun i reccomend that all freshmen stay on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are somewhat easy most of the professors give points just for attending classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    gpa must be above a 2.0 to keep receiving your financial aid.

    In three sentences

    sam houston is a great school to attend everyone who works here helps you in every way they can. great school for criminal justice, number one school for c.j. majors. located in a great and friendly town.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always felt very safe and secure at SHSU.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of welcoming and fun sorority and fraternities to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to name!

    Great for these types of students

    Quidditch for Harry Potter fans!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sam rings are awesome to dunk!

    Bang for the buck

    Online classes are too expensive save your money and take the real live class, you will also learn more this way.

    What to do for fun

    Bowling, Move theaters, and a few bars.

    Food and Dining

    Limited options but good food and Old Main Market.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    With each increasing year academics get more difficult but it is never something too difficult to handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and get advised early. The early bird gets the worm.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is an incredible school. They offer wonderful programs to all majors. They strive for excellence and help you to strive for it yourself.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UPD is always on-campus and alert when help is needed.

    Greek Life

    To have a huge bond with long life friends, greek life is best.

    Clubs and Activities

    Joining Young Life; a club for christian students learning the bible and having fun together.

    Great for these types of students

    Staying active in shape in the HKC is great; working out in the weight room to playing basketball on any four courts.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Kat Klub is always fun to be in; from video games to pool tables.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything is reasonable priced for typical college students.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, join organizations and clubs. For instance, recreation sport is always a blast.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan is the greatest. Having different varieties of food choices everyday keeps you full.

    Dorm Life

    Staying on-campus is a wonderful experience socailizing with your peers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospectice students is to join clubs and stay active meeting new awesome friends.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is filled with tradition. Sam Houston State University is spiritual. Also, Sam Houston State University is filled with pride.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of restaurants to visit with some friends. There is a bowling alley and a movie theater and bars.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of fast food and grab and go places on campus, but the main dining hall is surprisingly interesting.

    Dorm Life

    Really nice living arrangements.

    Academic Rigor

    Great teaching staff.

    Tips for prospective students

    You are going to miss home cooked meals, trust me. Bring comfortable walking shoes for the hills. Get involved, find something to do. Do not procrastinate!

    In three sentences

    Great school! The hills will keep you in shape. Nice small town with lots of entertaining.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Throughout the campus, there are emergency stations where you can push a button and be connected with campus police. Also, there are policeman who are constantly walking around campus maintains safety. And if you need to be walked back to your room late at night, UPD will send an officer to walk you safely back.

    Greek Life

    There are many students who are active in Greek Life. These clubs are very active in doing programs to raise money and items for different non-profit organizations and events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different organizations to be involved in; sororities, fraternities, volunteer clubs, sports, all sorts of things! There is no reason to be bored on SHSU's campus.

    Great for these types of students

    SHSU is great for students who love a small, involved community. Also, lots of criminal justice majors go here because of its great program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The football games are super fun to attend!! The environment is super fun and exciting. Also, don't walk under the bell tower, they say if you do.. You will never graduate, a fun little myth!

    What to do for fun

    Huntsville is somewhat limited in activities, but SHSU makes up for that! There are plenty of on campus organizations to join and all of the students are extremely friendly and are looking for new members.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options on campus food wise. The Old Main Market is very new and the people and food there are great! There are also plenty of other options, I'm never hungry!

    Dorm Life

    I have lived in a dorm room for four semesters and I have really enjoyed it. I have made great friends with my roommates and not having to pay rent is a big load off of my shoulders. LoneStar Hall on campus is beautiful and very close to Old Main.

    Academic Rigor

    SHSU has very challenging courses and professors who push you to do your best. But they understand all of the pressure put on students and are easy to talk to. They promote asking questions and keeping in contact.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and find a college that suits you! I am from a small, tight-knit town. And the atmosphere and people of Huntsville make me feel right at home. If you enjoy the town, you will enjoy the school.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is above and beyond fantastic. They truly care about their students and strive for a comfortable, successful environment. I truly enjoy attending SHSU, it has been one of the greatest decisions of my life.m

  • 04/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    University Police is safe, but beware of your parking due tickets and warning.

    Greek Life

    Join any type as long as your comfortabale.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sammypalooza, Spring coming, and Homecoming

    What to do for fun

    Try anything that interests you. Be creative and spontaneous so that you can make college the best experience that you have had.

    Food and Dining

    Old Main Market and South Paw are good for a family oriented meal. Lowman Student Center and other places near campus are good for the on-the-go meals and for socializing.

    Dorm Life

    Preferably Raven or Sam Houston Village for freshman or White Hall. Get to know your Resident Advisers so that if anything happens you will be okay.

    Academic Rigor

    GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS! Show an interest in your class as well as the professor so you can get ahead. Focus and do NOT procrastinate. It will be the death of any student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay involved even if you're a quiet student. You'll regret not enjoying yourself. Make time for yourself as well as school. Learn how to balance everything so you don't stress yourself out.

    In three sentences

    Sam is a very diverse and cultural university. Anyone that would like to attend should be prepared for a wonderful experience. Professors and staff are loving and willing to help when the time is needed.

  • 04/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are historical museums around the town and the campus. There are inexpensive places to have fun at like the movies, bowling ally, and restaurants. Also joining different organizations is a way to have fun and meet friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and there are three facilities in which you may chose to eat at. Sometimes there are discounts for students. There are also available meal plans for students.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in dorms so I am not sure how that situation is.

    Academic Rigor

    Amazing Proffesors, if you apply yourself then any class is easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get scholarships and sign up for financial aid. Try not to stress yourself out because you think you may not afford college. Explore and be curious; you'll never know what you may find out.

    In three sentences

    A small campus, in a small town. Though it is small it is filled with people with big hearts. There is a large amount of school spirit and many organizations to join.

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    feel real safe

    Clubs and Activities

    great programs

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    tripod burried by old main

    Bang for the buck

    humpreys

    Food and Dining

    lots to eat

    Dorm Life

    dont live there i live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    not to bad

    Tips for prospective students

    get registered early

    In three sentences

    sam houston is great

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Everytime I tell people I attend Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas, they look at me and say Isn't that where the prison is? Well the infamous state prison is just a block away from the campus. That does sound terrifying, but believe it or not we are one of the top safest campuses in Texas. Even if a prisoner escapes, the last thing they want to do is linger around Huntsville where there are countless policemen around the town.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many unique places such as the potato shack, Texan caf�©, donut wheel, the fox, shenanigans, and so much more. Everyone wears orange on Fridays, we light a colossal Christmas tree every year, and my favorite one of all....our Alma Matter.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that Sam Houston State University has a good price per semester unlike other universities that cost an arm and a leg. I am fortunate enough to have received a scholarship, and have my education paid for through my father's GI Bill. Going here will definitely save your parents money, and put cash back in your pockets.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous clubs and organizations to join and create new friends. We have club sports teams, events that go on through the week, and simply hanging out with friends on the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    There are several eating places on campus to choose from. The old main market is where you are able to eat as if you were at a buffet. All these places serve healthy food choices and follow a dietary plan to help reduce obesity in America.

    Dorm Life

    Students have different options into where they are able to live. All freshmen are required to live on campus. All the dorms are centered around the campus. It is a short distance walk to all the classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are taken very seriously here. Classes are at a good classroom size, and the professors are wonderful in understanding what they can do to help their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage to find all the information about this school. I guarantee that you will love it here because you have everything you need and want on this campus.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a marvelous college containing more top programs where people are able to make their dreams come true. I know I made the right decision by attending Sam Houston because of the home feeling it has, the people, and of course their performing arts program. Sam Houston State University is one of the greatest schools in Texas, and I am proud to call myself a bearkat.

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    They have food and dining everywhere on campus. No matter where you are it's just a short walk!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are older but conveniently located on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The Agriculture Department is one of the best! I love it here and wouldn't go anywhere else!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to people and get to know them. All staff and professors are willing to help with every question or concern.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a very down to earth campus. Everyone on campus always has a smile on thier face and very nice. The campus is not too big but but not small either, it helps with inimidation problems.

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe at Sam Houston and they have great campus police and an alert system for all students

    Greek Life

    Sam Houston has several greek organizations!

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of activities, sororities, sports, and fun things to do

    Great for these types of students

    Students who would like to take face to face and online classes, students who love diversity and students who would not mind being in a small town environment for school

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school is well known for its Criminal Justice degrees and beautiful campus. The bearkats always have something going on that sets it apart from other schools

    Bang for the buck

    The school is a bit more expensive but it is a great and reputable school

    What to do for fun

    The school has tons of activities, the freshman camp is awesome, and there is always something to do with over 100 organizations.

    Food and Dining

    They have plenty of restaurants on campus as well as the cafeteria. Chic-fil-e, coffee shops etc

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorm but I lived in an apartment that was affiliated with the school and I really liked it. I lived with three other girls and the rent was reasonable

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are great and there are a ton of classes to take in various subjects. I have been challenged in my studies and though process for my class assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please enroll in your classes as soon as possible as they fill up quickly. There are several off campus apartments that are very nice and have great amenities. The school is very reputable for Criminal Justice degrees. Be prepared to come and study hard!

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great school. I love attending and I love my professors. The Campus is beautiful and inviting.

  • 04/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus, ever present security.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not overly present on campus but there is lots of activity and it always helps to have their resources for setting you up after graduation.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs that entertain and set you up for life after college.

    Great for these types of students

    All students will find their niche at Sam

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is not too bad here. I feel that everything fits in the budget. Plus the student services team provides many free events.

    What to do for fun

    Huntsville has a few recreational activities off campus, but the school has a variety of clubs and intramural sports teams.

    Food and Dining

    There is something for everybody here, all within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Wonderful dorm life opportunity here as well as off campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    These professors really test you. SHSU is not considered an elite school, but the academic regime sure seems like it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out what you want to be before declaring a major. This way you can choose the appropriate Major and focus to best be prepared for your career, both educational and professional.

    In three sentences

    SHSU is a fantastic school. The campus is beautiful and well planned. The professors are attentive and helpful. There are many available Majors and focus paths.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Different programs provide activities for students. Based on one's interest there are plenty of activities for every lifestyle.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many services available to students. I recommend taking advantage of all of them.

    In three sentences

    SHSU is a mid size school that is student focused. It provides the necessary tools to create a career through education. I highly recommend this school to everyone.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great school. You could study for criminal justice. and be around the prison type environment at the same time.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe with plenty of alarm call boxes , roving security and bear kat alert system.

    Greek Life

    Plenty to go around

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    lowman Student Center and library

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You must BLEED ORANGE

    Bang for the buck

    museums are free

    What to do for fun

    plenty of student services and organizations for all. Bear kat club to bowling.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent food services and surrounding local sources.

    Academic Rigor

    Top notch and not for the unmotivated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn where to go before you get there and buy a pair of good hiking boots.

    In three sentences

    Great learning environment. The professors are personal and care about your education. The programs are unique and exclusive to Sam Houston only.

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Beware, in Huntsville you have UPD, Huntsville police department, the sheriffs office, and state police.

    Greek Life

    I wouldn't know

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of options

    Great for these types of students

    CJ, and ROTC

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The CJ building and the Science building are super far apart. Don't every schedule classes in those buildings back to back.

    What to do for fun

    Huntsville is a really small town but exploring is always fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always make sure that you check rate my professor before you get a class.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a great school, I have 66 hours from here and I loved every minute of it. It really is like a mini UT Austin campus.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are student activities, attend sports games, and spending time with other students with common interests. Also just walking around on the beautiful campus is a great past-time.

    Food and Dining

    I rarely eat on campus but when I do it is adequate. The food on campus is sometimes a little expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms at Sam Houston. I live in an apartment. I enjoy being walking distance from the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work for what you want. This is isn't a freebie school but success is accessible. The amount of work you output will determine what you receive.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a very balanced school with various fields of study and student organizations. The teachers are skilled in their area and are involved in helping students to be successful. The school is overall adequate for a good degree.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It is easy to forget to find fun in the midst of rigorous study and work. Check in the Lowman Student Center and the bulletin boards in all the buildings on campus for extra cirricular activities. Sporting events are also wonderful ways to spend free time here.

    Food and Dining

    The dining has improved vastly over the last few years. There's no fear of cafeteria poisoning here.

    Dorm Life

    While it is possible to have a fantastic time in the dorms, most people do not receive the same experience that their parents did or that they've seen in movies. Be prepared to come out of your shell, and quickly, if you want to make friends here.

    Academic Rigor

    As a music major I experience some of the most advanced subject matter known to college students on a daily basis. The professors are sharp and want you to be as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared. Know how to take care of yourself domestically and financially. If you don't know the answer, seek them out before your ignorance of the situation becomes a problem. There ARE people willing to help you, but you HAVE to ask them.

    In three sentences

    SHSU is very serious about improving its image, especially over the last few years, as evidenced by the football team and the many improvements to the campus buildings. Most of the faculty is willing to help students be as successful as possible. A great education can be expected from this institution.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I am getting a great education, with some of the best professors and I am doing it at a smaller campus with fewer students in some classes which is a great benefit.

    What to do for fun

    I go to concerts, events that my particular organizations offer, events that my friends are involved in. Movies, traveling to Houston for shopping. There is a lot to do, even though this is a small campus.

    Dorm Life

    I met my best friends living in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The Department of Criminal Justice is in the top 10 of departments nationally.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use your department staff and use all of the student resources that the college offers.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is the best university for Criminal Justice. I think the instructors are great, helpful and very knowledgeable. I enjoy all of the activities that are offered here.

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I believe this is a great school. The campus is amazing and it is close to home for me, which is an added bonus. You can get a great education like going to a more expensive school and pay less to get it.

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. We have officers on campus, and have emergancy buttons that can be pressed for assistance all over campus. We have a program called KatSafe that helps the students know what is going on.

    Greek Life

    I am not in the Greek life, but I have many friends who are. They are always doing something fun and seem as to be one big family. They have something fun to do and really help out the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activites. There is something for everyone and all the clubs are alot of fun and you can meet many new people. I

    Great for these types of students

    Sam Houston is great for anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots of school spirt.

    Bang for the buck

    I am very happy with my choice to attend Sam Houston. It is a smaller campus and everyone feels at home and welcomed.

    What to do for fun

    It is pretty hot in Huntsville and there are many places to swim. If you like to dance there are a couple dance halls very close by. Huntsville has a state park and is filled with History.

    Food and Dining

    There are many plcaes to dine of campus and they are all very nice and the food is great.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms are very nice and very clean. They are also close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I love Sam Houston and the academic level is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospective suddent for Sam Houston I have a couple tips for you 1. To get involved in something. 2. Bring and umbrella 3. Buy a parking pass.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a beautiful campus in Huntsville Texas. The campus is very nice and all the staff has been very helpful. All of the students are very friendly and there are many things the campus offers to do.

  • 05/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many activities, organizations and groups on campus to meet everybody's needs. So whether you are interested in sports, games or reading there is a group of people who share your compassion.

    Food and Dining

    Recently, Sam Houston built a new dining hall, and the dining experience definitely improved. The new dining hall is more focused on eating healthy. However, the food is very much overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different quality dorms on campus, so the experience is variable. I would not rate them very high because the dorms in which I have had experience were not the quality that I would expect from a building in which I am supposed to live for a year or more.

    Academic Rigor

    The amount of course work and the strictness of the classes are typically what is expected of a college campus. There are some hard concepts but the professors will do everything possible to ensure the students are able to learn the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not hesitate to ask questions, many professors are looking for the participation and the feedback. All students are also encouraged to get involved in one of the many opportunities Sam Houston has to offer. There is no better way to meet people than to share an interest in some activity.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is an amazing college with an amazing staff. The classrooms are small, enabling the professors to help each student and individualize the classroom experience. The professors are also more than willing to meet with the students after class for any additional assistance they may require.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. There are stations to meet security, too, if you want a ride back to your location of choice. (for late night, etc) But I have NEVER encountered any issues with safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    Each department seems to have SOMETHING...

    Great for these types of students

    very diverse, Lots of young students from high school, but also, older and return students like myself. I fit right in! no feelings of awkwardness :) Also can take online right alongside typical classroom setting at same time.

    Bang for the buck

    I LOVE walking through the campus....It has an overall good feeling here for me. :)

    What to do for fun

    There is a REC center, lots of groups to be a part of, History all through the town, to learn about. shops, sports and outdoor fun right on the campus...Theater, Music events. local businesses to check out. Stores, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Love the dining choices...just wish there were a few more, and perhaps another cafeteria on the opposite side of the campus. Or perhaps closer set ups by all the apartments.

    Dorm Life

    I commute, but from those I know, They like the housing here. Lots of great apartments, and lots to choose from. I only know of one story, where there was an issue of a roomate breaking the rules, and it wasn't really taken care of. A friend of mine--ended up moving out herself, conflict with this roommate was never resolved. but I know of others who really liked their dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I am learning so much, very passionate about what I am studying, and feel very much that I am in the right place! Professors are very encouraging to me! The University has a top notch teaching program!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't know---ask! They want to help and will help. Get involved with other students-work together to help each other.

    In three sentences

    Very engaging education-personable, applying what I will use in my career. Great Professors/system in the teaching field. Staff on board very helpful and informative-treats me like I matter!

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being so close to prisons I feel it's almost better. Lots of campus cops, escorts to walk with you home after late classes, emergency poles every so often across campus and awareness groups for all topics.

    Greek Life

    Not the best, they do have it but anyone can join so what's the point.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Greek life is mocked because of its artificial feeling, lots of religious activities and groups, all sport clubs and intramural teams, and lots of school trips over breaks through clubs like hiking, camping, skiing..

    Great for these types of students

    Students that like small towns, plenty of religious group options, students that like the backwoods feeling and can have fun at small town carnivals or bonfires.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After 1 oclock the campus is dead, everyone is usually at one of the closest bar & grills like Humphreys or Draft Bar.

    Bang for the buck

    Very price effective school, tuition is relatively low and they offer great scholarship and financial help options.

    What to do for fun

    You're going to have to make friends to find things to do, there isn't much going on around Huntsville. Tuesdays, Thursday are when everyone goes to Shenanigans or the Fox for drink specials.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options at Sam, 2 seperate food courts, plenty of coffee shops, cyber spots with cafes and stores, and POD convenient stores in many buildings on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the best way to make new friends, close relationships start in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your coursse load, core classes are not too demanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to tour the school during a semester, the afternoons and weekends are always dead.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great school for students who like a small community feel, faculty that is always willing to help and very friendly students.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a cheap movie theater in town. SHSU also has a Kat Klub with pool tables, video games, and other stuff!

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious and healthy. They even have vegan options!

    Dorm Life

    I had a bad experience. If you like privacy, shell out the money to get your own room. It'll be worth it!

    Academic Rigor

    It's difficult but not impossible!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a good pair of walking shoes because there are an insane amount of hills and stairs around campus! Also, wear sunscreen, you'll be doing lots of walking!

    In three sentences

    SHSU has been a very warm and welcoming environment to transition into. The sense of community was great to walk into. The professors, students, and faculty are all willing to help!

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always close by, and there are emergency phone booths all over the campus. There are volunteers that can be called to walk home with you at night, or just call up a friend if you want to feel safer. I have never heard a report of an abduction or anything of the sort, but it's definitely possible that something has happened.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek life on campus, but I am not a part of any sorority or fraternity. My friends I know that are involved enjoy the sorority or fraternity they are in.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many awesome clubs and activities! Sam Houston is the home of award-winning dance programs and music programs. The football team has gone to the National Championship two years in a row, and the baseball team is also having a lot of success, along with other organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    If you enjoy the small-town feel and enjoy being a part of the formation of history, Sam Houston is for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have some great traditions, but I'm not sure any are considered unusual. There are some cool locations on campus to spend your time, like the water wall, Old Main pit, the Performing Arts Center, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston is one of the least expensive universities that I know of. I'm getting a great education for what I'm paying per semester.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much more to do for fun than people realize! Five dollar movies at the theatre, bowling, shopping, parks, swimming, places to eat, historical sites, the Sam Houston statue, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is fine. Not exceptional, but fine. The one dining hall on campus has good food most of the time, and the other food courts have Chick-fil-a and Starbucks and other places, but there are only two places to use a meal plan that you were required to purchase as a Freshman.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms I was able to stay in the past two years were pretty nice. They were both apartment-style living, shared with one other person. I like the set up of the rooms and the distance of the building from my classes was good. The RAs will host social and fun events to make for a good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    This can span from teacher to teacher. Some are more simple in grading, while others are very specific in what you want. Overall, all of my teachers have been moderately hard graders, but they are also very understanding people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit the campus and take a tour! There's so much history to see, and the campus is beautiful. You'll love the atmosphere!

    In three sentences

    A small town school with caring teachers and a lot to offer. Sam Houston does a lot to promote fun and educational things to do around campus. The music school is also of high caliber and high standards.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The city of Huntsville has about 9 prisons so the school is very safe. There are a lot of cops in the area in addition to the campus PD. If you are worried about a prisoner escaping, don't be. I haven't heard of it happening and if I did I assume the prisoner would get as far away from Huntsville as he/she could as quickly as possible.

    Greek Life

    There are multiple sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are multiple sororities and fraternities as well as clubs and organizations within each school. The school also has tons of clubs and organizations that can be found through OrgLink. The school offers free activities from time to time like movie nights or superbowl watching.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Potato Shack is an awesome restaurant right by campus where you get a potato as big as your head with anything you want on it! My favorite is the hot wing potato.

    Bang for the buck

    Because SHSU is a state university it is one of the cheapest universities. You don't have to pay an arm and a leg but you still have nice buildings (constantly being updated and built) and free services on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Huntsville is not too far from Houston and surrounding cities. It's an easy drive down I-45 to the city. Huntsville itself also has a movie theater that only costs $5 and $3 for matinee.

    Food and Dining

    SHSU has a Chick Fil A, Pizza Hut, burrito place, sushi and more on campus. You can use Bearkat Bucks and you won't get charged tax for on campus food, including the Starbucks. The cafeteria is not too great, but is all you can eat (be careful of the freshman 15!) It is through a company called Aramark, which I believe provides food for many schools and companies.

    Dorm Life

    SHSU just built a new dorm to add to its already high standards of dorms. They have two dorms that offer separate bedrooms and sharing a bathroom with only one other person as well as several that share a room with only one person and a bathroom with three other people.

    Academic Rigor

    Sam Houston is a university that follows Texas requirements and you need to be prepared to study and focus on schoolwork. You are, however, still able to have a social life and do not need to spend all your time with your books.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of everything the school offers as free services on campus including money management training, a writing center and social events.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a college that is reasonably priced and well rounded. The college has many academic advisors and on campus programs to help students achieve the most from their college experiences. It also offers great degree programs in a wide variety of majors from music to criminal justice to agriculture.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Tips: talk to students that is currently enrolled at sam to find out about campus life and classes

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a very open and friendly university with a clean beautiful campus. There are many organization opportunities available for the student. There is a vast number of activities available for the students never a dull moments except on the weekend because, Sam is known as a traveler university.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    University Police is never too far away. In addition, Huntsville Police pitches in as well.

    Greek Life

    There are many social fraternities/sororities and there are also the academic ones. Depending on your personality, you can pick either or. Both are great resume builders.

    Clubs and Activities

    The organization I'm in is called the National Broadcasting Society. It is for mass comm students who want to meet professionals in the broadcasting field of work as well as film making and other media related careers. All concentrations welcome!

    Great for these types of students

    Sam Houston needs: hard workers, ambition, charisma(for most), and ready to have fun while making life time friends!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a Firefest ever year as a pep rally for our battle of the piney woods game against Stephen. F. Austin and we also have a huge tree lighting during the holidays!

    Bang for the buck

    Olive Garden and Chili's are my favorite places to eat. There is, of course a Walmart, Target, Marshalls, Rue 21, and even Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Cheap clothes in that area, as well as in JC Penny.

    What to do for fun

    Just recently, as in about two months ago, Gundy's has opened. Gundy's is a local hookah bar. They sell teas, have karoake, and you can play games. Also there is Shenanigans, the Fox and a few lounges around town. Hunstville Cinema movies are only 3 bucks and 5 after 6 p,m. !

    Food and Dining

    Belvin, or what they now call Old Main, is an all you can eat buffet. Really expensive without Bearkat bucks(part of a meal plan). So if you want to dine at Old Main, get Bearkat bucks!

    Dorm Life

    They have recently built a new dorm, and I think it's okay. I have not lived in a dorm since freshman year, but I remember it being a okay place to stay. It all depends on what hall you pick.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors here want their students to learn and succeed. Do not deem a professor bad if you are not putting in the work. Work hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Membership is key! Join a group, may it be academic, social, or professional. This will help you learn exactly what you want to do when you graduate!

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a big family dedicated to involvement and service. There are tons of organizations that can connect students to real professionals to get the jobs they need upon graduation. Also, tuition is low in comparison to bigger colleges in Texas!

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always use the buddy system at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    I really enjoy Bearkat Krew with is a student volunteer organization.

    Great for these types of students

    Criminal Justice and education majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Free Lunch on Wednesday at the BSM!!! :)

    Bang for the buck

    Buy Books online and save more $$

    What to do for fun

    I am apart of many of the student organizations on campus, so this is where I enjoy most of my free time.

    Food and Dining

    Sam Houston could offer more food choices or lower the prices so those without meal plans can enjoy the dining experience also.

    Dorm Life

    Crowded

    Academic Rigor

    Education and Criminal Justice

    Tips for prospective students

    When you begin college, have in mind at the field that you enjoy the most if you have not begin to focus on a major.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston has a great atmosphere for the student body. Although outside of school the campus does not offer much! the classes are great but at times very difficult.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are several things to do for fun. Find a club that has the same interest as you, and you will have all the fun in the world.

    Dorm Life

    I havent lived in the dorms, so I can't give any critics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students: Be prepared. Do everything you need to do that the school and application tells you to do. Don't slack; college is important.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a very inviting school. The staff always have a smile on their face, and are always willing to help you out with any situation. They are very warm and welcoming.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I'm a dance kid so instead of looking up sports, I looked their dance and cheer teams up. I'm not the best of the best so when I was looking up the different try out criteria for different schools in the area, SHSU seemed like the best place because a.) yes, they are competitive but they're not to the point to where you don't want to try out because you feel inferior to everyone; b.) they're good, really good actually; c.) the costs aren't that high; &lastly, what I think is the most important d.) they have a lot of school spirit, that much is obvious though out their website and the videos that I looked at.

    Great for these types of students

    When I see Sam Houston, I see it as an awesome place for those of us that aren't use to the big-city type of place. My mom and I wanted me to go to a place that wouldn't have too much action going on but at the same time offer great, fun things to do &my friends that currently go there to,d me that SHSU is the perfect place for that.

    Bang for the buck

    I've never visited but the prices I looked at online and talked over with my college advisor can be considered as awesome, especially compared to the other schools in Texas.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Use the information and assistance that the school has to offer. Get out and meet new people.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a great school that is very diverse. The professors offer their time and knowledge to anyone seeking help, and there are numerous organizations there to join. Everything you need to help you with school is available on the campus.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UPD is everywhere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tree of Light, Tailgating for football, bonfires

    What to do for fun

    Play sports, go to the gym, go to the different events on campus

    Food and Dining

    Dorm Life is a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Great Academics. Study First, Play Later. Ask your professors or classmates for help. This school wants everyone to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared. Make the best of your college experience because you only get one. Start your semester off in a positive and motivated way and you will be sure to pass all of your classes. Use all of the resources that are offered on campus.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a family orientated college. Its not too big and it is not too small. There is a great diverse community on this campus.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    best,awesome,good

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always officers driving around campus at night, and there is a number you can call if you want someone to walk you to your dorm/car.

    Greek Life

    Not a huge Greek life campus, but it is a good way to get involved! I would suggest that everyone rush and see if they like it, you never know!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of organization to get involved in at SHSU! Try out new things and find which one is right for you. GO GREEK!

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in Education or Criminal Justice, looking for a small campus, or need an affordable college will be perfect at SHSU.

    Bang for the buck

    Good school for the price, and it's growing.

    What to do for fun

    Huntsville is fairly small. The best restaurants and mall are in Conroe/Woodlands area. Also, go to sporting events on campus. They are free and you can win stuff!

    Food and Dining

    South Paw and Paw Print are both good. Old Main is nice, although their food is interesting sometimes... But, it is okay. Not too much to complain about.

    Dorm Life

    The older dorms are gross, but the three newer ones are nice (raven village, SH village, and Lone star).

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are mostly small, although there are a select few in auditoriums. Fairly maintainable course work if you go to class and don't slack.

    In three sentences

    Good small campus school, plenty of things to get involved in, and very affordable compared to other Texas universities.

  • 06/23/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I heard that the campus is so safe and there is hardly any crime there because the campus police are around and stationed in different areas across the campus.

    Greek Life

    There are so many Greek organizations to choose from for your personal interest.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs that are advertised everyday for students to join.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus is both people from the big and small cities. The college and town are small enough if you don't like the big colleges and cities and for the people who are from the city it's small enough but its so spread out that you feel like you are in city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The locations while I was on the tour were amazing you can have a picnic on their campus lake, hangout, or study. There are so many locations to do things on.

    Bang for the buck

    It's very cheap for parents the tuition is cheap enough for a DIV. I college.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do while I was on the tour like the recreational center to the sporting events.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan is amazing and if you want days where you want restaurant food there are so many to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    There dorms are close to EVERYTHING that you want and it's walking distance from class to the library to the cafeteria.

    Academic Rigor

    The classrooms are the perfect size for people who just don't want to be number 300 but instead be called by your name and give your opinion on different subjects that are talked about during the day.

    Tips for prospective students

    This campus is for everyone in whatever background you came from.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus every part of it is so amazing. I always wanted to go here ever since I moved to Texas. I love the town that calm atmosphere feel and the college feel living in the environment that is quiet.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Have never had a problem with feeling safe and secure. Use common sense and don't go out alone after dark.

    Greek Life

    Haven't been involved in any of this type of organization but they are available if you are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can find a club for any interest you have.

    Great for these types of students

    Criminal justice is the #1 major since the town is the base for a huge prison. Lots of students also major in agriculture.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an enormous statue of Sam Houston outside of town. Everyone yells, SAM as they pass it. Each year there is a historic parade through the town to Sam Houston's grave.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is comparable to other colleges this size. If possible, take your basics at a community college and live your first two years at home. Then transfer to SHSU.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities going on around campus. There is also a state park right outside of town for hiking and geo-caching. Houston is close by, and there are always things to do there for entertainment. Texas Renaissance Festival is an hour away!

    Food and Dining

    There are several places to eat around campus, and the food plan is pretty convenient to use.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in a dorm but freshmen are generally required to. Some are new and some are old. You pretty much have to take what you can get your freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic requirements are not too steep. The teachers are very helpful if you ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    The south is very hot. Be prepared for hot summers and mild winters. There is virtually no public transportation, so be prepared to walk, bicycle or have a car.

    In three sentences

    SHSU is a small town college in the south. Lots to see, do and keep you involved. I love this town!

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Huntsville has very great security since the Prison is located super close from the school. I feel really safe in Huntsville because I see police everywhere so they're ready if anything breaks out.

    Greek Life

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

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally something for everyone! Sam Houston State University offers many diverse clubs and activities to join. It's crazy what you can choose from. There's even a quiddish team like Harry Potter!

    What to do for fun

    This is where Huntsville lacks in. There are two clubs and maybe two bars and a movie theater. The social life at SHSU depends on the things that go on in the school and the parties people have but as far as social places to go to there is nothing really to do. What many people including myself is go out to the cities close to us for example Houston or Conroe or College Station to do something fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining at SHSU is pretty good. The main dining hall, Old Main Market, is the closest thing to home cooked meals. There's five stations to choose from and two of those are stable just in case you don't like the other three that constantly change daily. Then they have a dessert station where they have the BEST chocolate chip cookies ever! They are freshly cooked. Besides the cookies though they have many other really good deserts. Another place to dine is South Paw. This place offers Tortilla Fresca, Sushi Grill, Starbucks, and Subway. These places are really good too, especially Tortilla Fresca. They have awesome burritos, tacos, and quesadillas. The last place to dine in is the LSC which offers Chick fil a, Pizza Hut, Burger Kin, Einstein Bagels, and Quiznos. I wouldn't mind having more variety since there are just three places to choose from but it's good enough.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life depends on a lot of things. It depends on your roomate, suitemates, and room. My room wasn't all that but I was able to deal with it. My roomate was awesome though so she made me feel better. What was NOT cool was my suitemates. The restroom that we shared was gross no matter how many times my roomate and I cleaned it. Everything was such a different experience but now everything that happened just makes for a great story to laugh at.

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY! Keep a planner at all times to stay organized. Choose classes based on professors not on the time of the class. Definitely attend tutoring when needed.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston has one of the most beautiful campuses I've ever seen. The town itself on a scale from 1 to 10 is a 5 though because there is really nothing to do. Education is definitely a 10 though because all the classes are perfect size and the professors are awesome!

  • 07/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am personally apart of the greek life and I love it.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for Criminal Justice majors or anyone who wants to go to a cheap college.

    What to do for fun

    All the sporting events are free so those are always fun to go to. Huntsville isn't the biggest town by any means, but its a great place to meet a variety of people.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great school for someone who is looking for a cheap school with great learning opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University has a great atmosphere for any student looking for smaller class sizes and one on one time with professors. I don't regret choosing SHSU as my college. It deserves a 9 out of 10.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sam Houston is still a relatively safe campus. The only incidents I've heard of are stories of girls going off with people they don't know that well or being alone at night. Just use common sense, people!

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a really good Honors Program. Joining and being active is another good way to meet people and they give out scholarships. Intramural sports are always fun. Even if you aren't athletic, you can have a really good time with your teammates.

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds! There is a place for everybody!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an old pit that was part of a building that burnt down. Now it's attached to a beautiful hill. A lot of students go there in the Spring Time to hang out and relax.

    Bang for the buck

    At the beginning of the year, people give out coupon books. Don't pass them up. One of my favorite places to eat is Double Dave's Pizza. One time, I took a car full of friends there and we all ate for free because we had so many coupon books. We all had pizza rolls, hot wings and dessert. It was awesome! At the end of the year, do not sell your books back to the book store. They don't give you even 10% of what you bought them for. You'd have a better chance at selling them on line. There's also an independent buyer that pays a little more at a gas station called Falco's. Also, SHSU is one of the most affordable 4-year schools that I could find.

    What to do for fun

    1. Go to any of the School of Music concerts. The jazz concerts are loved by all. 2. There are a lot of festivals downtown with vendors and live music. 3. The state park is not that far from campus. Rent a canoe or kayak from the recreation center (gym) for $5 and head to the lake! It's also fun for camping or hiking. 4. Karaoke night at Potato Shack! 5. Go tailgating and then follow it up with a football game. 6. Our local movie theater is only $5 per ticket.

    Food and Dining

    We have a new dining facility that has many tasty and healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    Lone Star Hall is the best!

    Academic Rigor

    I've come across many academically lazy students, but what college doesn't have those? Overall, very intelligent crowd!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to make new friends. You can meet people almost anywhere and I've never met an unfriendly student! The Music program is outstanding and all concerts are only $5 to students. There is everything from jazz to opera. Don't miss out on the great concerts! Our football team has gotten pretty good as of late. Catch a game! Tailgating is a great way to meet people! During football season, wear orange clothes and get free stuff!

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is one of the fastest growing schools in the United States. It has booming and renowned Music and Criminal Justice programs. This school is located in a beautiful woodland area.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Even though I was on campus for a short while I really liked the different kinds of food offered and was impressed with how Old Main was. I know I'll be a fat kid when I start in August since I'll frequent Old Main a lot, also I'm content with the other food services offered in the LSC

    Dorm Life

    Since it's my first year I'm happy that I'm in and Honors at Raven, which from what I've seen will be a great opportunity to meet new people not only by being in honors but with other similar interests!

    Academic Rigor

    It's great how Honors classes are not big as some are, which all I can say is to aim high and work hard

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to speak out, everyone is always happy to help you! Also if you have any doubts about whether to attend or not, visit campus and learn all the stuff you can do

    In three sentences

    The campus atmosphere is great! I honestly felt very comfortable when I visited and everyone was so nice and great to talk to which is why I can't wait to start classes and meet new people! Advising is also great, just stick to your planned course and it's okay to change majors!

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not yet attended, I'm sharing what I have observed prior to August 26, 2013.

    Food and Dining

    iI the Student Center, there are variety of fast food restaurants and their are food selections in surrounding areas.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a program for all levels of students, ex. the Math Focus Program. This program is designed for students needing remediation in math.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always select residence and schedule in a timely fashion to ensure you get your choice. Prepare yourself in high school, listen to instructors, go to tutorials if needed and do your best on SAT or ACT. It is suggested that you take both.

    In three sentences

    Orientation on July 10-11, was quite informative; as a result my transition will be less frustrating. My advisor assisted me greatly, my scheduling wasn't as overwhelming as it could have been for a freshman. The campus is rich in diversity.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Great selection at each of the dinning facilities.

    Dorm Life

    Don't get too excited but then again you shouldn't spend all day in a dorm.

    In three sentences

    Pretty good school. Beautiful campus and it is easy to navigate. Most of the professors are great and truly invested in their students.

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    All kinds of great student actives with both intramural and varsity sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who come from rural cities or students looking for a simpler lifestyle in a small town.

    Food and Dining

    Not the best but far from the worst.

    Dorm Life

    Great really seems to help keep you connected with everything that's happening on campus and meet life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are helpful and truly willing to help you achieve your goals.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is great for students from small towns who are concerned they might get lost in the crowd like so many people do at big universities.

  • 08/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nothing bad has happened since I've been here so I would say it is pretty good.

    What to do for fun

    The college will throw parties every once in a while and the RHA's throw parties for their houses.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is fantastic you never have the same thing twice unless you want waffles and cereal all the time.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on which house you choose the Estill house isn't to bad the showers are really small though.

    Academic Rigor

    So far most of my professors have been pretty cool.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip save some money for books they are crazy expensive.

    In three sentences

    I just started here and already I love the environment it's really pretty here and all the people here are so friendly.

  • 09/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't experienced anything unusual around here yet.

    Bang for the buck

    I think for the price of tuition and all other costs, then you're getting a pretty good deal. I really love the atmosphere here at Sam.

    What to do for fun

    You can swim, go to the rec and workout or play basketball, you can play volleyball, there are many options.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, depending where you go. There are many fast food restaurants you can go to in the cafeteria. I also like the variety of food choices that are available.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't too small. The dorms are pretty quiet and calm. I've never had any problems.

    Academic Rigor

    There's a variety of classes. I'm very happy with the choices I am able to take. I like having options. There's many choices for Majors here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to walk.! Sam Houston's campus has hills. You have to walk up and down hills all day.

    In three sentences

    Sam is a pretty cool learning environment. The students are really down to earth. The upperclassmen and teachers are very helpful.

  • 09/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Going to games is always fun. Sometimes they have tents up in the court yard so, its cool to go check that out. Hanging out with friends, once your done with your classes is also fun.

    Food and Dining

    Best food is at Old Main Market. The cafeteria ladies are super nice. You get to choose from any line.

    Dorm Life

    If you get your own room it is way better. Get to know your roommate, you guys are going to be living together a while.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard if you don't study. Turn in your assignments when they are due, professor's don't take late work. Attendance is a big part of your grade as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with clubs, and make friends. Don't buy your books until you get your syllabus. Get to know your roommate before you move in together.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University interacts with the students. There is always a lot of school spirit. Classes are small, more interaction with professors.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's always campus activities. Find something to do and try to have fun. Just know that you will have to meet new people. College social life is not like high school. There is no cool crowd. Being a jerk in high school may have seemed cool but in college you'll just seem immature.

    Food and Dining

    I hate cafeteria food. I didn't eat it in high school and won't in college. The South Paw is the best place on campus. Go there.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not a big fan of dorm life. I would prefer living at home or in an apartment, but my roommate is awesome and we get along pretty well. Remember, Sam Houston Village and Raven Village are the dorms you should be looking to get into. They are pretty expensive, but it's well worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes have been pretty easy. I suggest using ratemyprofessors.com. That website came in handy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know about the finances that come with accepting a college education. Not knowing will be your ultimate downfall and will cause extra stress with your first academic semster in school. Do not expect anyone to help guide you through the financial aid process. Contrary to what the university, family, and friends tell you, they will not be there every step of the way. You are now considered an adult, so everyone will expect you to read about, understand, and execute the situations given to you.

    In three sentences

    SHSU is the best school ever! The campus is small so finding classes is relatively easy. The food however is not what you'll get back home; be prepared.

  • 09/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is very safety and it has big orange things every ten meters so if your ever in danger you can press it and help will come.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life here is amazing, everybody wants to be apart of the Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can join any intramural club sport or any club that studies. like a study group.

    Great for these types of students

    Its a very open school, open for alot of people and alot of fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    my unusual tradition is studying, i never studied in high school and now all i do is study, so be prepared to do that.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is really big and really cheep. it helps alot when you are going to such a big school and the classes are really cheep.

    What to do for fun

    There is intramural sports and a rec center you can go and workout or play a sport.or you can go to the library and study and have some alone, and quiet time. but there is always something to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Old main is the cafeteria here and it is amazing. they are the most healthiest food place here and i can eat there everyday.

    Dorm Life

    The dormas are amazing! I stayed in Raven Village in the summer and now im staying in Sam Houston Village in the fall and in the spring i will be staying in lone star and they are the three best dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers help you alot on what to study, you just have to make sure you study it all.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you go here then make sure you sign up for classes in the morning so that way you can get everything you need done in the afternoon.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. Has help for whatever you may need it and for whatever reasons. The teachers are very understandable.

  • 09/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SHSU is a very safe campus with assistance if you ever need it. There really is not anything to worry about here as safety is a top priority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to choose from, you probably won't have enough time in your schedule to fit them all in. There really is something for everyone to enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    SHSU is honestly a great school for anyone. It offers so many programs and degree plans. If you are interested in Criminal Justice, Forensics, Dance or Education, this is one of the BEST colleges for those majors!

    Bang for the buck

    SHSU really gives you what you pay for and more. From the courses, professors, organizations and events on campus everything and everyone is phenomenal. SHSU really goes above and beyond to provide the best for its students. Not only do you get your money's worth, you will truly enjoy your time here as a Bearkat.

    What to do for fun

    Get out there and find some clubs for you! Organizations all over campus hosts events all year. SHSU also provides events all throughout the year like the Kat Comedy Showcase, Sammypolooza, Homecoming week and around campus parties. Head out to the football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball games and watch the Bearkats in all sports dominate the field. There is almost always something to do and usually free food and giveaways to go along with the events!

    Food and Dining

    SHSU has a variety of on campus dining to choose from. Whether you need to grab something quick like Chick-fil-a before class or want to sit down and enjoy your meal there are so many places to choose from. Old Main Market is the main dining hall on campus and the food is pretty great. There is always are variety of food to choose from so you'll never get bored with eating the same thing. Southpaw also has a subway and some good Mexican food.

    Dorm Life

    The idea of going from your own personal space to sharing with one, two or even three other people can be scary. At SHSU you don't have to worry. There are a variety or newer and older dorms on campus and all are great places to live. Estill is one of the older buildings on campus and it still has a lot to offer. There is plenty of space for your personal belongings and it truly will begin to feel like home after no time at all. Living in a dorm is also great as you get to meet so many new people that live around you and form quick friendships. Dorm life also is one of your first tastes of freedom and it is pretty sweet.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors at SHSU are phenomenal! They push you to work and learn as much as you can to reach your maximum potential. However, it is not so much to where it can not be handled. As long as you set personal goals and are serious about your work, everything will go smoothly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start doing some cardio, NOW! SHSU has lots of hills and slopes and you cant avoid them, so get used to walking it before hand. Also don't be nervous or scared to ask for help, it is the best way to grow. Get out there and see what all the clubs and organizations are about and find one that interests you! This is truly an amazing campus to spend your college years at.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a beautiful campus with so many things to offer. Not only is there an array of wonderful professors and courses, there are so many organizations on campus to get involved with and various services to help you and allow you to really enjoy your time here as a student. Why be anything else when you could be a Bearkat?

  • 09/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has its own police force that will escort you from place to place upon request. Also, with the exception of one, every single dorm on campus has key-card locks that can only be unlocked by someone who is registered as living there. It's annoying as hell when you want to take out the trash but it's nice knowing someone can't walk into the place in the middle of the night without some serious hacking skills.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a HUGE selection of stuff you can do on campus. There are literally clubs for EVERYTHING.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Like I said before, ALWAYS WEAR ORANGE ON FRIDAYS IF YOU WANT FREE STUFF!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    I LOVE how cheap Sam Houston is. My tuition, board, school fees, and dining only added up to about $8500 a semester.

    What to do for fun

    I got involved in a church group and we do a lot of activities together. You can also go to the local cinema (which is very cheap) and around town. There are a lot of events on campus, but it really just boils down to what you like to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria is really good, but they don't have the best selection of healthy foods. It's there, but there aren't a lot of choices. If you don't care about how many vegetables you eat, it's great.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Sam Houston Village and I like it. That being said, the laundry services suck. I'm glad we don't have to pay to use the laundry room, but I wish the dryers weren't constantly broken.

    Academic Rigor

    I took a LOT of classes in high school to get credit. Because of this, I was put in classes a year, if not more, ahead of my age group. Even then, the classes are of average difficulty if you pay attention. Make sure to study and you'll be fine. If you slack off, you WILL fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always wear orange on Fridays if you want free stuff. Also, if you are accepted, make sure to apply to their all-in-one scholarship application, Scholar-X.

    In three sentences

    It is very easy to feel included in Sam Houston. The school makes a point to let every student know that they are welcome and that there is at least one campus organization that wants you. Like all places, Sam Houston isn't perfect, but it certainly is a nice place to be.

  • 09/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    walk around with friends play games is different dorm rooms and go to school events

    Food and Dining

    food is alright have many choices to eat from but you will be eating good on campus!!

    Dorm Life

    depending on what hall you stay dorm life is great. Most dorms are very fun you always have something planned for people in your hall to be together and spend time with one another

    Academic Rigor

    Sam Houston courses are rigor but not to the point where have to study your life away and be stuck in your room all day.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get good walking and running shoes. - tour the dorms before picking one -get active on campus - get out and meet people

    In three sentences

    SHSU has such fun environment to be around. SHSU have some great programs like the FOCUS program where you are able to take two math courses in one semester and have so much help behind you to keep up in your classes. Sam Houston is the place to be when you like having school spirit.

  • 10/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very important here. If you stay late at the library and don't feel like walking to your dorm or your car by yourself there is an escort service. It just means that someone will mt you wherever you are and walk with you to your dorm or car so your not alone at night.

    What to do for fun

    I am not a party person so for fun I spend time with friends and we have movie nights in one of your dorm rooms.

    Food and Dining

    I like the food on campus and if I ever feel I need a change there is starbucks, chick-fil-a, burger king and many more options on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is okay. It is nice to be on campus becuase you are close to evrything. Set rules early between you and yoour roommate. However, rooming with someone from high school is the worst choice I have ever made. I should have listen to everyone when they told me to take the chance to met someone new.

    Academic Rigor

    So far the classes do not seem to challenging, but you need to find a balance and develop good time management. Having a balance and time mangement akes the classes a lot less challanging and attending your classes is a great help so you do not get lost or confussed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into the school make sure that it is a good fit for you. Do not share a dorm with someone you know from high school. Take the oppertunity to meet someone new.

    In three sentences

    I am a freshaman this year and so far I am enjoying my time here. I have met some really interesting people, but they are a lot of fun to be around. I have learned that sometimes listening to others advice can be the smartest thing you can do sometimes.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many different activities you can do for fun. There are over 200 different clubs to join including coed sports, like volleyball or softball. Joining a sorority or fraternity can also be fun because you get to meet alot of people and join in events. You can go to different sport games like volleyball or football for enjoyment.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning halls are amazing. The chiefs cook the food right infront of you everyday so it is fresh. You have a wide variety of food to choice from and you cannot go wrong with any!

    Dorm Life

    You meet all new people. The doors are very nice and clean and fun to live in. The dorms are coed so you will make not only girl friends, but also boy friends to hang out with!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard but if you study hard you will do great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go visit! The staff will show you around and give you great information about the school. You will also get to see the social scene of the school.It is a great school if you do not want to go to a large school. It is a big school but not as big as others, like Texas Tech.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State is a great college! Everyone makes you feel at home and comfortable. It was rated one of the top safest campus's in the United States. It is also a beautiful campus!

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are 3 main dining places. Old Main is the best place to eat. They have cookies that are so addicting!!

    Dorm Life

    It is good for the first year. My advice is to live in a small house. Parkhill is the best dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The Teachers are very approachable. Subject matter is not overwhelming. challenging.

  • 11/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a large selection of clubs, anything your interested in we probably have somewhere!

    Bang for the buck

    For what you pay to go to Sam Houston I think we definitely get a very wide variety of and combination! Compared to other schools it is much more affordable without sacrificing quality! The school is always repairing itself and getting better!

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of variety of food located around campus and very close to classes!

    Dorm Life

    Once again it depends on the housing you choose. You get what you pay for. The more expensive dorms have separate rooms and a kitchen. While the cheaper dorms have the traditional idea of a dorm, two beds and a microwave. But even the smaller dorms have their up sides They're very close to all your classes and you'll meet more people!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the class and teacher. Some teachers are tougher but only because they want you to really know the material. So don't trust ratemyprofessor reviews! Teachers may be tough but once again its only for your benefit!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely try and check out the campus a week in advance, there are lots of events and activities oriented in getting you comfortable at school! Look up what classes you have to take for each major in advance so you dont go in blind for advising.

    In three sentences

    It has relatively small classes for a more personal feeling in each class. The campus is very open and pretty. There is also a very wide variety of majors in case you change your mind, there is always something for you!

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Two-stepping, eating, and the bars are pretty cool as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy some rain boots! Use the office time your professors give to you wisely if you ever have questions. The Starbucks at South Paw is the best on campus.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school if you like the small university atmosphere. The majority of the professors want you to succeed and are extremely helpful. The school spirit is great!

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always cops around, and there is a free escort system so you don't have to walk alone at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a pretty good selection of clubs to join, especially Christian organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Likes calm places Wants challenging courses for their major, but easy basics

    Bang for the buck

    College isn't cheap, but Sam Houston is one of the best deals you can get at a 4-year university.

    What to do for fun

    There is a 5 dollar movie theatre with current movies playing here in Huntsville, and a lot of people go out to Shenanigans. There isn't too much to do compared to places like Houston, so most people will either drive to the city with their friends or hang out around the dorms here.

    Food and Dining

    We have a variety of things to pick from on the meal plan, including the main cafeteria Old Main and Southpaw. Also, you will get bearkat bucks that you can spend at places like Subway, Starbucks, and other places. It's a little expensive, but worth it.

    Dorm Life

    There are many options for housing on campus, from apartment style (Sam Houston Village/Raven Village/ Bearkat Village for Upperclassmen) to the traditional dorm (Small Houses and Large Halls), to an in-between (Lonestar Hall). Honestly, the experience you will have is very based on who your roommates/suitemates are and which dorm you decide to live in!

    Academic Rigor

    Your basics will be easy, but as you progress into taking classes related to your major, the workload (and professors expectations) will increase. Not extremely hard, but not a complete walk in the park, either.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get accepted and sign up for your housing as early as you can; when you select your dorm, there will be more places available. Almost nobody gets full use out of their unlimited meal plan; freshmen should consider the 15 a week option for extra bearkat bucks! Lastly, if you are not a morning person, DON'T sign up for 8am classes unless it is absolutely unavoidable. You'll hate yourself when you are waking up at 7am.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State is a college that can be loud and spirited, or quiet and low-key depending on the day. The academics here are average, but we have an awesome football team. I would definitely recommend Sam for any Criminal Justice or Music major.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    SHSU has so many clubs and activities to get involved in. There is definitely something for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    SHSU is much cheaper than the majority of colleges, but that doesn't alter what you get out of it. SHSU offers SO much for so little!

    What to do for fun

    The options for fun around campus are endless. Join organizations at SHSU to get more involved and meet new people, go out to eat, go see a movie for $3, shop at the West Hill Mall or go out!

    Food and Dining

    Sam Houston State has a great dining program with several healthy options or fast food restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I personally have never lived in a dorm, but my friends who live in a dorm actually love it.

    Academic Rigor

    Sam Houston State has incredible academics and academic programs. If you are struggling in a particular subject don't freak! There are tutors everywhere in Huntsville, they are free, they have a tutor for every subject and the tutors go by your schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would strongly suggest living on campus or at least near campus because commuting is tiresome, inconvenient, and once you leave campus you are less likely to study.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University has great student-professor interaction. The professors at Sam Houston State University genuinely care about the student's education. Sam Houston State University is a safe campus as well as a beautiful campus.

  • 11/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Yes, Huntsville is a prison town, however, because of this the town is more safe. Police patrol regularly and there are many help stations placed on campus in case of an emergency.

    Great for these types of students

    For a student who wants a small town environment and small classes, this is the school for you. At Sam Houston, you are not just a number. If you are looking for a future in criminal justice or education, this school is the perfect place. Both of these departments are fantastic and very well known.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston State university has the most reasonable prices around. Being a student without access to a plethora of money, Sam Houston is working with me to make my future possible. Yes you are paying less for your education, however, you are receiving an outstanding education as you would at another college that is three times the tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Located between the recreational center and White Hall is a sand volleyball court. This is a place to meet new people and bring out your competitive yet fun side. There is also a pond near by and many places that you can hike or fish. Not too far from here is General Sams off road park where you can spend the day or even stay the night, playing in the mud.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is like many cafeteria foods. They have a nice salad bar and their entrees are usually pretty tasty! The lines around normal meal times do get long very quickly.

    Dorm Life

    The form life here is set up in such a way that is so different from other colleges. From Raven Village, to White Hall, to Lone Star, and Sam Houston Village, there are many different types of rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The students at Sam Houston seem to really strive for their academic future. Many hours are spent making sure that they are prepared for tests and exams. Seeing students excited about their education is extremely promising.

    Tips for prospective students

    If youâ??re looking for a school full great people with promising futures, then you are looking at the place. Sam Houston State University is a great place. In college meeting new people is important and can shape the next four years of your life, so make sure to put yourself out there and be open to new people!

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is a small town school with big opportunities. This school not only can help you learn more about the course of study you are interested in, but it can also help you learn a lot about different types of people. The diversity at this university can help you be better prepared for the world and any type of work field you might enter into.

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Surrounded by almost 7 prisons within 5 miles, Sam Houston has to be one of the most safe colleges in the country. we also have a huge criminal justice program that is linked with the Sam Houston police and the Police officials of Montgomery County. They also have a 24 hr police escort service for those who would like it at night.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activities on campus. I honestly believe there is at least one club that everyone at Sam Houston likes and would be apart of.

    Great for these types of students

    Sam Houston is great for students who get home sick and like to visit home often. there are many big cities near Huntsville so many of the students from those cities often travel home every weekend to visit family because of the schools location

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Being a small Town there are many stories of haunted spots on campus and in the surrounding city of Huntsville. Tales of demon road are the most popular stories at Sam Houston.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities to do on campus throughout the week, including games, concerts, and other performances. On the weekend many people go to the movies go bowling, or party with friends. Also Lake Conroe is a short 30 minute drive away

    Food and Dining

    There are two main places for food on campus. Old main, which is relatively new, serves an array of foods.Old main is big on fresh ingredients and often times the food is made from scratch right in front of you, so you know where your food is coming from. There is also southpaw a much smaller food court that has restaurants called Tortilla fresco, and Grill works, they also have a subway and Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    There are many new dorm buildings so most of the dorms are relatively new. but there are no community bathrooms in any of the dorms, its usually 2-4 people to a restroom. as opposed to most colleges that have restrooms for the entire floor

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic Rigor isn't all too bad. the student to teacher ratio is really small so there is room for one-on-one time with instructors.Most classes are similar to advanced level high school courses

    Tips for prospective students

    - Bring walking shoes (The hills are terrible) - As far as clothing, its Texas and the weather is bipolar so be ready for anything! - Join an organization, especially rushing sororities and Fraternity( Greek life is a big part of the Sam Houston Community) - Be prepared to have fun and meet a lot of new people

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston Sate University is one of the most spirited schools I've ever seen. It's a beautiful campus right in the Heart of Texas that has a homely feel. The school is filled with many talented individuals that will go on to be successful members of society.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Huntsville, Texas is known for being a prison town, as it houses several state prisons and pens. This leads to a common misconception that Sam is a dangerous school to attend. In actuality, prison breaks never happen, and the police force both in Huntsville and on campus are very present and helpful. Also, there are very few criminal incidents on campus as compared to other campuses.

    What to do for fun

    There are a couple of good bars in town, as well as the infamous club Shenanigans. Personally, I have never been to Shenanigans, but my friends go frequently and seem to enjoy it. Otherwise, Huntsville does not have much else to offer. It is a small town, and there are a lot of families that reside there. However, Huntsville is situated about halfway between Houston and Dallas, and is roughly 2 1/2 hours from Austin. So, if you don't mind the drive, there are large cities with plenty of things to do!

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    Again, it depends on what dorm you choose to live in. Sam Houston Village and Raven Village are some of the better ones, but they are more expensive than the others and are more difficult to get when you are a first-time freshman, as upperclassmen get first pick. Sam requires you to live on campus for your entire first year if you are an incoming freshman, but there are certain circumstances when they will waive this (you can find waiver eligibility online on their Housing page.) If you can waive this requirement, I would! I am already searching for apartments for my sophomore year, as I am beyond ready to get out of the dorms. However, overall, the dorms aren't too bad...some are older and need some serious updating, but for the most part they are all decent. It's just your dorm-mates you'll have to worry about...it's loud 24/7 in the dorms, so good luck studying in your room! I usually have to go to the library or one of the computer labs to get any work done.

    Academic Rigor

    How rigorous your classes are, of course, depends on the classes you take. For the most part, though, the classes are challenging and time-consuming. However, if you attend class regularly and do the required readings (most professors require a textbook, but there are some that don't), then you should be able to make great grades! I just finished out my first semester here with a 4.0 GPA (straight A's in all of my classes).

    Tips for prospective students

    Sam Houston currently automatically accepts students that are in the top 25 percentile of their graduating high school class, so make good grades while you are in high school!

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You live in Huntsville. Huntsville has a state prison. A prison has tons of police floating around. meaning Huntsville is really safe. Besides if you were a felon and escaped from prison would you really want to stick around a small town with so many police officers??? Highly unlikely. SAFE SAFE SAFE CAMPUS.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of greek life, but have met a few people that are and they seem really nice.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities that SHSU offers.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a student who studies better at night and into the early hours of the morning but your roommate likes to be in bed by 10 you should check out Newton Gresham Library which is open until 1 am. If the library isn't open late enough for you then go to the CHSS(College of Humanitites and Social Sciences) and on the first floor there is a computer lab open 24 hours.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Come to Sam and find out.

    Bang for the buck

    Sam Houston has lots to offer it is without a doubt worth the tuition costs.

    What to do for fun

    There is the Kat club which has pool tables and ping pong tables it is located in the LSC (Lowman Student Center). Dorms have common areas that also have one if not both of these features. You have the gym and recreational sports as well as sporting events. The local movie theater is a good place to go on rainy days and Huntsville just got a Hobby Lobby.

    Food and Dining

    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).

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a bit different; especially if you have never had to share a room before. Things to remember when living with a roommate keep communication open, be considerate of the roommate and if you make rules follow them. If you try communicating with your roommate and things are still unlivable get your RA (resident advisor) involved stay as professional about the situation as possible. Last case scenario go to resident advising and get a room switch when one becomes available.

    Academic Rigor

    Sam Houston State University (SHSU) has challenging classes, but don't let that make you not attend at SHSU there are plenty of professors willing to answer questions, set you up with a tutor and help you in any way you can. If you feel overwhelmed you can always go and talk to a counselor they can sit down with you and help you with your issue(helping you find a solution that will work best for YOU).

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Go to class every time your class meets. 2. Take detailed notes and go over them regularly. 3. Study. 4. Ask questions. 5. Be prepared. 6. Allow yourself time between classes; know that some professors may go over time and you don't want to miss part of the lecture so 10 minutes between classes really isn't that realistic.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is one of the cleanest universities I have visited. Sam Houston is known for it's criminal justice program. Sam Houston has counselors and professors that care about their students.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE!!!

    Bang for the buck

    I recently transferred from Texas Tech University, and Sam Houston is a lot cheaper, but with same classes.

    What to do for fun

    Go watch sporting events!!

    Food and Dining

    The food there is quite delicious, and very convenient wherever you are.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't personally lived in the dorms, but I have heard it isn't too bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes teach you alot, and are not a waste of your time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be nervous!!! This is a great school to get your studies done; as well as make great friends and have fun.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston is by far the best college in my opinion. The students, and faculty are very friendly. Anyone will fit into this school.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do and close to Houston for even more activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get advised often. Always know where you are at in line for graduation.

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University has everything you need to be successful. Professors who care, employees that listen and a campus that is beyond beautiful. There is no place like it.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Security and police officers surround the campus for 24/7 surveillance and assistance.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes cost more than Junior college however the professors here are very professional. You wont regret coming here. You get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    18+ students can visit local bars and enjoy line dancing at Shenanigans dance hall. There are plenty of places to dine at as well. Mr. Burger is a delicious burger joint in town.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    I don't not leave here however I have many friends that do. They claim they had the best memories in these dorms and would do it all over again. They keep them clean and maintained.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers have wonderful reviews. Many successful people I know graduated from here. Possibilities are endless.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early if you can. Make sure you have no holds. Advisers are very helpful so do not worry.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is quite a bit to do around Huntsville, Tx even though it is a small town. You will never be bored with all of the stores, attractions, and restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    There is such a variety of food and dining, you will never go hungry here!

    Dorm Life

    I am unsure of the dorm life because I commute from home but I have heard great things about the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Love the academics here and the majority of the professors are willing to help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors and don't be afraid to make some new friends, it will make the experience in college that much better!

    In three sentences

    I recently transferred from a different university and love this one so much more! The environment at Sam Houston State University is amazing and very welcoming. I would recommend this university to anyone that is still unsure of where they're wanting to attend.

  • 01/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is one of the lowest Ive seen for a D1 school. Regardless of the money I love it here and its worth any amount

    What to do for fun

    Many inter mural activities. The rec center also offers a lot of amenities

    Food and Dining

    A+++ many choices.. Chickfila Quiznos Burger King and lots more

    Academic Rigor

    Professor are wonderful and truly care about students well being

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit and take a tour. You will love it at first sight. The campus is beautiful

    In three sentences

    Sam Houston State University is a very welcoming and fun filled campus. Since being here I have enjoyed all the facilities and amenities offered for being a student. Even better the professor to student ratio is 3:1 and they really work hard to help the best way they can.

  • 02/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    The professors/lecturers care about the students, and they are always excited to teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not overload yourself, college can be stressful.

    In three sentences

    This is a great university. The classes are excellent and there are many clubs to join to make yourself more involved with college life.

  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The movie theatre even though it's small it is super cheap!

    Food and Dining

    They have multiple options on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I hear they are small and cramped

    Academic Rigor

    Every professor has their own way of teaching but every class is easy enough to pass.

    In three sentences

    I love SHSU. I've found it easier to succeed here than at any other school before. And the education program is wonderful.

  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have first response police on campus and a university police department.

    Greek Life

    Sororities are a popular thing at Sam and gain a lot of respect in the ways they help.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think of it we have it

    Great for these types of students

    Small town first generation students looking for a career in CJ

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our special bell is the Ravens Call. It chimes every fifteen minutes and it is also where we remember our lost students throughout the years.

    Bang for the buck

    Probable one of the cheaper schools for all the resources it has.

    What to do for fun

    We have several dance clubs around campus. The rec center has a full gym, pool, and rock wall. They also rent out outdoors equipment.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are probably a 6 out of 10. Mostly because only one of the apartment style dorms have full kitchens. Some of the dorms could use some updating. Before the most part the dorms and comfortable for a first time college student.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are great as well as the professors. You can major in almost anything, because your options are so broad. Sam is one of the top schools in the US for CJ, and also gives you a good name for being a grad student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the resources, if not you will regret it! All resources are free to you through tuition. The library and computer labs are always open for your convenience.

    In three sentences

    Sam has an amazing program with professors and tutors ready to help you. If you have questions or just need to talk to someone, there are facilities all over campus for your use. I love Sam because everyone makes you feel welcome, and the criminal justice program is outstanding.

  • 04/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus as a Katsafe alert that can be send alerts via text, phone call, and email both to the student and their parents. The campus is pretty safe and you always have the option of calling the university police department and asking someone to escort you through campus if you are not comfortable or feel in danger. However it is a college town with a number of bars, and there have been accidents, but the cops are good about staying outside the major bars on the busy nights and preventing any accidents from occurring. Also many people are worried about the idea that their is a prison located in the town relatively close to the college campus (i was one), however since I have lived here I have not heard of any escapes, issues with the prison, and have become comfortable with living in a prison town.

    Greek Life

    I don't know anything about this.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not in any club or activities on campus, the only thing I am affiliated with is Student Nurses Association which is a good thing to be a part of if pre-nursing, or already a nursing student.

    What to do for fun

    There is bowling, a number of fun places to eat, places to play pool, a gym on campus, volleyball net near campus open to use, an open track and football field you can go run at. There are many events to attend, parties that apartments put on, there is a prison museum that a lot of people like to go see, and parks.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    I did not attend Sam as a freshman therefore I never had to live in the dorms, I have lived in apartments located near by the campus, so I really cannot offer an opinion on the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Very good, educational growth, challenging, classes are difficult but very achievable. The classes and professors challenge you to put forth your best effort and find yourself through your college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are starting out at a community college like I did for some of your prerequisites in order to cut back expenses as much as possible, then I would suggest keeping in contact with the counselors at Sam in your desired field rather than the counselors at the college you are attending first. The counselors at Sam are going to know what is best for you and be able to better prepare you for your major at the university. Also I would suggest taking the last semester of your prerequisites at Sam when applying for your major at the college, it will help you get to know the university better, the classes, and how things work, as well as make it easier to apply and get into your major.

    In three sentences

    The councilors are all very educated and helpful with leading and helping you plan your out your college courses to get you toward your desired degree. I am in the nursing program at Sam and although it is new and still trying to work out the kinks, the staff is very helpful and encouraging to the students and work well to help you achieve your dreams. Overall it is a nice campus, easy to facilitate, everything is in close proximity is a relatively safe and comfortable area to live in and attend school.