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Sam Houston State University Campus Life

Campus Size

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

Gender Breakdown:

58% Women
42% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Southland Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


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


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

Services & Housing

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

Clubs & Organizations

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

Safety Statistics

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

Notable Alumni

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

  • Jan-22-2012 Read More
  • Kathleen from Houston, TX
  • 4
  • 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…

  • Mar-04-2013 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Louise
  • Jan-10-2018 I am a current student here

    There are multiple options for food, all being fast food, and most of the time only Chickfila and Subway are open.

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  • 3
  • Katherine from Austin, TX
  • Jun-09-2017 I am a current student here

    Not a lot of options as far as campus dining goes. LSC provides some places like Subway, Chick-fil-A, and Pizza Hut. There's a burrito place called Moe's that's pretty good, and there's a Starbucks inside. Old Main, which is the main campus dining hall is.. not good. But SHSU just added a new dining hall on the opposite side of campus that has been getting decent feedback.

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  • 5
  • Odinaka Enwere
  • Apr-08-2017 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    There food and dining rates are amazing. It's cheap and very accessible

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  • 2
  • db
  • Apr-20-2016 I am a current student here

    it's okay; however, i no longer have a meal plan.

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  • 3
  • Patricia
  • Mar-14-2016 I am a current student here

    Its ok not the best food but its manageable.

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  • 4
  • Laura from The Woodlands, TX
  • Feb-03-2016 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    There are different options on campus, but it's probably better to go off campus for food in some situations.

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  • 5
  • Mar'Ja from Houston, TX
  • Dec-23-2015 I am a current student here

    The food is awesome!!!! They have everything you can think of like pizza, burgers and fries, Chick-fil-a, and lots more.

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  • 4
  • from Richmond, TX
  • Dec-20-2015 I am a current student here

    The food at Old Main and Moe's are okay; they're not great but not awful. There is also a food court in the Lowman Student Center that includes Chick Fil A, Pizza Hut, Subway, and Grill Works, and there is Einstein Bagels on the same floor as the bookstore. Sandwiches, snacks, sushi, and smoothie are also sold at the student center and Moe's.

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  • 4
  • Mya from Spring, TX
  • Dec-11-2015 I am a current student here

    Many options to choose from. We have Moe's (like a chipotle), to Chick Fil A, and a cafe(Old Main), built like a buffet. Unfortunately, you are only allowed to use your meal plan once during a meal plan. No matter if it's unlimited or not -__-

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  • 4
  • Rachael from Highland Village, TX
  • Jul-10-2015 I am a current student here

    I was not really an Old Main person considering Raven Village is on the opposite side of this dining hall, but South Paw (which has Moes and Starbucks) was pretty good and I liked how Moes has meal plan so you can eat without having to spend Bearkat Bucks depending on what you get. Also LSC (Lowman Student Center) is the spot to be during classes and also a great place to grab some Subway, Pizza Hut, or Chick Fil A. They also have a meal plan option with chicken strips and hamburgers called Grill Works and depending on your taste can be good and bad just depends on the day. I mainly went to the Mcdonalds right next to Raven Village or ordered from Dominoes because of convenience and laziness.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Megan - Spring, TX
  • Dec-21-2016 I am a current student here

    Sam Houston has many great things to get involved in. My favorite is Greek life. Going Greek here is special. There are only 5 Panhellenic chapters so we all interact with one another more than most schools get to.

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  • 0
  • Rachael from Highland Village, TX
  • Jul-10-2015 I am a current student here

    The Greek Life is okay and is coming back, but I don't know much about it, I just know that there is a lot of drama between the different sororities and fraternities. DO NOT go to a Ques (Omega) Party alone!!

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  • 0
  • Vanessa from Dallas, TX
  • Dec-20-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is pretty crazy but its lots of fun and worth it. You make life-long bonds an find many opportunities.

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  • 0
  • Current SHSU student
  • Nov-12-2014 I am a current student here

    Five out of the nine divine historically black sororities and fraternities are recognized on campus. There are over 20 Greek organizations overall.

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  • 0
  • Houston, TX
  • Dec-17-2013 I am a current student here

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

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

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

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

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

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