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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…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Diamond from Houston, TX
  • I am a current student here

    Old Main is the best if you like the cozy setting and General's is better if you like the wide, open space setting. But the food and service at Old Main are the best in my opinion.

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  • 3
  • Louise
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I am a current student here

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

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  • 4
  • Laura from The Woodlands, TX
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Kelsie - Buford, GA
  • I am a current student here

    I went into college wanting to be in a sorority, but had no idea which one. Rush week was the week before school started and it was a little stressful because you have to go into every house and speak to a girl you have never met before for 30 minutes to an hour (depending on the day). I would highly recommend rushing even if you don’t want to join a sorority. You get to move in early as a freshman, which helps you adjust to living alone before school starts. You also get to meet all your friends this way. Rush week let me meet people and stay friends with people from all different sororities that I may have never met otherwise. All the sororities are different but the same. I ended up going Chi Omega and even though it is new to the Georgia Southern campus I love it! It’s on the rise to be top tier and everyone is so genuine and sweet. You really feel like home in Chi O. Overall, being involved in Greek life is great with all the philanthropy events, sisterhood events, and socials you get to be involved with.

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  • 0
  • Diamond from Houston, TX
  • I am a current student here

    I don't really know much about this but the fraternities and sororities look great. You can do your own research on them if you want to.

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  • 0
  • Megan - Spring, TX
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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